Archive for the ‘Virtualization’ Category

An Open-Source Food Fight in the Cloud

6 April 2012 –  To date, the four horsemen of the cloud appear to be, Microsoft, Google and VMware.  The first three companies have built their own cloud computing services that consumers and businesses can tap into. Instead of doing its own service, VMware, the maker of virtualization software, is selling a new suite of cloud software so that service providers and businesses can build their own new-age, cloud computing systems.

The collective muscle and proprietary leanings of those four companies has triggered something of a cloud panic. At its core, cloud computing promises lower costs and greater flexibility than traditional data centers. It’s a way to avoid lock-in, that mainframe-era problem where a company buys its own big, expensive systems—and is stuck with them. But those advantages could be undermined if, say, Amazon decides to play the heavy and makes it difficult for companies to move their software and data onto a competing cloud service. That would be lock-in, cloud edition.

To counter the big cloud players, the software maker Citrix has decided to open-source its CloudStack software. … Read more

Free webcast: Introduction to Virtualization — for you e-discovery mavens

21 February 2012 –  If you attended LegalTech 2012 a few weeks ago, you had the opportunity to discuss with several vendors the e-discovery issues involving virtual servers, desktops and storage, or see some of the brilliant off-the-floor presentations (as always at LegalTech there is more happening away from the event than at the event).

We first learned about the issues and became involved in learning the technology waaaaaay back in the old days … 2008 … when Autonomy’s ZANTAZ division incorporated into its e-discovery software the functionality of finding information stored in virtual environments.

The functionality came in the form of a module that could search multiple virtual file servers running a number of operating systems, freeing up IT shops from doing the work manually. It’s development was a no-brainer:  given the “extreme” type of rulings that were coming out of the e-discovery realm … court orders that a company preserve its RAM data … virtualized information had to be factored into a company’s efforts to comply with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure concerning electronically stored information.  Through … Read more

James Urquhart on what cloud boils down to for the enterprise

20 November 2011 — James Urquhart is a field technologist with almost 20 years of experience in distributed-systems development and deployment.  His focus has been on service-oriented architectures, cloud computing, and virtualization.  

He is one of cloud computing’s “gurus”  (we had the opportunity to meet him this year at the Enterprise Cloud Summit in New York) and up until a few weeks ago he was blogging about the cloud on the CNET Blog Network under a blog called “The Wisdom of Clouds”.  His blog posts were brilliant.  He covered the tenuous relationship between existing law and cloud computing in several posts (including an in-depth legal analysis of the impact of cloud on the Fourth Amendment), detailed analysis of cloud interoperability, a great post on why cloud computing is an operations model, not a technology, plus scores of others.

He has also spent the last three years helping develop Cisco’s cloud strategy.

But he had to bring the blog to a close because he was taking on a new job as vice president of product strategy for cloud management software provider … Read more

Infographic: What Your Admin Should Know About Cloud Management


24 October 2011 — How fast is the average virtual infrastructure growing?  Would you believe that 80% of them are adding 10-50 VMs annually? And that 63% of those surveyed are handling cloud computing installations. IT management provider Solarwinds interviewed 120 of their customers and came up with this infographic. It also includes five tips for making better cloud choices.

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What is the future of cloud computing in the Emirates?

9 October 2011 – For an interview with Anthony Harrison of Symantec on the topics of virtualization and cloud adoption in the Emirates, click here.… Read more

Oracle says virtualization is critical to cloud computing

4 October 2011 – Server virtualization is critical to cloud computing of any kind, according to Oracle chief executive officer Larry Ellison. Mr Ellison, speaking at the SuperCluster launch event, claimed that the new technologies were now inextricable, reports Information Week.

“Virtualization is critical to cloud computing, private cloud, public cloud, any kind of cloud computing. You take better advantage of your computing resources with a virtual machine,” he was reported as telling delegates at the Oracle Open World 2011 conference.

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Five Popular Data Virtualization Usage Patterns

4 October 2011 – Data virtualization is a versatile data integration solution that can be deployed to solve a wide range of data integration challenges.  Based on nearly ten years of successful implementations, several common usage patterns have emerged to help guide your enterprise’s data virtualization adoption strategy.

These data virtualization usage patterns include:

*BI data federation
*Data warehouse extension
*Enterprise data virtualization layer
*Big data integration
*Cloud data integration

For an examination of each type of virtualization click here.… Read more

Cisco’s Considerations for Cloud Computing

3 October 2011 – Until recently, there was a distinct lack of consensus among technology providers as to what cloud computing actually means – today it is widely agreed upon that cloud services deliver shared resources, software and information as a utility over a network. Significantly, it is also generally accepted that cloud-based services are signalling the next stage of evolution for the online environment.

This was the trend outlined by Cisco’s Val Moodley at a recent Cloud Computing event held in Johannesburg. “When closely observed, the foundation upon which cloud computing is built is a fully operational and stable network” said Moodley. This means that organisations have to be keenly aware of the fundamental requirements behind an effective cloud solution before transferring important business processes to these services. In order to fully deploy cloud-based services and realise the benefits behind offsite application hosting and data transfer, organisations must first understand that the movement towards cloud computing is a journey which should begin with a consolidation and virtualisation process.

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Paying for only what you need: treating cloud computing like a utility

3 October 2011 – Instead of buying their own computer systems, companies, individuals, and even governments can share time on a common computing infrastructure, which consists of interchangeable parts providing computation, data storage, and communications. If one piece malfunctions or needs updating, programs and data automatically move to others. Multilevel security prevents users from interfering with one another. This vast system is cheaper to operate than many individual computers scattered among different businesses and agencies, because both the hardware and the administrative staff can be utilized much more efficiently.

Advanced “virtualization” systems can generate just the computing resources needed at any time, letting them be returned to a general pool when they are not. This means that service providers such as Amazon can offer a pay-as-you-go utility billing model to customers on a very large scale. The consequences of this shift are far reaching: one of the clearest is that today there’s very little need for businesses to purchase a computer system other than PCs and laptops for employees.

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Desktop Virtualization and the Death of the PC


29 September 2011 — Recent talk regarding a potential spin-off of HP’s PC business drove a heated debate about whether other technology firms might do the same. Will the PC continue to provide value to end users or has its grave been dug?

Global information and communications technology provider Dimension Data recently commissioned a survey on the desktop virtualization market, conducted by Forrester Research, revealing growing trends that may provide some answers. Although factors such as cost, administrative and user familiarity and legacy ecosystems could keep the PC on life support in the short term, there are other powerful forces that may propel its demise. These forces include worker mobility, the rise of smartphones and tablets, and perhaps most significantly, the growth of cloud computing and virtualization, which is rendering local storage and processing power – traditional hallmarks of the PC – much less significant than in the past.

So ultimately, it may simply be a question of “when” not “if” a range of mobile computing devices displaces the PC for all but the most specialized use cases and applications.… Read more