Going to the Cloud: CAPEX, OPEX, Facilities, or People

CloudComputingOn the 11/1  Virtualization Security podcast we had no special guest but continued a conversation started at Hacker Halted this year. It is the ongoing question of whether or not Going to the cloud will cause jobs to be lost. The typical answer was stated at Hacker Halted, that people will need to cross-train with new products, etc. and then they would keep their jobs, but someone stood up and shouted out that this was hogwash. It made a lively discussion from there. So we tackled it on the podcast as well. Will people loose jobs Going to the Cloud? If so how can this be prevented? What do you as IT professionals need to do, to plan your careers while going to the cloud? Continue reading Going to the Cloud: CAPEX, OPEX, Facilities, or People

Hotlink’s Cross-Platform Management Technology

DataCenterVirtualizationOne of the companies and technologies to watch is Hotlink with its Cross-Platform Management Technology (winner of Best of Show, VMworld 2012). If you have not heard of this before, I think you will in the near future. This technology allows you to use VMware’s vCenter Server to manage and control all major hypervisors and public clouds to include VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (KVM), CloudStack, and Amazon EC2, all from within VMware vCenter. Continue reading Hotlink’s Cross-Platform Management Technology

News: VDI Startup Pano Logic Shuts Down

DesktopVirtualizationIt has just been revealed that Bay Area desktop virtualization startup Pano Logic has shut down. The news comes from a surprising source, The Credit Union Times, which scooped the IT world to the news. The news was confirmed by a former Pano Logic employee who requested not to be named.

The Virtualization Practice has covered Pano Logic in the past as it grew from a turnkey SMB VDI solution to incorporate more enterprise class features, as well as to provide integration with Citrix XenDesktop and VMware View. It’s true breakout moment came when it introduced Pano Logic System for the cloud, an Ubuntu-based platform that ran Google Chrome at a fraction of the cost of buying either the Chromebox and Chromebook offered by Samsung and Acer. Unfortunately for Pano Logic, the move came too late, and the hoped-for education market did not materialize. Continue reading News: VDI Startup Pano Logic Shuts Down

Citrix Remote PC: VDI complexity solved, or a kick start to a VDI project?

synergyAt Citrix Synergy in Barcleona, I got to have a look at Citrix’s latest addition to the FlexCast technology stack, Citrix RemotePC. Citrix RemotePC was released as part of Citrix XenDesktop 5.6 Feature Pack 1. While XenDesktop is Citrix’s hosted desktop solution, but Citrix Remote PC is not a virtualised desktop. Citrix Remote PC is secure brokering of a physical Windows endpoint (be that a desktop or a laptop) in your office, via Citrix’s HDX technology. Continue reading Citrix Remote PC: VDI complexity solved, or a kick start to a VDI project?

Move to the Cloud: Wait Out the Storm

VirtualizationBackupThe east coast is experiencing the tail end of a very large storm named ‘Sandy’. We all had plenty of time to prepare for the storm, but did we? Individually, we probably did, but what about our data? Those 24/7 critical processes to allow our customers to view and respond to the data our organizations provide? We were lucky—we had no issues during the storm, but now we await issues during storm clean up. So how do you prepare for such disasters? Do you move to the cloud? Continue reading Move to the Cloud: Wait Out the Storm

Dell Planning New Storage Tech for 2013

DataCenterVirtualizationDays after announcing its converged infrastructure platform, the Active System 800, Dell is already dropping hints about its future development path, confirming its intention to use the tech it acquired with RNA Networks to deliver new storage options.

Speaking at the Dell Storage Forum in Sydney last week, Ben Roscoe (Dell, General Manager – PowerVault Data Management) said the company is looking to use the technology acquired with RNA Networks to provide “integration points closer to the server”. This builds directly from the presentation that Don Ferguson (Dell CTO Dell Software Group) and Jai Menon (Dell CTO Enterprise Solutions Group) gave at the Dell Enterprise Strategy Update in San Francisco last week where Dell introduced the Active System 800. Ferguson and Menon shared their vision on how pooling server-side flash across multiple Active System nodes would speed performance of database and web apps. Continue reading Dell Planning New Storage Tech for 2013