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.

A Look at the Nutanix NX-3000 Virtual Computing Platform

DataCenterVirtualizationNutanix LogoConverged infrastructure comes in many forms. Some vendors put a bunch of discrete hardware together on a pallet and call it “converged.” Others think that their use of iSCSI or FCoE means they’ve got converged storage. Yet the real holy trinity of convergence is when a vendor converges compute and storage resources on three fronts: acquisition, implementation, and ongoing management. This is where Nutanix operates. Continue reading A Look at the Nutanix NX-3000 Virtual Computing Platform

What is the Future of Virtual Storage in a Software Defined Data Center?

DataCenterVirtualizationWhat is the future of virtual storage in a Software Defined Data Center (SDDC)? As more and more technology gets moved from hardware to software in the SDDC, I have to wonder which direction virtual storage will go. Continue reading What is the Future of Virtual Storage in a Software Defined Data Center?

Can Microsoft succeed as a DaaS provider with Mohoro?

DesktopVirtualizationThe recent rumors of Microsoft working on a hosted virtual desktop (DaaS)  solution to add to their cloud services offering  may actually end up being one of the most viable options for organizations who already rely heavily on Microsoft infrastructure to run their business.  Having all of your core services being delivered from a single location and  provider could ease the operational concerns of some who find running a hybrid of on-premise and hosted solutions still requiring the same amount of operational support. Continue reading Can Microsoft succeed as a DaaS provider with Mohoro?

BMC to be taken private; Out with Old – In with the New

BlindDinosaurThere are reports in Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal Online that BMC is in talks with Bain Capital and Golden Gate Capital to be taken private. This is after Quest Software tried to go private last year only to end up being acquired by Dell who is now itself in talks to go private and while there are also rumors that private equity investors are looking at Compuware as well. So what is going on here? Continue reading BMC to be taken private; Out with Old – In with the New

Dell Acquires Cloud Application Management Vendor Enstratius

ITasaServiceDell has announced the acquisition of  Enstratius which helps organizations manage applications across private, public and hybrid clouds, including automated application provisioning and scaling, application configuration management, usage governance, and cloud utilization monitoring.

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Automation Weaknesses

DataCenterVirtualizationOver the last few weeks I have been struggling with automating deployment and testing of virtual desktops for my own edification. This struggle has pointed out automation weaknesses which need to be addressed for automation and the software defined data center to succeed and to not only be deployed from software, but also to be self-healing and all the great things we associate with SDDC, SDN, etc. But current automation has some serious flaws and weaknesses. In essence, in order to automate something you must have a well known exact image from which to work. Continue reading Automation Weaknesses