Server Virtualization

opvizor releases version 2.5

opvizor is pleased to welcome some well-known, mid-size and enterprise US customers to their fast growing customer base. All of them are very happy to benefit from the latest opvizor 2.5 release which protects and optimizes their virtual infrastructure to the highest possible level.

“We are very proud to have gained new clients and partners in the USA and Canada, within a very short period of time after entering the market”, states Dennis Zimmer, founder and CEO of the opvizor group.

“Given limited resources and rapid change within our organization, only opvizor provides an all-in-one, turn-key, easy to use solution that maintains our VMware infrastructure at its peak.” Stated Bruce Turnbull, Sr. Systems Administrator of Linde Group, one of the leading opvizor clients in the USA.

“opvizor has given us the ability, within a single pane of glass, to quickly look at the health status of our VMware environment. It has given us access to check best practices, look at potential security issues, possible bottlenecks, and other metrics, so that my team can be more proactive rather than reactive.” Zach Serine, Sr. Infrastructure Engineer of Hamilton County, another very valuable client of opvizor in the USA.

“Our sales engineers are excited to approach our existing and new customers with opvizor because we believe that you must optimize your VMware environment before accelerating it.” Explained Andy Seltzer, CTO of Even Enterprises in relation to their cooperation with opvizor.

With the introduction of the new and simplified product licensing, opvizor meets the user needs and now offers two different versions. The commercial Enterprise Edition provides an extensive and professional optimization ensuring a stable production environment. The Free Edition aims at the optimization of systems in a temporary and punctual way, while also conducting a health check. The licenses of the current Professional Edition customers are converted into Enterprise Edition licenses automatically and without any charges. The present free Community Edition will transform into the Free Edition and convinces through a higher functionality, although there are some restrictions in the field of automation of analysis and the amount of testable systems.

Advantages of opvizor

  • Presents valuable findings, without training in less than 30 minutes
    Analyzes the VMware vSphere infrastructure against more than 730 scenarios
    Offers detailed and validated solutions for each detected error
    Analyzes performance shortcuts, configuration errors and security loopholes
    Points out Vendor and Community Best Practices for the environment
    Offers several reports to effectively use resources and document detected and resolved issues

Enterprise Edition highlights

  • Change Management report as well as assignment of the VM configuration changes according to the corresponding configuration problems
    Application Optimizer, helps to optimize virtual machines for the usage of applications like Oracle data bases or a file server and to get the maximum performance out of VMware
    Reports on discovered errors within the VMware infrastructure, which lead to downtimes and performance loss

Free Edition – besides few functionality restrictions some analyses restrictions apply

  • Limited to 1 VMware Cluster
    Analyzes every 48 hours
    Maximum of 10 Reports every month

In addition to the various product improvements the opvizor website convinces with a new and modern design, and offers clients an easier and faster access to the product and valuable information presented.

Cloud Computing Industry

The mobile cloud computing market to generate $45b in revenues by 2016

The mobile cloud computing market is just beginning to evolve in 2011; by 2016, the market will enter into a rapid growth stage. Interested market players need to formulate emergent strategies now to enjoy the early movers’ advantage. Our research projects the total cloud market to be worth $240 billion by 2016, up from $77 billion in 2011.

To thrive in the cloud market, stakeholders must establish and solidify their positions as value-adding players, or else lose to new entrants who may then reap the greatest benefits. For operators to win in the cloud marketplace, they must determine where in this new ecosystem they can play most successfully.

Robust partner agreements are win-win for all entities in the cloud ecosystem. They believe that given the early days of Mobile cloud computing, there are opportunities for significant partnerships in this arena.
They believe that mobile cloud service revenues will reach $45 billion in 2016 at a CARG of 55.18% from 2011. The greatest mobile cloud revenue contributions will come from mobile cloud applications. This is primarily due to increasing smartphone penetration, growth of 3G network coverage across the globe and deployment of LTE services.

By 2014, technology enhancements such as BONDI, OneAPI and HTML5 will further encourage the development of cloud based mobile applications. They believe that open standards will make it easier for developers to build cloud based applications that can be used across a variety of smartphones.

Issues with mobile cloud security, privacy, feasibility and accessibility remain a major concern for both the customers and the enterprises. However with complex and secure products now available on the market, many enterprises are jumping into the mobile cloud bandwagon.

