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.

Numecent’s CloudPaging: Polished App Streaming or a Brand New Outfit?

ApplicationVirtualizationNumecent, a new application virtualisation company, sprang out stealth mode brandishing a whole new lexicon. The “end device” is the “start device”. The future of application delivery lies with “Cloudpaging”.

You’ll be regularly assailed with marketing claiming to be the new brave generation and paradigm shift in computing. Mainframe veterans smile politely at the server virtualisation guys, possibly quite rightly pointing out that they were indeed doing all this stuff before some people were born and when 640K was properly more than you could ever dream of. What this tends to result in is the standard setting for the BS meter to be “stun”.

“Cloudpaging”. Really?

And yet,  the difficulty in having become accustomed to the wolf rarely being present is that you believe the wolf will never show up.

Never say never.

Numecent believe Cloudpaging has the potential to impact all connected devices where software needs to be delivered rapidly and securely. Is Cloudpaging just a fancy marketing term for a re-branded application virtualisation or have Numecent delivered a ground breaking new application delivery technology?

Continue reading Numecent’s CloudPaging: Polished App Streaming or a Brand New Outfit?

SSD options for Virtual (and Physical) Environments Part IV: What type of SSD is best for your needs.

By Greg Schulz, Server and StorageIO @storageio

Part 1 of this series laid out the basics of nand flash Solid State Devices (SSD) with part II discussing endurance and performance. Part III looked at SSD options for virtual servers, VDI or virtual desktop as well as storage for physical server environments, usage and configuration criteria. Let us build off those and continue to look at what SSD to use for different environments. Continue reading SSD options for Virtual (and Physical) Environments Part IV: What type of SSD is best for your needs.

A look at Microsoft Windows PowerShell Web Access

Microsoft Windows Server 8 Beta has been open to the public and there is one feature that really caught my eye. With Windows Server 8 you can now have basic PowerShell console over HTTPS with Microsoft Windows PowerShell Web Access (PSWA).  Think about the possibilities with that.  You get an email that there is an issue and you could start PWSA on your phone, or other device, and resolve the problem or request. Continue reading A look at Microsoft Windows PowerShell Web Access

Will Microsoft Drive a Wedge Between VMware and EMC with Windows Server 8 and Hyper-V 3?

Microsoft100x30As we all know, EMC acquired VMware quite some time ago, and owns a large chunk of VMware to this day. The obvious reason that EMC values VMware is that the deployment of VMware vSphere in large accounts drives the need for and the purchase of large amounts of high end storage. This is very good for EMC, but it is a bit of a problem for VMware. The reason that it is a bit of a problem for VMware is that in many virtualization projects, acquiring the required storage accounts for over 50% of the cost of the entire project. Up until now there has not been a heck of a lot that you could do about this – you just had to live with it. Continue reading Will Microsoft Drive a Wedge Between VMware and EMC with Windows Server 8 and Hyper-V 3?

Future Proofing Data Protection

VirtualizationBackupDuring a briefing of Quest’s new data protection announcements I started to think about the future of data protection. Quest recently announced that NetVault will now work with Exagrid devices and that there is now a Capacity Edition targeting SMBs and SMEs. These changes add some more capabilities to an existing product suite. While, these announcements do not necessarily merge with virtualization backup, the combination of Quest’s tools and partnerships do form an impressive view of the future with respect to Data Protection. But is this future here now or even achievable? Continue reading Future Proofing Data Protection

Fix the App or Add Hardware?

ApplicationVirtualizationWhile participating in the GestaltIT Virtualization Field Day #2, I was asking PureStorage on whether or not SSD based storage was throwing hardware at a problem that is better fixed, by changing the code in question? What brought this thought to mind was the example used during the presentation which was about database performance. This example, tied to a current consulting problem, where fixing the database improved performance by 10x. This alleviated the need for over all storage improvements. So the question remains, is using SSD, throwing hardware to solve a basic coding problem? Continue reading Fix the App or Add Hardware?