Business Agility

Business Agility covers using the technical agility delivered by virtualization and cloud computing to improve business agility, performance and results. This includes the agility derived from the proper implementation of Agile and DevOps methodologies, the agility derived from proper application and system architectures,|the agility derived from the proper implementation of Infrastructure as a Server (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) clouds, the agility derived from proper monitoring of the environment coupled with a process to resolve problems quickly, and the agility derived from have continuous availability through the use of high availability and disaster recovery products and procedures in place.

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Toward Converged Virtualization Management Suites

November 29, 2011
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Toward Converged Virtualization Management Suites

VMware has articulated and is starting to deliver on a compelling strategy of Automated Operations for its virtualization and cloud platforms. This will precipitate profound changes in the vendor ecosystem as third party vendors partner up and acquire in order to come up with the same depth of functionality that VMware is offering, but on…

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Thames Water dips its toe in Desktone’s pool – DaaS throws off it’s waterwings?

November 28, 2011
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Thames Water have signed up to give a sizable part of its desktop infrastructure management to services built on Desktone's VDI stack hosted and maintained by Molten Technologies. Thames Water is the UK's largest water and sewerage company, serving one of the world's largest conurbations. Is this a significant landmark for Desktop As-A-Service (DaaS) provision?…

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Data Protection is NOT just about Backup

November 25, 2011
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Data Protection is not just about backup these days, but instead concentrates on two all important concepts for a business: disaster recovery and business continuity. While backup is a part of Disaster Recovery, restoration is all important. If it is not possible to restore your data in a timely fashion the backup has failed. So…

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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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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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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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The Rise of Application Operations and the Role for Next Generation APM Solutions

November 8, 2011
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The Rise of Application Operations and the Role for Next Generation APM Solutions

The need to virtualize every application, along with the need to support constantly arriving new and newly changed applications will drive the creation of an Application Operations function in the enterprise. This function will need to be supported and enabled by a new generation of APM tools that meet the new requirements of the Application…

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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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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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