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Recently, eG Innovations co-hosted a webinar with Nutanix, titled Optimizing Citrix VDI for the Enterprise Cloud. We asked attendees, “What are the key challenges with your VDI deployment?” Here are the results: Hyper-converged infrastructures, such as Nutanix, offer a cost-efficient scale-out architecture for running VDI workloads. While VDI deployment is more simple with hyper-converged infrastructures (as resources are added on demand), performance monitoring poses the same challenges as implementing VDI on traditional physical or virtual servers. From the above poll results, it is evident that user experience issues are what VDI administrators most challenged with (86% reported user experience issues as the top challenge). When a user complains of slow response time during a virtual desktop session, the VDI administrator has to identify the cause. Let’s take the ... (more)

Nutanix Performance Monitoring Made Easy

The Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform provides hyper-converged infrastructures for software-defined data center management and improved operational agility for faster scaling. Delivering storage, compute and network resources as consolidated hardware nodes, Nutanix helps enterprises simplify and accelerate resource provisioning on demand, and the integrated architecture helps avoid the cost of procuring and managing external storage (SAN, NAS, etc.). The Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform supports common hypervisors such as VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer. Another alternative is Nutanix’s own Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV) which can support server and desktop virtualization and is managed by the Nutanix Prism software.  Nutanix Prism allows administrators to perform control functions on the target infrastructure – reconfiguring VMs, turning on and... (more)

4th International Cloud Expo: Photo Album

Cloud Computing Expo on Ulitzer SYS-CON's 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, held on November 2 - 4, 2009, in Santa Clara, attracted more than 40 sponsors with over 2,000 delegates, a record attendance. The three content-packed days emphasized value with a rich array of sessions led by exceptional speakers about the business and technical value of cloud computing. Enjoy here our photo album of the show. Now held three times a year -- in New York, Prague, and Santa Clara -- the Cloud Computing Conference & Expo series is the fastest-growing Enterprise IT event in the past 10 years, devoted to every aspect of delivering massively scalable enterprise IT as a service. The event in Santa Clara, CA, was co-located with our 7th International Virtualization Conference & Expo. Cloud Computing Expo 2010 East to Attract More Than 5,000 Delegates from ... (more)

Developers Who Live in Glass Houses Refactor Their Code

PBDJ Blog Refactoring in not hard to do or difficult to conceive of - BUT you have to develop a sense about it. Part of wanting to refactor is professional pride. Ask yourself - If your software was a publicly visible structure such as a bridge or building, what would it look like?   Would you be will to go step on it or go inside it? Do you think that it's too late for improve your software?  Are you afraid to take a small risk? Remember that refactoring is all about taking lots of small steps that eventually add up to a big improvement. Do you sometimes get that sick feeling when you're asked to work on a particular section of code?  Ever wonder why?  Might the reason for the feeling be because the logic is "all over the place", fragile and tricky to make changes to? So wouldn't a bit of restructuring make the job more palatable? Refactoring is mostly about making... (more)

Data Virtualization Technology Advancements Deliver New Value

As a follower of Virtualization technology, you have likely heard about the June 2011 Forrester Research report on Data Virtualization entitled Data Virtualization Reaches Critical Mass: Technology Advancements, New Patterns,  And Customer Successes Make This Enterprise Technology Both A Short- And Long-Term Solution. As an employee of a data virtualization vendor, I especially enjoyed the section of the report that described data virtualization’s latest technology advancements and how these are delivering new value to data virtualization adopters across multiple industries. Six Data Virtualization Technology Advancements Highlighted Forrester highlights six particular technology advancements that are breaking down the barriers to data virtualization adoption and delivering new value to data virtualization users.  These include: Cost-based query optimization perform... (more)

