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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The Beginning of the the End of the Era of Windows?

February 16, 2011
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While we may well be on the road towards VMware becoming the layer of software that talks to the hardware in the data center - removing Microsoft from that role, this is not the end of Windows. If Windows were just an OS, it would be severely threatened VMware insertion into the data center stack.…

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Self Encrypting Disks (SEDs)

February 14, 2011
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The next true IT industry revolutionary product will be software, virtualization and cloud technology that does not require underlying physical hardware resources (servers, network and disk storage). While we wait for that revolutionary technology to appear outside of marketing or computer generated animations, there remains the need to protect cloud and virtual environments and their…

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Distributed Virtual Switch Failures: Failing-Safe

February 10, 2011
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Distributed Virtual Switch Failures: Failing-Safe

In my virtual environment recently, I experienced two major failures. The first was with VMware vNetwork Distributed Switch and the second was related to the use of a VMware vShield. Both led to catastrophic failures, that could have easily been avoided if these two subsystems failed-safe instead of failing-closed. VMware vSphere is all about availability,…

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VMware Executive Management Team Changes – The Implications

February 7, 2011
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Todd Nielsen has already succeeded twice at what he is now being asked to do at VMware - once at Microsoft and once at BEA. This time what hangs in the wind is VMware's ultimate destiny. Will VMware be the device driver to the dynamic data center (vSphere), or will VMware be that and the…

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SolarWinds Acquires Hyper9 – The Implications

January 31, 2011
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SolarWinds is betting that due to the size of its existing administrator community (the over 1M users of its free tools, and the 97,000 paying customers) that it can cost effectively reach the admin's at the 225,000 VMware customers that are being under-served by the vendors targeting larger customers and larger VMware environments.

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VNXe More than Just Storage

January 25, 2011
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Given the VNXe's expandability to include fibre channel cards in the future. This storage looks very attractive to those SMBs who have made the investment previously to move towards fibre. Making use of your existing infrastructure whether fabric or Ethernet would lower the cost of adoption for the low-end EMC product. The VNXe's expandability is…

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Performance Monitoring for IT as a Service

January 18, 2011
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Monitoring the performance of the infrastructure, applications and services in IT as a Service environments will require that monitoring solutions become multi-tenant, can be instantiated by ITaaS management tools without any further configuration, and that they automatically "find" their back end management systems through whatever firewalls may be in place. These requirements will probably be…

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NetApp to Acquire Akorri

January 12, 2011
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The acquisition of Akorri by NetApp demonstrates the importance of Infrastructure Performance Management solutions as virtualization progresses into the realm of business critical applications, and as public clouds hope to do the same. However rather than signaling a "game over" this acquisition really raises both the visibility and the importance of both the problems that…

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Will Scale Out Architectures Revolutionize Virtualization and the Cloud?

January 11, 2011
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Given that vSphere provides significant benefits in terms of cost savings and business agility, those benefits are tied to and constrained by the ability of vSphere to provide backward compatibility with existing legacy enterprise systems. This backward compatibility makes it impossible for vSphere to provide infinite horizontal scalability. Moving to the same architecture as the…

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