Kyle Hilgendorf and I will be hosting a Twitter Town Hall at next week’s Gartner Catalyst Conference. Attendees at the conference will be able to participate in the open Q&A and white boarding session. In addition, we’re looking for folks to submit questions via Twitter as well. The topic is a good one – we’re talking about VM and cloud mobility. We spent a lot of time this year with early internal/private cloud adopters and learned a lot about problems end user organizations have with mobility. We’ll be sharing those finding not only in our Catalyst sessions, but in (Read more...)
The speaker line-up for Catalyst 2011’s user-centric computing track has been finalized and I wanted to take a moment to share it with you. A prominent CTO has called Catalyst “the most intellectual conference in all of IT,” and if you haven’t attended Catalyst before, there are plenty of great reasons to get there this year. We have extensive coverage of server- and client-virtualization, cloud computing,and many other hot topics. The rundown of sessions in the user-centric computing track is listed below. I hope to see you there!
Application Delivery in a People-Centric World
A common theme has (Read more...)
Today VMware announced the launch of Cloud Foundry – a cloud service that makes it easy for developers to get started with VMware’s Open Platform-as-a-Service (Open PaaS) offerings. VMware CTO Steve Herrod offered good insight into VMware’s plans for Cloud Foundry in this post. In case you missed it, last week Steve Herrod blogged about VMware taking over operations for EMC’s Mozy cloud-based data protection service.
So in the past week, VMware has quietly announced that it will host two cloud service offerings. I say “quietly” because there were no press releases or the usual fanfare. VMware has long (Read more...)
Many customers I talk to are interested in supporting a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) delivery model. A thought frequently echoed by customers is that allowing users to access their applications on their terms improves mobility and leads to greater productivity. In addition, when personal devices become little more than a tool to access IT applications centrally stored in the data center or in the cloud (e.g., SaaS), we also realize the following benefits:
- Security: Data is physically secured within the data center instead of locally stored on a client endpoint device
- Business continuity: Users are no longer tethered to a single (Read more...)
This week Amazon Web Services (AWS) has been in the news for offering a tool that imports VMware VMs to the Amazon cloud. You can read the announcement on the AWS blog here.
While this is a good and important step for Amazon, the announcement reminded me of a conversation I frequently have with clients – when it comes to mobility, converting the VM is the least of your worries.
In some use cases such as training, the underlying hypervisor may not matter. However, for most production roles hypervisor parity remains important today. For starters, consider test and development. (Read more...)
Today EMC’s Chad Sakac blogged about a significant update to Oracle’s support policy for VMware ESX environments – Oracle no longer explicitly excludes Oracle RAC from being virtualized. It should also be noted that Oracle’s support is limited to “issues that either are known to occur on the native OS, or can be demonstrated not to be as a result of running on VMware.” In other words, if it’s not a known bug, customers may be asked to reproduce problems on the bare metal.
Like Chad, this is an issue I have blogged about repeatedly over the last couple of (Read more...)
Last week I traveled through various parts of Europe, while stopping for two days in Copenhagen for VMworld Europe. With eight days of travel, I thought it would be a good opportunity to test the feasibility of working from a server-hosted virtual desktop while traveling abroad. I run both Citrix XenDesktop 4.0 SP1 and VMware View 4.5 in my office lab in New Jersey. Accessing virtual desktops over the local area network using my Wyse Zero clients offers nothing short of an outstanding experience. I connect to my XenDesktop systems using the Wyse Xenith and connect to View using the (Read more...)
This post is the second in my series “PCoIP vs. ICA/HDX: A Simple Experiment.”
The first PCoIP vs. ICA/HDX WAN performance test in my experiment began at Newark airport. I’m not one to spend more time than absolutely necessary in an airport, but I still gave myself plenty of extra time to conduct and record my tests.
The AT&T 3G connection between my laptop and home office lab offered great bandwidth (1.08 Mbps), but not-so-great latency (122 ms). Both PCoIP and ICA/HDX responded well in this environment. I had no problems with Microsoft Word, navigating the Start menu, (Read more...)
This post is the third in my series “PCoIP vs. ICA/HDX: A Simple Experiment.”
After arriving at my hotel in Munich, I was ready to again compare PCoIP and ICA/HDX performance. When I connected to my lab, I was surprised that latency from Germany was actually less than with my AT&T 3G connection in the US. While I measured latency at 122 ms when connecting using my AT&T 3G card, latency from my hotel in Munich measured only 106 ms. As expected, bandwidth wasn’t as good as with my AT&T 3G connection. I measured 480 Kbps from the (Read more...)
This post is the fourth in my series “PCoIP vs. ICA/HDX: A Simple Experiment.”
Last Wednesday I flew from Copenhagen to Stockholm, and then drove with my Gartner colleagues to a hotel in Gavle, Sweden, which was close to where we would meet a client the next day. I didn’t have much time to work with my virtual desktops while at VMworld Europe; that was mainly due to the fact that Internet connectivity was not working at my hotel.
Last Tuesday I used my VMware View client while listening to the conference keynote. During the keynote, I used (Read more...)