How have most organizations been building hybrid clouds to date?
Despite all the marketing and promotion surrounding the benefits of
dynamically bursting into a hybrid cloud from inception, this rarely seems to
be the case. If anything the current trend towards building hybrid clouds
still stems from an organic growth and demand that has emanated from either
an existent public or private cloud deployment. Certainly private clouds are
the most common origins of hybrid clouds as organisations look towards adding
further agility to the many benefits they've attained.
A lot of organizations have also recently been pushed towards the many new
vendor hybrid cloud offerings that have hit the market. Here the initiative
is drawn to promises of a seamless management experience across they're
already deployed private cloud and newly considered public cloud as well as
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When faced with a tirade of client consultations and disaster recovery
proposals/assessments, you can't help but be inundated with opportunities to
showcase the benefits of server virtualization and more specifically VMware's
Site Recovery Manager. It's a given that if an environment has a significant
amount of applications running on X86 platforms, then virtualization is the
way to go not just for all the consolidation and TCO savings but for the ease
in which high availability, redundancy and business continuity can be
deployed. Add to that the benefit of a virtualized disaster... (more)
A long time ago (November 2009 to be precise), in a Cloud far far away, the
Rebel Alliance of EMC, Cisco and VMware joined forces to form what are now
dubbed Acadia and the VCE coalition. Soon after came the launches of VBlocks
0, 1 and 2 each respectively incorporating the EMC Celerra, Clariion or VMax
with a stack of Cisco blades and switches and a layer of VMware
virtualization to suit.
Marketed as ‘best of breed’ and ‘ready configured to client
specifications’ it was an immediate launch pad for any customer looking to
deploy a private cloud with a single pane of management.
Virtualization needs to move beyond the business value of simply
consolidating workloads and saving on power and cooling. Virtualisation now
offers the ability for businesses to transform their operational models and
more importantly their application lifecycle release management practices.
At the recent VMworld held in Barcelona I was lucky enough to present at the
vBrownbag sessions to explain how DevOps is now a fundamental methodology for
attaining a successful software lifecycle development plan.
In this ten minute presentation, we address how the current challenges of
The best method of Storage virtualization has been one of the most debated
and argued issues within the industry. Nobody argues that while it is nothing
more than an abstraction between the storage device and its application, the
benefits that come with it such as consolidation, ease of management, online
migrations etc. make it a fundamental aspect of the constantly
non-heterogeneous emerging world of storage.
Of course virtualization is on everyone's lips with the advent of VMotion and
Vstorage offered by the Server-based storage virtualization solution of
VMware. Veritas Volu... (more)