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.

VMware’s Fourth Quarter and 2012 Financial Results

VMware100x30VMware has announced financial results for the fourth quarter of 2012 and for the entire year of 2012. Fourth quarter revenue came in at $1.29B growing 22% over the fourth quarter of 2011. Full year revenue came in at $4.61B also growing 22% over 2011. The full results are detailed in the table below:

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News: VMware Invests $30M in Puppet Labs – Establishes Strategic Partnership

ITasaServiceVMware, a company not known for establishing strategic partnerships with other software companies has just made a very significant move. VWware has invested $30M in Puppet Labs and has established a strategic partnership with Puppet Labs. The goal of the partnership is to allow customers to realize the value of Puppet across a variety of VMware products including vSphere, vFabric Application Director, Cloud Automation Center, vCenter Operations Manager and vCenter Configuration Manager. Continue reading News: VMware Invests $30M in Puppet Labs – Establishes Strategic Partnership

VDI Stall: VDI Appliances solve the hardware problem so, what next?

DesktopVirtualizationWe’ve discussed the fact that VDI appliance makers were making good progress simplifying adoption of a virtual desktop infrastructure.  An appliance-based route to market can be seen as win-win: being designed both to reduce cost and complexity of implementation (for the customer) and shorten sales cycles (for the vendor). So goes the theory. To understand this theory further one VDI appliance vendor, Pivot3, commissioned Dimensional Research to survey global IT in order to get real-world insight into the state of VDI.

The survey showed that over 80% of respondents had VDI in their current strategy. Over 50% of those deploying VDI would utilize new hardware. What was perhaps more interesting was that traditional stall points of VDI, hardware complexity and security, took a back-seat in a list of concerns. The appliance model was undoubtedly popular, but if that problem is solved – what were the main concerns of organisations?

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News: Embotics Offers Upgrade at Net-Zero Cost for VMware Lab Manager Customers

Embotics100x30With VMware Lab Manager end-of-life looming, Embotics  is offering a competitive upgrade program that allows customers to exchange Lab Manager licenses and support for Embotics licenses and support for the same net cost that the customer is currently incurring for their existing licenses.

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News: Hotlink Enables Cross-Platform Cloud Management

Hotlink100x30HotLink® Corporation, the market leader in transformation solutions for heterogeneous virtualization management, today announced the latest release of its flagship product, HotLink SuperVISOR™ for VMware vCenter – the only technology to extend VMware vCenter management capabilities to Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (KVM). Continue reading News: Hotlink Enables Cross-Platform Cloud Management

How Good an Idea to Virtualize XenApp?

DesktopVirtualizationHow good an idea is it to virtualize XenApp? Way back in 2010, when more of the poles were ice, we asked is virtualizing Citrix XenApp a waste of time and effort? There were a number of benefits identified: hardware abstraction allowing easier image management and OS upgrades; options for higher availability and faster recovery, even failover; virtualization-enabled silo consolidation; and importantly, better management of user capacity on servers.

Yet, with XenApp running on Windows 2008 R2  memory limitations are of far less issue. Introducing a hypervisor has an overhead which can impact user density and can change Microsoft server license costs per physical server. Do these considerations outweigh other benefits? Hypervisor technology and performance has moved on considerably – what is the impact of that? What other services can virtualized XenApp drive?

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