Citrix Reach Out for the SME market with Kaviza Aquisition

One of the initial announcements at Citrix Synergy was that Kaviza,who developed one of the first all-in-one “VDI-in-a-Box” solutions for small and medium business, have been acquired by Citrix. The acquisition adds a fast-track VDI-only solution to the Citrix portfolio. The Kaviza “VDI-in-a-Box” product is billed as complementing the Citrix’s  XenDesktop product line for enterprise-class desktop virtualization. Continue reading Citrix Reach Out for the SME market with Kaviza Aquisition

Cloud Computing is not Utility Computing

In our previous article “Can the Vendors Eat Their Own Dog Food on Cloud Billing?” we offered a provoking insight on what it is that Cloud Computing is and how it should be billed to you. It was suggested that Cloud Computing was fundamentally about “making IT a utility”.

However is  “Cloud computing” a utility computing? And if it isn’t, what is it?

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TakeDownCon Dallas: Virtualization Security is NOT just about the Virtual Host

If there was any take-a-way from TakeDownCon Dallas related to virtualization, it was that the virtualization host is not the primary attack point but all the ancillary systems that touch it. These systems may not even be considered part of the virtual environment but they certainly can impact the security of the environment. I saw at TakeDownCon Dallas the following attacks:

Why would a Developer choose VMware?

It is interesting to see Edward’s comment that according to EMC/VMware, widespread production deployment of Cloud Apps is 3-5 years off.  If that is the case the VMware CloudFoundry initiative should be focused on cutting-edge development rather than porting existing apps, and in much the same way that Microsoft has always courted developers, CloudFoundry should be the latest cool thing for developer productivity. It’s interesting to talk about this stuff in the abstract, and at the strategic level, but sometimes it’s worth understanding what happens when you need to make the decisions for yourself.

So, although I’m more of an Architect than a Developer I’m knocking up a prototype application – this isn’t a thought experiment I really am building a real prototype with a view to showing to a real enterprise customer (in fact several), but it’s not being built for one specific customer so there aren’t any pre-defined corporate standards on the technology that I have to build it on.  Continue reading Why would a Developer choose VMware?

Tripwire Inc. Acquired

In 2008 Tripwire made itself known in the virtualization space with the release of two free tools, Tripwire’s ConfigCheck and OpsCheck. By the time 2009 came around, Tripwire was getting itself fully established in the virtual space for the release of its new product, Tripwire’s vWire. vWire was released in the summer of 2009 and then killed by the end of that year as Tripwire shifted its focus to an acquisition it made for log management to expand the capabilities of its flagship product, Tripwire Enterprise.

Although Tripwire seemed to completely drop of the face of the earth, at least from the virtualization space, they continued to grow and expand in the Security and Compliance space led by the continued success of Tripwire Enterprise.   All seemed to be going well for Tripwire as they filed for an IPO with the SEC and continued on its way to going public.

It seems those plans for going public have changed, or at the very least, delayed.  It has been announced that the private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo has entered into an agreement to purchase Tripwire Inc for undisclosed terms. Thoma Bravo has quite the portfolio with investments in companies like Attachmate Corporation, LANDesk Software Inc. and SonicWALL Inc. to name a few.  I do not think Tripwire Inc will focus on the virtualization space specificately and will continue down the path of being able to monitor and report on as many different types of hardware in the infrastructure that it can.  It’s lack of focus on cloud computing or virtualization in general may really come back to haunt Tripwire in the near future, but they are jumping on to the bandwagon by changing the marketing approach to add mention of the securing the cloud. “Secured by Tripwire – IT Security and Compliance for Cloud and Managed Service Providers”. I really think Tripwire is going to have to work on expanding its own portfolio itself by continuing to innovate and expand its horizons. I was working for Tripwire throughout the creation and release of vWire and have nothing but good things to say about the people and the company itself.  I found Tripwire to be an absolutely wonderful place to work and I wish them well and continued success moving forward.

Monitoring SQL Server Performance on VMware vSphere

VMware has recently posted an article up on its Communities site in the Business Critical Applications section about monitoring SQL Servers that are supporting a business critical application running in a vSphere environment. If this is how VMware thinks critical infrastructure services (database servers, applications servers, web servers, messaging servers, etc.) that support business critical applications should be monitored then it is no wonder that so many customers are struggling to get their business critical application virtualized. Continue reading Monitoring SQL Server Performance on VMware vSphere

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