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Access to and analysis of complete, high-quality actionable information is the key to effective business decisions making. Data virtualization enables IT to provide business with the information it needs with greater agility and lower costs than traditional data integration approaches and technologies.   As a result, business units in every industry are pushing on IT to adopt data virtualization. How does data virtualization apply to your organization? How will you meet your industry-specific data virtualization needs? Will your data virtualization investments pay off? Data Virtualization Adoption Strategies In What Is Your Strategy for Data Virtualization?, five data integration challenges that data virtualization was capable of solving were identified.  Understanding these challenges and solutions can help guide an enterprise's data virtualization adoption strategy ... (more)

Why Microsoft Should Finally Buy Citrix

DISCLAIMER: This is long and the opinions are mine. I’ve written a good bit here about the various ways Microsoft and Citrix overlap in the hypervisor space, ranging from topics like shared code base through competition for the desktop space. To me, these two players have always been the underdogs battling for the right to go head-to-head against VMware in the main enterprise (and now cloud) virtual data center event. I’ve long said here that I think Microsoft is in the best position to make that move, but to be honest, Citrix currently has better technology. In other words, Microsoft has a better strategic play, Citrix a better tactical play. The announcements that came of out Synergy last week prove that. Citrix knows what it’s doing and they know how to build virtualization products to compete with VMware. As has been asked many times before, here and elsewhere:... (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)

NoSQL and Data Virtualization - Soon to Be Best Friends

According to a recent McKinsey Big Data report , "The amount of data in our world has been exploding. Companies capture trillions of bytes of information about their customers, suppliers, and operations, and millions of networked sensors are being embedding in the physical world in devices such as mobile phones and automobiles, sensing, creating and communicating data." NoSQL is increasingly being adopted with the expansion of “big data” use cases. The challenge to enterprises is to integrate disparate NoSQL systems, each with its unique and non-standard API, with their traditional enterprise data sources. Today’s evolved data virtualization platforms provide access to information from almost any type of data store and therefore are inherently well-suited to integrate NoSQL data stores into the enterprise. NoSQL and Data Virtualization Defined NoSQL data stores manag... (more)

How Data Virtualization Delivers Business Agility – Part 1

Enterprise adoption of data virtualization has accelerated along with a growing need for greater business agility. The close relationship of business agility and data virtualization was described in my recent Virtualization Magazine article, The Agile Business - Why Data Virtualization Is Needed. It can also be observed across hundreds of organizations and is clearly evident in the ten case studies described in the recently published Data Virtualization: Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration to Achieve Business Agility. Three Elements of Business Agility In their quest to become agile businesses, these organizations address all three elements of business agility: business decision agility, time-to-solution agility and resource agility. This article addresses how data virtualization delivers business decision agility. Part 2 and Part 3 will address time-to-solut... (more)

VMware Updates its Desktop Virtualization Strategy Amid the Carnage on Wall Street

In the midst of its Wall Street meltdown VMware went gold with its new Virtual Desktop Manager 2, the connection broker widgetry based on its acquisition of UK-based Propero. The thing’s been in beta for the last few months. Desktops didn’t feature in the confusing and unsettling conservative guidance that VMware gave Monday that contributed to its stock’s death spiral although it claims “customers are deploying VMware desktop virtualization solutions in greater and greater numbers” – and it’s got Dell, HP, IBM, NEC and Wyse behind it. Go figure. Anyway, VMware’s new management server is available in time to ward off the Xen Desktop that Citrix is showing off at Demo08. VMware’s gear connects users to virtual desktops in the data center via their PCs or thin clients. And, given its interface, administrato... (more)

NComputing Bores into US Schools

NComputing, the folks with the Windows-based virtual desktop, has become one of three computer solutions that New York City's public school system can buy. New York has 1,400 public schools with more than a million kids enrolled, more than anyplace in the country. Besides NComputing gear, which lets 30 people share a PC simultaneously for 70 bucks a seat, the only other kit the New York schools can buy is an Apple laptop or a Dell desktop. NComputing calls it a "national trend." It's in more than 1,500 US school districts, including seven of the 10 largest including LA, Chicago, Hawaii, Miami and Philadelphia. And that's just in two years of selling. It says it's benefiting from the tough economic times with its budget pressures and funding shortfalls, which has schools more aggressively shopping for cheaper computing alternatives. Based on current activity, NComputing ... (more)

Citrix Virtualizes NetScaler

Citrix' NetScaler MPX hardware appliance - the application accelerator that Citrix claims is used by the biggest consumer web sites, touching 75% of all Internet users everyday - is going to get a low-end standards-based virtual counterpart. The software-based virtual appliance is called NetScaler VPX and is meant to push NetScaler functionality down the food chain as well as into the cloud. Citrix says it will be downloadable and will run on any standard server, enhancing the delivery of virtualized server and application resources. It will also be usable as a virtualized service in and of itself. VPX is supposed to be a fundamentally different approach to the convergence of virtualization and networking than the usual proprietary hardware. NetScaler functionality includes caching, security and compression that VPX can make deployable on a per-application basis. Multiple... (more)

Tomorrow’s IBM “Smart Business” Cloud Computing Strategy

The NY Times broke IBM’s embargo this morning by publishing their story on IBM’s new cloud computing initiatives.  I’ve posted the full release here on CloudBzz. The diagram below gives a bit of insight into where IBM is today and where they are heading. IBM is also updating their collateral with a bit more detail.  Here is a fact sheet for their Smart Business initiative: Fact sheet: IBM Smart Business Smart Business is IBM’s commonly branded set of cloud computing offerings for business. This set of offerings gives clients three choices to deliver and consume cloud services to drive efficiency, productivity and control. Smart Business Services – cloud services delivered: 1: Private cloud services, behind your firewall, built by IBM. 2: Standardized services on the IBM cloud Smart Business Systems – purpose-built infrastructure 3. IBM CloudBurst: Pre-integrated har... (more)

Citrix Teams with Andy Bechtolsheim

Well, look who Citrix has tied up with. Arista Networks where Sun co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim retreated after he left Sun for the second time. Bechtolsheim started Arista with his buddy, Stanford professor David Cheriton; the two of them were the first investors in Google. Anyway, Citrix and Arista, which does 10 gigabit Ethernet switches and has started to chase the cloud, say they are working on cloud networking solutions for large datacenter and cloud service provider environments. They're going to test and integrate the Citrix NetScaler VPX virtual appliance with Arista's 7000 series switch. They aim to deliver a cloud networking solution married to wire-rate, high-density 10G switching with proven L4-7 application delivery services. Arista's platform is based on a new software architecture with self-healing properties and live in-service software upgrade capabil... (more)

Citrix XenDesktop Goes 3D

Citrix is supposed to trot out a new 3D addition to its HDX Technology for high-definition virtual desktops today. HDX 3D is supposed to let the company’s XenDesktop deliver high-end professional graphics in real-time over any network. The company imagines users in manufacturing, engineering, automotive, defense, aerospace, graphic design, architecture, animation and the oil and gas industry availing themselves of the real-time collaboration widgetry to let globally dispersed design teams work from the same source files, while still housing the data, operating system and applications centrally, ensuring the security of critical IP. Citrix figures XenDesktop with HDX technologies can now deliver virtual desktops to all office-based users in an enterprise through a single desktop virtualization product. It claims that “other technologies being introduced to the market... (more)