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Virtualized environments are demanding when it comes to storage. Tier-1 virtualized applications require always-on, fast, available access to data. One of the ways that today’s virtualization vendors are increasing the stability and speed of storage access in virtualized environments is through the use of flash, and HP is leading the way among the crowd. Storage challenges facing the enterprise today There are a number of significant challenges that the enterprise faces today when it comes to handling storage in a virtualized environment, including: The cost and complexity of implementing data protection in a virtualized environment Outmoded storage architecture that doesn’t hold up under virtualized and random I/O Low VM density and storage inefficiencies that provide you with lower ROI than what you anticipated Difficulties with having enough availability and perfor... (more)

RHEV 3.0 Sets Stage for VMware Challenge

Originally posted on eweek: http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Virtualization/RHEV-30-Sets-Stage-for-VMware-Challenge-885501/ 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 curre... (more)

Six Types of Cloud Computing

Everyone is talking about cloud computing today, but not everyone means the same thing when they do. While there is this general idea behind the cloud – that applications or other business functions exist somewhere away from the business itself – there are many iterations that companies look to in order to actually use the technology. Cloud computing offers a variety of ways for businesses to increase their IT capacity or functionality without having to add infrastructure, personnel, and software. Here are six different types of cloud computing and a little bit about what they o... (more)

Four Ways to Look at Cloud Computing

Like other trends in technology, cloud computing is constantly being redefined and re-understood. The fact of the matter is that, while we have a general agreement on what cloud computing is, the term has come to mean many things to many people. The advent of cloud storage services and even Apple’s iCloud has only served to further muddy the waters, even in IT. In the most basic sense, cloud computing refers to the use of an app or service that’s hosted in a non-traditional, non-server-based manner. In that sense, however, cloud computing is very broad, and perhaps that’s the ri... (more)

Red Hat OpenShift, OpenStack and the Enterprise

Red Hat continues to press into the cloud computing marketplace with each new service offering. OpenShift Online, for example, is Red Hat’s Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solution. For more than a year and a half, OpenShift has served literally thousands of applications running on a variety of frameworks and languages, and reaches across through private, public as well as hybrid cloud environments. Yet, as is the case with any other PaaS solution, the effectiveness of OpenShift depends greatly on your organizations capabilities with Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). The ability ... (more)