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.

OpenStack and the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC)

OpenStack Logoopenstack-cloud-software-vertical-smallThe OpenStack Summit this week continued to fan the flames of the software-defined data center. The software-defined data center is just a term for replacing traditional data center hardware functionality with the same features implemented in software, running on commodity x86 servers. While software-defined approaches to data center features are at least nominally less expensive than their hardware counterparts the real promise in the approach is flexibility and management ease with high levels of integration. Reconfiguring a network to support the security requirements of a new application is now just a function of  software and APIs. Expanding storage is just simply adding another node with more storage attached, and the cluster compensates automatically. Even things like firewall rules and load balancer configurations can now be stored as templates along with the applications, to be provisioned in minutes. Continue reading OpenStack and the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC)

Gaming as a Service

Gaming as a Service: When we talk about cloud computing systems, we may be mainly focusing on Platform, Infrastructure, Software, and Network as a Service as the main and common areas that are presented to us, but there is another area to watch as it gets a stronger foothold into the cloud. That newcomer is Gaming as a Service (GaaS). GaaS is not really new, and if you have ever been on Facebook you know there are a lot of games available that are running in the cloud already, but since the start of 2013, we are seeing more and more cloud focus from the traditional game manufactures, pushing their future products and services into the cloud. Will video games be completely powered by cloud computing? Continue reading Gaming as a Service

A Look at the HP Moonshot 1500

DataCenterVirtualizationLast week HP announced their “second generation” HP Moonshot 1500 enclosure and Intel Atom S1260-based Proliant Moonshot systems, a high-density computing solution targeted at hyperscale computing workloads. They’re billing it as the first “software defined server” and claiming that it can save 89 percent of energy, 80 percent of space, and 77 percent of the cost of their DL380 servers.
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Technology Update from the Field

CloudComputingThere has been a spate of press releases and news in and around the industry over the last few weeks that bear further consideration. They could actually solve some of your current cloud and virtual environment issues while opening new doors for future expansion. As an architect and analyst, I find these technologies very interesting for their possible impact on the future of virtual and cloud environment not to mention data center designs. Continue reading Technology Update from the Field

Caching throughout the Stack

DataCenterVirtualizationOne sure way to improve performance is to cache the non-dynamic data of any application. We did this to improve the overall performance of The Virtualization Practice website. However, there are many places within the stack to improve overall performance by caching, and this got me to thinking of all the different types. At the last Austin VMUG, there were at least three vendors selling caching solutions that were designed to improve overall performance by as little as 2x to upwards of 50x improvements. That is quite a lot of improvement in application performance. Where do all these caching products fit into the stack? Continue reading Caching throughout the Stack

Digesting The Latest VCE News: Vblock 100 and Vblock 200

DataCenterVirtualizationWhen the VCE coalition first formed in late 2009 their product, the Vblock, was the industry’s first serious attempt at delivering converged IT systems. The first models were the Vblocks 0, 1, and 2, addressing the small, medium, and larger enterprise IT use cases. Over time, these evolved into the Vblock 300 and Vblock 700, relatively high-end computing options. On February 21, 2013 VCE announced the re-addition of smaller Vblock models, Vblock 100 and Vblock 200, once again allowing the product line to cover the small & medium-sized opportunities in the market. It’s been a bit over a month since VCE announced these changes to their product line, and with the products becoming generally available let’s look at some of the technical details, then use those details to make some conclusions about these products. Continue reading Digesting The Latest VCE News: Vblock 100 and Vblock 200