Licensing your Private Cloud

Both Microsoft and VMware have revamped their product suites and therefore their licensing once more and how you buy will dictate how you license (as always). It has taken a bit of time for all the information to percolate through to each corporate site and all the issues to be addressed. As we did before, let us look at licensing. We will look at first the old model of Hyper-V vs VMware vSphere vs Citrix Xen vs RedHat KVM. Then in a follow-on article we will look at the new cloud suite models.

Intigua

Intigua, a two-time “Best of VMworld” winner, has pioneered the virtualization and encapsulation of server management tools to transform fragmented, manually intensive systems management tools and processes into agile, fully automated, software defined operations and policy-driven services. Intigua’s software gives enterprise IT Operations a vendor-neutral central control plane across all server management tools, 1000s of … Continue reading Intigua

The Software Defined Data Center and VDI

The software defined data center promised to run all current and future workloads on commodity hardware. However, VDI currently requires unique hardware to perform at scale—a need met by a set of vendors like Astute Networks, Tintri, Nutanix, Pivot3, and V3. VMware is also addressing the unique requirements of VDI adoption in the VMware View Rapid Desktop Program. Therefore VDI currently constitutes an exception to the every workload promise made by the SDDC.

New Breed of Replication Receiver Clouds

There is an ever increasing number of data protection providers creating replication receiver clouds as they team up with cloud service providers. This could herald the end of on premise tape use for some enterprises, leaving tape to be used primarily by cloud providers. There are major benefits for Quantum, Zerto, Veeam, and others to form replication receiver clouds, but these clouds are not just or storage anymore. They could be purely for storage, but this is not a big win for the cloud service providers. So why would cloud service providers be interested in being a storage endpoint for data protection? Why are they concerned with backup and offering it as a service?