One of the great advances provided by virtualization is that a server ceases to become a monolithic combination of hardware and software that is brittle and difficult to manage. Instead a server is encapsulated into a virtual machine which can then be managed independently of its underlying hardware. Since every server is now a file and since files are much easier to manage than hardware/software servers, just putting servers into images was a huge step forward. But as is always the case in this industry where an innovation simply produces a new problem to solve, anointing the image as the unit of management for a server created some problems. Continue reading News: VMware Blows Away the Image – Launches vFabric Application Director
As we all know, EMC acquired VMware quite some time ago, and owns a large chunk of VMware to this day. The obvious reason that EMC values VMware is that the deployment of VMware vSphere in large accounts drives the need for and the purchase of large amounts of high end storage. This is very good for EMC, but it is a bit of a problem for VMware. The reason that it is a bit of a problem for VMware is that in many virtualization projects, acquiring the required storage accounts for over 50% of the cost of the entire project. Up until now there has not been a heck of a lot that you could do about this – you just had to live with it. Continue reading Will Microsoft Drive a Wedge Between VMware and EMC with Windows Server 8 and Hyper-V 3?
OnLive is on the verge of making a game-changing move in the VDI space. The game focused application delivery company announced their OnLive Desktop service at CES this year. OnLive Desktop claims to deliver a seamless Microsoft Windows desktop experience with cloud-accelerated web browsing and full Adobe Flash. The marketing talks of “instant-response multi-touch gestures“, “complete and convenient viewing and editing of even the most complex documents” and “high-speed transfer from cloud storage or Web mail attachments“. Sounds like something a CFO would bite your hand off for.
Still, delivering a ubiquitous desktop environment is a complex undertaking. Desktone tried punting to end users and then thought better of it. The default position when delivering desktops is to deliver a Microsoft Windows workspace: that’s what most users need and want to run their applications. However, a “use any device” model gets hampered by Microsoft’s VDA yearly license cost, and further constrained by the lack of a viable way of policing/validating VDA assignment. VDI can leave an enterprise open to Microsoft beating them with a stick for a host of additional end device licenses.
Have OnLive taken an impressive application delivery model and tried to apply it to windows desktops without necessarily thinking licensing through? Will the scalability and experience that Onlive have mean that VDI vendors should re-think their technology? Will the buzz that OnLive has created mean an new level of engagement with Microsoft, perhaps even a shotgun wedding? Will Onlive Desktop be the technology that prompts Microsoft to get its licensing-of-vdi house in order, properly enabling a Desktop-as-a-Service market: what better way to laugh in the face of Apple than to have most iPads running Windows 8?
There is a question facing many organisations as the clock ticks down on the support life of the desktop warhorse Windows XP: what, and how do we move on? But, it isn’t just about the desktop OS. An increasingly common answer to “where do you want to go today” is “all over, and not just using this PC“. There is a drive to use a cloud-based applications, share resources beyond the corporate LAN: and not just with a piece of kit constrained to a cubicle. Continue reading Centrix Software update Workspace Manager and Universal – better enabling desktop transformation
As we have noted before, virtualization and cloud computing are forcing a reinvention of the operations management business on two fronts. The first front is that virtualization and cloud computing introduce new requirements that legacy solutions do not meet and they break legacy products rendering them worse than useless (because the consume resources and money and add no value). The second front is that successful operations management vendors like Veeam, Xangati, VMTurbo, Zenoss, PHD Virtual, SolarWinds, Reflex Systems, VKernel, and VMware have all made it much easier to try and buy operations management solutions leading to a new business model for operations management vendors that makes the existing legacy way of selling enterprise systems management software completely unattractive to customers and irrelevant. Continue reading News: New Quest/VKernel vOperations Suite – Easy to Try and Easy to Buy Wins Again
VMware is already the best (most competent) and most important (fastest growing and the source of the most innovation) system software company on the planet. But as successful as VMware has been to date, it is worthwhile to ask what lies ahead – and most importantly in what direction VMware is likely to go on some key business and technical issues. In order to understand the range of choices VMware has it is worth looking at both Microsoft and Oracle as points of reference. Continue reading VMware – The Next Microsoft, or the Next Oracle?