Citrix and VMware face-off over client hypervisors

Last month at VMworld, VMware took a major step forward in its desktop virtualization vision with the introduction of View 4.5.  On hand for the launch was Gartner Research Vice President Chris Wolf who confirmed that View 4.5’s improved scalability coupled with the addition of role-based delegated administration change auditing features and the ability to support Windows 7 meant that View 4.5 joined Citrix XenDesktop 4.0 in fulfilling Gartner’s requirements for an enterprise-class server hosted virtual desktop platform. Although, View 4.5 is more notable for a feature that is not required to obtain Gartner’s blessing. Continue reading Citrix and VMware face-off over client hypervisors

Sum of the Parts… Not equal to the Whole

Christofer Hoff (@Beaker) and I had a short discussion on twitter the other day about the VMware Cloud Director (vCD) security guidance. We both felt it was a bit lite and missed the point of Secure Multi Tenancy. However, I feel even more strongly that people will implement what is in the vCD Guidance, vBlock Security Guidance, and the vSphere Hardening Guidance, and in effect have a completely insecure cloud. These three guides look at the problem as if they were singular entities and not as a whole.

This realization tied to Chad Sakac’s recent discussion on the 9/22 VMware Communities podcast leads me to believe that ‘good enough’ is no longer ‘good enough’ from a security perspective.  Chad discussed that there need only be the vCloud Director administrator and the vSphere administrator to do the daily heavy lifting. That there would no longer be the need for a security, network, storage, and system specific administrators. In other words, OPEX savings. Continue reading Sum of the Parts… Not equal to the Whole

Acadia and Its Place in the World

I can remember, in what seems like a really long time ago, about the creation of a new company that will support the coalition of VMware, Cisco and EMC’s vBlock product: Acadia.  I had really long forgotten about the new company that was going to be formed when EMC really started their hiring blitz and campaign to get all the well known talent that EMC could get their hand on.  That had been the news and buzz in the industry, as well as a nonstop twitter topic speculation about who was going to be the next person  to enroll in Chad’s Army as a vSpecialist.  It really appeared that the EMC crew was going to be in the best position to support and sell vBlock technology.

What got my attention about Acadia again was Chad Sakac blog post about “More than 200 open positions at EMC, EMC partners and VCE.” In case you had forgotten about them also Acadia, it is a joint venture, founded by Cisco and EMC with capital investments from VMware and Intel. It is the combination of these companies that make up the VCE Coalition. The VCE is VMware for the virtualization, Cisco for the networking and server hardware and EMC for the storage.  All of this to be able to present a faster and safer transition to a next generation data center environment. Continue reading Acadia and Its Place in the World

VMware, Novell and the Management Stack

Most of the attention on the rumors that VMware may be acquiring parts of Novell have focused upon VMware acquiring the Novell SUSE Linux assets. This would obviously result in VMware finally having an complete operating system of its own (unless you consider vSphere as an OS – which it obviously is at least in part). Continue reading VMware, Novell and the Management Stack

Quest and Virtual Computer to take on Citrix XenDesktop and VMware View

“Quest Software and Virtual Computer announced a technology alliance to deliver a desktop virtualization and management solution meeting the end-to-end computing needs of large enterprises.  This technology provides anywhere, anytime access to both centralized and distributed end-user environments through the integration of Quest® vWorkspace client and Virtual Computer NxTop 3.0 enterprise platform. The combined solution will dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of deploying and managing corporate desktops, while improving desktop delivery options for stationary and mobile users”. So ran the Virtual Computer announcement just before the kick-off for VMworld. You can read the full announcement here, which joined a flurry of initiatives from Quest.

In considering desktop virtualization many solely focus on solutions provided by Citrix and VMware. Quest’s vWorkspace has the background in delivering server based computing solutions to optimize the desktop; it has enterprise implementations. Quest Software are arguably The Quiet Man of desktop virtualization. Can these announcements help provide Quest Software the opportunity to herald vWorkspace can match, if not best, features that Citrix, VMware and other VDI vendors provide? Does the alliance offer Virtual Computer a wider opportunity to demonstrate how their NxTop solution can be used to deliver on desktop management? How does this announcement change what options are available to you in delivering you desktop strategy?

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VMware, Novell and the CVP

There has been a lot of noise about a negotiations between VMware and Novell, rumors are that it regards the purchase of the SUSE division,  now firstly every thing that follows is pure supposition on my part, I have no insider knowledge.  A fellow analyst, Mike Norman, has put forward one argument on why a VMware purchase of Novell SUSE assets makes  good corporate sense,  however I would like put another idea into the fray.
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