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.

How Do You Data Protect?

VirtualizationBackupIn our ongoing quest to determine how our readers use cloud technologies, our second poll is now available: Which Type of Data Protection Service(s) Do You Use? This poll’s goal is to determine how data protection fits into your organization’s use of the cloud, if it does at all. There are many cloud-based tools for data protection, as well as many integrations between data protection vendors and cloud service providers. We’d like to know if these tools are being used, and if they are, which ones. Continue reading How Do You Data Protect?

A Moment of Complete Mobile Reality with Andi Mann

DesktopVirtualizationAndi Mann is the VP of strategic solutions at CA Technologies. He has had a long and storied career history, which we discuss in episode 15 of our Virtualization EUC Podcast, starting from his automating himself out of his first job. In this podcast, he focuses on DevOps, then branches out to mobility, wearables, and augmented reality.

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Different Approaches to the Cloud

DataCenterVirtualizationMicrosoft and VMware have been, in my opinion, two companies in direct competition with each other during their respective journeys to the cloud. VMware started first, paving the way for virtualization in corporate data centers. One could argue that once VMware demonstrated success with virtualization running corporate critical systems, Microsoft decided to go all in developing its virtualization strategy. Once the Microsoft juggernaut gets released, it seems there is no way to stop or even slow down the Microsoft machine.

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Chris Fleck: Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?

DesktopVirtualizationI had a chance to speak with Chris Fleck, Citrix’s VP of mobility solutions and associated alliances, for episode 14 of our Virtualization EUC Podcast a while back. Our conversation focused on mobility, naturally. Talk revolved around some of Citrix’s newer acquisitions, such as Zenprise, which is an MDM solution for managing apps and data, not just devices.

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Hardware Is Dead, Long Live Hardware

DataCenterVirtualizationThere is a growing movement to abstract hardware completely away, as we have discussed previously. Docker with SocketPlane and other application virtualization technologies are abstracting hardware away from the developer. Or are they? The hardware is not an issue, that is, until it becomes one. Virtualization may require specific versions of hardware, but these are commonplace components. Advanced security requires other bits of hardware, and those are uncommon; many servers do not ship with some of this necessary hardware. Older hardware may not deliver the chipset features needed to do security well. This doesn’t mean it can’t be done, but the overhead is greater. Hardware is dead to some, but not to others. This dichotomy drives decisions when buying systems for clouds or other virtual environments of any size. The hardware does not matter, until it does!

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