Posts Tagged Virtualization

VCE Delivers Vision to Simplify IT

vce-logoWith its recent announcement, VCE is showing the world that it is more than a solution of parts from the parent companies (Cisco, EMC, VMware and Intel). VCE’s revenue is now tracking over $1B per year thanks to Q4 2012 being over $250M and according to industry trackers, is the top selling converged infrastructure solution. The most notable piece of VCE’s recent announcement is that for the first time, the company is bringing a software product to market that was developed in-house – VCE Vision Intelligent Operations which will start shipping with all Vblocks in April 2013. First of all, the creation of a new software line is a proof point that the company is not a short-term project; despite the coopetition between parent companies, the bottom line is that VCE provides revenue and strategic value in how EMC and Cisco bring data center solutions to the market. At its core, VCE Vision software helps deliver on the mission of the company, which is to help simplify infrastructure for virtualized environments by moving from siloed components to management at the rack level. Managing by the rack rather than the component is how hyperscale companies manage their environments at much lower operational costs (see Rack Level Architectures and Hyperscale Operations). Virtualization administrators will now manage a “Vblock” item directly in vCenter, so the internal components become invisible, allowing for much less day-to-day touching of the solution.

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VDI still on the rise

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure or VDI has long been kind of the lesser flashy sidekick to server virtualization and the cloud.  We often hear so much about virtualization, and especially the cloud, because they are flashy, they do have that element of consumerization of IT.  VDI however has been making consistent increased presence in the enterprise for a number of years now.  For some organizations, it can be complicated to ingest the kind of changes that VDI introduces and the advantages it brings about.  VDI products typically build on virtualization platforms, and that is one sure advantage.  It also delivers improvements and efficiencies to the enterprise environment that is changing the ways a lot of environments are conducting business. 

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Virtualize Everything – or don’t

There is no doubt that virtualization is transforming data centers across the world.  More and more organizations are now solidly in line on a virtualization track and on the way somewhere along the virtualization spectrum from zero virtualized guest systems to 100% virtualization.   Organizations no doubt enjoy the fiscal and operational benefits of migrating from existing physical to virtual systems in their data centers, but there are many things to consider before jumping right in to doing that.

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IBM says Goodbye to Blade Servers and Hello to Convergence with PureSystems

IBM rolled out the red carpet for the launch in NYC

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VMworld Live 2011: Your Cloud, Your Computer, Watch It Live on theCUBE

Earlier this year, SiliconANGLE and Wikibon barnstormed 5 tech shows in 5 weeks, reaching more than 2 million views of our live CUBE programming. We’re back at it and Wikibon is once again pleased to be a part of the SiliconANGLE.tv and VMware production of VMworld Live from Las Vegas. We have an amazing lineup to discuss the future of virtualization, cloud, big data and mobile technologies. Here’s a glimpse of what’s coming next week:

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VMware Storage Leaderboard: Who Has the Best Integration?

While cloud may be the focus of marketing and press campaigns, VMware server virtualization is still one of the primary growth engines for enterprise data center environments today. CIOs have reaped benefits through consolidation and agility of server virtualization, but have had to deal with the ripple effects of how virtualization breaks storage (and networking). Last year, Wikibon took a close look at the integration journey that is required to allow VMware virtualization to continue its growth by creating higher performance storage solutions that can move into mission critical applications. Every storage vendor has a strong push into virtualization in general, and VMware specifically, and while it is a complex story as to who is “the best”, Wikibon did extensive research to peel back the onion on storage integration with VMware. We have posted the full results of the VMware Storage Integration research; this article and others will add some color to the report.

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NetApp Growth and the Waves of Virtualization and Convergence

While NetApp has not changed it's tagline from "Go further, faster", they talked about having a goal of being Infinite and Immortal, so I thought a Highlander reference was in order.

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The Cube Next Stop: Mobile and Virtualization at Citrix Synergy

The Cube Summer Tour ‘11 has John Furrier and Dave Vellante criss-crossing the country.

Tons of coverage of Cloud and Storage from EMC World in Las Vegas. Deep into applications and solutions at SAP Sapphire in Orlando. The Cube is covering the “athletes of the tech world” and I’ve watched more of our conversations than baseball this year (I do admit to being a Yankee fan in the middle of RedSox Nation).

This week, John and Dave go to Citrix Synergy at the Moscone in San Francisco where they will be covering the big themes of: the commoditization of IT, the transformation of desktops and angles on the virtualization and cloud ecosystems.

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Desktop Virtualization Reality Check

As I read through the predictions for 2011, everyone had a position on VDI, including here and here and here.  The VDI Infographic was one of our most popular of the year.

We’ve been talking about it for many years – will 2011 be different?  Has your boss come to you with unrealistic expectations for a VDI deployment (see this short video):

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The Organizational Impact of Converged Infrastructure

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.

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