Virtualizing Business Critical Applications: Data Protection

A major aspect of virtualizing any business critical application is data protection which encompasses not only backup, but disaster recovery, and business continuity. It is imperative that our data be protected. While this is true of all workloads, it becomes a bigger concern when virtualizing business critical applications. Not only do we need backups, but we need to protect the business, which is where business continuity comes into play.

News: VMware Invests $30M in Puppet Labs – Establishes Strategic Partnership

VMware’s investment of $30M in Puppet Labs, and the partnership between the two companies enables Puppet to disrupt the broader IT automation market and address the specific opportunities for IT Automation in the VMware environment. This puts Puppet Labs in an excellent position to disrupt the legacy automation businesses of IBM, BMC, HP and CA and will ultimately help VMware sell its management stack into the new virtualized and cloud based environments as well.

VDI Stall: VDI Appliances solve the hardware problem so, what next?

We’ve discussed the fact that VDI appliance makers were making good progress simplifying adoption of a virtual desktop infrastructure. An appliance-based route to market can be seen as win-win: being designed both to reduce cost and complexity of implementation (for the customer) and shorten sales cycles (for the vendor). So goes the theory. To understand this theory further one VDI appliance vendor, Pivot3, commissioned Dimensional Research to survey global IT in order to get real-world insight into the state of VDI.

News: Hotlink Enables Cross-Platform Cloud Management

Hotlink has extended its solution to allow cross-platform cloud management solutions like VMware vCloud Director and VMware vCloud Automation Center that use the vCenter, vCloud and PowerCII interfaces in vSphere to work consistently across vSphere, Hyper-V, XenServer, KVM, and Amazon EC2