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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Cisco: Cloudy With A Chance… Of 3X The Meatballs!
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Cisco: Cloudy With A Chance… Of 3X The Meatballs!

Like last year’s edition, Cisco’s latest version of its [URL?] Global Cloud Index (2013–2018) forecast is for more – a lot more – cloud. According to the report, datacenter traffic – datacenter-to-user traffic, datacenter-to-datacenter traffic and traffic that remains within datacenters – is expected to nearly triple, with the cloud expected to represent 76% of the total datacenter traffic by 2018, up from 54% of the 2013 traffic. Each year the survey brings in additional data sources, and expands its analysis, Cisco’s Shruti Jain, Senior Analyst, SP Thought Leadership, told IT Trends & Analysis. “This year we covered public versus private segmentation, which we haven’t done in the past.” Other areas covered include: datacenter traffic; cloud service delivery models, i.e. IaaS, PaaS; Internet of Everything; and global cloud readiness. “Basically, we’re seeing growth in datacenter traffic.” The public-versus-private findings were a surprise, said Jain. “Private cloud is much bigger than public cloud.” It wasn’t completely unexpected, she said, because private cloud was what’s leading the cloud deployment public cloud adoption is picking up. “The share is going to increase; but it will still stay less than private cloud”. Jain said the public cloud is not ready for the enterprise market, which is still in the test/development phase, testing public cloud from the performance and security perspectives. However, public clouds are growing much faster than private clouds, with enterprises willing to experiment to move less critical workloads to public clouds. Security, performance compliance and even cost issues remain for enterprises, she said. “We do not see them in a hurry to shut down their private clouds. It will be hybrid at best during the forecast period”, said Jain. Although public cloud workloads are projected to have strong growth; by 2018, 69% (113.5 million) of cloud workloads will still be supported by private cloud data centers, down from 78% (44.2 million) in 2013. There’s big growth happening on the datacenter side, she said. Cloud workloads have already surpassed traditional datacenter workloads, especially in the North American market, and they will continue to decline, said Jain. Regarding workload density, “cloud density will outpace datacenter threefold.” Growth may be strong, but this year’s study did find that growth flattening somewhat, said Cisco’s Arielle Sumits. Last year’s growth was predicted at 25% compound annual growth rate during the forecast period, but that number is now down to 23% CAGR. She attributed the flattening to several elements, including a somewhat maturing market, and greater efficiencies in datacenters. One area where datacenter growth has accelerated is datacenter-to-datacenter, mainly because of CDN and intercloud traffic, she said. The key takeaway from this year’s study is that the...

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