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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Nimdesk: A DIY View on VDI-in-a-Box?

December 19, 2012
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NimDesk claim they have the simplest and most affordable desktop virtualization for business of any size today. At a headline $99 cost per user for a perpetual license, what can the Nimdesk software and hardware appliances achieve and how do these compare against existing solutions in this space?

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Will Cisco Buy Citrix in Reaction to VMware’s SDDC Strategy?

December 10, 2012
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If Cisco were to acquire Citrix, it would immediately boost Cisco's business via the integration of Netscaler into Cisco's product line. It would further significantly strengthen Cisco's hand in positioning vs VMware SDDC strategy. It would also pretty much cement the position of VMware and Cisco as two competing vendors of Software Defined Data Centers.

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Windows 2012 Hyper-V – the hypervisor for your Cloud? Part III

December 4, 2012
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Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V in your private cloud, specifically in a Microsoft Windows VM environment, can be delivered for cost effectively. With 2012 Hyper-V, any Microsoft edition has the exact same virtualization and fail-over clustering features & scalability. The key market play here is in the increased functionality that Microsoft has introduced however, Microsoft not…

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Windows 2012 Hyper-V – the hypervisor for your Cloud? Part II

November 27, 2012
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Is Windows 2012 Hyper-V ithe hypervisor for the cloud. We consider Aidan Finn's comparison of Windows 2012 Hyper-V to VMware VSphere and Citrix XenServer to help you decide what technologies can be used to configure your own private cloud services.

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Cisco Acquires Cloupia – Becoming a Management Software Vendor?

November 26, 2012
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Through a variety of initiatives including the Insime spin-in and the acquisition of Cloupia, Cisco is signalling that it is heading in the direction of becoming a management software vendor for virtualization and the cloud. This amounts a sharpening of the competitive knives with respect to VMware, and may position Cisco to become a factor…

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Are We Missing a Category of Cloud Computing?

November 19, 2012
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Putting an entire N-tier application system into a private or hybrid cloud appears to create something that does not fit into the existing definitions for IaaS, PaaS, or SaaS. We need to determine if a new category of cloud computing is warranted. And then if it is, we need to find some appropriate and non-offensive…

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Project Avalon: Will Citrix Put VMware Horizon to the Sword?

November 9, 2012
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Project Avalon: Will Citrix Put VMware Horizon to the Sword?

How does Project Avalon's Excalibur component focus on making a new FlexCast platform and deliver applications beyond the PC. How does Project Avalon's Merlin component deliver Self-service provision, management and service orchestration. Will these components deliver Windows apps and desktops as a true cloud service and can these services be compare to VMware's Horizon?

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VMware’s Application Management Strategy

November 5, 2012
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VMware’s Application Management Strategy

With vFabric Application Director, VMware is bringing a whole new level of value - application management including the life-cycle of custom and purchased applications across physical, virtual and cloud based environments to the market and its customers. The willingness to work with application software vendors in the Application Marketplace also represents a ground-breaking change for…

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VMware Updates Cloud Management Offerings at VMworld Europe

October 9, 2012
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VMware has updated its Cloud Management offerings with vCenter Operations 5.6, vCloud Automation Center, vCloud Connector Advanced 2.0, vFabric Application Director 5.0, vFabric APM 5.0, ITBM 7.5 and an IT Benchmarking Service. These are now cross platform offerings spanning multiple hypervisors (vSphere, Xen, KVM), multiple clouds (vCloud, Amazon, Windows Azure), and including support for physical…

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