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Originally posted on eweek: by: Cameron Sturdevant Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers significantly updates management capabilities and supports giant virtual machines. The release of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 signals that 2012 will be the year that IT managers at organizations of all sizes have real choices to make when it comes to virtualizing workloads in the data center. RHEV 3.0 and the Microsoft Windows Server 8 release candidate both offer a challenge to the currently unrivaled data center virtualization lead position held by VMware vSphere 5. Until now, IT virtualization managers could use VMware vSphere without much question to run workloads of all types. RHEV 3.0 successfully challenged this operating assumption in tests at eWEEK Labs. The revamped ... (more)

DNUK Releases Zetavault 3.0 ZFS Storage Platform

Thursday 31 October, 2013 DNUK has released version 3.0 of the Zetavault storage platform. Zetavault is a Linux based ZFS storage software platform with enterprise class features which allows you to turn commodity hardware into centralized data storage servers at significant cost savings. Zetavault eliminates vendor lock-in and provides open, unified storage management at a fraction of the cost of what traditional storage vendors charge. The software can be installed on any 64-bit X86 system on which Linux can be installed. A free 60-day trial version is available to download. Zetavault includes full integration with OpenZFS. ZFS is a revolutionary file system and logical volume manager that fundamentally changes the way file systems are administered, with features and benefits not found in any other file system available today. ZFS is robust, scalable, and easy to admini... (more)

IGEL integrates Imprivata OneSign ProveID Embedded into thin clients to enhance secure access to clinical applications

Imprivata's strong authentication solution helps organizations optimize roaming desktop capabilities in VDI environments Reading, UK August 28, 2013 - IGEL Technology today announced its thin clients will support Imprivata OneSign ProveID Embedded, a new solution designed to provide healthcare workers with secure, No Click Access® to clinical applications within Virtual Desktop Environments (VDI). Incorporated into IGEL's thin client firmware, Imprivata OneSign ProveID Embedded provides customers with an out-of-the-box solution for delivering seamless access to clinical applications and patient information at the point of care. Imprivata OneSign ProveID Embedded will initially be integrated with the IGEL UD2-LX MultiMedia Universal Desktop thin client, and through support for Intel x86 processor architecture, future versions of Imprivata OneSign ProveID Embedded wi... (more)

Emulex Announces Ethernet Networking and Converged Network Adapters for the Open Compute Project

New OneConnect OCm14000-OCP Adapters Maximise Application Performance with RDMA, Support Overlay Networks for the Cloud and Enable SDN with Open Programmable APIs INTEROP, LAS VEGAS and COSTA MESA, Calif, 1 April 2014 - Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX), a leader in network connectivity, monitoring and management and a proud member of the Open Compute Project (OCP), today announced it has released its next generation of high performance Ethernet connectivity solutions to the open source community. Now, data centres are able to utilise Emulex 10Gb Ethernet and 40Gb Ethernet (10GbE/40GbE) adapters on OCP based hardware platforms that support global cloud platforms running OpenStack or CloudStack. The new Emulex OneConnect® OCm14000-OCP 10Gb and 40Gb Ethernet (10/40GbE) Network Adapters and 10GbE Converged Network Adapters (CNAs), enable higher virtual machine (VM) densit... (more)

Platform as a Service Journal Launched on Ulitzer

Vinay Singla, a Lead Architect at Cisco WebEx launched "Platform as a Service Journal" Launched on Ulitzer. Vinay is currently focused on building the next-generation OSS/BSS platform for SaaS. He has 15 years of systems design and development experience in the high-tech industry, with the last 10 years focused on building SaaS and SOA platforms at companies such as Cisco Systems, BEA Systems, Jamcracker and IBM. He is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. Platform as a service (PaaS) is a big piece of the cloud computing puzzle, the other pieces being Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and Application software as a service (SaaS). PaaS enables the delivery of solution frameworks and components as on-demand, pay-as-you-go services. Some examples of these are Google Apps Engine, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Windows Azure platform, SalesForce For... (more)

