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?
On the 4/7/2011 Virtualization Security Podcast, we were joined by Wyatt Starnes of Harris Corporation. Wyatt is the Vice President of Advanced Concepts of Cyber Integrated Solutions at Harris. What this means, is that Wyatt is one of the key folks of the Harris Trusted Cloud initiative. Trust is a funny word, and we have written about that in the past.
Harris’ approach is unique in that they are attempting to ensure integrity of all components of the cloud down to the code level, not just the network with their target being the hosted private cloud and NOT the secure multi-tenant public cloud.
Granted their approach could be used for a Secure Multi-Tenant Public Cloud, and I feel will be required for such a cloud to exist. So what is their approach? It all starts with a company Harris bought a while back: SignaCert which is a different approach to what Tripwire does today (as Wyatt Starnes was an original founder of Tripwire). SignaCert has an ever growing database of software signatures. The software signature gathering component and process becomes part of the supply chain for all components into the Harris Trusted Cloud. These components include signatures for routers, switches, operating systems, and applications which are generated as close to the software release process as possible.
EMC announced VPLEX at EMC world however, it was hinted at during Getstalt IT’s Tech Field Day at least in its asynchronous mode. What does VPLEX do? What does it mean to the virtualization and cloud industries? These were the discussion within the Blogger’s lounge at EMC World.
What does it do?
VPLEX maintains cache concurrency between two geographically separated storage arrays up to 100kms apart. Over that distance and VPLEX changes to an asynchronous mode. This asynchronous mode is not yet available even so, VPLEX offers a degree of disaster recovery unheard of today for non-virtualized loads, but for virtualization loads, it provides improved business continuity.
Those of you who attended VMworld this year will remember the stack of servers and storage on display happily serving VM’s to the vistors, exhibitors and Staff at the conference, well one of the key components of that stack was provided by Xsigo. Their product the I/O Director offers significant savings in large environments by effectively virtualizing the I/O stack. I am not going to go into the ins and outs of I/O virtualization in this article. Well it now appears that they are expanding their partnerships.
It is quite possible that we are experiencing a “back to the future” moment in how IT solutions are delivered and purchased. For a bit of historical context, let’s go back to the IT industry of 1980. There was IBM and the “BUNCH”. The BUNCH were Burroughs, Unisys, NCR, Control Data and Honeywell. And there were the upstart minicomputer vendors like DEC, Prime, Wang, HP and Data General. All of these vendors used a similar business model. All of these vendors sold “systems” that at the minimum were comprised of storage, storage connectivity (anyone remember IBM “Bus and Tag”), the computer, and the systems software. The systems software was almost always unique to the vendor – each one had their own proprietary operating system(s). These systems were so closed and so proprietary that in many cases the applications software was unique to the system as well. In those days when you bought “an accounting system” you got everything from the applications software to the spindle on the hard disk from one vendor.
While getting much press, the Virtual Compute Environment coalition provided little in the way of detailed descriptions of the hardware involved. Recently however, VMware has published one reference architecture document for a Vblock 1 and VMware View 4 (VDI) that can be found here.
From a storage perspective this configuration uses:
EMC CLARiiON CX-4 disk arrays – No news here, but the exact model is detailed as model 480 with up to 471 TB of capacity.