DataCore has released SANsymphony 10 to further expand what its virtual SAN software can do. Call it what you want: storage virtualization, software-defined storage -- or simply fast, reliable and easy.
Virtualization reaches from hand-held devices to the data center to the clouds. Virtually Speaking examines the forces behind this expansion, the suppliers of the technology and the organizations using the technology.
Daniel Kusnetzky, a reformed software engineer and product manager, founded Kusnetzky Group LLC in 2006. He's literally written the book on virtualization and often comments on cloud computing, mobility and systems software. In his spare time, he's also the managing partner of Lux Sonus LLC, an investment firm.
Kenneth 'Ken' Hess is a full-time Windows and Linux system administrator with 20 years of experience with Mac, Linux, UNIX, and Windows systems in large multi-data center environments.
The OpenStack Icehouse release includes Trove for supporting Database as a Service. Tesora is stepping forward with its database virtualization engine to make deploying database applications easy.
The industry is used to considering system, storage, and application lifecycles. Companies routinely cycle through new requirements, standing up something new to address the requirements, running for a time, and then retiring equipment or applications. Does it make sense to do the same with networks and networking equipment?
BMC Software offers BMC Control-M Workload Change Manager and suggests that this is the best way to help "dev" teams automate change orders and help the "ops" team. Will this help BMC break through in a very busy market?
Catbird's Randal Asay believes that the changing nature of the datacenter - moving from physical to virtual - means that IT and facilities roles must change too.
VMware just launched a disaster recovery as a service offering, VMware vCloud Hybrid Service - Disaster Recovery. Do all cloud users need this?
Can machine learning, predictive analytics and big data analysis ferret out security threats before they can harm an organization's IT assets?
Google, Microsoft and Amazon are engaging in a price war for basic infrastructure-as-a-service offerings. Can the little guys respond? If so, at what price?
Suppliers have long suggested that enterprises use VDI to simplify administration, improve security, and reduce costs, using an older PC or a thin client as the endpoint. Samsung's new NX-N2 is designed to address that need while eliminating the need for software updates and device administration.
VDI offers the promise of simplifying the lives of IT administrators while still addressing the needs of users of Windows desktops, though it hasn't always lived up to that promise. VMware just launched Horizon 6.0 to simplify the use of VDI.