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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Virtual firewall and security solution offload is the trend of future

Posted on August 30th, 2011 in Announcement, Industry News, Virtualization | No Comments »

I was just attended the session this morning talk about the virtual layer security after consolidation, virtualization and cloud computing environment. As many of the users previously adopted to virtualizaton, most of the time the security consideration were minimal due to the technology limitation of that time. But today, vmware and their solution partner had produced large number of solutions available in the market which can help the users to further strengthen the security readiness after virtualization. Example will be vmware vshield edge, application, cisco nexus 1000v, cisco vsg, check point and etc. All these products was focusing on similar thing which try to off load the necessary work load from the current virtual machines to the hypervisor or virtual switch level. This will able to prevent antivirus scanning storm, performance issues and etc.

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Arista Network for Virtualization vEOS vs Cisco Nexus 1000V

Posted on April 19th, 2011 in Announcement, Data Center, Industry News, Virtualization | 2 Comments »

Arista could be fairly new in this region, but they had been proven to be 1 of the reliable and high performing low latency switches in the market today. The main market for them are mainly focus on trading, FSI and high performance environment. Lately, I had noticed Arista start to move into cloud & virtualization market aggressively. While Arista is very aggressive on this, there are some changes or option been brought into the market by them.

10Gbps Ethernet no longer as a dream to most enterprise environment. It had become affordable, and realistic to be adopted while users decided to build the virtualization or private enterprise cloud. I had always highlighted that network had become major component of the success for cloud or virtualization, therefore the manageability on the virtual switch had become equally important as well. Previously, Cisco Nexus 1000V is the only choice to perform virtual switch layer management. If you do not want to go for it, you have another choice here. Arista had a similar offer which is vEOS, that allow virtual traffic direct integrate and visible over to the Arista Physical Network switches.

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Intel Xeon E7 New Tech line Refresh bring 10 Cores and 20 Threads per CPU

Posted on April 8th, 2011 in Announcement, Hardware, Industry News, Server, Virtualization | 2 Comments »

Intel had officially announced the latest Intel Xeon E7 family which bring more cores, more performance per CPU compare to the previous 8 cores processors in the market today. This is great news to the IT users especially cloud vendor, users or anyone who are the virtualization adopter. This will allow you to further scale out the amount of physical memory and computing power by reduce the physical foot print and management require.

here is the latest Intel Xeon E7 Data sheet. You can view the full copy over here.

Once again, I believe the consolidation ratio will be significant increase in most of the virtualization project in future.

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Cisco New Generation UCS Servers Range with Intel E7 Chipset

Posted on March 31st, 2011 in Announcement, Hardware, Industry News | No Comments »

Cisco is going to launch the new generation Blade and Rack mount base machine which will bring another major changes to the x86 open system again.

According to the link here www.theregister.co.uk,  it should able to push the total memory up to 1TB per 2 U machine in single chassis. The C260M2 will come with 2 x 10Gb Ethernet and 4 x gigabits NICs, which is very sufficient for most of the deployment today on stand alone or virtualize environment. Cisco claimed it will ship the B230 M2, B440M2 with Intel E-7 base chip set. Once again, I am very excited for this to reach the market as it will transform the server infrastructure and virtualization infrastructure deployment in the future.

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