The virtualization management industry (all aspects of physical systems monitoring, virtual systems monitoring, applications monitoring, and systems/applications provisioning) is undergoing an extremely rapid rate of change. In 2011, VMware put two very important stakes in the ground. The first was to combine performance management, capacity management, configuration management with self-learning analytics in vCenter Operations. The second was to state that its forward going management strategy was around delivering OPEX savings through automated remediation (monitor–>remediate–>notify). These VMware initiatives will shape how management plays out in 2012, and create new winners and losers. Continue reading 2011 Winners and Losers in Virtualization Management
The speed at which technology changes is absolutely amazing in that as soon as you buy something, the next faster, bigger model comes out. I think back to when I started my career and remember a workstation that I was using with a 200MHz processor and I was really thrilled when I got it bumped up to 64MB of ram. Now, although the hardware was changing at blazing speeds, you used to know you had a three to five year run with the operating system before you had to worry about upgrading and refreshing the operating systems. VMware has been changing the rules the last few years on major releases coming out, every two years. Continue reading The Speed of Change
The “cloud” has become quite the buzz word and in all appearances truly loved by the marketing side of the fence also. “Take it to the cloud.” That is one of my favorite lines from a Microsoft commercial campaign that I think really shows how mainstream the cloud has become. Facebook, iTunes, Twitter, Oxygen, Amazon and Acronis are all examples of different cloud services that I connect to on a regular basis. Services for the end users are becoming more and more abundant, which is absolutely fantastic for us, the consumer.
Is the corporate adaptation of the cloud moving at the same speed?
Since the virtualization industry was largely created by VMware, is largely being defined by VMware, and is (currently) be lead by VMware it is worth taking a look back at 2011 from the perspective of VMware’s steps, key strategic directions, and missteps. Continue reading Grading VMware’s 2011
Our very own Texiwill hosts a weekly Virtualization Security Round Table podcast. This round table provides an open forum to discuss all things related to Virtualization, Virtual Environment and cloud computing security. We’ve questioned before the benefits of a virtual desktop infrastructure with respect to security. Is VDI secure? Is VDI inherently more secure than “traditional desktops”? The article Virtual Desktop Security? Are They Secure? considered the VDI vendor claims that there are several big virtual desktop security wins such as
- Centralized Management
- Centralized Patching
- Improved Availability
- and importantly, data never leaves the data center
The article and the associated Bright talk presentation generated a good deal of interweb discussion, which in turn led to #73 in the Virtualization Security Round Table VDI desktops – are they really secure? The regular podcast team were joined by Simon Crosby (CTO @ Bromium), Tal Klein (Director Technical Marketing @ Citrix ) and Andrew Wood (Analyst @ TVP).
The discussion meandered in a lively fashion to answer the question – can VDI make your environment more secure than standard desktops?
Thames Water have signed up to give a sizable part of its desktop infrastructure management to services built on Desktone’s VDI stack hosted and maintained by Molten Technologies. Thames Water is the UK’s largest water and sewerage company, serving one of the world’s largest conurbations. Is this a significant landmark for Desktop As-A-Service (DaaS) provision? The utility sector is very focused on costs, tends to be studiously following the curve rather than forging fast into uncharted waters. DaaS, for some, is still interesting concept, but has the perception of risk.
Thames Water CIO Aiden Heke said: “Our decision to invest in virtual desktop technology demonstrates our innovative approach and our long-term commitment to contain costs and boost staff productivity by improving flexibility and security. This supports our main aim of delivering the best possible service to our 14m customers.”
Sounds canny. But, what have Thames Water and Molten Technologies done with Desktone’s software? Is DaaS now a service that can accommodate a company with a client base of 14 million? Desktone had a major campaign around the $1/day desktop: is that’s what’s in use here? Indeed, are Desktone a software company, or a hosting company? Given the known costs and complexity of a virtual desktop infrastructure, can you only deliver a VDI if you situate your services in the cloud? Where does DaaS sit in comparison to a virtual desktop infrastructure? Will Desktone leave Citrix and VMware in the Doldrums?