Thinking of a Logical Acquisition for Cisco – Citrix

DataCenterVirtualizationEarlier this week Cisco announced its intention to acquire Whiptail, its 6th acquisition for 2013.  The addition to the Unified Computing (UCS) line made sense, as it continues to support their vision to be the infrastructure that clouds run on.  To achieve this vision, Cisco will need to make some strategic acquisitions to keep them on track.  Even at its current $12 billion evaluation, Citrix would be a great buy.  The synergies between the two companies have already been proven with joint development and sales efforts in the field.  Let me speculate on what could happen with the products if Cisco picked Citrix up. Continue reading Thinking of a Logical Acquisition for Cisco – Citrix

Is the Backup Licensing Model About to Change?

VirtualizationBackupIs the backup licensing model about to change?  While I was at VMworld in San Francisco, I took notice of all the different Recovery-as-a-Service (RaaS) options that are available, and I believe this service has reached its maturity. The number of options and services available seems to have taken a solid leap forward in the last few years. Most of the companies follow the same type of licensing model, in that the software is licensed by the number of agents that are deployed in the environment, the number of hosts, or the amount of data being backed up. Most of the companies, except for one particular company I talked to, followed this model. Continue reading Is the Backup Licensing Model About to Change?

Virtualizing Business Critical Applications – VMware’s Astounding Progress

DataCenterVirtualizationOne of the themes of VMworld 2013 was “Virtualize Everything”. In other words, virtualize 100% of your x86-based applications. In fact Virtualize Everything was one of the “Three Imperatives for IT” that VMware made the major themes of the show (we will discuss the other two in subsequent posts).

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Security Questions from VMworld 2013

VirtualizationSecurityWhile at VMworld 2013, I started to ask 5 security questions that have been bothering me for some time now. Some of these questions apparently have no answers currently and others only have operational answers, no technology. Security of a secure hybrid cloud is a mix of procedures, policies, operations, and technology. These questions are about various aspects of virtual and cloud environments that have been nagging at me for some time now as well as problems I have faced managing our own cloud instances. Perhaps you have questions you would like to add to the list, if so please share. Continue reading Security Questions from VMworld 2013

News: Cisco Intends to Acquire SSD Pioneer WHIPTAIL

DataCenterVirtualizationCisco announced today their intent to acquire Whippany, NJ based WHIPTAIL, a manufacturer of Solid-State Disk (SSD) storage.  The strategy for Cisco is to provide a “converged infrastructure including compute, network and high performance solid state that will help address our customers’ requirements for next-generation computing environments,” said Paul Perez, vice president and general manager, Cisco Computing Systems Product Group. Continue reading News: Cisco Intends to Acquire SSD Pioneer WHIPTAIL

Hyper-V Security: 5nine Software

VirtualizationSecurityOn the 9/5 Virtualization Security Podcast we discussed Hyper-V Security and were joined by Alex Kibkalo, a former senior architect at Microsoft who works as a Director of Product Management in 5nine Software. 5nine Software has developed the first introspective virtualization security device for Hyper-V. Introspective security has been missing from Hyper-V for a number of years, while it was possible to implement, the market has been so small that is was not feasible until now. Which implies Hyper-V is gaining adherents so has a need for better security measures. Continue reading Hyper-V Security: 5nine Software