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.

Maritz/Gelsinger – Virtualization and the Cloud Diverging?

CloudComputingSo far we know this much for sure. Pat Gelsinger from EMC is going to replace Paul Maritz as CEO of VMware, and Paul Maritz is going to become Chief Strategist at EMC. It is also fairly likely that there is much that we do not know, and in fact it is likely that we cannot even firmly list thing things that we do not know (we do not know what we do not know (and you thought only the government had that problem)). Continue reading Maritz/Gelsinger – Virtualization and the Cloud Diverging?

VMware’s Executive Shuffle! Maritz Out and Gelsinger In

VMware100x30VMworld 2012 is right around the corner and the time leading up to the conference is usually the time major announcements are made about new technology and/or new products to strike interest in different technologies that will be presented at the conference.  Today a different kind of announcement has been made, VMware’s Executive Shuffle in that Paul Maritz is no longer VMware CEO, and he is being replaced by Pat Gelsinger, President and COO of EMC’s Information Infrastructure Product division. Mr. Maritz will become a Vice Chairman at EMC, although I am still up in the air on whether that means Paul is on his way out of EMC or looking to lead somewhere else?  Maybe one could speculate Cloud Foundry? Continue reading VMware’s Executive Shuffle! Maritz Out and Gelsinger In

Storage Hypervisors: Worth the Hype

StorageNetworkingJust what are storage hypervisors? There are several companies that claim to have storage hypervisors. Wikipedia states that  a hypervisor is “conceptually one level higher than a supervisory program”. We also know that from our normal use of hypervisors that they manage the underlying resources that a guest uses. Do these definitions work for a storage hypervisor? Continue reading Storage Hypervisors: Worth the Hype

Virtualization Management – VMware and Dell, Big 2 or Big 6?

Virtualization ManagementWith Dell buying Quest, and VMware buying DynamicOps, the Virtualization Management landscape has been forever changed. Now Dell is a full fledged systems management vendor, and VMware has crossed the line into managing both their own and other hypervisors, and being able to construct clouds that even include non-virtualized resources. This gives rise to a very interesting question. Are Dell and VMware turning into traditional systems management vendors like CA, IBM, HP, and BMC or are they preparing to disrupt the existing systems management business just like VKernel (part of Quest, and now Dell) and DynamicOps did when they were startups? Continue reading Virtualization Management – VMware and Dell, Big 2 or Big 6?

VMware Sponsors the Open Networking Research Center

DataCenterVirtualizationIn my humble opinion, 2011 was the year for storage inside the virtualization space with a lot of new storage related technologies presented at VMworld 2011. There were different technologies ranging from Tier 1 SSD storage in a box that can plug right into VMware vSphere as its own datastore, to all the software storage venders that are now virtualizing their Storage Processers.  Yes, for me, 2011 was the year for storage in virtualization.  Continue reading VMware Sponsors the Open Networking Research Center

News: Piston Cloud and Gridcentric Partner to Deliver First Commercial OpenStack VDI Platform

DesktopVirtualizationPiston Cloud Computing raised a few eyebrows on Tuesday with the announcement that it was extending its Piston Enterprise OS (PentOS) to provide a platform for hosting virtual desktops (VDI) through an exclusive licensing deal with Toronto-based Gridcentric for its innovative Virtual Memory Streaming (VMS) technology. Continue reading News: Piston Cloud and Gridcentric Partner to Deliver First Commercial OpenStack VDI Platform