The Virtualization Practice

VirtualizationBackup

Recently, we experienced a fairly catastrophic SAN failure: we lost two drives of a RAID-5 array. Needless to say, recovery was time-consuming, but it also pointed out some general issues with many disaster recovery, business continuity, and general architectures involved with virtual environments. Luckily, we were able to start one of the drives, let the…

CloudComputing

Is OpenStack dead (or rapidly dying)? We ask this question from two perspectives. First, can any OpenStack-based offering be economically competitive with offerings from Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and VMware? Second, can any consortium of vendors produce a viable public cloud offering in competition with vendors who own their own stack and can practice agile development and…

DataCenterVirtualization

The past two years have seen an arms race at the high end of the virtualization arena. The biggest players in the space have competed furiously to add features and capabilities to their combined platform offerings, either by swallowing up smaller companies or investing heavily in product development. MDM, DaaS, hybrid cloud, profile management, application…

CloudComputing

Rackspace’s future has been in question since CEO Lanham Napier stepped down in February of 2014. While Rackspace is a profitable company, it must be feeling the squeeze from larger players like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, and Google. Amazon and Google in particular have slashed prices for their Platform as a Service (PaaS) products, leaving…