NetApp to Acquire Akorri

On January 12 2011, NetApp announced that it is going to acquire Akorri. The significance of this can only be understood by first going through some background on Akorri.

Akorri was founded in 2005 by Rich Corley, a serial entrepreneur. Rich has a very deep background in storage and in particular in how storage performance impacts the performance of workloads that rely upon storage systems. At the time of the founding virtualization was not the overwhelming phenomena that it is today and the focus of Akorri was upon understanding how the intersection of storage performance and the performance of the rest of the infrastructure (servers and networks) impacted the performance of the overall system. Continue reading NetApp to Acquire Akorri

Ericom welcomes the desktop virtualization year with new release

Ericom has has won the race to deliver the first new product release of the “Year of Desktop Virtualization” with the launch of Ericom PowerTerm WebConnect 5.7.

WebConnect (sorry Ericom, but “PowerTerm WebConnect 5.7” takes too much space on the page to type out every time) is Ericom’s answer to Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop, plus or minus a few bells and whistles. On the plus side WebConnect includes mainframe and midrange terminal emulation software to provide access to legacy systems, as well as offering support for mixed environments consisting of servers running Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2008 R2 grouped together in a single farm, and manages to do all this with a single product where Citrix still requires two. Continue reading Ericom welcomes the desktop virtualization year with new release

Will Scale Out Architectures Revolutionize Virtualization and the Cloud?

If you are thinking of your future data center what design point or goal is top of mind? Are you thinking about “virtualizing everything” around current and future versions of VMware vSphere? Or, are you instead thinking about what it would be like to have your own instance of Amazon EC2 or Google AppEngine? Continue reading Will Scale Out Architectures Revolutionize Virtualization and the Cloud?

Mobile Virtual Desktops, Motorola Announce a Nirvana Phone

Early last week Darron Antill, COO at AppSense, predicted that 2011 will be a huge year for mobility, citing that by 2013 mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most common web access device worldwide. Before that week was out, Motorola announced the introduction of its hyperphone; the Motorola ATRIX 4G. As you look up from your iPads, Playbooks and Slates “oh my” you may well ask, “is this important?” Continue reading Mobile Virtual Desktops, Motorola Announce a Nirvana Phone

A New Year VMUG Challenge

It is the start of 2011 and I hope everyone has not broken their New Year’s Resolutions already. To start the year off, I would like to encourage and or challenge you to become a part of your local VMware User Group or VMUG as we like to call it.  Last year I did a post on My Experience with VMUGs and I am a full supporter of this program and the good it can bring.  Although I have a bias for the VMUGS over other types of user groups, the concept of people helping people rates high in my book and I would like to challenge you all to get involved. Continue reading A New Year VMUG Challenge

Threat Analysis: Layers upon layers

When we think of the threat to a virtual environment or the cloud, what do we think about? First it is important to understand how the cloud is layered on top of the virtual environment. Given a cloud stack, where are the entry points for SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, and Cloud management? At the recent Minneapolis VMUG, I attempted to relay that information to the attendees. Once we understood the layers we could then concentrate on the threat vectors to the cloud and virtual environment. Continue reading Threat Analysis: Layers upon layers