No More Dealing with Infrastructure…

The most exciting announcement during AWS re:Invent for cloud computing infrastructure foundation was Fargate. There were a slew of new announcements and I don’t want to de-emphasize the other ones too much, but this one was the most interesting to me. First, a bit of background. There’s lot of confusion on VMs, containers, and functions. Here are the differences: The key thing is that the VMs allow a server to run as one big piece (OS + whatever apps are installed), containers allow applications (which includes providing microservices, but no OS, but the underlying system beneath the container layer provides the Linux interface) to run, and serverless is a place to run code (or functions). Each stage enables slicing a workload into smaller pieces. Fargate is a system that enables you to run deploy your containers on AWS, and do so in a way that’s just as easy as getting VMs from EC2. This allows developers to ignore the setting up of infrastructure. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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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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Infinio — But Is It Infinite?

Infinio is a Boston-based company that has a very interesting play on flash acceleration. Having recently sat through a briefing with its representatives, I can say that Infinio’s vision and future are bright. Why am I saying this? I have got to admit that with this company, I have been laboring under a misconception. I had thought that it was just another flash acceleration company. I mean, it handles read acceleration of vSphere-presented storage, doesn’t it? Well, yes it does, and like all the flash acceleration–based companies, Infinio handles it well. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice...

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DAS Is Dead; Long Live DAS!

In a play on the old saying “the king is dead; long live the king!” this post will opine about the current resurgence of locally attached storage in the data center. Before the emergence of virtualization, as some of you might remember, came the physical server. Yes, folks, we really did have a single machine running a single OS, and we really did have that machine running multiple applications or services. AD with DNS? DHCP and WINS? Not a problem. Also, while you are at it, put certificate management and dogfood on there too. Yep, why not? To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice...

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Part 2of5: IBM Flexes X6 and Xeon Muscle

IBM’s announcement of three new compute node solutions for its Flex Systems portfolio finds the company leveraging two well-established, well-respected technologies. The first is Intel’s Xeon E7v2 CPUs, the latest version of the processor family that dominates modern data center systems and sales. The second is IBM’s X6, the sixth generation of the X-Architecture technology that is designed to extend and maximize the value of industry standard x86-based systems. As such, we believe these new Flex System compute nodes will deliver notable value to IBM individually, but they should also offer significant benefits beyond the company that are worth further consideration. For more information, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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