The Virtualization Practice

Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing focuses upon how to construct, secure, manage, monitor and use public IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS clouds. Major areas of focus include barriers to cloud adoption, progress on the part of cloud vendors in removing those barriers, where the line of responsibility is drawn between the cloud vendor and the customer for each of IaaS, PaaS and SaaS clouds, ...
as well as the management tools that are essential to deploy in the cloud, ensure security in the cloud and ensure the performance of applications running in the cloud. Covered vendors include Amazon, VMware, AFORE, CloudSidekick, CloudPhysics, ElasticBox, Hotlink, New Relic, Prelert, Puppet Labs and Virtustream.

CloudComputing

The Virtualization Practice will be moving from our internal virtual environment and cloud configuration to an external hosted cloud configuration, at least temporarily. However, what we have found is that not all clouds are alike (we all knew that), and that some of our processes were not cloud friendly but what does it mean for moving to the cloud? How does this impact our ability to migrate our data, applications, and management into the cloud?

PerformanceManagement

If you are running business critical or performance critical applications in shared (virtualized or in a public cloud) environment then you might need big data operations management. If your environment is large enough to make monitoring into a big data problem, then choosing a product from a vendor like CloudPhysics, Reflex Systems, Splunk or Xangati might be a good choice..

CloudComputing

On 12/18, I had an interesting twitter conversation with Mark Thiele (@mthiele10) about moving to the cloud based on cost. There is a cost perspective to consider as cloud services can be very expensive. When does it make sense to go to the cloud, I think there are two scenarios to consider when talking about going to the cloud. While we were hampered by 140 characters, I think the message is clear.

DesktopVirtualization

Recently I have been trying to lighten my conference going load. To do that, I have been thinking about ways to do without my laptop and all the accessories for it, which got me thinking about what it takes to completely use such a device; to fully embrace the next generation of end-user computing using gesture computing and smaller devices. Other than the technical hurdles, there are also training hurdles as full tablet computing, today, has some serious limitations with respect to security, functionality, and in some ways capability. So how does one embrace tablet computing as their next-gen end user computing?

DataCenterVirtualization

If Cisco were to acquire Citrix, it would immediately boost Cisco’s business via the integration of Netscaler into Cisco’s product line. It would further significantly strengthen Cisco’s hand in positioning vs VMware SDDC strategy. It would also pretty much cement the position of VMware and Cisco as two competing vendors of Software Defined Data Centers.