Business Agility

Business Agility covers using the technical agility delivered by virtualization and cloud computing to improve business agility, performance and results. This includes the agility derived from the proper implementation of Agile and DevOps methodologies, the agility derived from proper application and system architectures, (Read More)

the agility derived from the proper implementation of Infrastructure as a Server (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) clouds, the agility derived from proper monitoring of the environment coupled with a process to resolve problems quickly, and the agility derived from have continuous availability through the use of high availability and disaster recovery products and procedures in place.

News: AppSense Labs Releases AppSense StrataApps for Free

ApplicationVirtualizationAs we mentioned back in October, AppSense were working on a  solution for user installed applications.

AppSenseLabs have indeed released StrataApps, the long awaited User Managed Applications Solution. StrataApps enables you to:

Numecent’s CloudPaging: Polished App Streaming or a Brand New Outfit?

ApplicationVirtualizationNumecent, a new application virtualisation company, sprang out stealth mode brandishing a whole new lexicon. The “end device” is the “start device”. The future of application delivery lies with “Cloudpaging”.

You’ll be regularly assailed with marketing claiming to be the new brave generation and paradigm shift in computing. Mainframe veterans smile politely at the server virtualisation guys, possibly quite rightly pointing out that they were indeed doing all this stuff before some people were born and when 640K was properly more than you could ever dream of. What this tends to result in is the standard setting for the BS meter to be “stun”.

“Cloudpaging”. Really?

And yet,  the difficulty in having become accustomed to the wolf rarely being present is that you believe the wolf will never show up.

Never say never.

Numecent believe Cloudpaging has the potential to impact all connected devices where software needs to be delivered rapidly and securely. Is Cloudpaging just a fancy marketing term for a re-branded application virtualisation or have Numecent delivered a ground breaking new application delivery technology?

Continue reading Numecent’s CloudPaging: Polished App Streaming or a Brand New Outfit?

Will Microsoft Drive a Wedge Between VMware and EMC with Windows Server 8 and Hyper-V 3?

Microsoft100x30As we all know, EMC acquired VMware quite some time ago, and owns a large chunk of VMware to this day. The obvious reason that EMC values VMware is that the deployment of VMware vSphere in large accounts drives the need for and the purchase of large amounts of high end storage. This is very good for EMC, but it is a bit of a problem for VMware. The reason that it is a bit of a problem for VMware is that in many virtualization projects, acquiring the required storage accounts for over 50% of the cost of the entire project. Up until now there has not been a heck of a lot that you could do about this – you just had to live with it. Continue reading Will Microsoft Drive a Wedge Between VMware and EMC with Windows Server 8 and Hyper-V 3?

Onlive Desktop: VDI cannot be DaaS until Microsoft say so.

DesktopVirtualizationOnLive is on the verge of making a game-changing move in the VDI space. The game focused application delivery company announced their OnLive Desktop service at CES this year. OnLive Desktop claims to deliver a seamless Microsoft Windows desktop experience with cloud-accelerated web browsing and full Adobe Flash. The marketing talks of “instant-response multi-touch gestures“, “complete and convenient viewing and editing of even the most complex documents” and “high-speed transfer from cloud storage or Web mail attachments“.  Sounds like something a CFO would bite your hand off for.

Still, delivering a ubiquitous desktop environment is a complex undertaking. Desktone tried punting to end users and then thought better of it. The default position when delivering desktops is to deliver a Microsoft Windows workspace: that’s what most users need and want to run their applications. However, a “use any device” model gets hampered by Microsoft’s VDA yearly license cost, and further constrained by the lack of a viable way of policing/validating VDA assignment. VDI can leave an enterprise open to Microsoft beating them with a stick for a host of additional end device licenses.

Have OnLive taken an impressive application delivery model and tried to apply it to windows desktops without necessarily thinking licensing through? Will the scalability and experience that Onlive have mean that VDI vendors should re-think their technology? Will the buzz that OnLive has created mean an new level of engagement with Microsoft, perhaps even a shotgun wedding? Will Onlive Desktop be the technology that prompts Microsoft to get its licensing-of-vdi house in order, properly enabling a Desktop-as-a-Service market: what better way to laugh in the face of Apple than to have most iPads running Windows 8?

Continue reading Onlive Desktop: VDI cannot be DaaS until Microsoft say so.

Centrix Software update Workspace Manager and Universal – better enabling desktop transformation

DesktopVirtualizationIconCentrix Software have updated their flagship products with Centrix WorkSpace iQ and Centrix Universal both hitting a 5.3 release.

There is a question facing many organisations as the clock ticks down on the support life of the desktop warhorse Windows XP: what, and how do we move on? But, it isn’t just about the desktop OS. An increasingly common answer to “where do you want to go today” is “all over, and not just using this PC“. There is a drive to use a cloud-based applications, share resources beyond the corporate LAN: and not just with a piece of kit constrained to a cubicle. Continue reading Centrix Software update Workspace Manager and Universal – better enabling desktop transformation

Fix the App or Add Hardware?

ApplicationVirtualizationWhile participating in the GestaltIT Virtualization Field Day #2, I was asking PureStorage on whether or not SSD based storage was throwing hardware at a problem that is better fixed, by changing the code in question? What brought this thought to mind was the example used during the presentation which was about database performance. This example, tied to a current consulting problem, where fixing the database improved performance by 10x. This alleviated the need for over all storage improvements. So the question remains, is using SSD, throwing hardware to solve a basic coding problem? Continue reading Fix the App or Add Hardware?