vCloud Suite: Why is VMware Turning its Back on VM-based Licensing?

CloudComputingAt VMworld VMware announced the release of the vCloud Suite of products. This new suite of packages, depending on the level purchased, bundles together several individual products into a single purchase point. See the table later for details of which package includes which product.

However, to me the most interesting point was the fact that this suite is purchased per processor, not per VM. This, coupled with VMware’s announcement of the death of vRAM, means that you can in theory now get a lot more bang per buck spent with no artificial limits set on usage. Continue reading vCloud Suite: Why is VMware Turning its Back on VM-based Licensing?

ITIL as a Service

DataCenterVirtualizationIf you ever want to polarize a group of IT professionals, all you need do is drop ITIL into the conversation. For some people ITIL is the devil incarnate. For others it is the Holy Grail–an unattainable symbol of union with the divine.

For VMWare it’s clearly the devil. In his VMworld keynote last month, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger said that the company is “putting aside ITIL and CMDB in favour of process that works for cloud,” a position that Citrix clearly disagrees with after announcing that it had completed the acquisition of New Zealand-based startup Beetil, which is rapidly making a name for itself with a SaaS-based service management offering that delivers a readily accessible pragmatic approach to ITIL. Continue reading ITIL as a Service

Licensing your Private Cloud

DataCenterVirtualizationBoth Microsoft and VMware have revamped their product suites, and therefore their licensing, once more. As always, how you buy will dictate how you license. It has taken a bit of time for all the revamped information to percolate through to each corporate site and for all the issues to be addressed. As we did before, let us look at licensing. We will look first at the old model of Hyper-V vs VMware vSphere vs Citrix Xen vs RedHat KVM. Then, in a follow-on article, we will look at the new cloud suite models.

Continue reading Licensing your Private Cloud

DaaS Service Level Agreement Immaturity Can Hamper Technology Adoption

DesktopVirtualizationA recent survey by Entelechy Associates indicates that while interest in DaaS is growing, no more than 2% of IT organizations are currently committed to adopting DaaS by 2014. While DaaS technology is rapidly maturing, the same cannot always be said for the service offerings themselves. The problem is not necessarily with individual DaaS products, but with service providers’ interpretations of how these products should be measured. Continue reading DaaS Service Level Agreement Immaturity Can Hamper Technology Adoption

The Software Defined Data Center and VDI

DesktopVirtualizationIn this GigaOm article, Steve Herrod, the CTO of VMware, explained, “Software defined data centers are “generation-proof.” They collapse disparate systems into a singularity built atop commodity x86 processors and other gear. Software provides everything that is needed to adapt the data center to new situations and new applications, and to manage everything from storage to switches to security. Although VMware will always work with hardware partners, Herrod said, “If you’re a company building very specialized hardware … you’re probably not going to love this message.” Continue reading The Software Defined Data Center and VDI

The Consolidation Continues: VMworld 2010

DataCenterVirtualizationContinuing on with the reminiscing theme started with my VMworld 2008 post and followed up with 2009, here we move one year closer to present day with the Class of VMworld 2010:

