VMware vCloud Director: 451 Research Impact Report Explores Expanded Capabilities for Service Providers

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The introduction of vCloud Director 8.20 received analyst coverage from 451 Research, which took a closer look at the platform and the expanded capabilities enabling service providers to manage and operate virtual data centers (VDCs) for multiple customers.   Because vCloud Director is VMware’s strategic cloud management platform for service providers, it is designed to Read more...

When Your Data Center Has Packed Its Bags

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By John Ellis, Chief vCloud Architect at BlueLock I recently grabbed lunch with a friend of mine whose company had just moved their data center several states away. Physical Data Center Migrations such as these are truly epic quests: one hopes that servers come off the trunk in roughly the same shape they possessed when Read more...

VMware Partner Exchange 2011 – Get Ready!

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By David Davis One of my favorite yearly events (besides VMworld) is VMware Partner Exchange (PEX). Much more intimate and more "top secret" than VMworld, the partner-only event offers unique advantages. Who Attends VMware Partner Exchange? PEX doesn't have as many attendees as VMworld and I’ve found it to be lower stress and a more Read more...

Economics of Cloud Computing – A Different Angle

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Massimo Re Ferre’, Staff Systems Engineer – vCloud Architect A homonym (and anonymous) friend of mind I used to work with in a previous IT life sent me a document exploring cloud economics from slightly different angle than usual. We often talk about this topic in the scope of elasticity, CAPEX vs. OPEX, PAYG (pay Read more...

Cloud Architecture Patterns: VM Template

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By Steve Jin, VMware R&D Intent Standardize new virtual machine provisioning with templates Category: Creational pattern Problem It’s been a pain to create new virtual machines with the right software installed and configured properly. You can always use tools like KickStart to automatically install the operating system and then install other software as needed. But Read more...

Testing Virtacore vCloud Express Beta

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Matthew D. Sarrel, Sarrel Group I’ve been playing around with the newly unveiled beta of vCloud Express from Virtacore for about a week now and this is some pretty cool stuff. I can’t really do all that much right now because the beta doesn’t offer the full functionality that the service will have, but there’s Read more...

Cloud Architecture Patterns: Façade VM

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Steve Jin, VMware R&D Intent Provide a single point of contact for a large-scale system consisting of many virtual machines so that they are viewed as one giant VM from outside Category Structural As Known As Giant VM Motivation When a system becomes big, you need multiple VMs to support the workload. For ease of Read more...