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Cloud Diaries: Turning 13 Datacenters into 6? How vFabric Application Director Helps

Data center consolidation.

Those three words often mean a lot of things – a lot of work, a lot of change, a lot of cost savings, a lot of leadership, and a lot of coordination.  Of course, the payoff of doing it right can also be outstanding.

We had the opportunity to gain personal, anonymous observations from a senior technical architect of a European consulting firm who knows firsthand that data center consolidation can create value, citing “moving thirteen datacenters run by thirteen teams to six data centers run by one team is the catalyst for huge improvements in many areas.” Our architect’s company provides recommendations, architecture, installation, customized solutions, and operations services for IT.  In their conversation with VMware, we found that deployment automation is a critical requirement to many of their client’s consolidation plans, and they pointed out how vFabric Application Director is fundamental to the approach.

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VMware’s Serengeti – Virtualized Hadoop at Cloud-scale

Not long ago I covered the topic of Big Data adoption in the enterprise. In it, I described how Serengeti enables enterprise to respond to common Hadoop implementation challenges resulting from the lack of usable enterprise-grade tools and the shortage of infrastructure deployment skills.

With the latest release of open source Project Serengeti, VMware continues on its mission to deliver the easiest and most reliable virtualized Big Data platform. One of the most unique attributes of Serengeti Hadoop deployment is that it can easily coexist with other workloads on an existent infrastructure.

Serengeti-deployed Hadoop clusters can also be configured in either local or shared, scale-out data storage architecture. This storage layer can even be shared across multiple HDFS-based analytical workloads. And, in the future, this could potentially be extended to other, non-HDFS-based data engines.

The elasticity of underlining vSphere virtualization platform, helps Serengeti to achieve new levels of efficiency. This architecture enables organizations to share the existing infrastructure with Big Data analytical workloads to deliver optimal storage capacity and performance. Continue reading

Understanding App Delivery Controllers in Hybrid Clouds

Many call Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) the next generation of load balancers.  Same as load balancers, they sit in front of web servers. In addition to providing the balancing services, they now help improve scale, availability, fault tolerance, security, and routing. But, not all ADCs are delivered as pure software solutions, designed for cloud-based and virtualized deployments, or work in hybrid cloud environments—items which are becoming mainstream requirements for the Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC) that VMware sees as the future of cloud computing.

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Industry leaders across the board are gravitating to hybrid clouds for lower costs, no lock-in, greater flexibility, increased speed, built-in disaster recovery, and new capabilities. Of course, there are more reasons, and all these reasons are driving the need to get to a hybrid cloud model. In Sandhill.com’s recent “Leaders in the Cloud” research study from 2010 (and updated in 2011), they said, “our study surveyed more than 500 IT executives and indicated that the biggest growth will be in hybrid clouds (from 13 percent now to 43 percent in three years).”

In order to achieve the promises of hybrid clouds, VMware sees the need for a completely software driven data center so your applications are portable across disparate architectures.  By removing hardware devices, and creating application architectures where all infrastructure is virtualized, delivered as a service, and entirely automated by software, companies can now effectively move apps across clouds to meet their needs.
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Video Replay Available: SQLFire – Fast Data that Spans the Globe

062012_vmware_vfabric_sqlfire_fast_data_that_spans_the_globe_462103_v5_Page_02The June 20th Webcast titled Fast Data that Spans the Globe is now available for video replay.  This webcast covers several topics:

  • SQLFire – an in-memory NewSQL database with horizontal scale
  • Global, synchronous and asynchronous data replication
  • Performance, throughput, and latency
  • Using active-active databases across data centers for continuity and disaster recovery
  • High availability through transparent, application-level failover

For more information on SQLFire, here are additional articles worth checking out:

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vFabric Webcast June 20th: SQLFire – Fast Data that Spans the Globe

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For those following the vFabric Blog, one of the most intriguing new products (from both a technology and a financial perspective) is vFabric SQLFire – an in-memory, NewSQL database.  There is an upcoming webcast on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 9:00 AM PDT, titled VMware vFabric SQLFire – Fast Data that Spans the Globe.

>> To register and/or see more specifics, go to the Webcast Sign-Up.

Webcast Topics

Mark Chmarny, an evangelist focused on VMware data management technologies, will present this webcast covering:

  • High performance and  horizontal scale
  • High availability with transparent, app-level failover
  • Business continuity, disaster recovery, and active-active databases

If you are unfamiliar with the value or scenarios where SQLFire can help, several partners have commented on the value of SQLFire and the power of making the data layer horizontally scalable for cloud computing.

SQLFire Feature Summary

  • Supports SQL, JDBC, and ADO.NET for easy migration
  • In-memory speed that eliminates disk I/O and reduces latency
  • Near-linear scale
  • Data aware stored procedures
  • Write to disk in parallel
  • Elastic data layer
  • Continuous availability

>> To register and/or see more specifics, go to the Webcast Sign-Up.

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