The IaaS Cloud Performance Management Problem will continue to be one of two major factors impeding the adoption of public cloud services (multi-tenant security being the other one). Inferring performance from resource utilization metrics does not work in a simple single tenant virtualized environment (vSphere in your data center). It is worse than useless in muti-tenant public cloud environments that are build up upon a virtualization platform. The only known fix for this issue is for the cloud vendors to embrace end-to-end infrastructure latency as the quality of service metric and to surface this metric on a per tenant and per image basis to their customers.
There is a class of applications that is extremely difficult to virtualize. This group consists of graphics intensive applications such as ProEngineer, Photoshop, and pretty much anything that requires a GPU to perform well. Graphics intensive applications make up a list of applications that are usually too big or expensive to virtualize. The last mile so to speak. This is NO longer the case. With NVIDIA’s announcement of the NVIDIA VGX Cloud Platform. This and other classes of applications can now be virtualized.
Much of the recent buzz around AppSense from AppSense Labs,the research division at AppSense that is responsible for StrataApps, DataLocker and DataNow, its hot new tools to support user installed applications and provide increased security in consumer cloud services. Nevertheless, AppSense has not forgotten its roots and has recently released a major update to its core user persona management platform UV Suite.
How will Citrix acquisition of NxTop impact VARs and users? How will XenClient will be marketed longer term. Looks like Citrix will embrace IDV as there is a wider market share, and an admission that VDI will never be the sole solution: hybrid solutions are key to capturing as wide a desktop market share as possible.
Citrix has acquired client hypervisor segment leader Virtual Computer. Citrix now has a new client hypervisor solution XenClient Enterprise featuring extremely strong management capabilities. Integration with Citrix’s existing client hypervisor is sure to come, providing customers with the best of both worlds.
Microsoft’s release of the public beta of Windows Server 8 with the new release of Hyper-V 3, is increasing focus on cross hypervisor management. Hotlink and Microsoft SCOM lead this debate, will VMware step in as well?