The team that brought you KVM are back with a new product and new direction. Qumranet founders —Benny Schnaider and Rami Tamir, have lifted the covers off Ravello Systems announcing it nested hypervisor platform HXV and a bold goal to create a cloud spanning hypervisor that will allow workloads to be moved from platform to platform regardless of the underlying infrastructure. Continue reading Ravello Revives Binary Translation for Cloud Hypervisor
User Environment Management is a key capability in delivering a modern flexible, reliable, and secure application delivery environment. While UEM can provide consistency across different platforms (be they desktops, laptops, or a hosted or shared virtual desktop environment), UEM is not just a technology to enable desktop virtualization. UEM can be used to accelerate logon times (improving device roaming capabilities); make migration from old to new operating systems and applications less complicated (enabling more rapid change); and can control, facilitate, and enforce user access to applications and data resources, assisting in securing environments when they are accessed outside of the maze.
Norskale believes that performance, simplicity of use, and a low cost of ownership are key factors when choosing a workspace management product. While Norskale is a new venture, the VEUM product has been available since 2011 and does have a range of case studies and testimonies. Norksale’s goal for VUEM is to deliver a product that allows organisations to maintain user satisfaction: give extremely fast login times and a reliable and consistent environment that is easy to use. Yet, Norskale must compete against far more than Shadow, Speedy, Bashful, and Pokey. UEM is focused on managing a Microsoft Windows desktop workspace. While Microsoft has improved their tool selection, third party vendors such as AppSense, Liquidware Labs, RES Software, et.al, have an established place.
The potential UEM market is large, with plenty of pellets to go around. What does Norskale VUEM v2 offer, and how does it compare to the competition? Continue reading Norskale VUEM v2 – a Power Up for a New Player in User Environment Management?
Hotlink and their Cross-Platform Cloud Management technology have been in the news recently with the announcement of the latest release and the release of the free version of their flagship product, Hotlink SuperVISOR for VMware vCenter. This technology extends the VMware vCenter management capabilities to Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (KVM). Bernd Harzog did a great post covering this latest release so no need to repeat things, but I would like to share my thoughts on how this type of technology has the potential to fundamentally change the direction of virtualization and/or cloud computing.
One of the secret ingredients in Hotlink’s technology is the Transformation Engine, which basically decouples VMware vCenter from the vSphere hypervisor so that multiple different hypervisors can be controlled via VMware vCenter Server. The Transformation Engine is what I would call the integration engine, in that it performs the translation between technologies. I wonder if during the Hotlink development, the ability to decouple and manage all the different hypervisors was the project plan all along, or was it an added bonus discovered during development of the Transformation Engine?
Additional feature or added bonus, call it what you want, but I think this is going to open some doors in cross platform features. Hotlink is just the first of what may be many different cross-platform strategies. In the way that Hotlink has made VMware vCenter Server the centralized management point, I think there will be other companies that will present similar technology; having Microsoft’s System Center as the management point would be just one example.
Now here is where it can get really good. Once the cross-platform management concept really takes off, when we really have a choice of which technology we want to use as the central management point, we could really get to a point where certain features could be cherry picked and used with all systems. What I mean is hopefully there will be the ability to take advantage of specific features that are available for a specific technology. One example with the Hotlink technology is taking advantage of VMware’s Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) and expanding the use of the technology to a Microsoft Hyper-V Cluster. An additional bonus features would be the ability to take advantage of VMware’s vCenter Operations.
Would it be too much to think that in the future we might be able to take advantage of different features from the different platforms to pick which features we could use and apply to the infrastructure as a whole? Why not? The integration engine is the key to keep everything talking to each other.
By design or by accident, cross-platform cloud management has opened a door to a possibility that I don’t think VMware, Microsoft, Citrix, or any other hypervisor vender would have thought might happen. Will this “feature” continue to grow and expand or will functionality be diminished or removed? Time will tell and we will just have to see for ourselves.
AppDynamics has just raised $50m and New Relic has just raised $80m, both in preparation for going public. The legacy APM vendors are about to have a really serious problem. These funding rounds prove that some of the smartest investors in the world now believe that virtualization, cloud computing, new languages, and dynamic run time environments combine to create both a brand new set of requirements for a relevant management stack and the opportunity for a brand new set of vendors to be both the platforms for that management stack and the foundations of that new management stack.
Most of the private clouds that have been implemented to date have focused upon transient workloads like development, QA, load testing, pilot, pre-production, and training. Private clouds are great for these use cases because private clouds automate the process of creating and tearing down these transient environments as is needed. However, production business critical applications are not transient and most do not need to scale up and down with demand. This creates an entirely different set of requirements for putting these business critical applications in private clouds. Continue reading Virtualized Business Critical Applications – In Your Private Cloud
VMware has published a fascinating white paper which goes through the resource requirements, performance requirements, suggested configurations, performance comparison between physical and virtual environments and whether or not there are licensing issues for various business critical applications.
The VMware Virtualizing Business Critical Apps White Paper
You can access the VMware Virtualizing Business Critical App White Paper Here.
VMware has also published a list of worldwide partners who have specific domain expertise in virtualizing business critical applications. That matrix is below.
More information on virtualizing business critical applications can be found at Blogs.VMware/Apps/
Having successfully virtualized all of the low hanging fruit in its customer base, VMware has now put a serious focus upon virtualizing business critical and performance critical applications. That focus includes not just highlighting progress to date, but also working with partners who have specific domain expertise is specific applications.