Why Your Vendors’ Sales Model Matters to You

If you are our typical reader, you are involved with virtualization technology and products in a meaningful way. This most often means that you either work with the technology hands on, or manage a team of people that do – either at an enterprise that is a user of virtualization technology, or at a VAR or systems integrator that implements the technology for customers. If this is your profile, you may be asking – why should I care about how vendors sell products – after all salespeople are some of my least favorite people? Continue reading Why Your Vendors’ Sales Model Matters to You

Major Virtualization Security Annoucements

Last week, there were several major virtualization security announcements, that taken singularly may only apply to the specific products, but taken together show the growth of the virtualization security ecosystem.

  • VMware vSphere has attained CC EAL 4+ certification. To view the certificate and completion letter, visit http://www.vmware.com/security/certifications/
  • Trend Micro has shipped Deep Security 7.5 with vShield Endpoint support for Anti-Virus. To download visit http://downloadcenter.trendmicro.com/
  • HyTrust releases HyTrust Appliance 2.1. For the Press Release visit http://www.hytrust.com/news/press-releases/hytrust-releases-hytrust-appliance-update/

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New Relic Rocks the APM as a Service World

For as long as there have been important applications, there have been Application Performance Management tools for monitoring these applications. APM tools have gone through two very distinct paths of evolution. The first path involved tools that really monitored the operating system that the applications ran on, and looked at interactions between the application and the OS in the form of abnormal resource utilization platters to find problems with the operation of the application. These tools were typically application agnostic, and supported every application that ran on the operating system that the tool supported. They therefore offered a great deal of breadth, but were not able to look deeply into applications to find problems within the applications themselves. Continue reading New Relic Rocks the APM as a Service World

My Experience with VMUGs

When I first got started in virtualization it was a very new technology and during that time there were not that many resources available to the virtualization administrator and sometimes it would have been nice to be able to see what others were doing and to be able to share my thoughts and ideas with others to make sure I was presenting the best possible solution to my customers.  During these early years the VMTN Community Forum was established and these forums were the place to do this collaboration.   I found this to be one of the best arenas to ask questions and share ideas.  The VMTN Community area quickly took off and in a lot of cases was the quickest way to find an answer, solution to your problem or issue you were trying to resolve.

Although the Community Forums were a great place to present and answer questions about virtualization, it would have been better to meet with others in person to be able to talk virtualization shop.  Around this time VMware was starting to establish a local user group in the major cities around the United States.  During this time I was living in South Florida and thought this would be great to be a part of.  I contacted VMware and founded the Miami Area VMware User Group or Miami VMUG.  At the first meeting we had about twenty people show up and it really grew from there. Continue reading My Experience with VMUGs

The Desktop Virtualization Iceberg

Desktop Virtualization is not an easy undertaking. There – I’ve said it. “But,” you may say, “I take a copy of the desktops I have, I  run them on servers in the data-centre. Once that’s done, I don’t need to update those desktop devices; I can update the virtualized workspace instead far more quickly.  The desktops are running on server hardware so they will be more reliable. Eventually, someone may well offer to host these workspaces on some infrastructure out in The Cloud”.

“Really, how hard can it be?”

If you are steering your organisations desktop strategy you need to consider that what may seem like a straightforward undertaking can in fact be a much larger and complex task. As with with any obstacle, understanding the size of the problem early gives a greater chance of avoiding it.

Lets consider the hosted desktop iceberg – how complex can a VDI solution be?

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Microsoft Office 365 – Coming soon to a cloud near you

Eschewing the virtual desktop for the truly virtual, Microsoft has announced its next generation productivity suite bringing together Microsoft Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Lync Online in an always-up-to-date cloud service.

Office 365 will be delivered in early 2011 and will be available in two flavors; one targeted at small business and the other targeted at enterprises. Until then Microsoft has opened a limited beta program for Office 365 is available 13 countries – sign-up is available here for people who can’t wait until next year to experience it . Although given the evident enthusiasm at the time of announcement it may well be that all available spaces will have been exhausted by now. Continue reading Microsoft Office 365 – Coming soon to a cloud near you

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