EMCworld 2011 was full of very interesting announcements and statements by EMC and VMware executives. They were:
EMC eats it own “Dog Food” in the form of 7-10 PBs of data with only ~2PBs of constantly in use data. The rest is historical data storage and disk libraries. They also make heavy use of VPLEX Metro (synchronous) to keep their existing data centers in sink. When they move their data center, VPLEX GEO (asynchronous) will figure heavily in their migration plans. In addition, EMC is roughly 80% virtualized with a goal of hitting 90% over the next few years. Lastly, one of the coolest aspects of EMC’s IT group is that they have an official channel back into engineering to bring up, solve, and report back on products to improve their overall functionality, availability, and capabilities. This integration is all about cloud deployments and creation. Continue reading Cloud Applications are 3-5 years Out: Underlying Layers are Evolving
Now I have to admit I have always had a bit of a soft spot for RemoteScan, it is one of those venerable SBC add-ons that always made a Citrix deployment easier especially in the Legal market space. That said, I was under the impression that they had disappeared as their marketing machine had been very quiet these past 18 months.
So what does RemoteScan do? RemoteScan provides the ability to scan documents into a remote session. There is something elegant about taking one simple task and producing a functional program and RemoteScan did that very well. Continue reading Quest Buys RemoteScan
At a gathering in San Francisco Intel has demonstrated a new chip design that uses 3D transistors to improve circuit density, provide for a path to more powerful chips while also keeping power requirements low. This reinvention of the transistor promises to allow Moore’s law to continue to be extended for the foreseeable future. Continue reading Intel goes for 3D Transistors – Extends Moore’s Law Yet Again
Over the last few weeks, VMware (as we indicated in an earlier post) and Red Hat have initiated two very similar initiatives known respectively as CloudFoundry and OpenShift. These are Platform as a Service (PaaS) plays, being developed for the longer term, primarily looking to encourage the development of (and thereafter to provide infrastructure for) applications specificallysuited to the the cloud. In this article we compare and contrast the two offerings and discuss their significance for the PaaS market as a whole. Continue reading VMware’s CloudFoundry and Red Hat’s OpenShift – Compare and Contrast
One of the basic tenants of virtualization security is to protect the management components of your virtualization hosts by placing these all important components on a separate network. These components often include management servers such as SCOM, vCenter, XenCenter, VirtManager, etc. as well as the management appliances of your virtualization hosts. In essence, the use of a properly configured, firewalled, and monitored virtualization management network would be the simplest and most effective security measure that can be made to day within any virtual environment. A message shared by Citrix, VMware, myself, and many others.
The problem is that not everything is as black and white as security folks desire. If we implement performance and other management tools, we often need to expose part of our all important virtualization management network to others. But how do we do this safely, securely, with minimal impact to usability? Why do we need to this is also another question. You just have to take one look at the Virtualization ASsessment TOolkit (Vasto) to realize the importance of this security requirement. But the question still exists, how do you implement other necessary tools within your virtual environment without impacting usability? Which we discussed on the May 5th Virtualization Security Podcast. Continue reading Security of Performance and Management tools within the Virtual Environment
VMTurbo has broken some significant new ground in terms of what is available for free in a virtual appliance that manages the performance and capacity of VMware vSphere environments. This new free tool is not time limited, nor is it limited in terms of the size of the environment that it can address. Continue reading VMTurbo Breaks New Ground for Free vSphere Monitoring Tools