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.

Virtualization Management – VMware and Dell, Big 2 or Big 6?

Virtualization ManagementWith Dell buying Quest, and VMware buying DynamicOps, the Virtualization Management landscape has been forever changed. Now Dell is a full fledged systems management vendor, and VMware has crossed the line into managing both their own and other hypervisors, and being able to construct clouds that even include non-virtualized resources. This gives rise to a very interesting question. Are Dell and VMware turning into traditional systems management vendors like CA, IBM, HP, and BMC or are they preparing to disrupt the existing systems management business just like VKernel (part of Quest, and now Dell) and DynamicOps did when they were startups? Continue reading Virtualization Management – VMware and Dell, Big 2 or Big 6?

News: Windows 2012 Licensing – Mircrosoft learns from VMware’s mistakes?

Microsoft100x30There was an amount of kerfuffle when VMware released vSphere v5.0 and moved to a memory centric licensing model. We speculated on whether other vendors would follow suit. Microsoft has unveiled Windows 2012 licensing terms, which it claims make licensing simpler and better value . The thing to commit to memory? There are now only four versions, and licensing is processor and client access license based. Continue reading News: Windows 2012 Licensing – Mircrosoft learns from VMware’s mistakes?

News: VMware to Acquire DynamicOps, Inc.

VMware100x30VMware, the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire DynamicOps, Inc., a provider of cloud automation solutions that enable provisioning and management of IT services across heterogeneous environments — VMware-based private and public clouds, physical infrastructures, multiple hypervisors and Amazon Web Services. Terms of the acquisition were not announced. The acquisition is scheduled to close in Q3 2012 subject to customary closing conditions. Continue reading News: VMware to Acquire DynamicOps, Inc.

Does RES Software portfolio update deliver DaaS?

PresentationVirtualizationIf your Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) provider is only focused on hosting virtual desktop, they are failing you. If you only provide a desktop environment to your customers – you will annoy them. If a desktop-as-a-service price only includes the cost of standing up a virtual OS instance that offering should be ignored.

To many, DaaS means outsourcing a service to make use of a virtual desktop infrastructure. Yet increasingly, internal IT departments are being encouraged, directly or indirectly, to consider their core desktop provision as a service: not simply “something that just gets done”, like toner cartridge replacement, or fixing the CEO’s son’s friend’s daughter’s laptop; on a Friday; just as you’re going home.

A “desktop service” incorporates many things. The delivery of an operating system environment: but there’s more. The provision of applications. Access to data. Creation of user accounts; the granting of access rights. Access to services such as email, file storage. Understanding what applications are used and when. The ability to print. A desktop service has a range of components that are key to delivering an environment that is reliable and cost effective.

RES Software have recently released a number of updates, new releases and patents that help put the Service into desktop-as-a-service. When considering your own enterprise desktop environment, or enhancing your DaaS offering – what tools are you using to automate delivery? Does the updated RES portfolio assist?

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News: Dell Transforms Virtualization Management with Quest Acquisition

Virtualization.Management.Ecosystem2-150x62On July 2nd 2012, Dell announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to buy Quest Software. Quest will become part of the Dell Software Group, which is being run by John Swainson, formerly the CEO of CA. In “Dell a Virtualization Management Leader?” posted almost a year ago, we explored how Dell might combine the product assets that it has licensed from DynamicOps (sold by Dell as VIS Creator – see the product review here). The basic idea was the monitoring of the virtualized environment would be combined with the ability of VIS Creator to dynamically provision services so that dynamically provisioned services could be offered with performance and availability assurances. The idea that Dell could bring the entire portfolio of Quest assets to bear fundamentally transforms both the notion of automated service assurance of dynamically provisioned services, and the entire systems management business. Continue reading News: Dell Transforms Virtualization Management with Quest Acquisition

Managing a Private Cloud on Converged Infrastructure

CloudComputingOne of the hard problems in building a private cloud is that if all your cloud management platform does is manage virtualized resources then your cloud is limited to services that are 100% virtualized. On the other hand, if your cloud management platform supports provisioning on physical hardware, the diversity of all of the physical hardware is so great that the complexity of this undertaking for both the vendor and the customer of the cloud management platforms can be daunting. Continue reading Managing a Private Cloud on Converged Infrastructure