By Greg Schulz, Server and StorageIO @storageio
Part I of this series provided the basics around nand flash SSD. Let’s continue by taking a look at endurance for storing and retaining data using nand flash SSD. The importance of the first part of this series is to understand the basics of nand flash based SSD in order to make informed decisions on what is the best for your virtual or physical environment. In addition to SLC (high cost, improved duty cycles) and MLC (higher capacity, lower cost), there is also EMLC or Enterprise MLC which is striving for a balance between SLC and MLC characteristics. Continue reading SSD options for Virtual (and Physical) Environments, Part II: The call to duty, SSD endurance
While desktop virtualization may never achieve the desktop dominance that was foretold by many analysts, new technologies continue to appear that both reduce costs and increase deployment opportunities. This week, Unified Communications (UC) vendor Mitel Networks announced its first foray into the virtual workspace market by announcing support for the VMware View UC APIs within its Contact Center Solution to offer contact center employees access to cloud-based unified desktop and communications services wherever they may be. Continue reading Mitel and VMware combine technologies to Bring VDI to the Call Center
For a good portion of the time I have been working in the virtualization space, there has been plenty of hype about how it is just a matter of time before Microsoft “leapfrogs” ahead of VMware in the area of virtualization and with the massive upgraded version of Hyper-V 3.0 that will ship with Windows Server 8, there is thought that Microsoft might just pull off that upset. So in classic Microsoft style, let’s take a look and compare VMware today (ESX/vSphere5) with what Microsoft will have with Hyper-V 3.0 sometime possibly in the “Fall” of 2012. Continue reading Hyper-V: Is it there yet?
The good news about public cloud computing is that if you use it a little bit, or only on an intermittent basis, it is really cheap. The bad news is that if that casual use scales up to full time production use, public cloud computing can get really expensive in a hurry. This is especially a problem when people other than IT Operations sign up for the public cloud services – for example people who own and build applications in business units. Applications owners and developers do not have the cost minimization DNA that is very prevalent in IT Operations these days. Continue reading Cloudyn Addresses the Economics of Public Cloud Computing
I mentioned in another post that there is a big push for the current VMware VCP4’s to prepare to take the VCP5 exam by the end of February when the grace period for not having to take a class is over. I did leave out one other great resource that is worth mentioning. Cody Bunch hosts the BrownBags on Wednesday nights. The sessions have been focusing on the VCP5 exam blueprint and this week’s guest was Jason Boche (VCDX #34) and he did a great job, as always, presenting the information on virtual machines and giving the rest of us extreme home lab envy. After the VCP roadmap is the finished the BrownBags will continue with the VCAP blueprint with the idea of working for the VCDX. If you are interested in another way to study and learn from some well established people in the industry sign up and check things out. Continue reading Virtualization Certification: What Options are Available?
What exactly is the point of monitoring your infrastructure and your applications? Hopefully your answer to that question is not to just ensure that your network latency is low, that your servers are up, and that you are not about to run out of memory on a server, or hard disk space on an array. Hopefully your answer is that the end goal of monitoring your environment and your applications is to ensure that the applications that comprise your critical business services (to your internal and external constituents) are performing within the expectations of those constituents. Continue reading News: VMTurbo Delivers First Application Aware Service Assurance Solution