IT as a Service

IT as a Service (ITaaS) covers private clouds hybrid clouds and the cloud management offerings used to create and manage these clouds. This includes coverage of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) private and hybrid cloud offerings, Platform as a Service (PaaS) private and hybrid cloud offerings, and Software as a Service (SaaS).|Emerging areas like Desktop as a Service (DaaS), Storage as a Service, and Applications as a Service are also covered. The key issues covered include which enterprise applications and use cases are appropriate for private and hybrid clouds, and how vendors should select the cloud management offerings that are going to be used to manage these various types of cloud services. Covered vendors include VMware (vCloud Automation Center), VirtuStream, CloudBolt Software, Intigua, ElasticBox, ServiceMesh, Cloudsidekick, and Puppet Labs.

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VMworld 2012: VMware joins OpenStack

August 27, 2012
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Some interesting news about VMWare was made public on Sunday 26th August - the day before VMWorld - that VMware joins OpenStack. This appears to be driven largely by the acquisition of Nicira - and the role that Nicira currently plays in the implementation of virtual networking in OpenStack.

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VMworld 2012: VMware Kills the vTax – Repackages and Reprices the Product Line

August 27, 2012
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VMware has killed the vTax and standardized upon per CPU socket pricing for its key new product, the vCloud Suite. Additionally VMware has removed the vRam entitlements from the core vSphere offerings.

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VMworld 2012: Important New Features in vSphere 5.1

August 27, 2012
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The vSphere 5.1 enhancements are more designed to better fit vSphere into the vCloud Suite as well as move the bar further on virtualizable workloads. vSphere 5.1 allows the virtualization of high performance graphics, real-time, HPC, and big data workloads.

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VMworld 2012: VMware Launches vCloud Director 5.1

August 27, 2012
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As a key part of the new vCloud Suite, vCloud Director 5.1 gets a bunch of new features, and takes on a new role. The new role is that vCD is built into the suite, and is the layer where the cross-cluster capabilities are implemented. Therefore vCD becomes much less of a Cloud Management solution,…

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VMworld 2012: VMware Launches the vCloud Suite

August 27, 2012
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With the vCloud Suite as a family of three SKU's, VMware has executed the most significant re-packaging of its software products in its history. The high end of the suite now includes vSphere, vCloud Director, and most of VMware's management offerings.

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OnLive – bad management, or an example of DaaS immaturity?

August 24, 2012
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Could OnLive have succeeded? Were they doomed to failure to failure before the off? What are the key questions you should be looking to have answered from your DaaS service provider? It is said that OnLive give an example how-not-to-do DaaS. DaaS is viewed as an upcoming market - is there a wider lesson to…

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Your VMworld 2012 Virtualization Management Sponsors and Exhibitors Short List

August 22, 2012
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VMworld 2012 is upon us. Use this list to figure out which booths should be on your short list for creative and new solutions. With over 230 booths to choose from this is a daunting task. If you are interested in management, monitoring, deployment, security, data protection, and desktop management problems, this list will help…

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Here Comes the Heterogeneous Distributed Enterprise Cloud

August 2, 2012
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Taking your cloud from a dev/test/pilot/training use case to an enterprise cloud introduces significant new requirements that first generation cloud management platforms were not designed to meet. Elasticity and self-service are nice features, but these features alone fall far short of what is needed to provision and run enterprise applications in clouds. With the acquisition…

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Is the Software Defined Data Center the Future?

August 1, 2012
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VMware purchased Nicira, backed the Openflow Community, and is now touting software defined data centers (SDDC). But what is a software defined datacenter? Is it just virtualization or cloud with a software defined network? Or is it something more than that? Given heavy automation and scripting of most clouds, do we not already have SDDC?…

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