Data Center Virtualization

Data Center Virtualization covers virtualizing servers, networks, and storage delivering server consolidation, CAPEX savings, IT agility, and improved management. Major areas of focus include the tradeoffs between various virtualization platforms (VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V and Red Hat KVM), the evolution of hypervisors into data center management platforms, (Read More)

VMware’s Software Defined Data Center strategy, and how the SDDC is spurring innovation in storage, networking and server hardware. Covered vendors indlude VMware, Microsoft, Red Hat, CloudPhysics, Hotlink, Tintri, and VMTurbo.

VMworld US 2015 Day 1 Recap

vmworld2015Welcome to The Virtualization Practice’s week-long coverage of VMworld US 2015. Tune in all week for our daily recap of the major announcements and highlights from the world’s premier virtualization and cloud conference.

VMworld US 2015 began yesterday at the Moscone Center in temperate San Francisco, home to the conference for the last four years. VMworld is billed as the largest virtualization and cloud conference in the industry, and attendance at the conference continues to support this. Sunday is always an interesting day for VMworld. VMworld has corollary events, like TAM Day, Partner Exchange Boot Camp, and such, running on the Saturday and Sunday immediately before the conference. The main event, though, begins at 4 pm on Sunday with a reception in the Solutions Exchange, the vendor showcase, and arguably the main floor of the conference space.

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Containers: Innovation or Evolution? Will They Rule the World?

CloudComputingThe latest and greatest thing in the data center is apparently containers. For those of us with long enough teeth to remember the heady days of the early millennium, they look and smell a lot like Solaris Zones.

Containers in their current incarnations are garnering a great deal of attention, especially in the DevOps world, where continuous deployment is the latest word in deployment strategies.

It is said that nothing is new in the world, and with containers, this statement could not be truer. I think, therefore, that an overview of the evolution of the container may be useful.

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How Many Models Should a Hyperconverged Vendor Have?

DataCenterVirtualizationOne of the key features of a hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solution is appliance-based scale-out architecture. A workload is housed on a collection of these appliances, which are the standard building blocks. The number of blocks is selected to deliver sufficient resources for the workload. But just how standard are these building blocks? Over time, I’ve seen HCI vendors offering quite a bit of variation across their models. Does this reduce or negate the value of the scale-out nature of hyperconverged?

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Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor Is Only Logical

DataCenterVirtualizationI recently discussed how hyperconverged solutions are all about simplifying data centre management. Thinking about the difficulty of adding simple unified management to existing products illuminated the Nutanix Acropolis move. To get a really hyperconverged solution, you need to remove all of the legacy components and have a total platform that is designed for simplified management.

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Hyperconverged Is a Form of Integrated System

DataCenterVirtualizationLast week, Gartner released its 2015 Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems. I am interested in this because it includes hyperconverged infrastructure products, alongside a whole lot of other systems. One of the interesting things to see was that of the nineteen companies listed, four were new hyperconverged infrastructure companies. Of course, some of the existing vendors released products in the last year, many using VMware’s EVO:RAIL. Maybe Gartner should evaluate converged and hyperconverged separately from integrated systems that are bound to one application type.

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Hyperwashing: What Makes a Solution Hyperconverged?

DataCenterVirtualizationWhenever an innovation or buzzword gets popular, it is natural for marketing to pile on and apply the word to products. We are starting to see “hyperconverged” achieve this sort of recognition. Early hyperconverged vendors built their solutions from the beginning to be hyperconverged and deliver a set of values. These vendors continue to work at educating the market on the nature and value of hyperconvergence. Now, the customer appetite for hyperconverged solutions is proven and lucrative. Other vendors are calling their products “hyperconverged” because they have some of the characteristics, but giving something a name doesn’t change its nature. At the same time, giving something the wrong name doesn’t mean that thing isn’t valuable. So, what does make a solution hyperconverged? What is it about these solutions that makes them deserve a different name?

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