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?
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?
In “CA Starts the Race To Self-Destruction Among the “Big Four” in Virtualization Management” we explained why the big four are not a good choice for managing your virtual infrastructure (and for that matter your private/hybrid/public cloud). There are two top level reasons for this. The first is that virtualization both breaks how legacy management solutions work and introduces a new set of requirements that legacy solutions cannot address. The second is that the management vendors who are finding success in the virtualization market have focused upon an “easy to try, easy to buy, and affordable to own” business strategy that is the opposite of how the big four do business. Continue reading Who’s Who in Managing your Virtual Infrastructure (vSphere, Hyper-V, etc.)
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?