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: VMTurbo Delivers First Application Aware Service Assurance Solution

What exactly is the point of monitoring your infrastructure and your applications? Hopefully your answer to that question is not to just ensure that your network latency is low, that your servers are up, and that you are not about to run out of memory on a server, or hard disk space on an array. Hopefully your answer is that the end goal of monitoring your environment and your applications is to ensure that the applications that comprise your critical business services (to your internal and external constituents) are performing within the expectations of those  constituents. Continue reading News: VMTurbo Delivers First Application Aware Service Assurance Solution

Who’s Who in Application Performance Management for Virtualization and the Cloud

An updated version of this post can be found here.

In “Comparing the Different Approaches to Application Performance Management for Virtualized and Cloud based Environments” we compared the different approaches to implementing APM for applications residing in virtualized and cloud based environments.  In this post we take a deeper look at the key vendors in the space, and compare their offerings. The purpose of this deeper look is to help you decide which ones to put on your short list for further evaluation.

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RES Software Announce HyperDrive: follow-me-data more than sharing files or dropping stuff in a box

The problem with desktops is that they need a desk to be on top of. There are many people who trudge wearily to work each day who find that a solace: where else would they hang the note with their password on? Yet, increasingly there are those who judge the trudge too weary: for a better work/life  balance, to reduce office space requirements, because it is better to go face-to-face with customers or quite frankly, you don’t want to work with beige any more.

True, desktop virtualisation can offer a solution here. A virtualised desktop can, to an extent, free you from your PC. Yet flexibility is not just about “being in the office, or not” it is about using an end-device that is appropriate to what you are doing; where you are at. To achieve what needs to be done you don’t necessarily need a Microsoft Windows desktop. You need access to your data, or your team’s data, your customer data. There are a number of solutions to available to let you access that data, regardless of your device. Dropbox, obviously, and a multitude such as  Box.Net, Oxygen, SpiderOak, ShareFile and Sugarsync.

To this list we can now add RES Software. RES  Software have announced the availability of RES HyperDrive, which has been designed to offer a secure way to deliver “follow-me-data” and file-sharing with enterprise-class security. Not that unusual for sure, but RES HyperDrive is cloud based technology offered as an on-premise service with a pay-as-you-go licensing.

Follow-me-data as a concept is surely well-served. Pure cloud services offer elasticity for storage and availability, and can be very quick to set-up. What does RES HyperDrive offer your organisation and how does that technology fit into a RES Software’s portfolio?
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News: VMware vCenter Operations Suite 5.0 Now Available

VMware has announced that it has delivered vCenter Operations Suite 5.0. This is a significant step forward for the management of virtualized environments because it consolidates many of the functions traditionally into a suite that is least somewhat integrated (and becoming more integrated over time). The key thing that VMware is bringing to the table is the integration of resource based performance management resource based capacity management, configuration management, and a brand new vCenter Infrastructure Navigator (VIN).  Continue reading News: VMware vCenter Operations Suite 5.0 Now Available

The SOPA and PIPA Kerfluffle

Much of the internet seems to be up in arms over the potential for a new piece of legislation designed to help US law enforcement authorities fight online piracy. In protest of this potential legislation, some sites (Wikepedia) went completely dark yesterday, and some (Google) demonstrated conspicuous concerns over the prospect of censorship by the government (with the Google logo obscured by a big black box). So what is all of the fuss about, and should we who are concerned about virtualization and cloud computing care? Continue reading The SOPA and PIPA Kerfluffle