Data Protection in the Cloud

November 22, 2011
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As I was flying home recently, the gentleman beside me was talking about his need to do the "cloud thing" as a means to backup his data. He recently experienced a multi-retail shop backup failure where the local backup disk was corrupted and the backups failed to happen. I also experienced a backup failure, when…

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Citrix XenApp 4.x, 5.x and 6.0 EOL is 2013. The End is Coming: Look Busy.

November 21, 2011
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So, we have an interesting question. Windows 2003, Windows XP EOL is 2014. For all Citrix XenApp versions other than the most recent 6.5 release, EOL .. End. Of. Life.

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Get ready for the Windows Mainframe

November 18, 2011
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In today's cloud-centric, virtual everything world it's easy to forget that the mainframe still dominates enterprise IT. So when IBM announced zEnterprise in July 2010 its potential as a virtualization platform may have been overlooked. Now however it may be time to look again.

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News: Quest Software acquires vKernel

November 16, 2011
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Quest buying vKernel is just the first in a series of steps that Quest will have to take to fully compete with VMware vCenter Operations - and starts the process of determining how the capacity, performance and availability management ecosystem for VMware will react in response.

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Virtual Desktop Security? Are They Secure?

November 16, 2011
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There has been quite a bit of hype on whether virtual desktops provide more security than traditional desktops. All the marketing literature I have read says that it does improve overall security, but I believe this marketing literature makes several assumptions that are just not true in most organizations, and really do not account for…

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CA Starts the Race To Self-Destruction Among the “Big Four” in Virtualization Management

November 15, 2011
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Virtualization and cloud computing have changed the requirements for management solutions in a way that no innovation in the history of our industry ever have. Previous innovations created new requirements, but did not break existing management approaches or business models. Virtualization breaks both the existing legacy approaches to managing applications and systems, and breaks how…

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