We summarize all the latest developments in mobile cloud computing market and provide a detailed vendor analysis. We discuss key mobile cloud scenarios, subtle differences between hosting and cloud business models; discuss the cloud value chain, life cycle analysis, cloud partnerships, and offer recommendations to the key stakeholders in the market. Our aim is provide our customers with up-to-date statistics and forecasts that can be used to devise emergent cloud strategies.

Cloud Computing Industry

Mobile Cloud Computing Industry Outlook Report: 2011-2016

Until recently, cloud computing has been thought of within the context of the evolution of the Web and PC. In 2011, we are seeing a paradigm shift in business models, with mobile becoming a key feature in cloud computing conundrum. Mobile cloud has the potential to change the life of consumers and enterprises beyond what can be conceived today. We believe that the size of the mobile cloud market is poised to reach over $45 billion by 2016.

Our research suggests that the mobile cloud ecosystem is rapidly evolving. With new, complex and secure products available on the market, cloud players and enterprises want to capitalise on the opportunities offered by this burgeoning market.


Mobile cloud is being used by both the Consumers and the Enterprises

The cloud market has gone through major changes in 2011, in the consumer market, services and apps being offered include the Gmail and Facebook for mobile users. On the enterprise side, mobile cloud services are changing the entire structure of the IT industry. This is where the greatest action in terms of revenues generated and technological changes will take place during the forecast period of this report.

Mobile Cloud Market Dynamics

Mobile network operators are at the forefront of monetizing the cloud opportunities. We believe MNOs can replace CAPEX with OPEX and offer new revenue-generating services. They can also move real-time communications services (voice, video and messaging) to the cloud. This option opens up new business models with compelling ROI. Although these models remain untested, they offer the promises of positioning the operators as an important player in the mobile cloud value chain.

Our research suggests that by offering branded mobile cloud services, operators have a chance to improve ARPU and profit margins. Visiongain believes that MNOs need to identify the suitability, feasibility and acceptability of the cloud strategy in their particular markets.

Other market players can also effectively monetize the cloud and increase their revenues.

What is Different about this Report?

If you are interested in gaining a strong understanding of the mobile cloud computing market, our research offers a detailed analysis of the mobile cloud ecosystem and how the market players are leveraging cloud to enable their strategies and business models. It also provides a detailed overview of the mobile cloud technology, along with the market drivers, impediments to mobile cloud adoption, geographical differences, market size data and operator strategies.

The report establishes the current figures for commercial mobile cloud markets. With reference to market developments over the 2009-2010 period, social, political and economic factors are analysed to forecast figures for the period 2011-2016. The overall aim is to provide the reader with enough data and analysis on this subject so they can derive a clear picture of all aspects of mobile cloud computing specific to their unique business requirements.

Further, the report defines the mobile cloud market and cloud classifications. We believe this will help our clients to understand the technology, market segmentation and geographic breakdown, evaluate suppliers, and map potential usage to the available technologies. Our research will help you to understand the rapidly evolving mobile cloud market.

We conducted an independent and unbiased non-vendor affiliated assessment of the Mobile Cloud Computing topic. We interviewed key industry players in order to gain an in-depth view of the market. We believe such a research will help you in assessing the market potential of Mobile Cloud Computing.

Some of the key points that emerged from this research include:

  • Mobile Cloud Computing is one of the fastest growing segments of the cloud computing paradigm.
  • Apple and Google are the major players both influencing and enabling the developments in the mobile cloud.
  • By 2014, users will access their professional and personal contents from one cloud based mobile device.
  • Mobile operators have the most to gain through cloud services.
  • The Mobile Cloud Computing adoption is bound to increase as the tablets and smartphone further penetrate the market.
  • Expansion of cellular connected devices beyond smartphones and laptops (MIDs, netbooks and smartbooks is also a driving factor for the growth of mobile cloud services.
  • By 2016, 60% of the enterprises in the developed markets will be accessing IT services from the cloud and paying for access on a per-use basis.
  • The mobile cloud providers will be successful in North America, Western European market, Asia and Latin America from 2011-2016.
  • Brazil, Poland, China, Japan, Russia and India will generate regional mobile cloud providers.
  • Mobile cloud computing will promote successful partnership between content providers, developers, mobile marketers, enterprises and MNOs on a regional or global scale.
  • Mobile Cloud Computing offers a set of new business model opportunities that are still in an early stage of development.
  • Enterprise applications will account for the majority of mobile cloud app revenues.