VendorOwned
A10 NetworksNo Change in Ownership
Aberdeen LLCNo Change in Ownership
AC&NCNo Change in Ownership
AcronisNo Change in Ownership
Actifio incNo Change in Ownership
AFORE SolutionsNo Change in Ownership
AkorriAcquired by NetApp
Alton NetworksNo Change in Ownership
AMAXNo Change in Ownership
AMDNo Change in Ownership
AmplidataNo Change in Ownership
APCNo Change in Ownership
AppDynamicsNo Change in Ownership
AppSenseNo Change in Ownership
APTARENo Change in Ownership
Aqua ConnectNo Change in Ownership
Argent SoftwareNo Change in Ownership
Arkeia SoftwareNo Change in Ownership
Arrow ECSNo Change in Ownership
AsperaNo Change in Ownership
AT&TNo Change in Ownership
Atlantis ComputingNo Change in Ownership
ATTO TechnologyNo Change in Ownership
Avere SystemsNo Change in Ownership
Beyond Trust SoftwareNo Change in Ownership
Blade Network TechnologiesAcquired by IBM
BlueArc CorporationAcquired by HDS
BlueCat NetworksNo Change in Ownership
BlueLockNo Change in Ownership
BMC SoftwareNo Change in Ownership
Box.netNo Change in Ownership
BroadcomNo Change in Ownership
BrocadeNo Change in Ownership
CA TechnologiesNo Change in Ownership
CatbirdNo Change in Ownership
CentrifyNo Change in Ownership
Check Point Software TechnologiesNo Change in Ownership
CiRBANo Change in Ownership
CiscoNo Change in Ownership
Citrix SystemsNo Change in Ownership
CLI (Computer Lab International)No Change in Ownership
Cloud.comAcquired by Citrix
Cognizant Technology solutionsNo Change in Ownership
CommvaultNo Change in Ownership
CompellentAcquired by Dell
Compuware CorporationNo Change in Ownership
Connectria HostingNo Change in Ownership
CORAIDNo Change in Ownership
Cortado, A Division of ThinprintNo Change in Ownership
CrashPlan PRONo Change in Ownership
Data RoboticsRebranded as Drobo
DataCore Storage Virtualization SoftwareNo Change in Ownership
DataLinkNo Change in Ownership
DellNo Change in Ownership
DesktoneNo Change in Ownership
DiskeeperOwned by Condusiv
DMTFNo Change in Ownership
Double-Take SoftwareNo Change in Ownership
DynamicOpsAcquired by VMware
Eaton CorpNo Change in Ownership
eG InnovationsNo Change in Ownership
Embotics corpNo Change in Ownership
EMCNo Change in Ownership
EmulexNo Change in Ownership
Endeavors TechnologiesNo Change in Ownership
EquinixNo Change in Ownership
EvoStorAcquired by Virsto
ExarNo Change in Ownership
Extreme NetworksNo Change in Ownership
F5 NetworksNo Change in Ownership
FalconStor SoftwareNo Change in Ownership
Fluid OperationsNo Change in Ownership
ForsytheNo Change in Ownership
FujitsuNo Change in Ownership
GlassHouse TechnologiesNo Change in Ownership
GNAX – Global Net AccessNo Change in Ownership
GreenBytesNo Change in Ownership
GreenPages Technology SolutionsNo Change in Ownership
HatSize CorpNo Change in Ownership
HDSNo Change in Ownership
Hosting.comNo Change in Ownership
HPNo Change in Ownership
Hyper-9Acquired by SolarWinds
HyperformixAcquired by CA
HyTrust IncNo Change in Ownership
I386, A Seagate CompanyNo Change in Ownership
IBMNo Change in Ownership
IceWeb Storage CorpNo Change in Ownership
IGEL TechnologyNo Change in Ownership
IlandNo Change in Ownership
Imprivata IncNo Change in Ownership
InContinuum SoftwareNo Change in Ownership
Infotrend CorpNo Change in Ownership
InMageNo Change in Ownership
Integrien CorpAcquired by VMware
IntelNo Change in Ownership
INXAcquired by Presidio
IsilonAcquired by EMC
IxiaNo Change in Ownership
KavizaAcquired by Citrix
Kingston Technology IncNo Change in Ownership
Kroll OntrackNo Change in Ownership
Lakeside softwareNo Change in Ownership
LeoStream CorpNo Change in Ownership
LikewiseAcquired by EMC Isilon
Liquidware LabsNo Change in Ownership
