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 in many a virtualization consultant’s armoury.

On February 17, Xtravirt released its first true software product, SONAR™.

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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 to the court is that the appeals court ruling should be overturned in the interest of protecting innovation in high tech.

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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 move onto that what else is contained in Update 1? Continue reading “News: VSAN and vSphere 5.5 Update 1 are available, finally pricing is released!”

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 extra virtual machine on each host.

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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 that virtualization malarkey, nobody is purchasing x86-based servers anymore.” While it is true that the glory days may be behind for a company based on server hardware due to the consolidation of large numbers of compute entities on single-host servers, there is still a significant marketplace for x86 servers: according to IT Candor, over $46B in 2013. Although the server market suffered its third quarter of revenue decline, dropping 4%, actual numbers shipped increased by 2%. The plain fact is that people are still buying x86-based servers.

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Nexenta, the next steps.

What do you do with a problem like Nexenta?
Nexenta. Some of you will remember this company from two years ago. It was the darling of Silicon Valley, the fastest growing storage start-up since NetApp. It could boast double and triple-digit year-on-year growth. And so on. So, what happened?

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