One OpenStack to Rule Them All: Bare Metal to Clouds

At VMworld 2014, VMware announced its easy-to-install OpenStack distribution, VMware Integrated OpenStack. This got me thinking, as normally OpenStack refers not just to the OpenStack distribution but to a specific underlying hypervisor as well, usually KVM. However, we know that OpenStack works equally well on KVM, vSphere, Hyper-V, and Xen, as it is more of a cloud management layer than a hypervisor. We should probably never lose sight of that little aspect of OpenStack: it is not a hypervisor. As an open-source management stack, it is possible for it to manage cross-hypervisor with a few modifications to its components. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice...

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Can Storage Enable Hyper-V to Replace VMware?

In our recent webinar “Don’t let storage eat your Hyper-V Savings” we were asked a question from the audience, “Will Hyper-V ever replace VMware as the predominant hypervisor in the data center?” This loaded question is actually very interesting. While each has unique features VMware probably has the overall lead in that area, and of course, has an unprecedented lead in terms of market share. The appeal of Hyper-V is that it can be much more affordable than VMware and seems to be narrowing the gap in features. Can Storage Give Hyper-V The Advantage Over VMware? A more interesting twist on the above question is “Can storage give Hyper-V an advantage?” Microsoft provides lower level access and allows for more interesting configurations than does VMware. Three examples come from Gridstore, StarWind Software and Violin Memory Systems. Each of these address Hyper-V storage differently, but each can potentially broaden Hyper-V’s appeal. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Storage Switzerland Weekly...

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Hyper-V Software-Defined Storage

During a recent Storage Switzerland webinar, the audience was asked what their plans were for implementing Hyper-V into their environment. 50% of the respondents stated that they plan to exclusively deploy Hyper-V into their data center while another 25% responded that they intend to run a mixed Hyper-V and VMware infrastructure. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Storage Switzerland Weekly...

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Will Docker and VMware Compete?

Docker and VMware vSphere both allow the running of multiple applications on one physical server. However, the similarities end there. Docker is more likely to focus on meeting the emerging needs of the DevOps community than to go back and build all of the data center management pieces that make VMware the market-leading data center management platform. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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The Face of the New Backup

Backup, disaster recovery, and business continuity have changed quite a bit over the years, and they will continue to change into the future as more capability, analytics, and functionality are added to the general family of data protection tools. As we launch ourselves into the clouds, we need to perhaps rethink how we do data protection, what tools are available for data protection, and how to use our older tools to accomplish the same goals. We need an integrated data protection plan that not only accounts for cloud or data center failures but also accounts for the need to run within the cloud. There is always the need to get your data there and back again. Solving this problem has been an interesting quest for many. I have seen parts of it solved by many, but few have the entire picture covered. Here is an entire picture of a possible backup scenario: To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice...

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