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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Software-Defined Networking (SDN): What Is It?

March 4, 2014
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Software-Defined Networking (SDN): What Is It?

SDN is getting a lot of hype at the moment. Coupled with its kissing cousin, network virtualization, it is all the buzz. So what exactly is it? At its most basic level, SDN is an approach to networking in which the control plane is decoupled from hardware and given over to a software controller.  

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Good Technology to Acquire BoxTone

February 25, 2014
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DataCenterVirtualization

With the mobile device management (MDM) and enterprise mobility management (EMM) markets still reeling from VMware’s $1.5B purchase of competitor AirWatch, Good Technology has announced that it is purchasing BoxTone for an undisclosed amount. This is a purchase to turn heads: Good Technology is making a bold statement to the world that it, too, is…

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To Do List for Satya Nadella, New Microsoft CEO

February 6, 2014
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DataCenterVirtualization

So, Microsoft has settled on the successor to Steve Ballmer, and it is Satya Nadella, who was most recently the president of Microsoft’s Server and Tools Division. Microsoft was once the greatest and most influential software company on the planet, and Nadella has both the opportunity and the mandate to restore Microsoft to some semblance…

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What Will the Fallout Be as IBM Leaves the x86 Market?

February 3, 2014
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DataCenterVirtualization

With the sale of its x86 server division for $2.3B, IBM exits the marketplace it started in the early 1980s. Some have argued that this is a good move for IBM and tolls the death knell for the x86 server marketplace. “Well, if IBM is closing shop, surely the end is nigh. What with all…

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Nexenta: The Next Steps

January 27, 2014
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DataCenterVirtualization

What do you do with a problem like Nexenta? Nexenta. Some of you will remember this company from two years ago. It was the darling of Silicon Valley, the fastest growing storage start-up since NetApp. It could boast double and triple-digit year-on-year growth. And so on. So, what happened?

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News: VMware’s Latest Acquisition, AirWatch

January 24, 2014
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It appears that VMware has been on quite the acquisition kick lately, first with its $1.3 billion dollar acquisition of its Palo Alto neighbor Nicira in 2012 and now VMware has come out with tis largest acquisition in company history with the $1.54 billion dollar acquisition of the mobile management and security firm, AirWatch which…

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Clouds on the Horizon?

January 14, 2014
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Clouds on the Horizon?

Over the holidays, I found myself facing a situation that is a microcosm of one that will confront many IT departments in the coming year. I was trying to decide whether to continue hosting my home lab on my own physical machines or to take the plunge and move to one of the big cloud-based…

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Citrix Solved the vGPU Problem, So…Where Is the Parade?

January 9, 2014
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DesktopVirtualization

In March 2013, Citrix announced they had GPU sharing working and available for XenApp (multi-user/RDS). In December 2013, they announced it was available for XenDesktop (multi-OS/VDI). This has been a major barrier to adoption for many companies that need the ability to deliver a high-end multimedia experience to their end users in order to gain…

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Dell Fluid Cache for SAN

December 31, 2013
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Dell Fluid Cache for SAN

Back in mid-2011, Dell acquired RNA Networks, a small startup out of Portland, Oregon. At the time Dell purchased it, RNA had a product, MVX, that employed three different ways to pool memory across multiple servers in order to accelerate workloads. One was a way to pool memory as a storage cache in order to…

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