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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CA Buys Cloud Platform Vendor, 3Tera

March 2, 2010
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The acquisition of 3Tera by Computer Associates signals an intent to move beyond traditional Systems Management, into something that may almost be viewed as Operating System: a layer of software called AppLogic that sits above the virtualization stack, and provides a consolidated abstraction against which composite applications may be built within the Cloud. Essentially the…

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HyTrust Funded by Cisco and Others

March 1, 2010
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HyTrust has announced Series B Financing in the amount of $10.5 Million with participation from Cisco, Granite Ventures as well as existing investors Trident Capital and Epic Ventures. This is very good news for HyTrust. While the Series B Funding was not much of a surprise given that HyTrust fits into the Virtualizaiton Security within…

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News: VMware to Acquire IT Management Products From EMC

February 26, 2010
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VMware and EMC today announced that the two companies have entered into a definitive agreement for VMware to acquire certain software products and expertise from EMC's Ionix IT management business, including solutions aimed at delivering improved management and deployment of servers and applications in a virtualized data center.

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Life in IT is like a Day at the Amusement Park

February 23, 2010
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One of my favorite movie lines is, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get” from the movie Forrest Gump. So for me and my observation of the day I declare that “Life in IT is like a day at the amusement park. It is a life…

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Citrix/Novell Partnership SLES and PlateSpin

February 22, 2010
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In a slightly strange "didn't they already have Xen in the kernel" kind of way, Novell has certified Suse Linux Enterprise Server as a "perfect guest" running on Citrix XenServer, allowing joint support of the combined solution. The deal is asymmetric (it wouldn't really make sense to run XenServer on SLES) but it reflects an…

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Rethinking vNetwork Security

February 16, 2010
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Rethinking vNetwork Security

Brad Hedlund of Cisco asked the question, should the physical network security policy be different than the virtual network security policy? The answer is obviously no, but why are they treated separately? I and other have pushed the concept that to gain performance, redundancy, and security that you should use multiple network links to your…

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The End of ESX is Near – Is ESXi Ready for the Enterprise?

February 12, 2010
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The End of ESX is Near – Is ESXi Ready for the Enterprise?

Well the worse kept secret in virtualisation is now finally out in the open, have a read of VMware ESX to ESXi Upgrade Center:Planning your Upgrade to the next-generation hypervisor architecture where they state that "In the future, the superior architecture of ESXi will be the exclusive focus of VMware's development efforts. This means that…

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Backup Strategy – Continuous Backup Needed?

February 11, 2010
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I had an interesting conversation with Vizioncore yesterday about how backup is not as much a decision about what software to use but what process to use. In addition, this process needs to be considered from the very beginning of your virtualization architecture. With the quantity of virtual machines being used today by the SMB…

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Xsigo Forms an Alliance with CTC and Hitachi

February 10, 2010
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Those of you who attended VMworld this year will remember the stack of servers and storage on display happily serving VM's to the vistors, exhibitors and Staff at the conference, well one of the key components of that stack was provided by Xsigo. Their product the I/O Director offers signficant savings in large environments by…

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