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.

Hybrid cloud usage: Few companies are past proof of concept stage

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To put a spin on a famous Mark Twain misquote, reports of hybrid cloud’s life have been greatly exaggerated.

That is the key finding from a new customer study conducted by EMC and VMware, which argues nine out of 10 survey respondents have not got past the proof of concept stage for hybrid cloud, as well as having no consistent method of evaluating workloads.

Regular readers of this publication will know the message from executives is that hybrid has represented the bright, shiny future of IT...

By James Bourne, 17 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Virtualisation.

How performance requirements can prove a stumbling block for cloud transformation

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As businesses look to cloud for faster, more flexible growth, they confront significant challenges from a legacy application base that has varying levels of cloud suitability.

Some applications have specific kinds of performance requirements that may limit or eliminate their eligibility for virtualisation, which is fundamental to optimising cloud efficiencies.  These performance characteristics come in various flavours: A requirement for specialty hardware, a requirement for...

By Bryan Solie, 15 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Platform, Virtualisation.

The white space between hand-crafted and automated approaches to the cloud

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The journey to the cloud will be faster for some than others. For startups, the decision is easy, they are “cloud first”. They have low overheads and can test products and services in new markets with ease. This model is one of the main reasons that the likes of Uber and Airbnb have succeeded where the dot-com companies of the late 90s failed (that, and consumer Internet access and the rise of smartphones).

For CIOs of larger organisations, it’s a different picture....

By Jamie Tyler, 22 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Infrastructure, Platform, Virtualisation.

Citrix predicts market expansion in desktop as a service

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Service providers expect a significant growth in the desktop as a service (DaaS) market, according to the latest research from Citrix.

The 2015 Global DaaS Market Survey, which polled more than 500 Citrix service providers in 40 countries, shows service provider partners predict a 71% growth in DaaS, while the adoption of public cloud is set to account for half of cloud adoption for DaaS in 2016. Naturally, adoption of desktop as a service through hosted or co-located data centres...

By James Bourne, 21 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, VDI, Virtualisation.

Software defined data centres will be vital for business agility – but not just yet

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Analyst house Gartner argues the software defined data centre (SDDC), otherwise known as the virtual data centre (VDC), is not the right choice for every IT organisation today – but long term it will be crucial to the evolution of an agile digital business.

The SDDC is whereby IT infrastructure is virtualised and delivered ‘as a service’, leading to greater levels of automation, flexibility and, in turn, business agility. The development is seen as crucial by the analyst...

By James Bourne, 25 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Software, Virtualisation.

Why cloud MSPs are software companies

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By Jason Deck, vice president of strategic development, Logicworks

When your infrastructure is code, the art of developing great software applications and building great infrastructure systems start to look similar.

Many of the best practices of software development — continuous integration, versioning, integration testing — are now the best practices of systems engineers. In enterprises that have aggressively virtualised data centres or moved to the public cloud, servers, switches,...

By Logicworks, 24 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Infrastructure, Software, Virtualisation.

Has software defined networking finally come of age?

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Can VMware's NSX finally fulfil the promise of SDN?

The first time I heard the acronym SDN was more than 10 years ago. At that time SDN was the cool way of saying “once the networking guys have racked, stacked and wired the switching and routing components we can install tools on a server and configure them through those tools from the comfort of the NOC”.

This was much more than just standard monitoring and management; we could setup whole networks and change them around, in...

By David Auslander, 22 June 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Software, Virtualisation, VMware.