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Just Another Virtualization Bake-off

Just Another Virtualization Bake-off

Tired of vendors that don't understand your requirements, don't care, or just want to sell you what they have? Don't just go with any application delivery vendor for your virtualization needs. Watch this funny bake-off and see how Radware's new VADI can change your virtualization world.

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Storage Virtualization

HP outlasts Dell in bidding war for 3PAR

NEW YORK: US computer giant Hewlett-Packard emerged the winner on Thursday in a bidding war with Dell for 3PAR after raising its offer for the data storage company to 33 dollars per share or 2.35 billion dollars.

HP and 3PAR make a “winning combination,” HP executive vice president Dave Donatelli said in a joint statement confirming the deal was done and had been approved by boards of directors at both firms.

HP expected 3PAR technology to “bolster our ability to provide customers with the industry’s highest levels of performance, efficiency and reliability,” said Donatelli, manager of Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking at HP.

“We intend to invest in 3PAR’s technology,” he added.

Dave Johnson, Dell’s senior vice president for corporate strategy, announced the Round Rock, Texas-based company’s decision to pull out of the bidding which began on August 16 with an 18-dollar per share offer for 3PAR by Dell.

“We took a measured approach throughout the process and have decided to end these discussions,” Johnson said in a statement.

Dell dropped its attempt to acquire the Fremont, California-based 3PAR after HP topped its final offer of 32 dollars per share.

The 3PAR board of directors had recommended accepting an earlier offer from Dell but decided to terminate their merger agreement and accept the “superior” offer from the Palo Alto, California-based HP.

Dell said it is entitled to receive a 72-million-dollar break-up fee from 3PAR as a result of the company’s decision to go with the HP bid.

HP, the world’s largest computer manufacturer, and Dell, the third-largest, are both seeking to expand their offerings to include services and storage.

With the rise of Internet-based “cloud computing,” in which data is stored remotely, 3PAR was an attractive target and the bidding war for the company saw its stock triple in two weeks.

“3PAR has built a reputation for delivering enterprises and cloud computing service providers the ability to do more with less,” said 3PAR chief executive David Scott.

“As part of HP, 3PAR’s agile, efficient storage solutions will truly thrive, particularly given HP’s ability to accelerate investment in our products and reach new customers around the world.”

The acquisition of 3PAR gives HP an advantage over the market for advanced high-end data storage solutions, where 3PAR is the dominant player.

3PAR’s technology enables large companies and government agencies to shift to “cloud” storage platforms, significantly cutting storage costs.

Silicon Valley analyst Rob Enderle said it was ultimately more important for HP to acquire 3PAR than it was for Dell and he expected Dell to now deepen its partnership with software giant Microsoft.

In a reference to the abrupt resignation last month of HP chief executive Mark Hurd, Enderle also said he found it “surprising that HP could do this without a CEO.”

HP chief financial officer Cathie Lesjak has been serving as interim chief executive since Hurd resigned on August 6 in the wake of a sexual harassment charge that uncovered subterfuge with company expenses.

Shares in 3PAR gained 2.49 percent on Wall Street on Thursday to close at 32.88 dollars while HP gained 1.20 percent to finish at 39.68 dollars and Dell gained 1.98 dollars to close at 12.36 dollars.

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Cloud Computing

PathView Cloud Recognized for Best Use of Cloud Delivery

PathView Cloud Remote Performance Management Solution recognized for “Strong Value” and “Above Average” Virtualization and Reporting Capabilities

WELLESLEY HILLS, Mass.: Apparent Networks, a leading provider of network performance assessment and monitoring solutions, today announced that PathView Cloud, its cloud-based remote performance management solution was awarded “Best Use of Cloud Delivery” by the Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) Radar™ Report for Application-Aware Network Performance Management (ANPM) Q3 2010. EMA also awarded “Strong Value” to Apparent Networks for product strength and cost efficiency.

