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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V-Block: Is this the beginning of Hypervisors embedded in Hardware?

December 4, 2009
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With the announcement of V-Block and Cisco UCS as a major component, is more hypervisor functionality going to end up in hardware? UCS adds some interesting features into the hardware that were traditionally within the purview of the hypervisor. Now it looks like V-Block is the assembly of myriad components that taken as a whole…

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Vertical Integration Returns – Impact on VMware

December 2, 2009
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There are two very recent vendor initiatives that hearken back to the days of single vendor tightly integrated systems. The first is Oracle's pending acquisition of Sun. The second example which has potentially far more impact upon VMware is the recently announced EMC/Cisco Vblocks.

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EMC/Cisco/VMware vBlock – The Data Center Virtualization Perspective

November 30, 2009
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EMC/Cisco/VMware vBlock – The Data Center Virtualization Perspective

Well the cat is well and truly out of the bag now, after several months of serious courting and getting caught behind the bike shed a few time, the worse kept secret in IT has arrived. Cisco, EMC, and VMware have entered into a joint venture arrangement called V-block, so what is it and how…

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VizionCore vFoglight 6 Preview

November 23, 2009
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VizionCore vFoglight 6 Preview

With vFoglight 6, Vizioncore has succeeded in delivering a user interface on top of the underlying Foglight monitoring technology that makes vFoglight into an extremely capable yet extremely easy to use enterprise class monitoring solution for VMware ESX and vSphere.

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EMC/Cisco/VMware vBlock – OpEx Savings Courtesy of Ionix

November 12, 2009
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EMC/Cisco/VMware vBlock – OpEx Savings Courtesy of Ionix

Prior to the announcement and subsequent to the announcement of Ionix, EMC has been on an absolute tear acquiring companies that have components that will be combined into the new Ionix management stack. These announcements have included the acquisitions of Voyence, ConfigureSoft, Fastsale Technology, and an agreement to resell VMware AppSpeed.

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EMC/Cisco/VMware vBlock – an Economist’s Perspective

November 6, 2009
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EMC/Cisco/VMware vBlock – an Economist’s Perspective

So from an economists perspective, there is really one and only one simple question. How will the vBlock initiative make earnings per share at EMC, Cisco, and VMware grow faster than they would have had the companies not done this partnership or faster than if they had of done something else with the resources that…

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News: Knoa Delivers New End-User Experience Monitoring Solution for Virtualization, Cloud and SaaS

November 4, 2009
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News: Knoa Delivers New End-User Experience Monitoring Solution for Virtualization, Cloud and SaaS

Knoa® Software, the leading provider of end-user experience and performance management software, today announced the availability Knoa Virtual/Cloud Experience Manager (VCEM). Knoa VCEM is the first truly ‘off-the-shelf’ product that monitors and manages real end-user experience for enterprise applications that are running in virtualized environments, delivered via SaaS, or provisioned via Cloud Computing.

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News: Cisco and EMC, Together With VMware, Form Coalition to Accelerate Pervasive Virtualization and Private Cloud Infrastructures

November 3, 2009
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Unprecedented Collaboration Heralds Business-Ready IT Infrastructure Packages and Single Point of Contact for Design, Service and Support; Cisco-EMC Solutions Joint Venture Also Established to Help Enable Customer Adoption Cisco and EMC, together with VMware, today introduced the Virtual Computing Environment coalition, an unprecedented collaboration of three information technology (IT) industry leaders. The coalition has been…

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Capacity Management Approaches and Products

November 2, 2009
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Capacity Management Approaches and Products

Now the VMware has release Capacity IQ it is worth taking a look at the category of Capacity Planning and Monitoring Tools for VMWare (and other virtualization platforms), and see how they compare to VMware's offering. This article highlights a couple of the capabilities of each product and is not intended to be an exhaustive…

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