Storage Networking

Storage Networking focuses upon virtualizing the storage and the SAN while collapsing and simplifying the management and performance of storage. This includes the role of storage virtualization in the Software Defined Data Center, and the comparison of pooled local storage options with traditional network attached storage (NAS) and fiber channel attached storage. Covered vendors include VMware, EMC, IBM, Dell, HP, Cisco, Tintri, and Nutanix.

Low cost VDI takes a hit as Apple buys flash controller startup Anobit

Apple has opened its wallet and bought Anobit the Israeli flash controller startup whose signal processing technology makes cheap SSDs work as well as more expensive enterprise class drive. Putting in doubt the possibility that Anobit will contribute to the reduction in cost of VDI.

The largest single cost elements in most VDI deployments is the high cost of storage needed to meet the IOPS load caused by session startup and logon activities. Most VDI deployments address the IOPS challenge either by using many spinning discs to achieve the necessary IOPS or by using high-performance SSD in one form or another.  Continue reading Low cost VDI takes a hit as Apple buys flash controller startup Anobit

2012: The Beginning of the End for Virtualization Management?

In the APM Digest, Andi Mann VP of Strategic Solutions for CA, predicted that “in 3-5 years Virtual System Management vendors will no longer survive, as virtualization becomes a core part of the enterprise compute fabric. Three years later this trend has definitely started, and will accelerate in 2012 as IT turns instead to hybrid IT management, recognizing that silos of standalone virtualization management is a costly and inefficient burden. Maybe 2012 is not the end of Virtualization Management, but it is going to be the start of the demise“. Continue reading 2012: The Beginning of the End for Virtualization Management?

2011 Winners and Losers in Virtualization Management

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

Toward Converged Virtualization Management Suites

The infrastructure monitoring, application monitoring, cloud management and image provision sectors of the virtualization management space have been going through an extremely rapid evolution in the last few months. This makes it useful to take a look at these four aspects of virtualization management (leaving out security and data protection) in the context of each other. Continue reading Toward Converged Virtualization Management Suites