Replication Round-up

September 23, 2011
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Replication Round-up

Whether you use replication as a means of disaster avoidance or disaster recovery, replication of your virtual environment between hot sites has always been a win. With current technology it is even possible to replicate to a replication receiver cloud which could provide a measure of business continuity as well. So who are the players…

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XenApp 6.5: Does Citrix’s Latest Release Leave other Vendors up an Iron Cove without a Paddle?

September 22, 2011
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XenApp 6.5 is Citrix's latest offering of their renowned Presentation Virtualisation (PV) service. Citrix are not alone in updating their feature set. Earlier in 2011 Microsoft introduced SP1 for 2008 enhancing the OS for the core Remote Desktop Services' (RDS) session virtualization service, Ericom released PowerTerm WebConnect 5.7.1, ProPalms updated TSE to 6.5 and Quest…

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Security in the Cloud Era

September 21, 2011
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"The latest challenge on the security front isn't necessarily an exotic new threat vector: it's the attackers themselves. They're organized, well-resourced and patient. And there's no silver technology bullet to effectively combat them." This is a very important point, and one that I have seen at other security conferences for the last 5 years or…

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Why VASA is important to have in your VMware CASA

September 20, 2011
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There are many enhancements and new features that are part of VMware vSphere V5.0 from a storage and I/O perspective (See VMware vSphere v5 and Storage DRS posts). One of those enhancements is a new Application Programming Interface (API) called VASA (vSphere Aware Storage API) which joins other VMware vSphere APIs some of which are…

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A Look At The Horizon

September 19, 2011
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One of the cool things about attending VMworld every year is seeing what is new on the horizon and this year, ironically, there is something called Project Horizon and the first milestone of that project called VMware Horizon Application Manager. Horizon is a hosted service that will centrally manage the provisioning, access and usage of…

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Is it Time to Reorganize Data Center Operations?

September 16, 2011
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Is it Time to Reorganize Data Center Operations?

If automated IT Operations is going to succeed and deliver its promised benefits then IT Operations is going to have to get reorganized - with supporting hardware teams part of the virtualization team. Furthermore Application Operations will have to be instantiated as a function that is responsible for the actual service level delivered by the…

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