Category: Analysis

Xtravirt Releases SONAR — Reporting as a Service

Xtravirt has earned a reputation as a leader in virtualization and cloud technologies, and its consultants regularly work on some of the most complicated environments in Europe. Xtravirt has also been active in the community, releasing tools and Visio stencils to help clients plan their virtualization processes. Tools like vPi and the Document Downloader are staples …

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EMC SDDC Release: first shot in a New War between former Frenemies

On October 9, 2014, EMC announced the release of the first fully software-defined data center, using products from the EMC Federated group of companies, these being: EMC2 VMware RSA. This solution, the first of five planned solutions, utilises the following technologies from the four companies: Read More

News: Once More into the Breach, My Friends: Oracle v. Google

In a follow-up to my Oracle v. Google Java spat post—in which I reported that the appeals court has ruled in favour of Oracle, casting doubt on the whole automation industry and the use of Java APIs—it seems that Google has decided to take this to the US Supreme Court. The argument it has submitted …

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News: VSAN and vSphere 5.5 Update 1 are available, finally pricing is released!

Today marks the release of vSphere 5.5 Update 1, you can find the release notes here and the links to the download are found here.  Why is this such a milestone? Well it also finally marks the release of VMware’s long awaited entry into the world of Software defined storage the VSAN, but before we …

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New: VSAN is now GA

Today finally marks the announcement of the general availability of VMware VSAN. This is VMware’s most public beta to date. So, What Is VSAN? VSAN is true integrated software-defined storage. It is embedded into the vKernel, it is a distributed object store, and as such, it is resource efficient. There is no requirement for an …

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What Will the Fallout Be as IBM Leaves the x86 Market?

With the sale of its x86 server division for $2.3B, IBM exits the marketplace it started in the early 1980s. Some have argued that this is a good move for IBM and tolls the death knell for the x86 server marketplace. “Well, if IBM is closing shop, surely the end is nigh. What with all …

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Nexenta, the next steps.

What do you do with a problem like Nexenta?