SDN – Who, What, Why, and When (Part 1)

“SDN” is the current buzzword. Well, to be fair, “SDDC” software-defined data center) is, but SDN is still a cool kid on the block. However, who outside of Silicon Valley and the Fortune 500 companies truly knows the details of a software-defined network? To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice...

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News: Veeam Enters Physical Backup Land

This product [Veeam Endpoint Backup Free] has only been announced. The beta is expected in November and the release in early 2015. It is not part of Veeam Backup & Replication or the Veeam Availability Suite. It can do only simple backup (overwrite or keep originals). It can do a volume restore or a bare-metal recovery. The backup can be scheduled, at logon or logoff. Backup can be trickle-fed during daytime activity and...

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The Software-Defined Data Center With Nuage

The software-defined data center was all the rage at VMworld 2013, when NSX, VMware’s network virtualization platform, was announced. At VMworld 2014, the honeymoon of the NSX hype had worn off some, yet network virtualization is still a key growing and maturing technology. Nevertheless, it is still too immature for an all-out adoption at this point, in my opinion. I had an opportunity during the VMworld 2014 Tech Field Day Extra to...

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The New Leaders of the Management Software Industry

Since the inception of the modern software industry in the mid-1980s, the management software industry has been led by the big four: IBM, BMC, HP, and CA. Due to the needs of the software-defined data center and the cloud, a new set of leaders and innovators has emerged. This post will cover the new leaders, and my next post will cover the new innovators. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally...

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How to Protect an EVO RAIL (Video Series)

VMware’s EVO RAIL is an architecture for a hyper-converged, software-defined data center in a single appliance form-factor … to be delivered by various hardware partners.  But how do you protect that all-in-one solution? For the next several weeks, ESG will be releasing a seven-part series of ESG Capsules, 2 minute video segments, where I’ll talk more about some of the protection possibilities and caveats in an EVO world. To read the...

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