Citrix & Dell Partner on Server Virtualization

Citrix announced the availability of Citrix XenServer software factory integrated on Dell PowerEdge servers. Citrix and Dell have partnered to make integrated server virtualization technology a reality for customers of all sizes. The initial products now available to Dell customers worldwide include the Citrix XenServer Dell Express Edition and Citrix XenServer Dell Enterprise Edition as part of factory-integrated solutions designed to make it even easier for customers to begin implementing their virtualization strategies. The Citrix XenServer Dell products are virtualization solutions that feature integrated Dell management agent technology. As a result, customers can use the same familiar Dell OpenManage System Management software on their existing Dell servers to help increase server and storage utilization. By coupling Citrix XenServer with Dell’s PowerEdge serv... (more)

Changing App Delivery Strategy? by @LMacVittie | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

One of the more popular methods of dealing with not just with the explosion of devices but the growing challenge of dealing with growth of compute devices under management in general is virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). While VDI has been overshadowed of late by newer and shinier TLAs like SDN and IoT, it remains nonetheless a critical component of most organizations growth strategy. As the technology behind VDI has matured, many organizations have begun to reconsider their initial, early decisions to go with one technology over another. That's natural, as it often takes time after adopting early technologies to really understand the long term costs (TCO) and ability of that technology to scale along with the business. It's also natural because at some point, all solutions end up in the "end of life" category, which means no more vendor support. That's true of ... (more)

Lightboard Lessons: Secure & Optimize VDI

Virtualization continues to impact the enterprise and how IT delivers services to meet business needs. Desktop Virtualization (VDI) offers employees anywhere, anytime, flexible access to their desktops whether they are at home, on the road, in the office or on a mobile device. In this edition of Lightboard Lessons, I show how BIG-IP can secure, optimize and consolidate your VMware Horizon View environment, providing a secure front end access layer for VMware’s VDI infrastructure. ps Related: Simplify VMware View Deployments ... (more)

RingCube Joins VMware Virtualization Partner Program

RingCube announced it has joined the VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program. The VMware TAP program helps technology vendors integrate their products with VMware virtualization software and deliver timely, joint solutions to mutual customers. As a member of the program, RingCube will utilize VMware resources and expertise to deliver desktop virtualization solutions that complement the VMware VDI architecture. "We are excited to welcome RingCube as the newest member of the VMware TAP program," said Bernie Mills, senior director, alliance programs, VMware. "The VMware TAP program offers companies like RingCube the tools and resources they need to develop high-value solutions that meet the needs of our mutual customers." "We are thrilled to join the VMware TAP Program," said Ron DiBiase, RingCube's VP of Sales and Business Development. "Enterprise customers w... (more)

Economy Drives Adoption of Virtual Lab Technology

Surgient Session at Cloud Expo Surgient added to its existing suite of recognized innovations with a newly granted patent on the, “Creation and Management of Federated Virtual Server Clouds.” Additionally, three separate organizations honored Surgient for being among the fastest growing and most successful technology companies. Surgient has long been a leader in providing infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) through its purpose-built, seventh-generation cloud automation platform. Everyone wants to lower their capital expenditures and increase operational efficiency - it's a sign of the times. The economy of the past 12 - 18 months has forced all organizations to do more with less and become more efficient. While everyone can identify with the request to do more with less, they can also identify with the overwhelming need to deliver quality. The need to deliver qualit... (more)

Data Virtualization in SQL Server

Data Virtualization is the new name for aconcept that allows enterprises to access their information contained in disparate data sources in a seamless way. Key principles behind Data Virtualization are: Abstraction: Provides location, API, language and storage technology independent access of data Federation: Converges data from multiple disparate data sources Transformation: Enriches the quality and quantity of data on a need basis On-Demand Delivery: Provides the consuming applications the required information on-demand Ideally data virtualization supports the following QoS (quality of service) for its consumers: Data Security Data Quality Data Governance Query Optimization Caching / Replication Data Virtualization and Cloud Data virtualization is not a new concept. Several vendors have implemented it in different forms. However, with the emergence of cloud and Xaa... (more)