The rise of obfuscated VPN servers and their use cases: A guide

VPNs continue to be used extensively as tools to protect data security and user privacy. Yet, as to be expected, there are many providers available, and many options within those providers – so buyer confusion can reign.

A virtual private network, by itself, is the secure, private connection between your device and your intended destination. When dealing with

By Christopher Nichols, 24 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Privacy, Security, Software, Virtualisation.

How is Kubernetes leading the game in enabling NFV for cloud-native?

The impact of cloud-native readiness on applications, which are mostly orchestrated using Kubernetes, can be seen on VMware’s announcements at the recent VMworld 2019. This made it clear to the IT world that focus of IT infrastructure has shifted to containerisation from virtualisation. Going cloud-native and shifting workloads on top of Kubernetes clusters is a key trend being followed by the industry.

By Sagar Nangare, 13 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Kubernetes, OpenSource, Platform, Virtualisation.

An analysis of Kubernetes and OpenStack combinations for modern data centres

Editor's note: This article was originally published on OpenStack Superuser. CloudTech has the author's permission to re-publish here.

For many telecom service providers and enterprises who are transforming their data centre to modern infrastructure, moving to containerised workloads has become a priority. However, vendors often do not choose to...

By Sagar Nangare, 06 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Data Centres, Developers, Kubernetes, OpenSource, Platform, Virtualisation.

VMworld 2019: Going big on Kubernetes, Azure availability - and a key ethical message

VMware has kicked off its 2019 VMworld US jamboree in San Francisco with a series of updates, spanning Kubernetes, Azure, security and more.

The virtualisation and end user computing giant issued no fewer than five press releases to the wires alone today, with CEO Pat Gelsinger and COO Sanjay Poonen continuing to emphasise the company's 'any cloud, any application, any device, with intrinsic security' strategy.

Chief of these on the product side was around VMware Tanzu, a new product portfolio...

By James Bourne, 26 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Hybrid, Kubernetes, Migration, Software, Vendors, Virtualisation, VMware.

VMware stokes VMworld fires with Pivotal and Carbon Black acquisitions

Next week is going to be a busy one for VMware as the company’s VMworld event kicks off in San Francisco. There will be plenty of talking points – and the virtualisation and end user computing provider has opted to add two more with the acquisitions of Pivotal Software and Carbon Black for a combined $4.8 billion (£3.93bn).

Pivotal, at $2.7bn, edged out endpoint security provider Carbon Black ($2.1bn) in...

By James Bourne, 23 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: M&A, Security, Software, Virtualisation, VMware.

The cloud in 2020: Enterprise compatibility with edge computing, containers and serverless

In the future, as we speed down the motorway in our self-driving vehicles, historians will mark the 2010s as the decade of the cloud. Some would argue that the tenets of cloud computing were established in the 1960s, when U.S. government scientist J.C.R. Licklider planned an “intergalactic computer network”. In 2006 the cloud...

The four barriers between your business and global connectivity – and how to break them down

Throughout 2018, many global enterprises turned to networking technologies such as software defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) to cost-effectively meet burgeoning bandwidth demands without having to sacrifice simplified WAN management and better application performance.

This trend will continue into 2019 as enterprises with a global presence embrace networking technologies such as SD-WAN as a key tool to...

By Ian McEwan, 28 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Software, Vendors, Virtualisation, VMware.

Born in the cloud or cloud-enabled? For virtual desktops, there’s a world of difference

In its Voice of the Enterprise: Cloud Transformation survey, 451 Research analysts found that 90 percent of organizations surveyed are using some type of cloud service. Last year, the cloud market was worth $28.1 billion; by 2021, it will almost double in value at $53.3 billion. And by next year, 69 percent of respondents intend to have some type of multi-cloud environment.

By Jimmy Chang, 17 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Software, VDI, Virtualisation.

Why digital business transformation depends on public cloud networking

Companies increasingly seek digital business transformation. From a purely technology perspective, most pieces are in place for this transformation to occur. But too often, one thing is inhibiting the process: public cloud networking complexity.

The public cloud is becoming the new foundation for what the cloud does. Important things will continue to happen in on-premises data centres, intelligent edge devices, and branch offices. But more new enterprise applications are emerging whose centre of gravity...

By Steven Mih, 12 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Public, Virtualisation.

VDI deployment best practices: A guide

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) can bring significant benefits to organisations looking to be more agile, as well as reduce the cost and complexity of managing a variety of client desktops, laptops, and mobile handheld devices.

Organisations using VDI are able to benefit from centralised desktop management, rapid deployment, lower support costs, standardised deployment, increased security, and other management efficiencies. However, VDI can also bring along several challenges to organisations who do not...

By Brandon Lee, 09 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, VDI, Virtualisation.

