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1 Business Continuity Management BCM Welcome to the Matrix The Future of Server Virtualization

2 Topics Introduction Overview of Virtualization VMWare Functionality Virtualization DR Strategies Virtualization Vendors A Look Ahead

3 What is Server Virtualization Definition Server Virtualization is achieved by inserting a thin layer of software a hypervisor - between the OS and the underlying hardware to allow the hardware to host multiple OSs The Matrix analogy Servers are told what hardware they are on by the hypervisor, regardless of the real hardware What will run on it All modern Windows flavors Linux (most flavors) What it runs on X86 architecture Similar in concept to LPARS in the mainframe world What's driving the move to virtualizing servers?

4 ESX Server installs on the bare metal and allows multiple unmodified operating systems and their applications to run in virtual machines that share physical resources. Each virtual machine represents a complete system, with processors, memory, networking, storage and BIOS. VMWare Details

5 The Case for Virtualization Saving $ Typically, costs 10-15k per year per server to run and maintain each physical server Most servers utilize only 10% of capacity Strong argument to virtualize servers to save on hardware, save rack space, reduce A/C costs 4-5 guest operating systems per physical server UAT Testing/Other Testing Server Migration

6 Where VMWare fits in the recovery pyramid VMWare DR Strategy

7 Tape & Vaulting Strategies for Server Virtualization Overview: Guest Operating Systems can be stopped and written to a single large snapshot file written to disk DR Strategies Copy snapshot to remote SAN (Data Vaulting) Recovery: install ESX server(s) at remote recovery site, copy snapshot, then open snapshot Recovery: hot ESX servers at remote recovery site, snapshots copied to hot remote ESX servers, OS snapshots opened during recovery Recovery: SAN based replication of snapshots to remote recovery site, install or have hot ESX servers at recovery site, copy and open OS snapshots Backup snapshot on tape (Tape Recovery) Recovery: install ESX server(s) at recovery site and restore snapshot from tape, then open snapshot

8 VMWare recovery from tape vs. bare metal tape recovery Eliminates hardware matching/ driver problems when recovering from tape Restores entire OS As is, while tape recovery necessitates OS build, then data restore VMWare snapshots stored as a single large file, while standard tape backup backs up thousands of files per OS Much faster recovery of VMWare snapshot at recovery site, as tape systems must INDEX tapes first before performing file restore, VMWare indexing is 1 file per OS, traditional tape restore is thousands of files per OS.

9 Replication and High Availability Strategies for Server Virtualization Replication SAN based 3 rd Party Vizion tools to replicate virtulalized servers High Availability Possible, limited by bandwidth constraints by data center distance

10 VMWare Good Guest Operating Systems 30% or less processor utilization Networking benefits of VMWare guests Example: Webserver & Database server guests on same physical server Very fast communication via physical server bus rather than on the LAN

11 VMWare Bad Guest Operating Systems Servers that use IDE drives, USB/Firewire drives, parallel / serial port devices (VMWare does howerver support parallel /serial ports), custom PCI devices Issue; since guest server accessing these hardware sources is virtual, device drivers may not work or suffer performance wise when accessing physically attached devices Examples; Fax servers, modem pools, worm or CD jukeboxes Servers using large number of Kernel Operations Issue; as kernel calls increase, performance overall decreases for the entire physical server Examples; Citrix, Proxy/ISA servers, Web servers hosting lots of static HTML content, SMTP Mail Gateways, Firewalls

12 Virtualization Vendors VMWare Most mature Offers management console for all VMs in enterprise ESX server uses least resources on host server In use in 55% of datacenters (Source, Yankee Group July 17 th, 2006) Microsoft Announced spring 06 no charge for virtual server MS Virtual Server Free (part of Server 2003 Enterprise) Management console expected in 2007 Announced late July 06 support of Xen open source(!) for MS hypervisor In use in 29% of datacenters (Source, Yankee Group July 17 th, 2006) Xensource Open source hypervisor endorsed by Intel, AMD, Cisco, Dell, Egenera, HP, IBM, Mellanox, Network Appliance, Novell, Red Hat, SGI, Sun, Unisys, Veritas, Voltaire Will utilize Virtual Server enabling code in Intel VT and AMD SVM chips to improve performance and stability Tiny Slice of the Market (Source, Yankee Group July 17 th, 2006) Virtual Iron Uses same open source hypervisor as Xensource Currently only supports Linux Virtualizing all data center resources including servers, networks, and storage

13 A Look Ahead Datacemter Virtualization VMWare and Virtual Iron working on data center virtualization Goal is one management tool to manage virtualized storage, servers, and networks IBM Virtualization Engine for Servers and Storage Currently supports IBM P series servers, will support x86 servers Virtualized Applications VMware is solving the problem of redundant hardware, it is creating a dilemma of redundant OS software. Ejasent Moves applications across servers as needed, not the entire virutlized OS and App Trigence Doesn't put one operating system on top of another. Instead it provides a "container" around an application to make the service portable

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