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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Will the SDDC Be the Norm in Two Years?

May 16, 2014
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Come on, let’s get real here. The software-defined data center may become the norm in two years in the gilded cages of Silicon Valley, North Carolina’s Research Triangle, and the other “centers of excellence” out there. But in the real world—you know, the one where companies are still using NT4 servers to deliver real and…

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News: Oracle v. Google — Why Is This Important?

May 16, 2014
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agilecloud

On the 9th of May, 2014, something happened in the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that could have massive ramifications for our fledgling cloud orchestration industry. Circuit judges with no knowledge about the software industry and how that industry works made a judgement that could pull the rug out from under the…

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Citrix Workspace Services: Click Next, Next, Next… ?

May 14, 2014
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CloudComputing

The new Citrix Workspace Services was the major announcement at the Citrix Synergy conference last week. Citrix Workspace Services, an all-encompassing Platform as a Service (PaaS) built on Microsoft Azure, will enable service providers and enterprises to offer Citrix virtualization and cloud services to their customers. It will be in tech preview later in 2014,…

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Open Sorcerer, XenServer Ambassador—Tim Mackey Speaks from the Citrix Mother Ship

May 7, 2014
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Citrix100x30

Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with Tim Mackey on the User Experience Podcast, Episode 8. Tim has been with Citrix for ten years and has been working with XenServer exclusively since 2009. Our conversation revolves around what the XenServer density capabilities are. There has been an ongoing conflict between density stories about Citrix…

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Finding Atlantis USX—The Move to the Ocean from the Sea

May 6, 2014
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Atlantis100x30

Most will know Atlantis from the days of ILIO Persistent VDI and ILIO Diskless VDI. I would expect that most even consider it a niche product with the single goal of accelerating desktops. I have to admit, I was shocked to find that this is no longer the case. It is well known that I…

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Is SDDC a Product or a Mindset?

April 30, 2014
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Secure Hybrid Cloud

My response to Stephen Foskett’s tweet of a post about the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) Symposium led to an interesting conversation about the nature of the SDDC—what it is, what it is not, and why we should care. The software-defined data center is considered by some to be an instrument of vendor lock-in, vaporware, or…

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Storm in a Teacup, or as Elmer FUD Would Say, “Shhh—be vewy vewy quiet; I’m hunting wabbits”

April 25, 2014
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DataCenterVirtualization

What is it about the tech world that always seems to put us at each others’ throats? FUD is thrown around like candy from a broken piñata. Notable oppositions that come to mind are EMC vs. NetApp, block vs. file, diversity vs. simplicity, an so on. Currently, we have the software-defined networking (SDN) wars: hyper-converged…

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News: New PernixData FVP Features: NFS, In-Memory Support

April 25, 2014
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News: New PernixData FVP Features: NFS, In-Memory Support

At Storage Field Day 5, PernixData announced new features for its flagship product, PernixData FVP. FVP greatly accelerates storage performance in VMware vSphere environments by leveraging SSD and flash technologies to do read and write caching in a protected, clustered way.

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The SolidFire Storage System: Reducing Complexity at Scale

April 24, 2014
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The SolidFire Storage System: Reducing Complexity at Scale

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to get to know SolidFire and its Storage System product, an all-flash array designed for on-premises use but with some attractive cloud functionality. At first glance, the array looks like many of those in the all-flash space. It’s built out of discrete nodes; uses 10 Gbps networking…

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