The Future of I.T. – There is an app for that

One thing I noticed while attending this year’s VMworld in San Francisco was how many people attending the event had iPads.  Actually, it was the hottest item being given away by almost all the vendors in attendance at the show.  I was lucky enough to get one of the iPads  that EMC was giving away.  I recently heard that the iPad is the hottest selling tech item in history so far.  During VMworld I got a chance to see the VMware iPad application to control your virtual environment and was really impressed. I really think the iPad might have a chance to become the tool of choice for the IT admins to monitor and administrate their environment.  I am hoping that by VMworld 2011 we will be seeing a lot more client applications written and ported to the iPad and/or other mobile devices. Continue reading The Future of I.T. – There is an app for that

Can Citrix Project GoldenGate make it worth delivering virtualized applications to a smartphone?

Application Virtualization’s benefit is that your business application is no longer dependent on the operating system. This is Good because you can now deploy applications quickly and easily and therefore cheaply and more productively. Application Virtualization is not a new technology – Citrix, for instance, have helped provide virtualized applications for a number of years. With Citrix’s products you could deliver win32 applications to DOS and Win16 environments. Later, Windows applications could be delivered to Linux environments. While other vendors have produced similar functionality, Citrix are a market leader in enabling businesses to deliver applications to a wide variety of devices which has expanded to include SmartPhones. Citrix customers can deliver applications to iPhones, to Android devices, to Blackberrys. Citrix’s device compatibility is an impressive list. Surely, a great benefit to business – roaming users can access their applications as they do back at the office, full functionality, no code changes.

Sounds great. Too good to be true. And the thing about too good to be true is that often, it isn’t. Why would delivering applications to SmartPhones be a bad thing?

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Citrix to release XenDesktop 5

Last week during Citrix’s Synergy event in Berlin Germany, the company announced the up and coming release of the next edition of their virtual desktop platform, XenDesktop 5. Focusing on greater management and end user experience, XenDesktop 5 comes right on the heels of the latest feature release of the XenDesktop 4 line, which was the release of the client-side hypervisor product, XenClient. Continue reading Citrix to release XenDesktop 5

CA Acquires Hyperformix – Bolsters Predictive IT Management Capabilities

On 9/28/2010 CA Technologies announced that it will acquire Hyperformix. Hyperformix is a vendor that delivers capacity management and performance management solutions for physical and virtual environments.

With this announcement CA formerly enters the capacity planning, and more importantly the capacity management market for virtual environments and their underlying physical infrastructures. It is important to distinguish between the capacity planning and management use cases for this product set. Capacity Planning is something that enterprises have been doing for years and is a periodic activity that is focused upon making sure that an application system does not run out of capacity for a critical hardware resource inside of the purchase cycle for more of that resource. Continue reading CA Acquires Hyperformix – Bolsters Predictive IT Management Capabilities

Ubuntu edging towards OpenStack

Around this time last year we were tracking the development of the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud, a Eucalyptus-based solution that is bundled into the Ubuntu installation from 9.10  onwards and allows you to install a IaaS cloud into which you subsequently install Ubuntu Server instances, rather than directly installing an Ubuntu Server. The Eucalyptus proposition is that the cloud you create is identical from an API – and therefore a tooling – perspective  to an Amazon EC2 cloud, and the same Ubuntu instances can run inside  it, and even can be cloud-bursted out to it.  Canonical make a lot of this duality in their positioning of Eucalyptus and the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud. It feels very-much like an “onramp” message that we hear from VMware. Continue reading Ubuntu edging towards OpenStack

Rackspace Hijacks OpenStack

Call me a bore, but Open Source Governance models would be my “Specialist Subject” on a quiz show.  It’s not that I have studied Open Source Governance, it’s more that I have lived it. A s a member of the Board of Directors of Eclipse I worked extensively with both Skip McGaughey who originally set up Eclipse as an entity inside IBM, and with Mike Milinkovich who took it over as an independent entity, and I know the pain that the originating organization has to go through to let go of its baby, and the pain that an independent director goes through to finally wrest the baby from its parent’s grasp, and the benefits to the originating organization and to the community at large when it all happens.  I also know that Rackspace has gone through none of that pain in setting up OpenStack,  it has got the OpenStack governance model spectacularly wrong, and as a result the whole initiative is in peril.

The OpenStack Governance Document bears an uncanny resemblance to George Orwell’s Animal Farm.  You may remember that various animals got together to throw out the humans with the slogan “All Animals are Equal”, but that over time the slogan migrated to “All Animals Are Equal, but some are More Equal than Others” as the Pigs gained control and became indistinguishable from the humans they threw out.  OpenStack was created with a similar sentiment: let’s throw out Eucalyptus and create a community programme where all contributors are equal. What has emerged in the governance model is  “All Contributors are Equal, but Rackspace is more equal than others”.  All the key positions, and a majority on the decision-making bodies are reserved for Rackspace.  Rackspace, like the Pigs in Animal Farm, has subverted the revolution. Continue reading Rackspace Hijacks OpenStack