As an architect working across enterprise programmes I use Visio – a lot. It has become one of the key tools used to communicate conceptual, logical and physical representations of solutions or visions or anything else I need to illustrate in a design capacity. A consistent challenge is crafting the artifacts I produce to engage the audience and I certainly can’t underestimate the effectiveness of a pretty document – in fact I am sure there is some correlation between governance approvals of architecture and how good the design looks on the page!
Anyhoo, to help in this constant quest, I was made aware of http://networkdiagram101.com, a great site providing some simple tips to vastly improve the look and feel of visio content – use it, it’s great!
Awesome vSphere Network Diagram
As noticed on Duncan’s Yellow Bricks Blog which is mandatory for any VMware blog readers, VMware has released an epic PDF documenting all of the network interactions between key vSphere components, essential reading for any VMware architect.
As Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V version 3.0 is right on the horizon I thought I’d pull together a single source of the comparison pieces doing the rounds. Somewhere you can bookmark in the conversations with your fellow virtualisation professionals:
Firstly VMware has their marketing team on it and has their first pass:
Microsoft has their own take:
ZDNet has a commentry on the debate from two industry insiders:
The excellent vmguru.nl site has their own take on things:
Finally there is the dedicated site virtualizationmatrix.com
For me, Microsoft are moving forward, but are still some way off VMware in terms of the maturity of the offering. Lots will argue about the cost of Virtualisation being significantly cheaper with Microsoft, but I guess that depends on the features and how you are intending to use the technology.
This poster provides a visual reference for understanding key Hyper-V technologies in Windows Server 2012. This Hyper-V poster focuses on Hyper-V Replica, networking, virtual machine mobility (live migration), storage, failover clustering, and scalability.