It is that time of year again. Wow, another year has gone by so quickly. If you are reading this post, then most likely you have heard about VMworld 2015, which is happening at the end of this month in San Francisco. I am happy to say that I have the privilege of attending the conference again this year. This annual virtualization reunion is a chance to see people you only get to see once a year, though you probably have been communicating with each other in the meantime. If you are attending this year, I hope our paths can cross sometime during the week.
Citrix and VMware are busy refreshing their respective desktop and Windows app delivery platforms. A couple of days before VMworld, Citrix announced the forthcoming release of XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6, which will ship before month’s end. In the wake of VMworld, the VMware Desktop Product team has announced that it has released a major update to Horizon DaaS, as well as some minor but still essential updates to Horizon, ThinApp, Horizon Workspace Portal, and the vCenter management services.
Given the increased competition between Citrix and VMware for the enterprise desktop, what can be learned from the latest announcements?
When you work with virtual or cloud environments, there is a very good chance that at some point you will have to deal with I/O performance–related issues. A company named Infinio has a solution. Infinio just announced the release of Infinio Accelerator 2.0 at VMworld. Infinio Accelerator is a server-side, software-based storage I/O optimization program. It works by creating a server-side cache that, according to Infinio, “is the only true scaling out of the performance layer that will also perform cache encryption, compression, [and] deduplication and is listed at half the cost of the competition.”
In the keynote on day one of VMworld, VMware unleashed to the world EVO:RAIL. “What?” I hear you say, “but VMware is a software-only company!” Well, yes it is, and a software company is what it remains. Continue reading VMworld: VMware Enters the Hardware World with EVO:RAIL
Every year, VMware has new product and strategy announcements that steal the show at VMworld, so vendors tend to make their own announcements in the two weeks leading up to the conference. This year is no different, with nearly all vendors in the virtualization space announcing and readying their latest wares for the 25,000+ people who attend. Let’s look at the bigger themes in play this year and think about how to differentiate the competition at VMworld 2014.
VMware has joined the ranks of the hyperconverged, announcing VMware EVO:RAIL, a solution built on its vSphere foundation coupled with VMware VSAN. Readers here know that the converged infrastructure available for years now solves some problems in IT, but frankly, most of those problems are political. The guts of converged infrastructures are largely business as usual, have many of the same needs and time sinks as traditional infrastructure, and comprise largely the same inflexible hardware you’ve always used.