The Unspoken Challenge of Cloud Silos

On a recent excursion to a tech event I had the pleasure of meeting a well-known ‘VM Guru', (who shall remain nameless). Having read some of this individual's material I was excited and intrigued to know his thoughts on how he was tackling the Storage challenges related to VMware especially with Fibre Channel SANs. "Storage, that's nothing to do with me, I'm a VirtGuy", he proudly announced. To which I retorted, "yes but if there are physical layer issues in your SAN fabric, or poorly configured Storage etc. it will affect the performance of your Virtual Machines and their applications, hence surely you also need some visibility and understanding beyond your Server's HBAs?" Seemingly annoyed with the question, he answered, "Why? I have SAN architects and a Storage team for that, it's not my problem. I told you I'm a VirtGuy, I have my tools so I can check esxtop, vCe... (more)

PowerBuilder Top Feature Picks

PBDJ - PowerBuilder Journal PowerBuilder 11.5 was released in the third quarter of 2008 and by early 2009 had made its way into many IT development shops. The draw is a significant set of enhancements that move the development experience closer to the nirvana anticipated in the PowerBuilder 12.0 release. PB 12.0 will complete Sybase's initial four-phase long range plan for PowerBuilder that was laid out in late 2003 (see Figure 1). In the meantime, PB 11.5 raises the bar in major areas such as application functionality, database connectivity, newer MS-Windows operating system compliance, more .NET compatibility, and Federal Desktop Core Configuration compliance. Once again I was able to join the PowerBuilder beta program for version 11.5, which let me continue my unbroken participation in every PowerBuilder release since version 0.8. The nice thing about the beta pro... (more)

Your Cloud is Not a Precious Snowflake (But it Could Be)

You can’t differentiate until you do something different Gartner analyst and cloud pundit Lydia Leong reminds us that without differentiation, all clouds look pretty much the same.  “These are traits that it doesn’t take a genius to think of. Most are known requirements established through a decade and a half of hosting industry experience. If you want to differentiate, you need to get beyond them.” [emphasis added] She lists traits common to most cloud providers: premium equipment, VMWare-based, private VLANs, private connectivity, and co-located dedicated gear but doesn’t really get into what really is – or should be – the focus of cloud offerings: services. To be more specific, infrastructure services. A cloud provider of course wants a solid, reliable infrastructure. That’s why they tend to use the same set of “premium” equipment. But as Lydia points out diffe... (more)

SingTel Throws in its Lot with the Cloud

SingTel, Singapore's largest phone company and a major local player in broadband Internet services, is going into the cloud business, intending to establish Singapore as a regional cloud computing hub. It's launched Singapore's first integrated cloud computing marketplace for businesses. The SingTel Innovation Exchange is meant to accelerate the development of cloud computing services. The company expects to attract developers and promote their services in Asia-Pacific markets. It's collaborating with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, leading unnamed technology companies and software developers to establish Singapore as a regional cloud computing hub. In Asia-Pac, cloud computing services are supposed to grow with a CAGR of approximately 60% in 2011 according to Springboard Research. SingTel figures the mark... (more)

The Cloud Metastructure Hubub

Tower of Babel by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. One of the topics surrounding cloud computing that continues to rear its ugly head is the problem of portability across clouds. Avoiding vendor lock-in has been problematic since the day the first line of proprietary code was written and cloud computing does nothing to address this. If anything, cloud makes this worse because one of its premises is that users (that’s you, IT staff) need not concern themselves with the underlying infrastructure. It’s a service, right, so you just use it and don’t worry about it. Let’s assume for a moment that you can easily move applications from data center to cloud to cloud. Plenty of folks are working on that, but very few of them address the “rest of the story”: the metastructure. Metastructure contains the metadata that describes the network, application network, and security infrastru... (more)

Cisco Cloud 3.0 Consulting

A great way to illustrate the basic principles of Cloud computing and provide a quick sense of the market, as well as then linking it to a Canadian Cloud Roadmap, is to review the associated strategy for a vendor like Cisco. They offer their own maturity model for Cloud adoption that advances from simple private Cloud implementations (now) through to advanced ‘Inter-Cloud’ architectures (future). It’s also a great example because Canada recently took a heavy body blow to their IT industry innovation capacity with the demise of Nortel. Generating start-ups around a vendor like Cisco is one way to respond. Cloud is so big because it’s enveloping all of IT including telecomms, and the vendors too, it’s the big game in town for everyone now. This is mainly because (sshh) it’s actually just the Internet we’re talking about really, it’s becoming a singular computing platfor... (more)