Archive for the ‘Industry News’ Category

Windows 8 doesn’t mean anything to the Virtual Desktop Strategy

Posted on September 8th, 2012 in Announcement, Industry News, Operating Systems, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, Virtualization | No Comments »

I had been over excited by the public news been covered on Windows 8 official release. Of course, my buddies who are die hard fans to Microsoft had convinced myself to take a try on windows 8. My new DELL inspiron just arrive yesterday and I immediately loaded the windows 8 enterprise edition to the machine.

I would like to share some of the finding from my 1 day experience on windows 8.

Microsoft disable the start button on desktop is a major disastor. For task workers and power users, I will say the startup button with application shortcut is a MUST. The fancy new generation start button are too much into the tablet world and multi touch devices.

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Oracle acquisition of Xsigo

Posted on July 31st, 2012 in Announcement, Data Center, Industry News, Virtualization | No Comments »

I just got to know that Xsigo will be acquired by Oracle. This will allow Oracle to be competed in the I/O virtualization market together with Cisco, HP Virtual Connect and etc. Personal opinion, I think this is a good move for Oracle as they require I/O virtualization to support the technology they provided to the users with End to End integration approach.

For full story, you can view it from here

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New Generation of Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Card 1240

Posted on April 26th, 2012 in Announcement, Data Center, Industry News, Server, Virtualization | No Comments »

Cisco UCS had updated the product line up with VIC 1240, VIC 1280 and LOM expander which allow a single half width blade to aggregates up to 80Gbps total bandwidth to deliver high performance and high throughput requirement for the server system.

The New VIC 1240 come with the following capabilities.

 

Advanced Support for Virtualized Environments

The Cisco UCS VIC 1240 implements the Cisco VM-FEX, which unifies virtual and physical networking into a single infrastructure. It provides virtual-machine visibility from the physical network and a consistent network operations model for physical and virtual servers.

The Cisco UCS VIC 1240 supports VMware’s VMDirectPath with vMotion technology, which allows it to:

  • “Pass through” the hypervisor layer
  • Provide near-bare-metal performance for unified computing systems
  • Integrated modular LOM for new generation Cisco UCS blade servers
  • Delivers up to 80 Gbps aggregate bandwidth to the servers, with the use of an I/O expander in the optional mezzanine slot
  • Near bare-metal I/O performance
  • Ease of management
  • Exceptional network visibility
  • support  Up to 256 dynamic virtual adapters and interfaces

Please read more from the official Cisco UCS site

You can also refer the detail architecture from here

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EMC VSPEX offering

Posted on April 14th, 2012 in Announcement, Industry News, Storage, vSphere | No Comments »

EMC had announce VSPEX offering days ago. What is VSPEX? vBlock and Flexpod had been in the market for years which focus on highly integrated, tested and proven technology to bring Virtualization solution as a single solution stack to cover Networking, Storage and Compute. EMC had partnered with VMware and Cisco by offered vBlock to the market to simplify the ordering and deployment cycles to the user who want a reliable system with simple ordering method. At the same time, Netapp  had partnered with VMware and Cisco to provide Flexpod offering to the market. Flexpod are more focus in reference architecture and channel driven business by the Channel Partner. The approach is another way round if you compare vBlock with Flexpod. Client and partner have flexible choice to choose the solution.

Today, EMC had launch the VSPEX offering to address the channel market which provide more flexible choice to the partner and users to be considered in smaller scale deployment. vBlock will still be positioned as large scale deployment due to the density of the architecture are design to fit in for different environment.

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Cisco UCS Product Update with B200M3

Posted on March 9th, 2012 in Announcement, Industry News, Server, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, Virtualization | No Comments »

I just received an email from my Cisco Counter Part today, which Cisco had released the B200 M3 to their UCS line up. First thing I did, is to launch the Netformx design tools from my Laptop which provide myself the direct access to the latest configuration and price list online and authenticated by Cisco.

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