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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)

Is Virtualization Right For Your Enterprise?

Virtualization is an abstract term. Many people have heard about it, but how many know what virtualization is all about? In fact, virtualization has been around since the 1950s in the sense of time sharing on mainframe computers. However, virtualization has become a new concept that has sprung from its 1950s beginnings. View Video Virtualization allows companies to get more done in less time with quality and efficiency. It gives companies competitive advantages and helps keep things separate and simple. There are many different layers/ types of virtualization - but how do you know virtualization is right for your business? In this SYS-CON.TV Virtualization Power Panel, representatives from DataSynapse, Mindbridge, Ring Cube and SWsoft give their insights. Moderator: Jeremy Geelan Gordon Jackson - DataSynapse David Christian - Mindridge Software Ken Jisser - Ring Cube Be... (more)

Green IT in 2009: Now's the Time for Desktop Virtualization

IT is the functional area where organizations can most effectively ­and immediately ­cut costs and positively impact environmental change. Desktop virtualization technologies leverage the unused computing power of a single computer, creating an efficient alternative to traditional desktop-per-user computing. "There is no obstacle that can stand in the way of millions of voices calling for change." In the week of President Obama's inauguration, his words are a noble call to us all to rise to meet the best in ourselves, many of us are wondering, 'But how do I tangibly effect change in my own life? Or in my own organization?' President Obama built his campaign on the promise of economic stimulus and aggressive support for green technologies. Recently, he selected alternative energy supporter and Nobel-prize winning physicist Steven Chu to head the Department of Energy... (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)

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)

Kace Tears Down Barriers to App Virtualization

Kace claims it has torn down the barriers to application virtualization. Aside from price that largely means complexity, which in turn means it’s largely a boon to administrators. The systems management appliance house has run up this widgetry called Virtual Kontainers, not to be confused with Sun Containers, that it says “dramatically” simplifies application distribution and management. It derives from Kace’s acquisition of Computers in Motion and marks its entry into the application virtualization market. The five-year-old company claims Kontainers is easier, faster and cheaper than other application virtualization solutions. (It’s mainly thinking VMware’s ThinApp.) And all functionality is handled via an integrated web console. Meanwhile, Forrester is claiming that 74% of SMEs are looking to desktop and application virtualization to solve their PC management iss... (more)

Citrix Aims To Dazzle

Citrix is planning to introduce a so-called self-service "storefront" for enterprise applications later this year called Dazzle. It's supposed to provide corporate employees with 24x7 access to a broad swath of apps, desktops and content to give them what they need when they need it. Dazzle derives from Citrix' theory - itself derived from examples like DirecTV and Apple's iTunes store - that consumerization is changing the shape of enterprise IT and that business dare not ignore all the web-based consumer services available outside the office. It's pull versus push. And Citrix claims push is boring and counterproductive. Expected to ship in the second half, Dazzle will run on Windows and Mac PCs and act as a lightweight storefront for all the applications IT has centrally staged in a head-end infrastructure product like XenApp or any of the Citrix head-end products. ... (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)

EMC Ups Bid for Data Domain to $2.1b

EMC this morning upped its hostile offer for Data Domain by $3.50 to $33.50 a share cash, a total of roughly $2.1 billion, in an attempt to squeeze out rival NetApp, Data Domain's preferred but cash-strapped suitor, which has only managed to scrap together a bid price of $30 a share in cash and stock so far. The stock market evidently thinks the auction isn't over yet. EMC's news drove Data Domain's price over $34 a share in early morning trading. NetApp's attempt to spook Data Domain stockholders with tales of regulators stopping EMC's bid out of antitrust concerns also failed. EMC said this morning that it had gotten early clearance from the Federal Trade Commission. The wave-through puts EMC even with NetApp, which cleared the regulatory hurdle last Thursday, pushing Data Domain to set a special stockholders meeting for August 14 to vote on the $1.9 billion NetA... (more)

Rich Internet Applications in the Cloud

This session will provide an overview of enabling Rich Internet Applications to run in the Cloud. It will review available technologies providing runtime infrastructure for connecting rich client interfaces with the cloud-enabled server-side applications. Mark Piller will additionally discuss the demonstration of using a Cloud for conducting stress testing of online RIAs. The 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo is co-located with the 7th International Virtualization Conference & Expo and will be taking place November 2-4, 2009 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. Register Today and Save! Sponsor and/or Exhibit Today View Full Conference Schedule In this session, learn from the founder and Chief Architect of Midnight Coders, about the specifics of RIA deployments into a Cloud infrastructure to enable connectivity with Flex, Flash, Sil... (more)

The Profit Model for Cloud Computing

The Cloud storage segment can provide a roadmap for how to create a viable, profitable cloud computing industry. Cloud storage has not so quietly gone from concept to tangible business with real revenue and margin opportunities. According to Steve Lesem, while many bet on Amazon, EMC, Google, Microsoft and Sun, it turns out they have their hands full with the entry of trusted service providers like IT hosting providers into this space. The 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo is co-located with the 7th International Virtualization Conference & Expo and will be taking place November 2-4, 2009 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. Register Today and Save! Sponsor and/or Exhibit Today View Full Conference Schedule In this session, learn from the President and CEO of Mezeo Software why the concept of "trust" is so essential and why the IT ... (more)