Questions Answered by this Report

  • What is the enterprise mobile cloud computing market’s worth?
  • What is the consumer mobile cloud computing market’s worth?
  • Technologically, what will it take for cloud to become a widely accepted business model? Approximately, what will this cost?
  • What are the key drivers for mobile cloud computing?
  • What are the main risks of migrating to a cloud-based solution?
  • Who are the primary and supporting cloud ecosystem players? And what are their strategies?
  • Which operators have voiced an interest to become cloud service providers?
  • Which operators should not enter into cloud service providing arena and why?
  • How will mobile cloud in enterprises evolve over the forecast period?
  • What are the road blocks that may hamper the successful transition to cloud business model?
  • When will mobile cloud phone appear on the market?
  • What are the differences between a cloud phone and a smartphone?
  • How are the vendors positioned to take advantage of the mobile cloud opportunities?
  • How best can network operators develop double-sided revenue streams in the cloud space?
  • What will be the key growth areas in the mobile consumer cloud sector?

Who needs to read this report?

  • Fixed operators;
  • Mobile Network Operators;
  • Mobile device manufacturers;
  • PC, notebook and netbook manufacturers;
  • Applications developers;
  • Gaming software houses and hardware manufacturers;
  • Companies in the social networking value chain;
  • Media companies and other content owners;
  • Developers, cloud service providers and other software and service companies;
  • Web companies; and
  • Hardware manufacturers.

Increase your understanding of this exciting market by ordering Mobile Device Management Report 2011-2016 today.


Cloud Computing

Organizations Moving to Cloud to Reduce Costs but Are Ill-Prepared to Achieve Goals

TORONTO: The majority of large organizations are migrating internal virtual infrastructure to the cloud because they believe it will reduce costs, according to a recent survey by data center analytics provider CiRBA, Inc. The survey finds that only 17 percent of organizations achieved their utilization and ROI goals with virtualization and yet, they intend to use similar planning and management approaches for their move to the cloud.

CiRBA surveyed 94 executives responsible for virtual and cloud infrastructure decisions at organizations with more than 25,000 employees. The survey revealed that many organizations are ill-prepared to make the move: 77 percent of respondents plan to use cloud-vendor supplied tools or spreadsheets to plan the migration of workloads to the cloud and only 48 percent plan to implement new solutions to manage cloud infrastructure.

“While cloud operating models have the potential to reduce spend, it is more likely that infrastructure costs will increase if these initiatives are poorly planned and managed,” said Chuck Tatham, SVP, Operations & Business Development of CiRBA. “Virtualization provided many organizations with some quick hits in terms of cost savings on hardware, but the reality is that few have fully met their objectives for utilization and ROI. Despite this, the majority of organizations are betting on the cloud without dramatically changing the approach to planning these environments.”

Cloud operating models can naturally increase inefficient use of capacity and the amount of “excess” capacity an organization has on hand in internal clouds by their very design:

  • Providing users with self-serve access to capacity can result in buffet-style over-indulgence as application owners request more capacity than they actually need to safe-guard against risk.
  • Pre-defined instance configurations and sized “buckets” of capacity may enable easier management, but they can also result in built-in excess capacity in allocations vs. customizing allocations for each workload’s true requirement.
  • Increased responsiveness requires a supply of excess capacity to be held as a demand buffer for new workloads. Sizing this capacity requirement, however, is tricky and teams could end up with unnecessary idle capacity taking up room on the data center floor.

Key findings from CiRBA’s survey reveal that organizations will face a direct conflict between high hopes for cost reduction and poor planning and management methods:

  • 39 percent of respondents felt that virtualization costs were higher than expected or delivered an uncertain ROI.
  • 70 percent of respondents felt that moving to cloud infrastructure would decrease costs and 42 percent cited cost reduction as the primary reason they would move systems off of internal virtualized infrastructure to the cloud.
  • Despite the hopes for cost reduction, a total of 77 percent planned to take a very basic and biased approach to migration planning, using a cloud vendor-provided tool or spreadsheets to plan the migration of their workloads to the cloud.
  • 75 percent planned workload movements using spreadsheets in currently virtual environments, which not only slows response times, but also takes a very simplistic approach to sizing and placement in internal cloud environments.

