Cloud and Virtualization Security: An After Thought

November 7, 2011
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The October conference schedule is now complete and it was a tough one but very rewarding. The events that happened in October were numerous and overlapping in some cases. Travel was one week here and the next week there, yet we managed to get through it. Of the mass of conferences, I attended two, IPexpo…

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Life without the Cloud or Reasons to use a Hybrid Cloud

November 4, 2011
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The Virtualization Practice was recently offline for two days, we thank you for coming back to us after this failure. The reason, a simple fibre cut that would have taken the proper people no more than 15 minutes to fix, but we were way down on the list due to the nature of the storm…

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Application Performance Management for Virtualized Applications – the VMware vFabric APM Update

November 3, 2011
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Application Performance Management for Virtualized Applications – the VMware vFabric APM Update

As business critical applications move into production virtualized environments, the need arises to ensure their performance from a response time perspective. Legacy Applications Performance Management tools are not well suited to make the jump from static physical systems, to dynamic virtual and cloud based systems. For these reasons enterprises need to consider new tools from…

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Citrix Synergy Barcelona 2011: A review – If you tolerate this, your children will be next

November 2, 2011
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What this also means is that for software companies focused on delivering applications and data to users, their solutions cannot be solely focused on virtualisation and the cloud: cannot be focused purely on thin and mobile. At the same time, IT departments need to be more business aware, because the business is increasingly IT aware.…

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Looking at the Entire VMware Operations and Application Management Strategy

October 28, 2011
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Looking at the Entire VMware Operations and Application Management Strategy

VMware is clearly serious about extending its management reach into the application layer of the stack. New products like vFabric AppDirector, and vFabric APM make this into more than intention - they make VMware's participation in these markets a reality as well. The move to remake the APM industry has thus far been lead by…

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Citrix and Quest get serious about Application Compatibility

October 27, 2011
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This week we saw the announcement of two very similar acquisitions. Quest Software announced on October 24 that they were acquiring ChangeBASE and on October 26 Citrix Systems announced they were acquiring AppDNA. Both solutions provide application compatibility testing for the Windows platform.

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