VMware… Bonneville: Containing the Container Contagion?

Containers, Docker, Kubernetes. What do all of these things have in common? From VMware’s perspective, they represent an existential threat to their hypervisor world order. Enter “Project Bonneville” – a VMware initiative to maintain the vSphere order of things by intertwining the roles of containers and VMs on server infrastructure. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Can Oracle’s VCA Wrest Share from VCE?

Larry Ellison and Oracle have EMC’s VCE and Cisco’s UCS square in the crosshairs. The question is, can Ellison’s “highest performance, lowest purchase price” converged infrastructure value proposition be enough to sway IT buyers to adopt Oracle’s Virtualized Computing Appliance (VCA)? To read the complete article, CLICK HERE

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Virtualizing the Last Mile

The last mile of virtualization has multiple dimensions, based on where you are going with virtualization. When you ask about the last mile of virtualization—about what it will take to get to 100% virtualized either within your data center or within a cloud (hybrid, public, or private)—the “it depends” answer is the one you will get most often. So, what will it take to get to 100% virtualized? That depends entirely on what your users and business require. It is possible to be 100% virtualized if you have the time and money to do so. In most cases, this last mile may cost a bit extra up front but will benefit you in the long run. If I can move all your systems to a standard platform that you readily support, that is a huge win. Virtualizing the last mile must encompass several things: To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice...

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Are You Virtualizing Your Applications Or Your Data Center?

Many data centers are now more than 50% virtualized, but most of this virtualization has been application focused leading to silos of virtualization. As a result, each environment (MS-SQL, Exchange, VDI) gets its own storage, compute and network. This process increases inefficiencies and costs. As Storage Switzerland’s Lead Analyst George Crump and Sachin Chheda, Solutions Marketing Director at Nutanix discuss in this Storage Short, IT planners need to look for ways to move to a data center virtualization strategy instead of an application virtualization strategy. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Storage Switzerland Weekly...

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How Hyperconvergence Can Hyper-Drive Virtualization

During a recent Storage Swiss webinar, “Is Convergence Right For You? 4 Questions To Ask”, we polled our audience and asked what percentage of their environment is virtualized. Over half of the respondents selected 25-50% of their environment is virtualized. This means that for many organizations, the majority of their applications still reside on dedicated, physical servers. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Storage Switzerland Weekly...

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