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.

Rewatching Computer Chronicles: Everything Old Is New Again

DataCenterVirtualizationIt has been thirty-one years since the first Computer Chronicles show, and that first show depicted many interesting things that were not considered new at the time. Today, we find them new and interesting, or more to the point, improved such that they are usable in ways only dreamed of then. Computer Chronicles discussed touchscreens, the importance of software over hardware, and telcos as a major source of networking. Today, we have touchscreens on EUC devices, hypervisors, and high-speed bandwidth. I wonder, would the producers of Computer Chronicles consider what we are doing today new, or just improvements on the technology of the 1970s and early ’80s? Continue reading Rewatching Computer Chronicles: Everything Old Is New Again

What Is SDN? The History of All Things SDN

Network VirtualizationSoftware-defined networking (SDN) is clearly one of the hot items of the tech field at the moment.  VMware’s purchase of Nicira precipitated a sea change, leading to today’s plethora of SDN vendors and array of competing technologies. It reminds me the early noughties—the introduction of virtualization, competing hypervisor technology stacks and Unix/Linux Zones*—followed by the scramble of the incumbents as they claimed performance penalties for virtualized operating systems and platforms, followed by spreading FUD about support status and onerous licensing models.

Continue reading What Is SDN? The History of All Things SDN

Enterprise File Synchronization Comparison, Part 1: Intro


What Is Enterprise File Synchronization?

Enterprise file synchronization (EFS) is a maturing area, and one that is crucial to many modern software deployments—particularly those that involve any form of desktop virtualization. In the past, solutions like Microsoft’s offline files were used to provide this kind of requirement, but it was a technology that was neither particularly reliable nor popular with end users.

Continue reading Enterprise File Synchronization Comparison, Part 1: Intro

News: SimpliVity Announces GA of OmniStack Integrated Solution with Cisco UCS

DataCenterVirtualizationOn November 24, 2014, SimpliVity announced the general availability of its Cisco-certified solution, SimpliVity OmniStack. Fully integrated with Cisco UCS, this product is based on the C240 M3 model. Since the latter’s launch in August of this year, the hyperconverged infrastructure solution has, according to the press release, “realized tremendous global market demand, with rapid channel partner adoption and pre-orders to help customers drastically transform their data centers.”

Continue reading News: SimpliVity Announces GA of OmniStack Integrated Solution with Cisco UCS

vSphere Delay: Good Sign or Bad?

DataCenterVirtualizationVMware500x60Every VMworld conference is different, with a different tone and pace to it. At this year’s VMworld US, it felt like everything was evolutionary and very little was revolutionary. Icing that cake, VMware broke the decade-old trend of new vSphere announcements. Sure, the keynotes mentioned the next version, mostly by talking about some of the features it contains, but release dates, feature sets, and details were scarce, if available at all.

Continue reading vSphere Delay: Good Sign or Bad?