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Cool new toy just landed in my lab for a production VMware vSphere implementation. This one is going to one of our internal groups that has a moderate load Microsoft SQL implementation.
These new products and services show an aggressive ramp-up and sophistication to deliver a fast-track to DaaS. HP and Desktone, among others, are banking on the down economy to whet the appetites of many kinds of companies -- and myriad uses -- for these far lower cost approaches for d...
While doing some research on a related topic, I ran across this question and thought “that deserves an answer” because it certainly seems like a no-brainer. If you want to decrease bandwidth – which subsequently decreases response time and improves application performance – turn on com...
  Christopher Crowhurst, Thomson Reuters’s vice president and chief architect for infrastructure was interviewed for an article in The Industry Standard regarding his plans to implement storage and server virtualization on a global level. With 20,000 servers and over 6.5 peta...
"We’re at the beginning of a paradigm shift in IT that’s going to be as dramatic as the introduction of the PC in the early 80s. I for one, am very excited to be involved." That, according to the Founder & CTO of The Server Labs, was his primary takeaway on getting back to the UK after...
I was at the Cloud Computing Conference in Prague earlier this week and there were a lot of great sessions - along with some very interesting new perspectives. Stephen Foskett has done a great report and rather than repeat that, here are my main discussion points. 1) Is the lack of ...
It’s interesting to people watch at a conference. You get to appreciate the reach and depth of EMC’s product portfolio which is represented best by the customers and employees that both use and create this technology. Sometimes, it’s hard to segment the two. But, at the end of the da...
Risks with virtualization is same as it ever was but different. Hoff makes a good point about cloud security last month in his “The Cloud is a Fickle Mistress: DDoS&M” which was, if I may quote, “it’s the oldies and goodies that will come back to haunt us.” In other words, it’s the wel...
Citrix announced the formal release of the Citrix Receiver for iPhone 1.0, now available in the App Store. The new app allows instant access to company resources behind the firewall including apps, documents, and internal web sites.
Static networks are already costing enterprises more on a per unit basis as they grow, per this Fall 2008 Computerworld survey. Increasing network costs will only reduce funds available for network automation. This recent TCO comparison between Google and Microsoft is just the begin...
Interop has always been about, well, interoperability and networking. Those terms have come to mean more and encompass a broader set of technologies than the ones on which they originally focused. It’s no longer enough that your routers and switches seamlessly route and forward packets...
I was recently looking at Google's trends & insights tool and noticed something very interesting has happened over the last month or so. For the first time the term "cloud computing" has surpassed "virtualization" in terms of search popularity. What is all the more interesting is it to...
While the browser wars are back in full force, it's good to see UEM solutions like Appsense helping to make VDI a slam-dunk decision, let alone a practical one for rich enterprise app deployments. Enterprises that develop on multiple UI paradigms and standards have always been asking f...
We'll be taking on this topic in depth on Thursday, April 30th, with "Tackling the Last Mile of IT Process Automation," a webinar rPath is hosting with Forrester Research, Novell and BlueLock. You'll learn how this approach to automation can take the cost, risk and delay out of applica...
Many of us in the IT industry recall the old adage "you'll never get fired for buying IBM" this held true for quite some time while IBM provided a comprehensive albeit expensive set of products that got the job done and provided the safe bet vendor selection. As the PC era took hold a...
Server, storage and site migrations have always been the elephant in the room. IT managers know that it is necessary to reduce costs and improve workload management but cringe over the potential impact to production. In the past, migrations have usually required significant planning, d...
The need for moving, provisioning and migrating workloads in real-time for server and storage consolidation is necessary to help IT organizations deploy more efficient and flexible technology, as well as consolidate other site locations for centralized facility management. Many organiz...
There are some restrictions in this Tech Preview so be sure to check out the iPhone Community pages we have set up for requirements, tips and forum discussions. If you want to set up a separate test environment to test your apps over 3G we have a preconfigured XenApp Virtual Appliance ...
I'm happy to announce I will be presenting "10 Steps to Unified Cloud Computing" at the SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, Wednesday April 1, at 9:25 - 10:10 am. This presentation will examine the opportunities for unified cloud computing in order to create an open and standa...
Ever since the Citrix announcement of making Enterprise XenServer free last month there has been a lot of speculation regarding the impact of the move. Based on an informal Poll on Linkedin and the comments it's generating it does appear that there will be an impact especially with ne...
VMware has made a stunning announcement when it comes to virtualization security. The question now is: will it awaken the security industry?
I’ve blogged about many of the good things that VMware has done in the past year. But New Year’s Resolutions provide a time for reflection and self improvement, and I think even Paul Maritz would agree that there are areas where VMware can improve. Let’s start with improving software Q...
This man, whose name is Keith Ward, should be fired from his job for basic incompetence as the editor of a magazine, and here's why. He posts a blog entry on May 6, 2008, in which he writes: 'Virtualization Journal, coming in second, declares itself the winner,' and he continues 'I hav...
The Mono Web site has, in some cases, been downloading a very old version of Mono. It serves as a fine example of what can go wrong with software, even with the best of intentions, and without anyone really making a mistake. What happened was back in May 2005, the Mono team added acces...
'Is Java dead?' asks Russ Olsen. No, he answers himself; Java is still the mainstream, and blessed with a high performance VM that is installed nearly everywhere plus there is an army of experienced Java programmers out there. 'But the Java world has been in the same happy place for wa...
After our original story was published on Saturday, March 12, 2005, we wanted to be fair to SONY's customer service and we gave them another chance. We planned to do a follow-up story and tell our readers that our original experience was perhaps an exception and SONY's customer service...
Security threats have dramatically increased for Internet Protocol (IP) networks, applications, and the enterprises that rely on them. These threats come in many forms, from external and internal hackers, to viruses worms; and they threaten enterprises from beyond the perimeter, in...


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