Delegate User Problem and Proxies

VirtualizationSecurityBy far, the lowest hanging fruit of virtualization and cloud environment security is the segregation of your management control from your workloads. Separation of data and control planes has been recommended for everything from storage (EMC ViPR) up to the workloads running within virtual machines. The same holds true for cloud and virtual environment management tools, tasks, and functions. Up to now there have been very few choices in how such segregation could be implemented. They have been limited to using properly placed firewalls or to using some form of proxy, and the only proxy available was HyTrust. But this has changed. There are some other tools that will help with this segregation of data from control; do they give the level of auditing we require to solve the delegate user problem? Continue reading Delegate User Problem and Proxies

My Thoughts on the VMware vCloud Hybrid Service

CloudComputingAn announcement was made last week about the new VMware vCloud Hybrid Service. This service will bring VMware Public Cloud Service to the masses later this year. There are a couple of related posts from our own Virtualization Practice analysts, which can be found here and here. Since there has been plenty of conversation about just what the vCloud Hybrid Service is, I am going to use this post to share my thoughts on the service itself.

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Virtualization Backup: Tape Still Around

VirtualizationBackupIn a recent set of announcements, the virtualization backup and data protection companies have announced support for tape. Tape has always been supported indirectly by virtualization backup companies such as Veeam, Quantum, and PhD Virtual as well as directly by Symantec, HP, CommVault, etc. It is interesting to note that there is a convergence on tape support using two distinct methods. The first is to add support for tape libraries directly into their products: Veeam. The second is to add tape support by better integration with their existing product suite: Quantum. Even so, we know that tape still reigns for storing of large amounts of data. We just cannot seem to be rid of it, nor do I think we ever will be. Continue reading Virtualization Backup: Tape Still Around

Cloud Scale Apps, Cloud Scale Testing

Agile Cloud DevelopmentWhile at Interop, I participated in a Tech Field Day event where Spirent was talking about their new Axon product, as well as the possibility of usage of It was an interesting discussion but it gave me some food for thought. As we move to cloud scale apps based on platforms such as Pivotal (EMC World was just down the street), OpenShift, and others, we need a way to test those applications at scale. Spirent and Ixia provide these tools, but would they be used in this new model? Continue reading Cloud Scale Apps, Cloud Scale Testing

VMware vCloud Hybrid Service

VMware100x30On Tuesday VMware announced their answer to the public cloud: the vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS). One of the biggest hurdles for the roughly 500,000 VMware customers has been that their on-premise, private infrastructure isn’t directly interoperable with any sizable public clouds, like Amazon AWS or RackSpace. If you want to move towards a public or hybrid cloud model you need to add additional software, like Enstratius’ offerings or VMware’s own vCloud Automation Center. You could also use the vCloud Connector, but that relies on having another vCloud available. One of VMware’s frustrations has been the adoption rate of partners, most refusing to build full vCloud implementations, effectively trapping VMware customers inside their own data centers. Continue reading VMware vCloud Hybrid Service

Software Defined Data Center Analytics

SDDC.Management.Stack.Reference.ArchitectureMoving the configuration of the environment from the hardware that supports the environment to a layer of software which can collectively manage all of the storage, networking, compute, and memory resources of the environment is one of the main points of the SDDC. Once all of the configuration of the data center is moved into software, and some of the execution of the work is moved into software, SDDC Data Center Analytics will play a critical role in keeping your SDDC up and running with acceptable performance. Continue reading Software Defined Data Center Analytics