With recent announcements of software-defined networking capabilities for their Active System line of converged infrastructure it’s worth taking a look at the converged infrastructure offerings from Dell. Right now that consists solely of the Dell Active System 800, a preconfigured & pre-integrated solution aiming to compete with the VCE Vblock and NetApp FlexPods of the world, though the Dell vStart lineup also offers similar hardware with more of a do-it-yourself focus on software integration. Continue reading A Look at the Dell Active System 800
The Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) will be a highly dynamic environment with constantly changing configuration and resource allocation settings driven by various forms of automation including the provisioning of workloads from service catalogs, the scaling of workloads in response to demand, and the migration of workloads across hosts for workload balancing and prioritization reasons. Due to Agile Development, applications are now changing more quickly than ever before. So we are going to have rapidly changing applications running on a rapidly changing software infrastructure. This will drive the need for SDDC Application Performance Management.
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There was recently a rather heated twitter discussion between @Guisebule, @VirtualTal, and @Texiwill (myself) about using virtual desktops as a part of cyber defense. While this could be true, there is a need to ensure you know where your virtual desktop(s) start and end, not only within the network, but your applications in use. In addition, it is very important to fully understand the scope of a virtual desktop architecture as well as use. There are some use cases that work very well for use of virtual desktops as a part of cyber defense or for that matter just make sense for virtual desktops. There two ways to make virtual desktops part of your cyber defense but they both require more than network security.
While VMware is still the undisputed leader in enterprise data center virtualization, it is also very obvious that Microsoft has made (and continues to make) significant inroads into both the broader data center virtualization market and into VMware’s own enterprise customer base. The general perception is that Microsoft Hyper-V is now “good enough” to run most production workloads, that it is close enough (or at parity) in functionality and performance to vSphere for customers to be able to move workloads from vSphere to Hyper-V, and that vSphere is “expensive” and Hyper-V is “free”. So how will VMware win against Microsoft? Continue reading How Will VMware Win Against Microsoft?
Host deployments in a Software Defined Data Center (SDDC): How do you deploy the hypervisors in your company? There are several different choices: installing from a CD, installing over the network, and/or Pre eXecution Environment (PXE), to name a few methods currently available. When there are not too many physical hypervisors to worry about, CD installation works just fine; the need for automated installation grows in direct correlation to the number of hosts. Continue reading Host Deployments in a Software Defined Data Center (SDDC)
We recently had a conversation with DataStax regarding their DataStax Enterprise product, which got us to thinking a little about the nature of Big Data and Cloud. DataStax is the company behind the Open Source Cassandra NoSQL database. It provides technical direction and the majority of committers to the Apache Cassandra project. Cassandra in turn is a Column Family-based database along the lines of Google’s BigTable. If you are a SQL programmer it’s determining feature is… it doesn’t do joins. Continue reading DataStax – Three Ways to access the same Big Data