New Breed of Replication Receiver Clouds

VirtualizationBackupThere is an ever-increasing number of data protection providers creating replication receiver clouds as they team up with cloud service providers. This could herald the end of on-premise tape use for some enterprises, leaving tape to be used primarily by cloud providers. There are major benefits for Quantum, Zerto, Veeam, and others to form replication receiver clouds, but these clouds are not just for storage anymore. They could be purely for storage, but this is not a big win for the cloud service providers. So why would cloud service providers be interested in being a storage endpoint for data protection? Why are they concerned with backup and offering it as a service? Continue reading New Breed of Replication Receiver Clouds

Does the Cloud Need a New Programming Language?

Agile Cloud DevelopmentThe question of whether there is a specific cloud programming language has emerged in our internal discussions at TVP. We’ve noticed a tendency amongst “born in the cloud” companies like Cloud Physics to follow the example of Twitter and develop server-side components in the Scala programming language. Scala runs on the JVM and is supported by a significant number of PaaS, including CloudFoundry. Does this mean that enterprises moving to PaaS should now be coding in Scala? Continue reading Does the Cloud Need a New Programming Language?

News: Stratus Technologies Acquires Marathon Technologies

DataCenterVirtualizationStratus Technologies, one of the leaders in hardware fault-tolerant platforms, has acquired its main competitor, Marathon Technologies, in a move that consolidates the best of hardware and software fault-tolerant computing systems into a single entity.  Stratus’ claim to fame came from its hardware fault-tolerant servers that were built in pairs, with duplicate hardware, to ensure that no single component failure would cause any system downtime. Stratus built very solid and reliable systems but on its own proprietary hardware; this acquisition now expands Stratus’ ability to provide software fault tolerance to any industry-standard physical or virtual server. This opens opportunities for new customers no matter what physical hardware the customer uses and prefers.  Continue reading News: Stratus Technologies Acquires Marathon Technologies

Public Cloud Computing – Economics and Throats to Choke

CloudComputingWhen enterprises consider putting business-critical workloads in public clouds, many of them overlook, at least in part, critical issues of economics and over what portion of their cloud software stack the cloud vendor has full control. This leads to a situation where sometimes relatively inexpensive offerings where the vendor has full control of their software stack (like Amazon EC2) are improperly compared to an offering from a vendor like Savvis or Terramark who is building a cloud out of either VMware-provided components or OpenStack components. This gives rise to important issues that drive both the cost of the respective offerings and the degree to which the cloud vendor can both enhance the offerings with rapid agility and quickly address service level issues. Continue reading Public Cloud Computing – Economics and Throats to Choke

Oracle and VMware Update Desktop Virtualization Platforms

DesktopVirtualizationOracle and VMware have both been busy with their respective desktop-focused type II hypervisors, with each vendor releasing updates in the last month.  Focus on Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 and Windows server 2012 is inevitable, but that aside both vendors continue to drive their respective products in clearly defined directions with no real regard for competition. Oracle’s updates to VirtualBox have added significantly to its appeal, but leave it trailing behind VMware Workstation in both its finish and feature count. While VMware has done much to optimize Workstation to work with the forthcoming Windows 8, many of the other updates that VMware has released could be thought of as gilding the lily, offering features such as Thumbnail Actions that allow virtual machine power state to be controlled from the taskbar. Continue reading Oracle and VMware Update Desktop Virtualization Platforms