In an effort to make efficient use of resources while at the same time
reducing overall complexity and management overhead, IT departments and data
centers are opting more and more for converged infrastructure options.
Indeed, companies from small businesses up to large international firms can
benefit from converged infrastructure offerings.
Let’s take a look at some of the most popular converged infrastructure
offerings and see just how they stack up:
1. Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS). Five years in, UCS is the
oldest player in the marketplace. Given that Cisco was a newcomer into the
server arena, they had the advantage of being able to consider at length just
what kinds of problems faced by IT. For example, at the very start of things
they put both IP networking and Fibre Channel on the back-end infrastructure.
Today, UCS is scalable, and there are offer... (more)
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization has provided data centers with open source
solutions that allow them to virtualize, integrate, scale and manage
workloads. RHEV not only offers traditional virtualization that the data
center needs, but it also serves an on-ramp for data centers into OpenStack.
By enabling enterprises across the board to be able to move workloads around
on their existing infrastructure, all without losing performance or harming
service levels, RHEV has made a big difference.
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and OpenStack
Red Hat, of course, is a primary contribu... (more)
Windows Azure is here, and it’s taking over the enterprise quickly. Windows
Azure is the latest in cloud-compatibility offerings from Microsoft, and can
prove to be a great boon to organizations if it’s implemented and utilized
Yet, virtualization technology creates an environment that can be challenging
for some applications, such as multi-hypervisor server backup and recovery in
a cross-platform environment. Fortunately, there’s EVault Backup Services
for Windows Azure to handle the problem. EVault Backup Services for Windows
Azure provide the flexibility, scalabi... (more)
Cloud computing has finally come into its own. While we’ve been hearing for
8 years or more that cloud computing would one day take over the enterprise,
the fact of the matter is that it’s been slow going.
While the spread of cloud computing solutions hasn’t been as rapid as many
early proponents predicted it would be, we are now to a place where cloud
solutions are seen as viable for most organizations, and are being utilized
Accordingly, it’s worth taking a look at the state of today’s cloud
computing options and making some guesses about where we’re going from
Surely you’ve heard it by now. It’s all over the networking world.
“Goodbye status quo, Hello Brocade!” For too long, networks have been
built and based on old paradigms that meet outdated needs and run on obsolete
Sure, the advent of networking transformed the world. But that wasn’t the
only revolution. Today’s network is looking at billions of devices,
virtualized businesses, cloud computing and a software-driven revolution. If
the network is going to keep up, the network has to be transformed. That’s
exactly what Brocade aims to do.
Let’s take a look at some of... (more)