According to Gartner analyst Alessandro Perilli, in the June 9, 2011 research paper “The Big Mind Shift: Capacity Management for Virtual and Cloud Infrastructures”:

“Gartner defines “optimized” as a virtual infrastructure where the workload placement satisfies all of an organization’s technical, business, and compliance constraints and the capacity is allocated to avoid resource wasting (i.e., rightsized),”

Perilli also recommends:

“The capacity management tool should allow for the definition of complex, multi-dimensional placement rules according to the technical, business, and compliance constraints inherent to each service that the infrastructure is hosting,”

“Strategic workload placement is critical to achieving savings, particularly in internal clouds,” said Tatham. “Taking a manual approach to planning cloud migration, like many organizations have done with virtualization is a recipe for inefficiency and reduced return on investment. There are simply too many factors to consider in placement and capacity sizing decisions to be able to do so efficiently and accurately using home grown tools.”

CiRBA last week announced the upcoming release of analytics that support organizations in planning migration to internal, external, and hybrid cloud environments. The new analysis solution, is designed to help organizations determine how to setup their internal cloud environments, as well as the optimal environment, placement, instance size and software profile to migrate individual workloads to considering policies, workload requirements and costs. CiRBA 6.2 will be available in July 2011.

Data Center

Composite Software Announces Availability of Composite 6 Analyst Reports

Bloor Research and Enterprise Management Associates author research reports touting the new capabilities of Composite Software’s data virtualization software

SAN MATEO, Calif.: Composite Software, the data virtualization performance leader, announced today the availability of analyst research reports from Bloor Research International Ltd. and Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) detailing the new features and benefits of Composite 6, the latest version of Composite Software’s flagship data virtualization software introduced last week.

Composite 6 enriches the enterprise with “big data” integration support for the Cloudera Distribution including Apache Hadoop (CDH), IBM Netezza and HP Vertica data sources.

Composite 6 extends Composite Software’s enterprise-scale data virtualization leadership position with unsurpassed performance optimizations, cache enhancements, new data governance capabilities and ease-of-use features.

Bloor Research International Ltd., one of Europe’s leading independent IT research, analysis and consultancy organizations, has published an InDetail research paper, the Composite Data Virtualization Platform, authored by Philip Howard, Bloor Research research director focusing on data management. In the research report, Howard states that data virtualization is now a mainstream technology with a significant number of major organizations employing it for a variety of purposes.

“Composite Software’s strength is that it specializes in data virtualization solutions, as opposed to it being simply a component within some other solution,” Howard said. “We would therefore expect its capabilities to be more advanced and to perform more effectively. Further, pure-play suppliers are, almost by definition, vendor-neutral. Given that we are usually talking about heterogeneous environments this is a significant advantage for Composite.

“The upshot is that Composite has few direct competitors,” Howard continued. “In our view, it is the leading independent pure play vendor in the marketplace, especially for query-based data virtualization, and we would argue that it is the leading vendor in this area as a whole, certainly in terms of its functionality, performance and ease of use.”

Enterprise Management Associates, which provides IT and data management research, analysis, and consulting services to IT professionals, line of business users and IT vendors, has published an Impact Brief detailing the Composite 6 release. The Impact Brief, Composite Software Releases Composite 6 Data Virtualization Platform, written by Shawn Rogers, Vice President Research, Business Intelligence at EMA. In the research note, Rogers writes, “The release of Composite 6 aligns with industry trends focused around eliminating IT complexity, meeting demands of a more sophisticated user and delivering a wider variety of data to the enterprise,” Rogers said. “Composite 6 delivers a comprehensive and well thought out Big Data strategy that further confirms Composite Software’s position as a leader in the space.

“In previous coverage EMA has identified Composite Software as a fast-mover in the data virtualization space and a company to watch,” Rogers added. “This release demonstrates the continued maturity of Composite’s overall strategy and product execution. EMA identifies significant value for customers planning to upgrade.”

In addition to the Bloor Research and EMA analyst reports, Composite 6 received favorable blog coverage from industry expert Dr. Barry Devlin, a founder of the data warehousing industry and among the foremost worldwide authorities on business intelligence. In the blog, Virtualization comes of age….again!, Devlin details the history of heterogeneous data access dating back to the early ’90s when he worked at IBM.

“Access to heterogeneous data is back on the agenda big time, this time under the name virtualization and the launch of Composite 6 ups the ante again,” Devlin said. “Beyond the welcome performance, caching and governance improvements, I was particularly impressed by the managed and well-structured integration of ‘big data’ using Hive metadata.”

