VMware’s much heralded “Virtual SAN”—the hypervisor-managed provisioning of shared storage using pooled server storage capacity—is another line in the sand regarding the future of IT in general and storage in particular. VMware’s new product adds further clarity to the notion that convergence driven by software is a real direction—and a real choice—not only for the provisioning of business IT infrastructure, but also for the management of that infrastructure. While the functionality of the product still have room to grow, the simplicity and economy of Virtual SAN represents clear writing on the (software-defined data center) wall that traditional storage models are under threat.
The days of IT handing out a standard device across the company and maintaining a perimeter fence with known holes are fading fast. Employee preferences and modern applications are driving alternative device types while data security makes national news on a nightly basis these days. The opportunity to embrace alternative computing devices is massive and the requirement to simultaneously tighten policy and control is a must have for organization that are serious about their mobility efforts.
POS malware used for Target attack whistled past endpoint security.
Every situation can have its uniqueness, but some basic questions about apps, form factor, and how they plan to use the device will quickly boil choices down for consumers.
As the diversity of applications continues to rise along with mobile device usage, it is important IT organizations plan through upgrade and migration strategies and leverage these events to explore and invest in desktop virtualization technology solutions.
The strength of these three companies is going to catch some vendors flat footed with existing capabilities and new innovation driving forward. IT decision makers should minimally invite Citrix, Cisco, and NetApp into the conference room to hear the collective vision and see how it may snap into exiting IT priorities, economic impact, and long-term strategy.
As we close the first decade of VMworld events, what is this highly "industry-meshed" vendor up to? Read a few of my insights and then you can also watch the video of what my colleagues (Mark Bowker, Wayne Pauley, Bob Laliberte, Jason Buffington, Kevin Rhone, and Terri McClure) took away as their main thoughts....
In spite of the fact that resource optimization is particularly important to SMB organizations when it comes to supporting technology requirements, server virtualization deployments are not pervasive at this end of the market. However, this dynamic shifts when server footprints and the manner in which technology is viewed come into play.
Using flash to accelerate virtual desktops is a hot topic, but at what cost? ESG Lab is testing Fusion ioVDI and is seeing some pretty exciting results. So if you want to hear how to run thousands of FAST desktops without breaking the bank, read on!
Mobile operators are facing a category 5 hurricane of mobile bandwidth demand in the next few years that could wipe out profits or deflate the mobile bubble. Sprint was looking particularly vulnerable with its unlimited data plans, but what should we expect going forward?
In spite of its many associated benefits, server virtualization can—and does—present numerous IT challenges, including the disruption of existing personnel, processes, and technologies. While deploying and maintaining the data protection solution(s) for a “simple” physical production infrastructure may be perceived as straightforward, server virtualization and private cloud management systems create extra layers of complexity that can be overwhelming and challenging. With these considerations in mind, ESG recently conducted an in-depth survey of 325 IT professionals concerning their organizations’ server virtualization environment, data protection processes, and approach towards business continuity and disaster recovery. Survey participants represented midmarket (100 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in North America (United States and Canada) and Western Europe (United Kingdom, France, and Germany).
This ESG Lab Validation documents the results of expert, independent, hands-on testing of the new and improved virtualization capabilities of Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V on powerful HP server and storage hardware. Testing focused on comparing virtual machine scalability and density between Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and Windows Server 2012.
ESG defines an integrated computing platform (ICP) as a virtual computing infrastructure (VCI) solution that integrates hardware and software components into a single consumable IT system. ICPs combine independent pieces of IT infrastructure that are normally operated separately through policy and common functionality to form simplified computing platforms targeted at virtualized and cloud environments. In this report, ESG focuses on ICPs—specifically, what factors are continuing to drive adoption; how are vendors engineering ICPs and adding value beyond packaging and branding; and how are vendors bringing these solutions to market?
This ESG Lab report documents the results of independent, hands-on testing of the performance, scalability, and efficiency of Microsoft’s Windows Server 2012 with improved Hyper-V virtualization. ESG Lab tested with a tier-1 virtualized SharePoint 2013 application workload to confirm that Hyper-V can be used to increase scalability and maintain high levels of enterprise-class performance.
Citrix hasn’t solved the next five years of challenges that lie ahead for businesses, but wow are they focused on doing so. It warrants mentioning that the folks at Citrix are genuine people who have a passion to design and deliver the future of application, desktop, and data delivery. This is a top quality that starts with the CEO, Mark Templeton, and extends itself all the way to its customers. Very impressive to witness and hard to duplicate.
So you’re going to fix all your company’s virtualization woes with your new architecture. You’re going to be the IT hero. The parts for the new solution show up on your loading dock and you start putting the pieces together, only to find out that the NIC cards you ordered don’t support a required protocol. Or worse yet, the expensive network gear you already ordered is missing a critical feature your users depend on. You persevere, scaling back your design, and exchanging components. It never seems to be an even exchange, but at least you are still within budget.
While mobile first design points at a progress, it can also drive business application design in the wrong direction.
This video captures the state of server virtualization and the impact it is having in adjacent IT initiatives. I also step through desktop virtualization, network virtualization, and storage virtualization and the potential economic impact these strategies have on the business.
This ESG Lab report documents the results of independent, hands-on testing of Exchange Server 2013 and Microsoft Windows Server 2012 with improved Hyper-V virtualization. Testing was focused on the performance scalability of Exchange Server 2013 in a Hyper-V virtualized environment, as well as the ease of deployment and manageability.