SMB Virtualization

SMB Virtualization focuses on delivering the benefits of virtualization to SMB’s, and SME’s in a cost effective and easy to manage manner. SMB Virtualization covers all aspects for virtualization for the SMB or SME starting with hardware and working up the virtualization stack. (Read More)

SMB Virtualization includes use of the technologies that allowed bursting into the cloud for small organizations as well as other cloud services that an SMB or SME could use to perform business operations within virtual or cloud environments. SMB Virtualization concentrates on the smaller scale organizations but while planning for those organizations to grow.

Could the new vSphere vRAM Pricing Slow Down Virtualizing Business Critical Applications?

Watching VMware roll out vSphere was a bit surreal. VMware did a great job of explaining the mission of vSphere 5 (attack the next 60% – virtualize any application). VMware did a great job of positioning its cloud suite (vSphere 5 and all of the products announced along with it) as the suite of functionality needed to address that next 60% of un-virtualized workloads.  In fact all of the analyst briefings that occurred before the actual launch focused upon these two elements as did the first 90% of the launch. And then… Continue reading Could the new vSphere vRAM Pricing Slow Down Virtualizing Business Critical Applications?

RES Software’s Baseline Desktop Analyzer: Using the Cloud to help Migrate to Windows 7 for Free?

If you only know yourself, but not your opponent, you may win or may lose. If you know neither yourself nor your enemy, you will always endanger yourself” wrote Sun Tzu in his famous treatise, The Art of War.  In his unpublished, Art of Desktop Management and Migration, this statement was modified primarily as an organisation’s users are, despite suggestion to the contrary, not the enemy. Still, the basic principle of avoiding failure through thorough assessment holds true. Before embarking on a campaign to change your desktop environment in any way – be that a migration from Windows XP to Windows 7+,  a move to VDI, a move to a DaaS model from a third party…or even adding or changing an application – having accurate visibility of your existing desktop infrastructure is key to ensure you don’t endanger your project and your organisation’s money.

  • What devices do you have?
  • What applications have you (and possibly your users) installed?
  • Of those applications and devices which ones are actively used?

“Consumerisation in IT” is not new: it is not unusual to find new devices and/or software actively used in an environment. Conversely, IT may believe an application is not used … when it is; and valiantly maintain an application that they believe to be business critical, when it isn’t. The most costly desktop management services are those where the estate is unknown and unmanaged. You can drive operational costs down by knowing and managing your environment pro-actively. Continue reading RES Software’s Baseline Desktop Analyzer: Using the Cloud to help Migrate to Windows 7 for Free?

vSphere 5 – Virtualize Business Critical Applications with Confidence

VMware’s vSphere team has done it again. The most important, and best systems software company on the planet is again announcing a major upgrade to its platform that once again raises the level of its came into a different orbit than the pretenders and the contenders. Continue reading vSphere 5 – Virtualize Business Critical Applications with Confidence

Dell a Virtualization Management Leader?

In July 2010, Dell acquired Scalent a vendor that allowed for the rapid provisioning and reconfiguration of server, network and storage resources. This was clearly an IT agility play. In September 2010, Dell did an OEM deal with DynamicOPS adding the DynamicOPS private cloud (or IT as a Service) management stack to its Virtual Integrated System (VIS) architecture. Now Dell has done a similar deal with Netuitive, adding direct monitoring of vSphere, integration with just about every monitoring tool on the planet, and real-time self-learning analytics to the VIS portfolio. Continue reading Dell a Virtualization Management Leader?

Virsto gets $12 million boost to help push virtualized storage beyond Hyper-V

Virsto has announced they have secured $12 million in Series B venture capital funding. In addition, Virsto has revealed it has acquired EvoStor, a company specializing in storage virtualization technology for VMware environments.

Virsto developed the first hypervisor-based storage solution built for virtual machines which we’ve spoken about in the past. At present, Virsto’s solution is for Microsoft Hyper-V implementations only. Yet Khaled Nasr, partner at InterWest who joins Virsto’s board of directors, is obviously excited about the prospect of not only expanding Virtso’s potential for Microsoft Hyper-V,  but developing new markets: Continue reading Virsto gets $12 million boost to help push virtualized storage beyond Hyper-V

VMware’s “Squeeze the OS” Strategy – Open War with Microsoft and Red Hat

VMware’s CloudFoundry announcement has enormously clarified VMware’s long term strategy regarding its role in the Systems Software business. When VMware acquired SpringSource two years ago, it had application platform strategy that consisted of offering an enhanced version of Tomcat along with some development tools. This put VMware on the Java side of the Java vs. .NET wars, which was interesting, but it did not address the rapid proliferation of other application run time environments like Ruby and PHP that were continuing to drive the envelope of developer productivity. Continue reading VMware’s “Squeeze the OS” Strategy – Open War with Microsoft and Red Hat