Five things radically changing what “enterprise” means

Clouds and virtualization, sure, but what about shadow IT groups? This screams “enterprise.” Wired In our first story in this series, we touched on a few technologies that have turned corporate IT on its head. A couple of those technologies are going to show up again in this particular piece, too—not because I’m re-hashing, but because their ...

A brief history of disruption: Technologies that upended enterprise IT

15 years and four bottom-up developments that changed the face of IT. The Pentium II-powered Compaq ProLiant 3000, one of the humble Intel-powered boxes that pushed mainframes and minicomputers off their pedestals. lieumorrison KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE ENTERPRISE Five things radically changing what “enterprise” means How mobile technology created a workforce that never stops ...

VMware woos faithful to cloud with vCloud Hybrid Service

VMware’s virtualization software is pervasive in enterprise IT shops, but, so far, the company hasn’t been able to parlay that dominance into the cloud. Its newly launched vCloud Hybrid Service could change that, though — at least for existing customers. After many years of declining to offer its own public cloud service, VMware’s vCloud Hybrid Service ...

VMware jumps into log analytics with vCenter Log Insight

VMware made a surprise entry into the data center log consolidation and analysis market recently in early June with its new product vCenter Log Insight. The product is a result of VMware’s acquisition of Pattern Insight in August 2012. While the data center log consolidation and analysis space is already crowded with products from such companies as Splunk, ...

VSphere essentials: Securing vSphere with built-in security features

Although VMware Inc.’s vSphere is relatively secure with the default installation, there are third-party products — some aimed at vSphere virtual infrastructure security and some that provide additional security configurations — that should be considered. Before examining any third-party security option, however, get familiar with vSphere’s built-in protection features in this vSphere Essentials guide. Areas ...

The Microsoft Hyper-V snapshot explained

Snapshots are an important part of a Hyper-V administrator’s toolkit. A Hyper-V snapshot allows an admin to roll back to a previous state, undoing changes and potentially saving recovery time. However, if you don’t know how to use them properly, you could be setting yourself up for disaster and inadvertently slowing VM performance. Before you ...

Shining the spotlight on RHEV 3.2 and sVirt support

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization has come a long way from its days as a Windows-dependent platform. RHEV 3.2 now offers the security and integration you would expect at the enterprise level. At the 2013 Red Hat Summit in Boston, Red Hat announced the availability of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.2. This version of RHEV offers features that make ...

Storage and virtualizing servers: What to consider before your project

What are some things people should consider regarding storage before virtualizing servers? The first thing is a word of caution. A lot of people fail to recognize what the consequencesare going to be for their storage infrastructure once they set about pursuing all the goals and objectives that have been laid out and articulated so well by evangelists ...

Application awareness in cloud networking: Real or imagined?

Even before the cloud came along, there was considerable interest in the idea that networks should treat every application differently because each has unique needs — a concept known as application awareness or application-aware networking. With its potential to host applications on the network, the cloud is especially sensitive to application performance issues caused by ...

OpenStack tutorial: A guide for cloud providers

With the hype surrounding OpenStack, it’s hard for cloud providers to make sense of it all. We’ll help you find out how to take advantage of OpenStack’s potential, explore alternatives and best the competition. There’s no shortage of hype around OpenStack, and not all of it is unfounded. Large cloud providers such as Rackspace have ...