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Enterprises require the performance, agility and on-demand access of the public cloud, and the management, security and compatibility of the private cloud. The solution? In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Simone Brunozzi, VP and Chief Technologist (global role) for VMware, will explore how to unlock the power of the hybrid cloud and the steps to get there. He'll discuss the challenges that conventional approaches to both public and private cloud computing, and outline the tough decisions that must be made to accelerate the journey to the hybrid cloud. As part of the transition, an Infrastructure-as-a-Service model will enable enterprise IT to build services beyond their data center while owning what gets moved, when to move it, and for how long. IT can then move forward on what matters most to the organization that it supports - availability, agility and efficienc... (more)

Why Microsoft Should Finally Buy Citrix

DISCLAIMER: This is long and the opinions are mine. I’ve written a good bit here about the various ways Microsoft and Citrix overlap in the hypervisor space, ranging from topics like shared code base through competition for the desktop space. To me, these two players have always been the underdogs battling for the right to go head-to-head against VMware in the main enterprise (and now cloud) virtual data center event. I’ve long said here that I think Microsoft is in the best position to make that move, but to be honest, Citrix currently has better technology. In other words, Mi... (more)

Attention: Overlay Tunnel Construction Ahead

A while ago I wrote a few articles describing the various tunnel protocols used for network virtualization between vSwitches on servers, and between vSwitches and physical network gateways. These are the mechanisms that construct overlay networks on top of a physical network. VMWare uses STT as the tunneling mechanism between vSwitches on servers and VXLAN to communicate with gateways to the non virtualized world. NVGRE is used mostly by Microsoft, and is an extension to GRE tunneling that has been around for a while. Each one of these mechanisms have their pros and cons. They ... (more)

Hadoop Company Closes Series B Funding

Cloudera, the commercial Hadoop company, announced that it has secured a Series B venture capital funding round led by Greylock Partners, bringing its total funding to date to more than $11 million. Aneel Bhusri, Partner at Greylock, has joined Cloudera's Board of Directors. Existing investor Accel Partners, which led the Series A round, also participated in the round. With proven investments such as Red Hat and WorkDay, Greylock Partners brings deep expertise and operational experience in enterprise software, particularly in data management. "Cloudera is uniquely positioned to t... (more)

Security and the Cloud

I was talking with Avanade’s Senior Director for Enterprise Security, Ace Swerling, earlier today. The conversation touched on a wide range of security and identity management issues that I’ll probably return to, but one of Ace’s comments brought my attention back to an issue that has been nagging at me for a while. As I’m sure we all know, security concerns often figure highly in discussions about moving Enterprise applications and data to the Cloud. Indeed, I spoke with other Avanade executives earlier this year to report on a survey they had commissioned that suggested just h... (more)

F5’s Landmark BIG-IP v10 Release Delivers Value to Customers

F5 Networks, Inc. has announced that its BIG-IP® version 10 software continues to be well received by customers worldwide. In April, F5 released BIG-IP v10, as part of its vision to unify application and data delivery services. Thousands of enterprises and service providers have downloaded BIG-IP v10 software to help streamline application delivery and reduce CapEx and OpEx costs. F5 continues to enrich the BIG-IP solution with more Application Ready Templates and a new release of Enterprise Manager™, which helps customers planning an upgrade from previous versions of BIG-IP to t... (more)