ManageIQNo Change in Ownership
McAffeNo Change in Ownership
MDS Micro incNo Change in Ownership
Mellonox   TechnologiesNo Change in Ownership
Metro-AtheneNo Change in Ownership
Mezeo SoftwareNo Change in Ownership
MicrosoftNo Change in Ownership
MitelNo Change in Ownership
NComputingNo Change in Ownership
NeptunyAcquired by BMC
NetAppNo Change in Ownership
NetExNo Change in Ownership
NetGearNo Change in Ownership
NetreoNo Change in Ownership
NetuitiveNo Change in Ownership
NeverfailNo Change in Ownership
newScale IncAcquired by Cisco
NorthScaleRebranded as Couchbase
NovellNo Change in Ownership
NTT CommunicationsNo Change in Ownership
PanceteraAcquired by Quantum
Pano Logic incNo Change in Ownership
PHD Virtual TechnologiesNo Change in Ownership
PreciseNo Change in Ownership
PROMISE TechnologyNo Change in Ownership
QNAP SystemsNo Change in Ownership
QuantumNo Change in Ownership
Quest SoftwareAcquired by Dell
RackSpace HostingNo Change in Ownership
Red HatNo Change in Ownership
Reflex SystemsNo Change in Ownership
RES SoftwareNo Change in Ownership
Riverbed TechnologyNo Change in Ownership
rPath incNo Change in Ownership
Safari Books OnlineNo Change in Ownership
SamsungElectronicsNo Change in Ownership
SanbolicNo Change in Ownership
SearchServerVirtualization.comNo Change in Ownership
Sendmail   incNo Change in Ownership
Service Provider Cloud PavilionVMware Showcase
Shavlik TechnologiesAcquired by VMware
SHINo Change in Ownership
Siemens IT SolutionsNo Change in Ownership
Silver PeakNo Change in Ownership
SkytapNo Change in Ownership
SplunkNo Change in Ownership
Stratus TechnologiesNo Change in Ownership
Sungard Avaliability ServicesMerged with Vivista
SychronNo Change in Ownership
Symantec CorpNo Change in Ownership
Syncsort IncNo Change in Ownership
TBD Networks IncBelieved Closed
TeamQuestNo Change in Ownership
Teradici CorpNo Change in Ownership
TerremarkNo Change in Ownership
ThinPrintNo Change in Ownership
Thycotic Software LtdNo Change in Ownership
TrainSignalNo Change in Ownership
Trend MicroNo Change in Ownership
TriCerat  IncNo Change in Ownership
UC4 SoftwareNo Change in Ownership
UniDeskNo Change in Ownership
UniPrintNo Change in Ownership
UShareSoftNo Change in Ownership
Veeam SoftwareNo Change in Ownership
Verizon BusinessNo Change in Ownership
Viridity SoftwareNo Change in Ownership
Virtacore SystemsNo Change in Ownership
VertensysOut of Business, Assets acquired by Micron
Virtual BridgesNo Change in Ownership
Virtual Computer IncAcquired by Citrix
Virtual Computing Environment CoalitionNo Change in Ownership
Virutal InstrumentsNo Change in Ownership
vKernelAcquired by Quest, now owned by Dell
VMLogixAcquired by Citrix
VMUGNo Change in Ownership
VMware Customer ShowCaseNo Change in Ownership
VMwareNo Change in Ownership
VoltaireAcquired by Mellanox
WanovaNo Change in Ownership
Whiptail TechNo Change in Ownership
Windows IT ProNo Change in Ownership
World Wide TechnologyNo Change in Ownership
WyseAcquired by Dell
Xangati IncNo Change in Ownership
XioTechNo Change in Ownership
XsigoAcquired by Oracle
ZenossNo Change in Ownership
ZettaNo Change in Ownership

This was the first year that there was a heavy cloud vendor presence, and the day of the lowercase “V” with everything had truly ended. Now you were not a serious startup company unless you has a “cloud” product. In terms of acquisitions this class has been quiet compared to previous years’ attendees. There could be numerous reasons for this. It could be the global recession, or it could just be consolidation has not actually started yet, as there were a very large number of cloud providers showing at the the 2010 conference market.