How service providers can secure the future of virtualised networks

Telecoms networks have undergone a big transformation recently, driven by the move from 3G to 4G, long term evolution networks (LTE) and the explosion of IoT connected devices into the market.

Earlier this year, Gartner forecasted that 8.4 billion connected “things” will be in use worldwide in 2017. Mobile devices have also experienced their own transformation, now every bit as powerful and ubiquitous as regular computers. The volume and variety of data...

By Bernd Kunse, 16 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Software, Virtualisation.

Containers: The road ahead to enterprise adoption

It is indisputable that containers are one of the hottest tickets in open source technology, with 451 Research projecting more than 250% growth in the market from 2016 to 2020. It’s easy to see why, when container technology has the ability to combine speed and density with the security of traditional virtual machines and requires far smaller operating systems in order to run.

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By Marco Ceppi, 11 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Enterprise, OpenSource, Platform, Virtualisation.

Google announces price cuts on cloud SSD storage

Google has announced a price cut on its local SSD (solid state disk) storage attached to on-demand Google Compute Engine virtual machines – to the tune of up to 63%.

The latest move from Google will see costs drop by $0.080 per gigabyte per month in the majority of US regions for on-demand VMs, while the company also announced prices were being lowered on preemptible VMs.

Local SSD is a high performance, physically attached block storage offering, and can be the most viable option for workloads such as...

By James Bourne, 10 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Google, Software, Storage, Virtualisation.

Don’t allow an ‘always on’ mentality to dictate your backup strategy

Consumers’ expectations for always-on technology are continually increasing, with businesses looking to see where they need to make changes to support this. Users expect their applications to be available and functioning at optimal performance, considering it almost a basic human right, with even the most minor disruptions a cause for uproar.

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By John O'Boyle, 27 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, Virtualisation.

Three virtualisation best practices for small businesses

The use of virtualisation has soared in the past few years. From a test lab technology, it has become one of the mainstream components in the IT industry. According to the 2016 Spiceworks State of IT report, more than 76 percent of organisations are already using virtualisation. Moreover, x86 server virtualisation had an increase of 5.7 percent (about $5.6 billion) in 2016 from the previous year, according to

By Pratik Dholakiya, 26 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Virtualisation.

How virtualisation is a vital stepping stone to the cloud

It is true to say that there has been a lot of talk about virtualisation over the years and you would be forgiven for thinking that every server and every storage system has had some kind of virtualisation treatment, but there are still some companies out there who have yet to virtualise and indeed realise the benefits that both virtualisation and cloud offer.

So for those who have not gone down the virtualisation route let me summarise the benefits from a business and technical perspective and whilst we are...

By Richard Stinton, 18 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Software, Virtualisation.

IBM and Nutanix seal deal for enterprise hyperconverged initiative

IBM and Nutanix have announced a ‘multi-year’ initiative which aligns Nutanix’s enterprise cloud platform with IBM’s Power Systems server line to give large enterprises greater opportunities with hyperconverged deployments.

The two companies aim to put together a product which brings new workloads to hyperconverged. Alongside the mission-critical elements, such as databases and enterprise apps, as well as cloud native workloads like containers, there is also scope for ‘next...

By James Bourne, 17 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Virtualisation.

Cisco acquires Viptela in $610m deal for souped-up SD-WAN goodness

Cisco has announced its intent to acquire Viptela, a provider of software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) technology, for $610 million (£471.9m).

The acquisition will give Cisco more beef in terms of network deployments in an increasingly cloud app-heavy, Internet of Things (IoT)-connected technological landscape. The networking giant aims to combine Viptela’s cloud-first network management, orchestration and overlay technologies with its own routing platforms and services, with Cisco...

By James Bourne, 02 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: M&A, Platform, Software, Virtualisation.

Dell EMC, Cisco and HPE in three way tie for cloud infrastructure equipment

The Dell-EMC mega-merger is starting to bear significant fruit: according to the latest analysis from Synergy Research, which shows a three-way tie alongside Cisco and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) at the top of the cloud infrastructure equipment market.

With the overall revenues for cloud infrastructure equipment surpassing $70 billion in 2016 – or in other words, about $3 billion more than...

By James Bourne, 20 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Vendors, Virtualisation.

The endpoint and VDI: Moving beyond the last piece of the puzzle

There are mixed feelings on the importance of the endpoint’s role in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployment.  We are currently living in a time where companies are finally starting to make great use and adoption of VDI and more generally of cloud services (on premise and localised resources are still largely adopted).  If VDI and cloud services define the way resources and applications are delivered, there is still a big question mark on the future of the endpoint device. What are the...

By Alessio Broccardo, 06 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Security, VDI, Virtualisation.