May2015

Cisco to Buy Nutanix: Only the Truly Divine Would Deny Their Divinity

There has been a rumor flying around the twitterverse and other social media outlets that Cisco is about to announce that it is buying Nutanix. This rumor started circulating when a report from a Portland-based equity research firm was released, …
Read More “Cisco to Buy Nutanix: Only the Truly Divine Would Deny Their Divinity”

May2015

Dell Delivers Hyperconverged XenDesktop Appliance

Two weeks ago, Virtualization Practice Analyst Jo Harder mourned the passing of Citrix VDI-in-a-Box and forecasted that its target SMB market would look to hyperconverged infrastructure appliances to deliver complexity-free VDI. Dell clearly had the same thought, because just one …
Read More “Dell Delivers Hyperconverged XenDesktop Appliance”

May2015

Dell Appliance for Wyse — Business-Class VDI for $331 per Desktop

Toward the beginning of last month, I compared the costs of DaaS and VDI, suggesting that the difference was too small to declare a winner. The three-year cost of a bare-bones DaaS service, like Amazon WorkSpaces, comes in at about $315,000, …
Read More “Dell Appliance for Wyse — Business-Class VDI for $331 per Desktop”

Apr2015

Dell FluidFS 4 and Dell Compellent FS8600

Dell FluidFS is a scalable NAS software storage solution sold as an independent front end to Dell’s storage offerings (Compellent and EqualLogic). FluidFS provides file-level access to Dell Compellent and EqualLogic traditional block-based arrays, using protocols like SMB and NFS. …
Read More “Dell FluidFS 4 and Dell Compellent FS8600”

Apr2015

Dell PowerEdge FX2 Converged Architecture

The Dell PowerEdge FX2 is a 2U rackmount blade chassis with a common infrastructure allowing servers and storage to share power, cooling, network switching, and chassis management. When it was announced last fall, there were two options: the FC630 two-socket, …
Read More “Dell PowerEdge FX2 Converged Architecture”