dynaTrace Advances the State of the Art in Real User Monitoring

Real User Monitoring (RUM) is the part of overall Applications Performance Management (APM) that is focused specifically upon the experience of the actual end user. This is a frequently overlooked but critical part of managing overall applications performance – one becoming more important over time with some of the recent changes in applications architecture that are placing more functionality in the actual end user’s device. dynaTrace has now announced some very important advances in RUM that address these issues. Continue reading dynaTrace Advances the State of the Art in Real User Monitoring

Centralized RBAC Missing from Virtualization Management Tools

As a delegate for Tech Field Day 6 in Boston, I was introduced to several virtualization and performance management tools from vKernel, NetApp, Solarwinds, Embotics, and a company still in stealth mode. With all these tools and products I noticed that each was not integrated into the roles and permissions of the underlying hypervisor management servers such as VMware vCenter, Citrix XenConsole, or Microsoft System Center.  This lack of integration implies that a user with one set of authorizations just needs to switch tools to gain a greater or even lesser set of authorizations. This is not a good security posture and in fact could devolve any security to non-existent. Continue reading Centralized RBAC Missing from Virtualization Management Tools

Virsto gets $12 million boost to help push virtualized storage beyond Hyper-V

Virsto has announced they have secured $12 million in Series B venture capital funding. In addition, Virsto has revealed it has acquired EvoStor, a company specializing in storage virtualization technology for VMware environments.

Virsto developed the first hypervisor-based storage solution built for virtual machines which we’ve spoken about in the past. At present, Virsto’s solution is for Microsoft Hyper-V implementations only. Yet Khaled Nasr, partner at InterWest who joins Virsto’s board of directors, is obviously excited about the prospect of not only expanding Virtso’s potential for Microsoft Hyper-V,  but developing new markets: Continue reading Virsto gets $12 million boost to help push virtualized storage beyond Hyper-V

VMware’s SpringSource Ecosystem

As mentioned in my previous piece I’ve been doing some prototyping using SpringSource’s Grails. Grails can be thought of as the top of the stack.  If you pick up Grails you would naturally pull in the other pieces of SpringSource, including vFabric and ultimately CloudFoundry.   In a future post I will deal with what happens when you stick Grails onto CloudFoundry, but at this stage I’ve been assessing the health of the SpringSource Ecosystem. Continue reading VMware’s SpringSource Ecosystem

Juniper Provides Security from Mobile Endpoint to Hypervisor

Since Juniper bought Altor Networks, there has been steady progress to use Altor VF3 (now Juniper vGW, pronounced vee-Gee-W) as a way to extend the functionality of the Juniper SRX Series of Service Gateways into the virtual and cloud environments.  Juniper is focusing on the entire security stack from the endpoint to the hypervisor, vGW offers one component of that entire picture. Another component is the Junos Pulse Mobile Security Suite which provides Security as a Service for mobile devices.  These two components alone are a very powerful set of tools for any Enterprise. When you add in the other components it is a compelling story from network security perspective. Continue reading Juniper Provides Security from Mobile Endpoint to Hypervisor

VirtuAll User Environment Manager Released

About 18 months ago fellow Citrix Technology Professional Pierre Marmignon realized that there was a gap in the market for a simple robust user environment management solution that could remove the continual nightmare of managing complex Windows logon scripts and user environment settings in virtual desktop environments. Skip forward to today and Pierre has just announced the release of VirtuAll User Environment Manager (VUEM), and it is excellent.

It’s clear looking at VUEM that Pierre understands the requirements of both small and large enterprise organizations. Everything about VUEM is direct, to the point, a tool designed for and by system administrators who know what they want to do and just need a tool to help them do it. VUEM is simple to install and configure, you can be up and working with it literally in a few minutes and can deploy it into production in a couple of days. Yet at the same time is highly scalable and includes features that are essential for the needs of administrators of large enterprise environments. VUEM has been validated on environments containing up to 10,000 users, and there’s no reason to think that it could not scale past that in the right hands. Continue reading VirtuAll User Environment Manager Released

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