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?
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.
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.
When Microsoft released Office for the iPad, many complained that there wasn't a way to print from the device. Cortado points out that its ThinPrint Cloud Printer combined with a One Drive procedure solves the problem.
How did one system architecture remain current and interesting for 50 years? It's partly about the hardware. It's partly about the software. It's totally about a company dedicated to remaining current, vital and of value to its customers.
One of the challenges of using Cloud-based big data or media applications is moving big files and objects into the cloud. IBM acquired Aspera just to address this issue. Signiant, long a player in broadcast and other media, says don't forget us.
Timesharing used to be the way to share the resources of a single system. It was replaced by client/server computing but suppliers of VDI technology are looking to dig up the past.
Fusion-io announced NVM Compression, a flash-aware interface that the company claims can double the database capacity of ioMemory flash when using MySQL.
The source code for MS-DOS 1.1 and 2.0, as well as Word for Windows 1a, has been made available under strict licensing control. What was Microsoft thinking?
Red Hat begins beta test of RHEV 3.4, an enhanced KVM virtual machine designed to continue simplifying and automating enterprise virtualization tasks while providing an on-ramp and a seamless integration with OpenStack.