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VMware’s Rapid Desktop Program: Pivot3 vSTAC VDI appliance delivers early

The agility and scalability of virtual desktops enable use cases that are not possible with a  physical desktop environment. However, introducing a virtual desktop infrastructure is complex. Time-scales can be long, resource requirements high.

In an effort to relieve the discomfort for customers and partners VMware have introduced a Rapid Desktop Program. This program looks to validate View Proof of Concept appliances to ensure that they meet criteria for performance and reliability. By removing the complexity of the “I”, an organisation can focus better on the assessment of virtual desktops and in turn deliver faster .

Pivotv3  are the first to  release an appliance that has been validated by the Rapid Desktop Program. How does Pivot3’svSTAC VDI allow you to overcome common issues with VDI projects? Is this likely to improve take-up of VDI? And, this is an  appliance, such devices are normally associated with big enterprise solutions – is this only a big enterprise solution?

Taking a Look at VMware Feature Limitations

Since the introduction of virtualization there has been sheer joy and excitement when having to work with application owners on the amount of resources they will need and not what they really think they want.   I have seen all kinds of minimum, maximum, and special recommendation for all kinds of application over the years. In most cases, applications have evolved to be able to thrive in a virtual environment without too many limitations.  Now it seems we have to verify which VMware features are fully supported with certain virtualized application also. Continue reading Taking a Look at VMware Feature Limitations

Cisco VM-FEX Limitations

The week before VMworld on 8/25 was the Virtualization Security Podcast featuring Greg Ferro (@etherealmind), CCIE to discuss Cisco VM-FEX and its impact on virtualization and cloud security. VM-FEX is a method by which the fabric of a UCS top of rack switch is extended to the VM, but only if the VM is using VMDirectPath.  So does this impact Virtualization and Cloud Security in any way? Continue reading Cisco VM-FEX Limitations

Your VMworld 2011 Enterprise Private Cloud and IT as a Service Short List

With VMworld 2011 around the corner whose booth’s should you visit? Well if you are an enterprise who is contemplating or planning to put in a Private Cloud (also known as IT as a Service) then selecting the right management tool with which to build and manage your Private Cloud should be at or near the top of your mind.  VMware clearly agrees as they have announced and delivered vCloud Director specifically to meet this need, and have also made significant enhancements to the vSphere 5 product line in order to position vSphere 5 as a “Private Cloud Suite”. So after you go see vCloud Director, what else should you go see?  Continue reading Your VMworld 2011 Enterprise Private Cloud and IT as a Service Short List