What to look for in a mobile OS if you are serious about desktop virtualization

The phenomenal growth of the tablet market has left many industry analysts scrambling to reassess sales forecasts for both tablets and PCs.  Last week Gartner was forced to acknowledge that its previous forecasts were way off the mark when it issued a revised 2011 sales forecast that reduced its November 2011 PC sales growth estimate by a staggering 25%. Gartner research director, Ranjit Atwal, said his company had not fully appreciated the impact that tablet devices were having on the market, and the new figures “reflect marked reductions in expected near-term unit growth based on expectations of weaker consumer demand, due in no small part to growing user interest in media tablets such as the iPad.” Given that this is the same Gartner that in September 2010 instructed CIOs everywhere to go out and buy iPads, it shows just how badly it underestimated the tablet’s impact on the PC market. As tablet sales (and for the moment we can read that as being almost exclusively iPad sales) continue to cut in to sales of PCs and laptops, PC manufacturers are under pressure to offer their own alternatives and IT organizations are under similar pressure to provide ways to integrate tablets into their core service offerings. Continue reading What to look for in a mobile OS if you are serious about desktop virtualization

vCenter Operations – vSphere Performance, Capacity and Configuration Management with Self Learning Analytics

VMware customers who have needed to manage the Availability, Resource Utilization, Capacity, Configuration, and the impacts of these areas upon system performance have had a rich set of vendors to choose from to get these types of solutions. Up until today, a comprehensive solution in this area has not been available from VMware itself. VMware has now announced vCenter Operations, three editions of which are intended to address these issues. Continue reading vCenter Operations – vSphere Performance, Capacity and Configuration Management with Self Learning Analytics

vCloud Security

On the 2/24 Virtualization Security Podcast we were joined by Davi Ottenheimer and Michael Haines of VMware to discuss vCloud security. This is of quite a bit of interest to many people these days. As VMware adds more and more Cloud functionality, how to secure the environment is becoming more and more important. The podcast started with the question what aspects of the cloud do customers want secured. The answer was intriguing to say the least. Continue reading vCloud Security

TPM/TXT Redux

On the third Virtualization Security Podcast of 2011 we were joined by Charlton Barreto of Intel to further discuss the possibility of using TPM/TXT to enhance security within the virtual and cloud environments. We are not there yet, but we discussed in depth the issues with bringing hardware based integrity and confidentiality up further into the virtualized layers of the cloud. TPM and TXT currently provide the following per host security: Continue reading TPM/TXT Redux

Virtualization Performance and Availability Monitoring – A Reference Architecture

In “A Perfect Storm in Availability and Performance Monitoring“, we proposed that legacy products from the physical environment should not be brought over into your new virtualized environment and that you should in fact start over with a horizontally layered approach, choosing a scaled out, and highly flexible product that can integrate with products at adjacent layers. In this post we will propose a Reference Architecture which can be used to accomplish this. Continue reading Virtualization Performance and Availability Monitoring – A Reference Architecture

Licensing VDI for Microsoft Desktops – is it rocket science?

On Feb 24, the US Space shuttle Discovery took off from Kennedy Space Centre for its final mission. At its launch, Discovery will have completed 38 voyages and traveled 230 million kilometers.  In 1970 approximately 200,000 miles from Earth in a damaged spacecraft, new protocols were  designed and new equipment re-created from spare parts in order to bring astronauts safely back to earth. In 1961 the first man entered space and come 1969, man was walking on the moon. Continue reading Licensing VDI for Microsoft Desktops – is it rocket science?