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When you think of Red Hat, you have to acknowledge its contribution to the Linux interface but now there is a new kid on the block whom Red Hat wants to befriend.  That is none other than the OpenStack which is seen in their new release of OpenStack-friendly release of the cloud Storage Server. The latest Red Hat Storage Server (RHSS) 2.1 has succeeded in combining two well known and well used units, namely the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.4 and oVirt.  Therefore, you get an open source platform for virtualization and an XFS File System storage.  So the user gets to deploy the open storage which is software-defines along with the performance, manageability and capabilities of an enterprise level software.   The new RHSS 2.1 release is packed with features which the user has been looking out for and after a long research on market needs, Red Hat has launched it... (more)

Why Data Center Consolidation Makes Sense

Virtualization Magazine on Ulitzer Now more than every there is pressure on IT to offer higher levels of service and a greater degree of availability all while cutting back on costs. As such, making sure your technology environment is efficient and effectively managed is absolutely essential. The data center, by its very nature, is the one place where IT resources are most concentrated, and the one place where potential strategic gains are most likely to occur. If you want to improve your computing environment and cut costs at the same time, you need to start with the data cente... (more)

4 Hidden Costs of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing saves organizations money. At least, that’s what we’ve been told. Experts and vendors alike tout the massive savings that cloud solutions offer to organizations. However, as with most things in IT, the picture becomes less clear the closer you get to it. In fact, there are a number of hidden costs to cloud computing that can mean an overall increase in expenditures. Identifying those costs out of the gate lets you minimize their impact and still realize significant cost savings in your cloud solutions. Here are some of the hidden costs of cloud comput... (more)

Mission-Critical Features and the Public Cloud

Google announced last week the end of the "experimental" availability of its high-replication data store; it's now a "real" part of the Google App Engine SDK. This is part of a key 2012 trend: Cloud providers will rush to address cloud computing concerns from enterprise IT -- including security, performance, and availability -- through the addition of features taken from existing private enterprise computing environments. In the past, many cloud providers dismissed requests that features be added to replicate what existed in enterprise data centers. Typically, they referred to t... (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)