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Software-Defined Datacenter Requires More Intelligent Infrastructure | #VMworld

Software-Defined Datacenter Requires More Intelligent Infrastructure | #VMworld

Hu Yoshida, VP and CTO, Hitachi Data Systems, discussed his company's relationship with VMware and software-defined data center trends with theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante, live at VMWorld 2013. "23,000 people, it's quite amazing, it shows the impact of virtualizaiton," Yoshida said, commenting on this year's edition of VMWorld. Virtualization is where the industry has to go. "We can make changes to the technology without disrupting the applications. "We've had an over ten-year relationship with VMware," Hitachi being one of the early adopters. "We are also an early design partner with them, we're not just looking for things to integrate... more »
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3 Must-See Moments : #VMworld 2013 Day Two Exclusives

VMworld 2013 Day two saw VMware pushing into the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC). Equally apparent, is what the guys were able to unpack about VMware's goal with Software Defined Networking (SDN) and the next evolution of networking. SiliconANGLE's exclusive coverage of #VMWorld 2013, both with our editorial and theCUBE, caught all of the action too. We packed in another twenty great theCUBE interviews of top executives at VMworld 2013. Here are three of the top interviews from our Day Two coverage of #VMworld 2013: 3 must-see moments from #VMworld 2013   Scaling Horizontally At Will Is Truly Cloud-style The first interview of day... more »
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Nimble Releases vSphere Reference Architecture

Nimble Storage, a high profile hybrid array vendor, unveiled a converged infrastructure reference architecture at this week’s VMworld 2013 conference. Dubbed SmartStack for Business Critical Applications, the specification combines vSphere 5.1, Nimble’s CS-Series systems and Cisco UCS blade servers to “allow IT organizations to scale as needed to respond faster to changing business needs, while lowering project risks and capital expenses.” The company argues that the architecture simplifies the configuration and management of business critical applications. SmartStack is validated to support 500-seat deployments of Exchange, SharePoint, and SQL Server, and enables users to scale compute and storage without investing in costly... more »
Delivering All the Attributes of Virtualization Platforms at Individual Server Level | #VMworld

Delivering All the Attributes of Virtualization Platforms at Individual Server Level | #VMworld

John Furrier and Dave Vellante managed to track down the who's who in the business while attending the VM World 2013 event in San Francisco. During Day two of live interviews for theCube, they interviewed George Slessman, the CEO and Product Architect of IO, "one of the hottest companies right now in the space of data center". Slessman was proud to announce "bringing the same software-enabled optimization flexibility into the physical data center assets." "Traditionally, data centers have been managed in a facility-based approach. If you want full benefit of the cloud, you have to have a data center that can... more »
VMware Moves Up the Virtualization Stack #VMworld

VMware Moves Up the Virtualization Stack #VMworld

If the question at the start of VMware 2013 Monday morning was where VMware was headed in the coming year, company CEO Pat Gelsinger has answered it: VMware is moving up the virtualization stack with tools and APIs to facilitate integration between virtualized data center environments and cloud services in a hybrid cloud architecture. While this is not really a surprise move -- hybrid cloud is a recognized major trend in enterprise computing today -- it does reinforce that trend, and it provides a direction to keep VMware ahead of its rivals technically and so maintains its premium status in... more »
People Are Both Excited and Scared About DevOps | #VMworld

People Are Both Excited and Scared About DevOps | #VMworld

John Furrier and Stu Miniman, theCube co-hosts, caught up with Scott Sanchez, Director of Strategy at Rackspace, during the second day of VM World 2013 in San Francisco. Rackspace, the founder of OpenStack, has become the service leader in cloud computing, delivering enterprise-class hybrid cloud infrastructures to businesses of all sizes around the world. "Cloud is being transformed in real-time," said Furrier, kicking off the interview by asking Sanchez to comment on the challenges developers are addressing. "The best way to put things in perspective is to state that software has become the new hardware," said Sanchez. "All the limitations that... more »
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NetApp Adds VMware Integration to Storage Software Lineup

NetApp has refreshed its software portfolio with new releases that introduce tighter VMware integration and nondisruptive migration of data for virtual machines, among other features. The storage vendor extended its Clustered Data ONTAP operating system with support for vCloud Suite 5.5, the latest version of VMware’s cloud management and monitoring platform. The integration aims to simplify large-scale migrations and give users the freedom to deploy the storage platforms of their choice. The ONTAP update is joined by Virtual Storage Console 5.0 (VSC 5.0,) the newest edition of NetApp’s vSphere management solution. VSC 5.0 includes integration with the VMware vSphere Web Client and... more »
Parallels Access Makes Your iPad More Productive for $79.99

Parallels Access Makes Your iPad More Productive for $79.99

The iPad with Retina Display sells for $499 for a 16GB version, and costs even more if you want greater storage space.  It's notthat expensive, but considering how limited the iPad is productivity wise, it might not be the most sensible investment for some.  Face facts, the iPad just isn't as handy as your computer - it’s a much more app-centric device, meaning everything looks good as long as it’s an app. But would you be interested in investing $80 to turn your iPad into something more useful for office work? Parallels believes that there are plenty who'll say yes. The company... more »
How Juniper and VMware Address the Toughest IT Challenges | #VMworld

How Juniper and VMware Address the Toughest IT Challenges | #VMworld

In their ongoing coverage of VMworld 2013, Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman spoke with both Denise Shiffman, Vice President, Product Management and Strategy at Juniper Networks and Hatem Naguib, Vice President, Networking and Security at VMware. The three discuss Juniper’s unique offerings and their integration with VMware. Naguib shares his enthusiasm for VMware’s new NSX offering, with which Juniper integrates. He says that “it’s really predicated on being able to deliver for any application,” offering the core components of networking. Shiffman explains that Juniper’s integration with NSX offers a high level of visibility as “NSX can programmatically provision the entire data... more »
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VMware Pushes into the Software-Defined Data Center at VMworld 2013

VMware has unleashed a string of new and updated products at this week’s VMworld 2013 conference in a move to realize the ambitious software-defined data center (SDDC) strategy it announced last year. Below is a comprehensive list of the releases that have been announced so far. vCloud Suite 5.5 introduces a new version of vSphere that includes automated recovery from application and operating system failure, in addition to Flash Read Cache technology that taps into server-side flash to lower latency. Other features include vSphere Big Data Extensions for deploying Hadoop on virtualized servers, support for Intel’s Xeon E5 v2 and Atom... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.