OpenNFV this way comes

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jun 18, 2014 9:20:00 AM

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) promises to greatly simplify the management of networks as we know it by leveraging standard x86 server and merchant silicon to turn a broad swath of physical network appliances into applications.

But before any of that can broadly happen the providers of x86 servers and merchant silicon need to find a way to play nice with one another.

With that goal in mind work has begun on a proposed OpenNFV standard that will make it easier to deploy NFV software on any platform regardless of what processor is running inside it.

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Containers are the next big lightweight thing in the cloud

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jun 13, 2014 10:00:00 AM

The hottest topic in the land of open source these days is the emergence of lightweight containers running on Linux as an alternative to virtual machines.

Containers essentially split operating systems into two components. The lower level manages traditional operating system functions such as systems resources. The upper level provides a portable set of run-time engines where application images are managed.

Because containers wind up consuming fewer system resources than a virtual machine running a guest operating system, interest in containers among cloud service providers is especially high.

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3 reasons why SMBs want workspace virtualization

Posted by Manny Veiga on Feb 24, 2014 11:10:00 AM

The time savings businesses have realized through server virtualization is one of the reasons why these same companies are thinking about virtualizing the rest of the workplace, according to one new report.

BusinessNewsDaily wrote that "workspace virtualization" - which involves virtualizing not only desktops, but also all other devices in an office - might soon take off because companies, especially SMBs, want to deliver their employees cutting-edge technology at a reasonable cost that doesn't strain their IT department.

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Virtual BDR: what's the opportunity for MSPs?

Posted by Intronis Staff on Dec 3, 2013 12:22:00 PM

More businesses are planning to expand their virtualization infrastructure, and VMware continues to be the platform of choice for many. Channel firms face both an opportunity and a demand to offer VMware backup solutions to protect these systems. In our recent whitepaper "Backup and Recovery in a Virtual World," we offer insight into how MSPs can offer clients the virtualization backup they need.

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The benefits of virtualization may be too good for SMBs to resist

Posted by Manny Veiga on Nov 12, 2013 11:10:00 AM

Virtualization has been a rising technology for years, with more IT managed services providers supporting its adoption in businesses everywhere. A recent study from Cisco Systems, which surveyed IT managers, directors and CIOs of small and medium-sized businesses, noted that virtualization growth is set to increase in the coming months and years.

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Your customers need VMware backup, and they might not realize it

Posted by Intronis Staff on Oct 1, 2013 11:10:00 AM

A new report shows that despite increasing demand for virtualization, some businesses still lag in their understanding of the technology. Case in point: most companies think their virtual machines are inherently safe from data loss, even if they don't have any sort of data backup solution in place.

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BYOD brings need for mobile virtualization strategies

Posted by Intronis Staff on Sep 30, 2013 11:10:00 AM

The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend is growing increasingly popular with companies of all sizes, allowing employees to access important documents and information while on the road or at home. In fact, according to research firm Gartner, 70 percent of employees will conduct business on personally owned mobile devices by 2018

Furthermore, Gartner predicted that by 2017, half of all employers will actually require workers to supply their own mobile devices for work, ramping up the pace of BYOD adoption across all sectors. Another 38 percent of companies will stop issuing sponsored devices to workers by 2016.

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Virtualization demand highlights IT skills gap, MSP opportunities

Posted by Intronis Staff on Sep 20, 2013 11:10:00 AM

The reported "IT skills gap" has opened up space for MSPs and VARs that offer virtualization support services to help IT departments and organizations build virtual infrastructures and protect their data.

In fact, ComputerWorld reported earlier this year that corporate recruiters are finding it difficult to locate IT professionals who have both technology knowledge and industry awareness, enabling them to understand the relationship between a client's vertical and its unique IT needs. 

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Virtualization offers chance for MSPs to consult on BDR strategy

Posted by Manny Veiga on Sep 2, 2013 11:10:00 AM

The rise of virtualization in its many forms has delivered opportunities to IT managed services providers that offer consulting, but these MSPs need to be mindful of the factors that can often slip between the cracks after a business has adopted a virtual platform.

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Cloud backup insights: Being a virtual BDR lifeline

Posted by Manny Veiga on Aug 1, 2013 8:55:00 AM

As technology improves, businesses are changing the way they develop their IT infrastructure to minimize cost and maximize efficiency. A new report reinforces the idea that virtualization will continue to play a crucial role in corporate data management strategy.

TechTarget queried more than 1,100 IT managers in its Data Center and Reader’s Choice 2013 survey, finding that nearly 80 percent of respondents intend to expand their server virtualization efforts in the next year. Around 32 percent said they plan to keep their virtualization budget roughly the same in the next 12 months. 

VMware remained the virtualization platform of choice for most respondents, with 47.6 percent saying they used VMware ESXi 5 or later. Microsoft Hyper-V (2.0) R2 was a distant second choice at 11.2 percent.

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