Gaining elastic visibility into your clouds – without the strain

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How do you see what isn’t physically there?  It is emerging as a major problem facing enterprises, as cloud increasingly becomes the new normal.

On-premise networks and physical data centres are disappearing fast, with core business applications and processes being migrated to cloud architectures. The latest Cisco Global Cloud Index states that by 2020, 92% of workloads will be processed in...

By Jeff Harris, 23 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Scalability, Virtualisation.

SimpliVity and Huawei team up in hyperconverged play

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Hyperconverged: it’s a word which elicits knowing nods from those in the industry, and looks of panic from those few who haven’t heard of it. Yet hyperconverged infrastructure, bundling in compute, storage, networking and virtualisation in a software-centric architecture, is here to stay, and Massachusetts-based SimpliVity has today announced a deal to put its OmniStack technology on Huawei FusionServer in a new collaboration.

The offering is available on SimpliVity's...

By James Bourne, 06 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Software, Vendors, Virtualisation.

Overcoming the Achilles heel of flash storage: Making flash last longer

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More corporations than ever are taking advantage of flash storage, and you use it every day – be it in your computer, phone, wearable device, or in the USB drive you back up your data on. It’s faster, more durable, and more reliable than a spinning disk, but it still does have one weakness: it deteriorates over time.

In theory, all of the flash’s advantages eventually go out the window as its lifespan wanes, and since it’s more expensive than a spinning disk,...

By Rick Delgado, 27 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Storage, Virtualisation.

Hypervisors in cloud computing: What is out there for you?

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Choosing a cloud provider may seem like a trivial thing. You could go with the choice that most of the world has already made and pick the clear leader in the cloud space — AWS. However, as the public cloud market matures, the volume and range of relevant enterprise options expand. Depending on your requirements, you might find one of the other cloud providers out there more suitable, mainly because of the

By Ariel Maislos, 07 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Developers, Enterprise, Platform, Public, Virtualisation.

Is a cloud-managed network right for your business?

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Successful businesses have mastered how to manage their network and leverage it as a platform to engage staff and customers. Increased dependency, combined with the need for pervasive connectivity, greater insights and control over behavior, is driving organisations to embrace a cloud-managed network (CMN) model.

A CMN uses a software as a service (SaaS) model to securely deliver ease-of-use and simplicity for control and analytics of on premise devices being deployed over...

By Thomas Borrel, 12 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Mobility, SaaS , Software, Virtualisation.

Are virtualisation workloads causing memory issues at your organisation?

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A new survey from memory and storage providers Crucial argues almost half (47%) of IT professionals are planning to upgrade their server memory in the next 12 months as virtualisation workloads bite.

Given who is providing the survey data, the results aren’t exactly a surprise. But some of the statistics are illuminating.

Taking its findings from 350 IT decision makers in the US and central Europe, on average IT professionals are running 29 virtual machines per physical server. Yet...

By James Bourne, 06 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Research, Software, Virtualisation.

VMware’s announcements analysed: Pushing hybrid cloud and IBM partnership

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With the latest VMworld event kicking off in Las Vegas, end user computing giant VMware came prepared with a litany of news releases. Yet the news was more of an update than anything completely new; an extension of the company’s hybrid cloud strategy, as well as the continuation of a partnership with IBM.

Back in February last year, this reporter penned a piece arguing...

By James Bourne, 30 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Public, Virtualisation, VMware.

Two in five execs grumble flash technology is too expensive, research finds

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Two in five senior executives believe flash storage technology is too expensive to invest in, according to new research figures released by data management and cloud storage provider NetApp.

The study, which polled more than 1000 UK IT decision makers, also argued that one in four financial purse holders within enterprises do not understand Flash enough to make an investment. Yet the overwhelming majority of respondents (90%) believe there is a need for flash in their business....

By James Bourne, 29 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Research, Software, Storage, Virtualisation.

What you need to know about infrastructure as code – and why now

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The new generation of infrastructure management technologies promises to transform the way we manage IT infrastructure. But many organisations today aren’t seeing any dramatic differences, and some are finding that these tools only make life messier. As we’ll see, infrastructure as code is an approach that provides principles, practices, and patterns for using these technologies effectively.

Why infrastructure as code?

Virtualisation, cloud, containers, server automation, and...

By Kief Morris, 15 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure, Platform, Virtualisation.

Why you can’t afford to play Russian roulette with your network

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With the advent of software defined networks (SDN), NFV (network function virtualization), and new network equipment, networks are being upgraded at a faster pace than ever before.  But dropping a new piece of equipment into a live network environment is a lot like playing Russian roulette – you have no way of knowing if a bullet is in the chamber or not. Luckily, network test labs can help you spot network problems before anyone pulls the trigger to go live.

Let’s...

By Joan Wrabetz, 11 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Monitoring, Platform, Software, Virtualisation.

