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 The problem is that more emphasis has had to be placed on the infrastructure part of VDI due to outdated technology that creates complexity.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.

The future of SD-WAN: Rethinking the network and a market going mainstream

For those of you following the SD-WAN market, it comes as no surprise that VMware has announced its intent to acquire VeloCloud for an undisclosed amount. So how does it affect the SD-WAN market, and what does the future hold?

VMware’s latest acquisition: A case of ‘me too’?

VMware’s acquisition of VeloCloud comes on the heels of Cisco’s Viptela acquisition

By Steve Brar, 14 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Virtualisation, VMware.

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.

Of...

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.