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Simplifying the Monitoring of Multi-Hypervisor Infrastructures Over the years, many enterprises have achieved tremendous cost reductions and management simplicity through virtualizing their IT infrastructure. According to Gartner, while some firms have virtualized over 90% of their servers, on an average, most firms have over 75% of their servers in a virtualized infrastructure, indicating the growth and maturity of the x86 server virtualization market. VMware dominated the virtualization market for several years but organizations are now also adopting other hypervisors such as Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, Oracle VM Server, Red Had Virtualization, etc. Additionally, the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) is an alternative for handling virtualization in Linux environments. And, the advent of hyper-converged infrastructures has introduced new hypervisors such... (more)

VDI or Cloudtop Computing?

LOVE AND… NOT LOVE There are two interesting and complimentary rules in IT When a technology takes off, vendors will keep trying to find “the next big thing” to earn more of your business. Until something takes off, most IT staff doesn’t have time to worry about it. Virtualization is one of those things that has kept IT shops humming over the last few… several… Many years. When it first came out I was in an R&D group at a mid-sized company, and from that perspective was able to grasp the early adopter use case and run with it. That use case is still one of the primary drivers for virtualization in the data center, though it is growing less important as other uses come to the fore – that was consolidation of underutilized servers, which enterprises had a lot of, because budgeting was by project and Larry Ellison’s famous “Lots of little servers” comment had become IT ... (more)

VDI: Balancing the Efficiencies and Challenges of the New Network

Enterprise IT has experienced a rapid evolution over the past few years. Cloud has revolutionized storage and brought with it a host of new and emerging information security challenges. Consumer adoption of mobile technology has forced enterprise networks to operate in a multi-platform environment in which the technology is largely selected, procured, and controlled without the advice or consent of IT. Of the many lessons learned in recent years, perhaps the most crucial is that IT must take a proactive approach to adopting emerging technologies, rather than being forced to react to and mitigate the inevitable fire drills. Of the transformative technologies now gaining traction in the enterprise, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) has stayed relatively under the radar, but is nonetheless poised to play an integral role in the ongoing IT evolution. This article w... (more)

Qumranet's Solid ICE Anchors Effective Hosted Desktop Virtualization

  Qumranet announced a report published by analyst firm Ovum. The report, "Qumranet's Solid ICE Anchors Effective Hosted Desktop Virtualization," provides an overview of desktop virtualization as well as opportunities and challenges for Qumranet in this space. It can be viewed here. By centrally hosting desktops in KVM virtual machines on servers in the corporate data center, Solid ICE (Independent Computing Environment) gives IT administrators greater control over desktop image management, provisioning management, policy enforcement and security. Solid ICE also offers IT managers access to remote desktops to provide maintenance and support, as well as instant, inherent disaster recovery. In addition, businesses deploying a green IT strategy can achieve a savings of up to two thirds on electric power with Solid ICE. "Desktop virtualization - following in the foots... (more)

The Future of Virtualization: Six Predictions

VMBlog.com The virtualization industry has seen its fair share of change in the past year or so, with Microsoft releasing its long-awaited Hyper-V and VMware taking on new leadership and potentially a new direction. The action is set to continue in 2009, with further developments and trends emerging to shape the impact of the impact of the technology. Here are six predictions for the coming year: Prediction #1: The sky’s the limit for Cloud Computing The vendor landscape will dramatically change as we see a significant increase in the opportunities available to providers of cloud-based services. This will impact all types of service providers: web and managed hosters; telcos and ISPs; independent software vendors offering their software as a service; online services companies; traditional systems integrators; value-added resellers that are becoming managed service prov... (more)

