Archive for category VCE
One of the ways that companies are looking to become more agile is by breaking down the silos between groups. This change can not happen solely through the adoption of new technologies (including management tools), it requires that IT staffs look to cross-training and internal process changes to become more efficient. Virtualization is a catalyst for this change as server, network, storage and application owners are all dealing with the impact of abstraction on how they do their jobs.
Corporate desktop environments have grown in utility and complexity over the last few decades.
This has lead to a difficult support environment for IT organizations; constantly having to deal with patches, upgrades and a variety of hardware and software issues.
Enter Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) – IT organizations can once again take control of management and security of the corporate desktop while also freeing the users by giving them a consistent experience across an expanded range of hardware.
The future of the corporate desktop is a flexible end-user experience with a cost-effective centralized management.
Last week I attended Interop in New York City where I had the opportunity to speak to many companies about converged infrastructure and cloud solutions. Every vendor has a different definition of what convergence is (it is not melting your data center into a toxic blob) and how it fits into a cloud story. Back at the office, Dave Vellante debriefed me on what I saw – see the video clip below:
IT departments need to balance the requirement of getting a solution into production fast with the risk of making sure that everything works. Server virtualization helped with this challenge by allowing companies to spin up a virtual machine fast where applications and real company data can be tested. For large environments and critical applications, the time to design, build, test and verify a configuration can be a long and expensive process with lots of troubleshooting and adjusting of settings. The VCE Coalition has simplified this effort by having done the architectural work of Vblock configurations and by having a streamlined Proof of Concept (PoC) process that speeds up the time to get production environments online and reduces the peril of the unknown.
Stu Miniman wrote a piece yesterday on the the OpenWorld Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud announcement, and included some comparisons to vBlock from the Acadia/VCE Coalition. An excellent piece, I’d have to say, but I’m finding that there’s still way too much hand-waving from vendors about how the stacks compare security-wise for different workloads. Which stack has the most complete security offering out-of-the box? What does security add in terms of cost? What opportunities exist for security ecosystem players?