SSD options for Virtual (and Physical) Environments Part III: What type of SSD is best for you?

February 27, 2012
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SSD options for Virtual (and Physical) Environments Part III: What type of SSD is best for you?

Part 1 of this series laid out the basics of nand flash SSD with part II discussing endurance and performance. This part looks at SSD options for virtual servers, vdi or virtual desktop as well as storage for physical server environments, your usage and configuration criteria will have a bearing on what type of SSD…

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Application Aware Virtualization Backup

February 24, 2012
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While participating in the GestaltIT Virtualization Field Day #2, I was asking Symantec about Application Aware Backups. In other words, could one backup an entire application, regardless of how the application was defined. This concept goes hand in hand with Application Aware Security measures. We can always backup VMs and their data to remote locations,…

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Wouldn’t It Be Nice To Have … Appliances for All?

February 23, 2012
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I was involved with the design and deployment of a small proof of concept that would introduce virtualization to a local SMB in my area. The idea was to build them something small that they would grow into and at the same time demonstrate all the really cool things that virtualization can bring to the…

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Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) is Great, But which one should you Bring?

February 22, 2012
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My answer to my computing needs is a very high end Windows 7 desktop, a very low end Windows 7 Netbook and an Android phone. I am and will always be a non-fan of the vertically integrated Apple model. I will probably always pay a price in terms of complexity of my computing life for…

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Application Security within the Virtual and Cloud Environments

February 21, 2012
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Application Security within the Virtual and Cloud Environments

Virtualization and Cloud Security architects, pundits, and writers like myself often talk about protecting the data within the virtual and cloud environments. However, in order to protect that data we need to be able to determine how the data will be used, accessed, modified, and eventually removed. So, how can we understand data security without…

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Cisco VXI gets closer to Citrix and VMware, playing the field or looking for a long-term partner?

February 20, 2012
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Cisco surprised a few people on Monday morning with two press releases announcing that it was to start reselling both Citrix XenDesktop and VMware View.

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