Virtualization: A Promising and Justifiable Investment

"There is a shift in focus and it is from technologies that enable virtualization to technologies that manage virtualization," says Bala Murugan, Chief Architect at eG Innovations, in this Exclusive Q&A with SYS-CON's Virtualization Journal. Overall, Murugan maintains, virtualization is "a promising and justifiable investment, particularly in the current economic downturn." Virtualization Journal: Do you agree with the view that Virtualization is one of the most promising technology investments in the current economic downturn? Bala Murugan: Virtualization, when done right, has been proven to provide significant reductions in direct cost. It also helps your indirect cost by improving your IT’s performance, reliability and capacity management. So yes, I would say that it is a promising and justifiable investment, particularly in the current economic downturn. Vir... (more)

Welcome Spring to a Green, More Efficient Data Center

  We are all getting ready for Earth Day in one way or another. I taught my three-year old what goes in the recycle bin, and he is quite obsessed with recycling these days - in a good way, that is.  He is certainly doing his part, and I am also doing mine by sharing with you a new book with a very green cover and content to match any IT manager’s “green IT dreams.” I am talking about a must-read for those trying to create an eco-friendly data center while taking advantage of the latest virtualization technologies, but also conserving existing resources, “The Green and Virtual Data Center” book by StorageIO founder Greg Schulz. I own the book, I read the book, and I think this less-than-green IT world needs it. Here’s why.   If you live in the storage and server world, you probably know Greg. He is the friendly analyst ready to give you his straightforward opinion... (more)

Citrix Starts Shipping Receiver

Citrix - which has been promising this stuff for a while - has announced the general availability of Citrix Receiver, a free lightweight plug-in-like software client that it says makes accessing virtual desktops and applications as easy as turning on a TV. It's supposed to let IT function as a service provider to its own employees. Citrix compares it a satellite or cable TV receiver and says it will deliver high-def desktops and applications on-demand to any device anywhere - including a PC, a Mac, a thin client, a netbook or an iPhone from a Citrix Delivery Center such as XenApp or XenDesktop. The widgetry requires one-time installation and otherwise works in background. When installed it's supposed to be responsible for security, performance and user experience. Citrix says apps will run on any and point that has a Receiver installed and vendors won't have to worry ab... (more)

Solving the Virtual Machine Backup Conundrum

Just when it seems that you've finally met and solved your data backup and recovery challenges, along comes another kink to complicate the problem. While server virtualization provides many benefits, it may create a conundrum when determining an organization's best backup and restore strategy. In a physical server environment, some combination of full and incremental backups of all files, volumes, and servers are most likely being performed. Perhaps you've included a product that provides deduplication and an incremental-only backup strategy that reduces the need to do weekly or monthly full-system backups. Or, maybe you've decreased your reliance on tape for off-site backups and have included a data replication or snapshot technology that will help to quickly restore critical applications or systems in the event of a failure. But now that your servers have been virt... (more)

Top Virtualization Solutions People are Looking For in 2009

This is the summary of Survey conducted by onCloudComputing.com in which the participants were asked only one simple question “What they are looking for in 2009 in relation to Virtualization”. So we can also call the following as “Virtualization Trends 2009” 1. Windows Virtualization Windows takes advantage of virtualization assistance in hardware that is based on Intel Virtualization Technology and AMD "Pacifica." By doing this, Windows virtualization enables workloads such as server consolidation, efficient software development and testing, resource management for dynamic data centers, application rehosting and compatibility, and high-availability partitions. 2. Server Virtualization Server virtualization is the masking of server resources, including the number and identity of individual physical servers, processors, and operating systems, from server users. The ser... (more)

Strategy Considerations for Collaboration in the Cloud

What challenges should organizations anticipate when shifting to the cloud? What are the current best practices for implementing a secure on-premise and cloud deployment mix? These and other questions will be answered in a breakout session to be given at SYS-CON's 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo (GovITExpo), by Ross Chevalier, President of Novell Canada and also CTO for Novell Americas. 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo is taking place on October 6, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. and you can attend both Chevalier's session and the entire event FREE by use of the guest code VIPguest here [case sensitive] FREE COUPON CODE FOR VIP PASS REGISTRATION: VIPguest (case sensitive) Attendees will take away from Chevalier's GovIT Expo session key tips for designing a next-generation collaboration deployment model that connects b... (more)