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.

News: New Quest/VKernel vOperations Suite – Easy to Try and Easy to Buy Wins Again

Quest_Software100x30As we have noted before, virtualization and cloud computing are forcing a reinvention of the operations management business on two fronts. The first front is that virtualization and cloud computing introduce new requirements that legacy solutions do not meet and they break legacy products rendering them worse than useless (because the consume resources and money and add no value). The second front is that successful operations management vendors like Veeam, Xangati, VMTurbo, Zenoss, PHD Virtual, SolarWinds, Reflex Systems, VKernel, and VMware have all made it much easier to try and buy operations management solutions leading to a new business model for operations management vendors that makes the existing legacy way of selling enterprise systems management software completely unattractive to customers and irrelevant. Continue reading News: New Quest/VKernel vOperations Suite – Easy to Try and Easy to Buy Wins Again

VMware – The Next Microsoft, or the Next Oracle?

VMware100x30VMware is already the best (most competent) and most important (fastest growing and the source of the most innovation) system software company on the planet. But as successful as VMware has been to date, it is worthwhile to ask what lies ahead – and most importantly in what direction VMware is likely to go on some key business and technical issues. In order to understand the range of choices VMware has it is worth looking at both Microsoft and Oracle as points of reference. Continue reading VMware – The Next Microsoft, or the Next Oracle?

SSD options for Virtual (and Physical) Environments Part III: What type of SSD is best for you?

By Greg Schulz, Server and StorageIO @storageio

Part 1 of this series laid out the basics of nand flash SSD with part II discussing endurance and performance. This part looks at SSD options for virtual servers, vdi or virtual desktop as well as storage for physical server environments, your usage and configuration criteria will have a bearing on what type of SSD solution is best for you. Continue reading SSD options for Virtual (and Physical) Environments Part III: What type of SSD is best for you?

Application Aware Virtualization Backup

VirtualizationBackupWhile participating in the GestaltIT Virtualization Field Day #2, I was asking Symantec about Application Aware Backups. In other words, could one backup an entire application, regardless of how the application was defined. This concept goes hand in hand with Application Aware Security measures. We can always backup VMs and their data to remote locations, but can we backup or maintain the application interactions within a multi-VM Application regardless of how it is defined. Continue reading Application Aware Virtualization Backup

Wouldn’t It Be Nice To Have … Appliances for All?

I have been working onsite with a client for the last few days and during my time there I had a “it would be nice to have…” moment that I thought I would share and see if any of you agree with me.  First, let me set the stage and tell you about the project.  Continue reading Wouldn’t It Be Nice To Have … Appliances for All?

Cisco VXI gets closer to Citrix and VMware, playing the field or looking for a long-term partner?

DesktopVirtualizationCisco surprised a few people last Monday morning with two press releases announcing that it was to start reselling both Citrix XenDesktop and VMware View.

Unsurprisingly, the two press releases have more than a little bit in common:

“Cisco today announced that the company will resell <Vendor> <Product> as part of an integrated desktop virtualization solution that is based on Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) … [The] Solution is one of the core module of Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI) that delivers a complete virtual workspace by unifying virtual desktops, voice and video to enable an exceptionally flexible, secure work environment and uncompromised user experience.” Continue reading Cisco VXI gets closer to Citrix and VMware, playing the field or looking for a long-term partner?