With the proliferation of virtualized applications and desktops, the concept of any user accessing any application or desktop from any device has become reality. Whether accessed from a smartphone, tablet, or desktop, whether tethered or untethered, all the resources that users require must be accessible.
Whatever happened to mobile virtualization? Just a couple years ago, there seemed to be a ton of hype about mobile virtualization. The goal was to be able to run multiple isolated virtual instances on a single physical device. I remember walking the expo floor during the VMworld conference that year and seeing all the demo phones on display; I also saw a demo of the technology during one of the keynote presentations. Then, focus seemed to move over to network virtualization.
With half of the first quarter of 2015 already behind us, many IT organizations are in fast-forward mode, making progress on addressing annual projects and goals, including many that involve virtualization. With the plethora of new products and services available, how many of those virtualization projects are based on shifting gears to new vendors or technologies in order to address business and technical requirements? Continue reading The Circle of Virtualization: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
IT departments go to great lengths to make the end user virtualization experience seamless to those users. The easier it is for them, the more self-sufficient they become, and that’s when virtualization provides genuine benefits.
Can you define the cloud? Have you ever had a conversation with family or friends who do not work in technology and tried to explain or define what you do? Better yet, when you’ve had these kinds of discussions, have you asked what the other person thinks the cloud is? What kinds of answers did you get? “The Cloud” is one of the biggest marketing terms used in the twenty-first century, so shouldn’t everyone have at least a basic understanding of its definition?
There is a lot of buzz about a “new” technology called Docker. I say “new” in quotes, because most of us greybeards should remember a technology called “containers,” circa 2004, and the arguments about which was better: virtualization or containers.
Well, it seems that the wheel has turned full circle, and we are back in that same place again. Somebody in the Linux world has invented Docker and marketed it. But what is it? Basically, Docker is a containerization tool for Linux—wait, déjà vu, there’s a glitch in the matrix. Substitute the word “Docker” for “Solaris Containers,” and you have the same beast. But now containerization is open source, so it must be right, because all the cool kids are talking about it. Continue reading Docker: What Is It? Hint: It’s Not a Harbour Worker