Data Center Virtualization

Data Center Virtualization covers virtualizing servers, networks, and storage delivering server consolidation, CAPEX savings, IT agility, and improved management. Major areas of focus include the tradeoffs between various virtualization platforms (VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V and Red Hat KVM), the evolution of hypervisors into data center management platforms,|VMware’s Software Defined Data Center strategy, and how the SDDC is spurring innovation in storage, networking and server hardware. Covered vendors indlude VMware, Microsoft, Red Hat, CloudPhysics, Hotlink, Tintri, and VMTurbo.

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Are There Greenfield Deployments of Virtual and Cloud Environments?

April 16, 2014
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DataCenterVirtualization

Let me start out by saying that I see more discussions about greenfield deployments of products than I do of migration/integration by vendors. Personally, I think there is no such thing as a greenfield deployment unless the organization is just starting out, creating a brand new data center, or perhaps has money to waste. In…

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OpFlex, Standards-Based Protocols, and Cisco’s Messaging Problem

April 15, 2014
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On April second, Cisco introduced something that seems to make a lot of sense in its new declarative-based, ACI-led world of software-defined networking: a policy mechanism. The blog post about it was pretty straightforward: it included the obligatory nods toward the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and open-source communities, defined the differences between the traditional…

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Winds of Change: What Does Horizon 6 Mean for Microsoft and Citrix?

April 14, 2014
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DesktopVirtualization

At first glance, it looks like VMware’s recently announced Horizon 6 platform is an admission by VMware that applications, rather than desktops, do matter, and that Citrix has been on the right track all along. Certainly, XenApp has been a thorn in the side of many VMware View implementations through the years, allowing people to…

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SDN, NFV, and the Hardware Cycle of Life

April 10, 2014
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Despite all of the rapid innovation and the incredible rate of change in technology, there are some things that you can count on. One of those things is that the transition from hardware to software is a cyclical one, and if you look at any one segment of the market long enough, that becomes apparent.…

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Unique Modern-Day Data Centers

April 9, 2014
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DataCenterVirtualization

When you hear the phrase “data center” in a conversation, what kind of image does that instill in your mind? Just for fun and reference, here is the definition from Wikipedia: “A data center is a facility used to house computer systems and associated components, such as telecommunications and storage systems. It generally includes redundant…

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What Next for x86 Hardware Industry: The Death of the Blade Format?

April 3, 2014
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DataCenterVirtualization

The rise of server-based flash caching and other technologies like local performant storage pools, whether virtual storage appliances like the HP StoreVirtual VSA or VMware’s VSAN, marks a possible return to the days of the pizza box server in data centers across the world.

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Software-Defined Storage (SDS): What Is It?

March 26, 2014
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StorageNetworking

Recently, Nutanix got awarded a key patent for software-defined storage, and it got me thinking, “What is SDS?” Well, to me, one key aspect of SDS is the fact that it is hardware agnostic. Therefore, by default, Nutanix is not a provider of SDS. Now, don’t get me wrong: Nutanix is an awesome product and…

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Monitoring for Agile Operations

March 24, 2014
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PerformanceManagement

Agile Operations requires that the entire stack of monitoring and management tools be rebuilt from scratch. Legacy frameworks and Franken-Monitors should be uninstalled and replaced with modern tools that can keep up with the rate of change in the environment.

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Virtualization Must Be Intuitive and Easy

March 21, 2014
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DataCenterVirtualization

With so many vendors in the virtualization marketplace, new products are released daily, and only some of them will ultimately prove to be successful. The competition for both mindshare and wallet is fierce, and this is forcing new vendors in particular to simplify new products brought into the marketplace in order to achieve success.

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