Also covering the Composite 6 announcement was John Myers, principal with Blue Buffalo Group, a telecommunications consulting organization specializing in business intelligence, data warehousing and systems integration solutions. In his blog, Managing Mixed Data Sets in Telecom, Myers commented that one of the best uses of Composite 6 is its ability to virtualize big data sources like Hadoop, Netezza and SAP into a seamless environment.

“Using the Composite ‘optimizer’ functionality, organizations can take advantage of the relatively new big-data processing environments without delaying the ‘time to value’ of those new data sources into existing implementations,” Myers said. “This will be particularly important as organizations begin to ingest data sets like social media interactions; RFID sensor information; and other big-data sources that haven’t matured sufficiently to including in existing data environments, but still have excellent value to the organization.

“All in all, I believe that the continued advances in the Composite virtualization suite make it one of the better options for telecoms to overcome the legacy (network, billing) and ‘next generation’ (social, geo-spatial) data silos that seem to impact telecom organizations more than others,” Myers concluded.

“We are delighted with the overwhelmingly positive analyst reaction to Composite 6, which mirrors the response we have received from our enterprise customers and prospects,” said Composite Software Executive Vice President of Marketing Robert Eve. “The release of Composite 6 reinforces Composite Software’s vision and commitment to innovation and support of our customers’ needs while further extending our data virtualization market leadership position.”


Virtustream’s xStream Advisor Optimizes Cloud Computing Deployments

BETHESDA, Md.: Virtustream, Inc., a privately held infrastructure services firm, today introduced the xStream Advisor (ADvanced VIrtualization Strategic Opportunity Review), a structured multidimensional analysis and reporting solution with an integrated suite of software tools and professional services designed to deliver comprehensive analysis, reports and plans to prepare companies for cloud computing deployments. Virtustream developed the new offering so that companies could precisely determine the cost efficiency, flexibility, elasticity and business continuity benefits they could derive from the use of cloud computing.

Based on Company’s Long Track Record in Virtualization, Platform-Agnostic Tool Provides Precise Measurement on Cloud Computing Resources and Roadmap to Deployment

The xStream Advisor produces strategic and tactical deliverables that are specifically designed to provide a blueprint for the alignment of IT to business needs, while transitioning to a more efficient virtual infrastructure or cloud architecture. The tool installs a small piece of software within a company’s system for 30 days (or less depending on size of engagement) to evaluate how computing resources are used before migrating to a cloud environment. Virtustream relies on this data collection to determine aggregate consumption measured in standardized compute capacity units or Infrastructure Units—the company’s patent pending method for allocating resources—necessary as part of the cloud deployment.

“In our experience, many customers are attracted to the potential cost savings that cloud computing’s elasticity can provide, but don’t understand that those savings will not be realized unless they execute against a comprehensive strategy,” said Kevin Reid, chief executive officer at Virtustream. “By deploying the xStream Advisor, companies are able to align their organization’s core business objectives, computing infrastructure and operational requirements. This information blueprint is critical for customers even if they choose to deploy a platform other than xStream.”

The xStream Advisor is the first phase of Virtustream’s patent pending on-boarding methodology as part of a deployment of xStream, the company’s cloud computing platform and the industry’s first hybrid cloud computing solution that allows customers to manage their internal and external assets from the same interface and with a guaranteed service-level agreement. This first phase determines if a company is cloud ready by assessing an environment to identify key business and technical requirements. The Advisor leverages third generation algorithms developed by Virtustream over nearly a decade of implementing private enterprise cloud environments.

Virtustream is demonstrating the xStream Advisor this week at the Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations & Management Summit, held June 14-16 in Orlando, Fla. Virtustream, which is a silver-plus sponsor of the event, is exhibiting in booth “T.” In addition, Kevin Reid will join the CIO of Virtustream customer Domino Foods, Don Whittington, for a presentation on the xStream Advisor, scheduled for Tuesday, June 15, at 4:15 p.m. in Palazzo Salon D.

The xStream Advisor is available immediately, is platform agnostic, and is priced based on the number of servers. More information can be found on the Virtustream website.

About Virtustream
Virtustream is an infrastructure services firm committed to helping clients actualize the enterprise cloud by providing strategy, integration and managed services leveraging virtualization technologies, and xStream, our secure cloud platform.