Microsoft vs Apple, Enterpise vs Consumers

Microsoft want #Enterprise, Apple wants #Consumers, also Apple slowly penetrating #Enterprise.
While Citrix is decoupling the people & technology from Datacenter with Application Virtualization, Apple’s iPad (dont resist) is sure to win Enterprises. Win-Win situation for Apple so called Game-Theory.

Myth or Fact: Virtualization Increases the Speed of Delivering IT Services

While the delivery of virtual machines is indisputably faster than deploying physical machines, it is often assumed that this also streamlines the process of deploying IT Services (applications). Virtualization can be used as an accelerator for building out highly dynamic cloud based services, however, the fact remains that while provisioning and deploying VMs has been greatly simplified, application deployments are still complicated and dependent on People, Processes and Technology.

Sure, in a perfect world where organizations only run one application on one type of OS, and one version of that application – virtualization can certainly automate the entire process of application delivery.  QA and development environments have been realizing this benefit for years.  However, what happens when organizations begin to accelerate their adoption and begin migrating mission critical, multi-tier applications to the virtual data center?

Unfortunately, we live in an IT service world that is comprised of ever increasing complexity requiring in-depth knowledge of application deployment, application dependencies, application monitoring and a deep understanding of security and regulatory requirements.  Combine this with the myth that applications deployed in the virtual data center can be delivered faster, cheaper, and easier, it is no surprise that some operations teams are struggling to meet these expectations.  How many times has the underlying virtual infrastructure (VMs) been provisioned in minutes, while the actual delivery of services takes hours, days, or in certain cases, weeks.

To the surprise of many, the deployment of IT services in a virtual world still requires the coordination and collaboration of teams spanning operations, security, storage, network, server and applications. At this point, I must ask: does virtualization add to the complexity of delivering applications by frequently adding another isolated ‘team’ to IT? If we measure solely the time it takes to deliver the IT service, shouldn’t we also measure how well the teams collaborate across the silos that are required to deliver those services?

Perhaps virtualization is making us virtually blind to the reality that legacy processes, technology and approaches are inadequate for delivering IT services in the cloud. Unless the virtual data center becomes the catalyst for the convergence and alignment of security, operations, application, server, storage and network teams towards common ‘goals and SLAs’, we will continue to live the reality that delivering cloud-ready services require a little more than work than just ‘right click – deploy.

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Virtualization vendors: What happened to good sportsmanship?

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Its virtualization that we’re all passionate about and its benefits of virtualization as a whole.

Despite being competitors, baseball players have a universal camaraderie that enables them to all get along despite their being on different teams.

This brings us to virtualization, which is also a very competitive arena with three major companies all trying to be on top. If you ask any one of the major virtualization companies they would probably all agree that they are very passionate about their product and virtualization in general. This passion, however, can sometimes lead to friction and conflict with competitors and one little spark can turn into a big flame war.

Everything Xen. Everything Xen. I Don’t Think So.

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Should you rely on a single virtualization technology or should you diversify?

It’s tempting to put all your virtual eggs in one vendor’s basket but is it the right thing to do for you or your customers? The answer depends on how you use virtualization and the impact it makes on your business. No vendor’s product does everything well nor are there any panaceas in the virtualization business. You’ll find that virtualization, itself, is no panacea.

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