Why Red Hat’s Investment In VMTurbo Matters

In a bid to help accelerate the adoption of the Open Stack cloud computing platform in traditional enterprise data centers, Red Hat recently made an undisclosed investment in VMTurbo, a Boston-based software company focused on automated virtualized and cloud infrastructure resource management.

Topics: cloud Virtualization hybrid cloud openstack Red Hat virtualization computing infrastructures

Can Oracle’s VCA Wrest Share from VCE?



Larry Ellison and Oracle have EMC’s VCE and Cisco’s UCS square in the crosshairs. The question is, can Ellison's “highest performance, lowest purchase price” converged infrastructure value proposition be enough to sway IT buyers to adopt Oracle’s Virtualized Computing Appliance (VCA)?

Topics: Converged Infrastructure virtualization computing infrastructures

The Virtual Workload Silo-ization Syndrome (The Webscale Imperative)

Many data center environments are plagued today by what I’ll call virtualized “silo-tary confinement.” This means that virtualized application workloads are often segregated or containerized within discrete pools of compute, storage, and network resources. For example, a virtual desktop environment may be configured with server, SAN/NAS storage, and networking hardware, while an Exchange infrastructure may utilize a totally separate pool of virtualized resources. This tendency to silo virtualized workloads drives up costs, increases management complexity, and hinders business agility; flying directly in the face of why organizations virtualized their server infrastructure in the first place. 
Topics: nutanix virtualization computing infrastructures Hyper-converged Hyper Scale

The Challenges and Benefits of Virtualization Protection

Last week, my article in Windows IT Pro on “Virtualize Everything” stimulated a rather wide range of banter:

  • A few folks pointed out that some servers should not be virtualized, such as some DNS, Active Directory domain controllers, and perhaps the management system that controls your hypervisor infrastructure. Those folks are correct—there absolutely are logical exceptions and “everything” is an intentional exaggeration. But hopefully, we as an IT industry are getting continually closer to server virtualization being the defacto method for server provisioning and management, except where an exception is reasonable.
Topics: Data Protection Server Virtualization virtualization computing infrastructures

Talking Big Data at NE VMUG

Yesterday, VMUG held its annual New England Winter Warmer conference at the New England Patriots' home turf, Gillette Stadium. While we (Mark Bowker, myself, and the ESG rock star event team) were chatting about Virtualization Computing Infrastructures in the Putnam Club, the football team was on the field getting ready for its upcoming playoff game. Looking out onto the field and the stadium, I was compelled to use Gillette Stadium and its 68,756 seating capacity as my platform for our Big Data Demystified breakout session. While the venue was not large, the topic was all Big.

Topics: Big Data Data Management & Analytics Hadoop Data Analytics Virtualization Big Data Analytics virtualization computing infrastructures