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: Microsoft Launches New Azure Features, New Iaas Offering, and Performance Management Partnerships

Microsoft threw down the gauntlet today, right at the feet of Amazon’s AWS – launching a revamped PaaS offering, a brand new IaaS offering (run whatever you want in an Azure hosted image), and significant partnerships with ecosystem vendors that will add value to Azure and round out its value with Microsoft Azure customers.

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Dell Transforms Virtualization Management with Quest Buy

Dell_Circle_100x30In “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 VIC 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 Dell Transforms Virtualization Management with Quest Buy

News: VMware Welcomes Wanova – Is it a Mirage – does VMware finally get desktops?

Wanova100x30In the way that you stick you hand into your jeans pockets and find an unexpected high denomination bill neatly folded-up, we find that VMware has announced entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Wanova and in turn integrate their Mirage desktop management product into VMware’s End-User Computing (EUC) portfolio.

This  acquisition does indeed represent a very exciting and strategic addition for VMware.  The combination of VMware View and Wanova Mirage will be an an industry first pairing that could well dramatically redefine the VDI market: and first because there are no other products that operate like Mirage. It is increasingly common to find vendors acknowledging that a VDI-only solution is not enough. Citrix know it. Desktone  know it. Quest know it. Virtual Bridges know it. We’ve critiqued before that by having a VDI only view, VMware doesn’t “get” desktops. With their Wanova acquisition VMware is no longer restricted to only delivering centrally hosted virtual desktops.

What is it that Wanova’s Mirage can offer, and how does Mirage differ from other solutions?

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Multi-Tenancy: Who is the Tenant?

VirtualizationSecurityThere seems to be a myriad of definitions of who is a tenant when it comes to secure multi-tenancy. This debate has occurred not only within The Virtualization Practice as well as at recent Interop and Symantec Vision conferences I attended. So who really is the tenant within a multi-tenant environment? It appears multiple definitions exist and if we cannot define Tenant, then how do you build secure applications that claim to be multi-tenant? Continue reading Multi-Tenancy: Who is the Tenant?

AppSense Hints at Future Direction with UV Suite 8.4, Data Locker and RAPsphere Acquisition

AppSense_Company_Logo_100x30Much of the recent buzz around AppSense from AppSense Labs,the research division at AppSense that is responsible for StrataApps, DataLocker and DataNow, its hot new tools to support user installed applications and provide increased security in consumer cloud services. Nevertheless, AppSense has not forgotten its roots and has recently released a major update to its core user persona management platform UV Suite. Continue reading AppSense Hints at Future Direction with UV Suite 8.4, Data Locker and RAPsphere Acquisition

And then there were three – NxTop Enterprise morphs to XenClient Enterprise

DesktopVirtualizationLike waking up from a scene in a night’s dream where you were on a lovely walk, to find yourself stood outside of your now locked hotel room wearing nothing but your underwear, NxTop customers and resellers may well view the purchase of Virtual Computer by Citrix with a chill, heart-quickening, “right then, what next”?

Virtual Computer’s free offerings are no longer available, NxTop Enterprise edition gets a modest per user price increase. Support is still available. It is likely any road-map will take a wobble. What is now XenClient Enterprise is one of three client hypervisor versions that are offered by the application delivery leader who was, up until Friday, ‘the investing competition’.

Virtual Computer was a leader in the Type I client hypervisor delivery platform: although to be fair, it wasn’t a big race card.  In comparison to its cousin XenClient, at technical level it had better instance management options, a pre-packaged virtual machine instance with Chrome and Citrix Receiver, far wider hardware support and integrated systray tools within Microsoft Windows VMs. The latest 4.0.6 released earlier this month, continued  a steady improvement in management options for configurations. More importantly for the enterprise – Virtual Computer had the better links than the with hardware manufacturers with a strategy to integrate new hardware releases in weeks rather than months. Perhaps most interestingly, NxTop was highlighted as an solution that strongly aligned with Intel’s Intelligent Desktop Virtualisation (IDV).

VDI too expensive? VDI too remote? Have you considered IDV – manage centrally, run locally?

Yet despite innovation awards, the client-side hypervisor leader found it hard to gain momentum. Talking to CIO/CTOs the technology and you come across a number of obstacles in new accounts. Where does it fit with a BYOD strategy? What advantage does it offer over solutions such as LANDesk, Dells’ KACE or Microsoft’s SCCM? Will it run on a Mac? How does it deliver to my tablet?

The integration time for XenClient Enterprise likely to be 12-18 months. If you’re running  NxTop now, how will that impact your roll-out or continued delivery?  If you dismissed XenClient and went XenDesktop – should you stop? How could Citrix accommodate a product that can be pitched directly against XenDesktop and VDI-in-a-box? Why and will Citrix embrace IDV?

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