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.

Docker Buys SocketPlane As Demand for Network Portability Increases

dockerDocker has announced the acquisition of SocketPlane, a relatively new startup focused on driving DevOps-defined networking by enabling distributed security, application services, and orchestration for Docker and Linux containers. This move is a talent acquisition play. SocketPlane’s Madhu Venugopal, Brent Salisbury, and Dave Tucker are three of the top twenty committers of the OpenDaylight project. An open platform dedicated to network programmability, OpenDaylight enables software-defined networking (SDN) and creates a solid foundation for network functions virtualization (NFV) for networks at any size and scale. These three industry experts have deep roots in networking technologies and extensive experience leading and participating in large open-source projects. The SocketPlane team also includes industry veteran John Willis, an infrastructure and networking expert himself, who is probably best known for his early contributions as one of the original drivers of the DevOps movement.

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Parallels Buys 2X Software

DesktopVirtualizationGray-haired desktop virtualization specialists may remember Parallels as the developer of Virtuozzo Containers, a containerized application hosting solution for Windows Server that provides a halfway house between RDSH sessions and full server virtualization. Parallels is back in the desktop virtualization news after having announced its acquisition of 2X Software. This move brings mobile device management, VDI, and RDSH to the company’s current portfolio of Linux and Windows containers, a Type 2 hypervisor for OS X, and service provider–focused web server management tools. In a prepared statement announcing the acquisition, Parallels President Jack Zubarev said, “We see huge synergies with Parallels Access and Parallels Desktop products and are excited about the potential 2X solutions brings to us.”

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The Great Split Business Model

DataCenterVirtualizationThere seems to be a new business model appearing: Split the company. Symantec has done this, and now HP. IBM did it by selling off a great chunk of its server line to Lenovo. Cisco did it by divesting itself of ownership of VCE. What is telling is that there is a growing number of large companies splitting rather noisily, all for the same official purpose: to concentrate on core competencies in whatever areas the split resolves into. But this may be a misrepresentation. At least from the outside, it looks like it will be. Continue reading The Great Split Business Model