Putting the D in VDI: How virtual desktop infrastructure got its desktop back

The point of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is to offer employees anytime, anywhere accessibility to your organization’s applications and data. VDI is a “desktop away from the desktop.” The problem is that more emphasis has had to be placed on the infrastructure part of VDI due to outdated technology that creates complexity. But newer VDI technology is about to restore the desktop to its rightful place.

A promising beginning

In a tradition dating back more than a quarter of a century,...

By Amitabh Sinha, 04 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, VDI, Virtualisation.

Evaluating container-based VNF deployment for cloud-native NFV

The requirements of cloud native VNFs (virtual network functions) for telecom are different than IT applications – and VNF deployment using microservices and containers can help realising cloud-native NFV implementation success.

The best application for NFV is how it will be integrated, architected and further matured to strengthen 5G implementation for telecom service providers. Based on the current pitfalls related to VNF deployment and orchestration, making cloud-native VNF is the only solution in...

By Sagar Nangare, 03 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Infrastructure, Microservices, Scalability, Virtualisation.

Why cloud-native virtual network functions are important for NFV

Virtual network functions (VNFs) are software implementations of network function equipment packaged in virtual machines, on top of commercial off the shelf hardware NFV infrastructure. VNFs are a core part of NFV – as we know the base of NFV was to virtualise the network functions and software based to reduce cost and gain full control over network operations with added agility and flexibility benefits. We can say that the majority of NFV operations are focused towards how VNFs can be served in NFV...

By Sagar Nangare, 08 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Microservices, Virtualisation.

Microsoft aims to snare Box, Dropbox and Google customers with new OneDrive deal

Look out Box, Dropbox and Google – Microsoft is offering free OneDrive to customers of its cloud storage rivals in an attempt to poach them.

The move was announced on an official Microsoft blog yesterday. The company will offer free OneDrive for Business to Box, Dropbox and Google customers with a couple of caveats; the organisations must not currently be OneDrive for Business or Office 365...

By James Bourne, 07 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Microsoft, Storage, Virtualisation.

Cloud eight years on: From inflated expectations to enterprise adoption

It is 2018 and nearly every consumer has heard of, come into contact with or purchased cloud services in one form or another. Many of us are now dependent on cloud benefits as many of the most common life experiences such as listening to music, watching television and learning in a classroom have all been improved by the ability to access, manage and purchase IT resources online.

Businesses are no different. Enterprises are now leveraging the efficiency and on-demand access of cloud more than ever to speed...

By Justin Augat, 30 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Virtualisation.

Consuming public cloud services on-premise: A guide

As we enter our second decade of its existence, the role of the public cloud is changing. Infrastructure as a service altered the way that virtualised resources are consumed, but what has emerged is far more powerful than allocating compute, storage, and networking on-demand.

The derivative services that the public cloud providers now offer include speech-to-text, sentiment analysis, and machine learning functionality that are constantly being improved. While it is often prudent to run an application on...

By Pete Johnson, 19 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Infrastructure, Public, Virtualisation.

Google Cloud launches low-cost preemptible GPUs

Google has announced the launch of GPUs attached to preemptible VMs, offering a 50% discount – but with a catch.

As with the preemptible VMs, first announced in 2015 but with prices significantly lowered in August last year, resources can be used for a maximum of 24 hours. In addition, Google Compute Engine can shut them down with a 30 second warning. The ideal place for these instances is distributed, fault-tolerant...

By James Bourne, 09 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Infrastructure, Virtualisation.

AWS, Microsoft, Google and more respond on chip vulnerability issue

Leading cloud providers have said they are aware of and working on securing systems after the disclosure of two major chip-level security vulnerabilities earlier this week.

As first reported by The Register, a ‘fundamental’ design flaw in Intel’s processor chips, dubbed Meltdown, was followed by another flaw, called Spectre, found in chips from Intel, AMD and ARM. The latter was confirmed by Google researchers in a blog post

By James Bourne, 04 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware, Industry, Vendors, Virtualisation.

VMware says it won’t support customers who opt for Microsoft’s Azure Migrate tool

Microsoft’s recent announcement and product update aimed at helping customers migrate from their VMware environments has, unsurprisingly, not gone down very well with the virtualisation giant.

On Monday, as announced in a blog post earlier this week, Microsoft will announce Azure Migrate, a free service, will become broadly available to all Azure customers. The key use case, and one which Corey Sanders, Azure...

By James Bourne, 24 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, Migration, Virtualisation, VMware.

How to improve MSPs’ agility while reducing costs: A guide

Agility is one of the key characteristics that distinguishes a successful managed service provider from the rest of the pack. Being agile means being able to respond quickly to onboard new customers, and fulfill new service requests. Unfortunately, this is often in direct conflict with another important MSP goal: minimizing the number of staff required to deliver those services.

One of the smartest ways to resolve that conflict is to implement your own cloud infrastructure, with customer self-service and...

By Caroline Paine, 15 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Vendors, Virtualisation.