IT as a Service

IT as a Service (ITaaS) covers private clouds hybrid clouds and the cloud management offerings used to create and manage these clouds. This includes coverage of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) private and hybrid cloud offerings, Platform as a Service (PaaS) private and hybrid cloud offerings, and Software as a Service (SaaS). (Read More)

Emerging areas like Desktop as a Service (DaaS), Storage as a Service, and Applications as a Service are also covered. The key issues covered include which enterprise applications and use cases are appropriate for private and hybrid clouds, and how vendors should select the cloud management offerings that are going to be used to manage these various types of cloud services. Covered vendors include VMware (vCloud Automation Center), VirtuStream, CloudBolt Software, Intigua, ElasticBox, ServiceMesh, Cloudsidekick, and Puppet Labs.

News: VMware Announces the vCloud Hybrid Service

CloudComputingFor years, VMware has offered a public cloud service through cloud service providers who were licensees of VMware vCloud suite of products (essentially the same software that VMware customers run on premise with a different revenue share based licensing model).  However the vCloud offering completely failed to put any dent in the rapid growth of Amazon EC2. Microsoft beefed up its Azure cloud offering last year making it into a full IaaS offering. Google has jumped into the fray with Google Compute Engine. Continue reading News: VMware Announces the vCloud Hybrid Service

Can Microsoft succeed as a DaaS provider with Mohoro?

DesktopVirtualizationThe recent rumors of Microsoft working on a hosted virtual desktop (DaaS)  solution to add to their cloud services offering  may actually end up being one of the most viable options for organizations who already rely heavily on Microsoft infrastructure to run their business.  Having all of your core services being delivered from a single location and  provider could ease the operational concerns of some who find running a hybrid of on-premise and hosted solutions still requiring the same amount of operational support. Continue reading Can Microsoft succeed as a DaaS provider with Mohoro?

BMC to be taken private; Out with Old – In with the New

BlindDinosaurThere are reports in Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal Online that BMC is in talks with Bain Capital and Golden Gate Capital to be taken private. This is after Quest Software tried to go private last year only to end up being acquired by Dell who is now itself in talks to go private and while there are also rumors that private equity investors are looking at Compuware as well. So what is going on here? Continue reading BMC to be taken private; Out with Old – In with the New

Dell Acquires Cloud Application Management Vendor Enstratius

ITasaServiceDell has announced the acquisition of  Enstratius which helps organizations manage applications across private, public and hybrid clouds, including automated application provisioning and scaling, application configuration management, usage governance, and cloud utilization monitoring.

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SDDC Application Performance Management

SDDC.Management.Stack.Reference.ArchitectureThe Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) will be a highly dynamic environment with constantly changing configuration and resource allocation settings driven by various forms of automation including the provisioning of workloads from service catalogs, the scaling of workloads in response to demand, and the migration of workloads across hosts for workload balancing and prioritization reasons. Due to Agile Development, applications are now changing more quickly than ever before. So we are going to have rapidly changing applications running on a rapidly changing software infrastructure. This will drive the need for SDDC Application Performance Management.
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How Will VMware Win Against Microsoft?

DataCenterVirtualizationWhile VMware is still the undisputed leader in enterprise data center virtualization, it is also very obvious that Microsoft has made (and continues to make) significant inroads into both the broader data center virtualization market and into VMware’s own enterprise customer base. The general perception is that Microsoft Hyper-V is now “good enough” to run most production workloads, that it is close enough (or at parity) in functionality and performance to vSphere for customers to be able to move workloads from vSphere to Hyper-V, and that vSphere is “expensive” and Hyper-V is “free”. So how will VMware win against Microsoft? Continue reading How Will VMware Win Against Microsoft?