Why enterprise cloud transformation is all a matter of transition

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The move for enterprises to the cloud is not a question of if but when – and neither is it a question of pace.

That’s the view of Matthew Finnie, chief technical officer at virtual data centre (VDC) provider Interoute. He argues that the industries traditionally less than keen on changing – finance and manufacturing, and a trend which this publication has covered extensively – have all come to the same realisation. “The issue for us is not so much the speed at...

By James Bourne, 01 July 2016, 2 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data Centres, Enterprise, IaaS, Infrastructure, Virtualisation.

The next phase of SDN: Software defined campus networks

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Enterprise and university campus networks have enjoyed decades of architectural permanence. For years, these networks have been built with cookie cutter designs, with the only critical decision points being the number of ports and users. But new challenges presented today – more devices (both in number and type), mobility, security, and diverse application traffic – the management of these networks is finally coming to the forefront. Software-defined networking (SDN) is...

By Ayu Shah, 24 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Software, Vendors, Virtualisation.

Research shows greater uptake in virtualised environments for regulated industries

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According to the latest research from virtualisation technology provider HyTrust, the software defined data centre (SDDC) is moving further towards the mainstream, with many regulated industries moving around half of their critical workloads over to SDDC and virtualisation.

The study, snappily titled ‘Industry Experience: the 2016 State of the Cloud and Software Defined Data Centre in Real World Environments’, surveyed more than 500 executives across a wide variety of...

By James Bourne, 20 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure, Public, Research, Virtualisation.

Case study: I built XenDesktop, I built View

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There’s been a fundamental shift in the way we work since the year 2000. Over time the desk job became the home office/plane/coffee shop job, over the objections of those nostalgic for the traditional 9-5. Employees wanted access to their work wherever they happened to be and technical staff scrambled to keep up with the demand. Enter virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).

When VMware introduced the first VDI product in...

By Cloud Tech, 10 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Software, VDI, Virtualisation, VMware.

How IoT relates to the cloud and PaaS: Pace and flexibility

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By Alex Vilner, managing director, SaM Solutions

With all things tech switching to cloud-based platforms the ‘as a service’ industry is exploding. The one that started it all, SaaS (software as a service), is now joined by IaaS and PaaS.

The commonality for these ‘as a service’ offerings is that they are all based in the cloud, solely managed by the provider and available to clients via a membership platform.

Connected devices are changing the landscape of...

By Alex Vilner, 08 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform, Virtualisation.

The cloud bloat: Counting calories to prevent unnecessary waste

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Ponder this for a minute: our love affair with cloud technology and services, and the consequent struggle to keep cloud spending in check, is a lot like our daily eating habits.

Spinning up cloud services is almost as easy as grabbing food to go at your favourite burger joint. We’ve made fast food so convenient, affordable, and packed with calories, it’s become a national problem, because our consumption doesn’t match our nutritional needs or activity levels. Now...

By Andrew Atkinson, 27 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Enterprise, Software, Virtualisation.

Why OpenStack success depends on simplicity

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Is it any wonder that OpenStack has become so popular? It accelerates an organisation’s ability to innovate and compete by deploying applications faster and increases IT teams’ operational efficiency, according to the latest OpenStack user survey.

OpenStack is an open-source cloud operating system that enables businesses to manage compute, storage and networking resources via a self-service portal and APIs at massive scale - significantly propelling cloud services forward....

By Martin Cooper, 25 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: OpenSource, Platform, Software, Storage, Virtualisation.

CTERA aims for converged infrastructure customers with updated cloud storage portfolio

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CTERA Networks has introduced a number of updates to its cloud storage gateway portfolio to improve flexibility, efficiency and storage capacity for remote office IT environments.

The new line-up can be deployed from KVM or VMware servers, which is suited for organisations investing in virtualised or converged infrastructure IT. It also includes a virtual application configuration for enterprises to use current their remote office/branch office (ROBO) hardware, while also getting the...

By Cloud Tech, 21 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Software, Storage, Virtualisation, VMware.

How Intel’s acquisition of Altera could transform IoT and the data centre

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After a relatively quiet transaction that began on June 1 2015, in December Intel officially acquired the Altera Corporation and reformed it as an internal department dubbed “Intel Programmable Solutions Group.”

This acquisition represents a crucial step in the industry-wide transition towards data centre architectures that allow faster processing and lower latency. Altera’s Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) provide a critical building block in the link between...

By NEI, 07 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Virtualisation.

SDN and the software defined data centre: Opportunities and challenges ahead

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Imagine you had just arrived at London Euston railway station and wanted to walk to Leicester Square. A map from a well known search engine provider reliably informs us that it is roughly a 30 minute jaunt, but if you did not have that option, you could ask passers-by for directions ad nauseam at each junction until – assuming you do not get duff advice – you reach your destination.

This represents a good analogy for the state of more traditional networks – ‘move...

By James Bourne, 05 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Software, Virtualisation.