“Apparent’s PathView Cloud is ideal for organizations that want access to enterprise-class capabilities such as detailed path analysis, continuous monitoring and troubleshooting, but have limited budgets and human resources. PathView Cloud provides complete visibility into network performance that traditional network management tools and remote monitoring tools just can’t see,” said Jim Frey, Research Director, Network Management.

PathView Cloud provides unmatched network performance analysis and diagnostic capabilities in a highly affordable, easy to use cloud based service. The PathView Cloud microAppliance is a free, zero administration device that is simply plugged into the network at each remote location. The microAppliance continuously monitors critical service level metrics for each application delivery path. The end users get instant notification with root cause analysis helping them to pinpoint performance problems regardless of who owns or manages the network.

The EMA Radar Report™ titled, EMA Radar™ for Application-Aware Network Performance Management (ANPM) Q3 2010 was created to assist IT professionals in selecting the right network performance management products. The EMA ANPM Radar Report identifies the leading vendors in this space based on key criteria defined by Frey.

“PathView Cloud enables our customers and MSP partners to ensure top performance of business critical services to their end users. With the growing dependence on applications such as VoIP, Unified Communications, Virtualization and VDI, organizations must be able to identify and resolve network problems quickly,” said Jim Melvin, CEO of Apparent Networks.

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Hardware Server Virtualization

Virtualization & Vulnerability: Changing Server Market in Economic Downturn

Modest industry spending rebound leaves Oracle at its weakest point in recent history; Dell makes a rating jump

NEW YORK: TheInfoPro, an independent research and advisory company for the IT industry, today released its latest server study, which yields some surprising results. For one, server spending remains weak, and the anticipated rebound from the 2008 economic downturn is minimal at best, with 25% of end users expecting to spend more and 39% of end users spending even less than in 2009.

The study details the continued impact of the economic downturn on the industry landscape, and provides insight into which vendors are adapting to the crisis – and which are not, including a roadmap for what to expect in the coming year.

On the hardware side, this spending drop can be directly attributed to virtualization, which seems to have permanently dampened demand, despite the fact that actual adoption rates remain slower than expected. In fact, nearly 40% of enterprises report that 10% or fewer of their servers host virtualization. And, while demand for desktop virtualization is real, its footprint is extremely limited and expected adoption even more modest than server virtualization.

Server software spending, meanwhile, is up across the board, with Red Hat, IBM and Microsoft all showing particular strength. Prospects for continued growth in 2011, however, remain dim.

Economic Climate, Budget Concerns Drive Industry Trends
The struggling global economy is reshaping the industry from within, forcing enterprises to adapt. Frozen budgets and excess capacity of hardware resources are acting as an “inflection point,” with companies moving immediate tactical goals to the forefront: 55% of end users report that their key virtualization goal for 2010 is “reducing the number of physical servers.”

Yet, concerns remain over virtualization efficiency, with enterprises experiencing problems with performance under load and manageability with an increasingly mobile application base. In fact, while virtualization is supposed to be the solution to the market’s two biggest pain points – server sprawl and unchecked growth – it is itself ranked as the third biggest problem due to increasing complexity and scope.

Oracle Vulnerable; Dell Makes an Unlikely Comeback; Microsoft Remains a Threat
Of the major vendors, Oracle seems to be at its most vulnerable; spending on its Sun hardware line is in rapid decline, and there is growing discontent among end users – an extremely high 21% of its customers are planning to leave Oracle for a competitor, with an additional 26% considering it.

In terms of software, Oracle is doing no better, with 18% of end users considering switching to an alternative server provider such as rival Red Hat. Poor strategic management, competitive positioning, weakened sales-force quality and low-functioning tech support are among the most highly cited reasons. The bright spot? Lock-in seems to be working in Oracle’s favor, as only 5% of customers say they think they can transition easily to another provider.

Dell, on the other hand, is inspiring confidence from its price-sensitive customers since the last survey round. The company’s customer ratings improved in every category; the number of respondents indicating they were planning to make a switch was cut in half, and Dell is listed as in plan for a number of x86 groups, indicating that the company is gaining new consideration among “mature” tech companies.

Microsoft scored lowest on the vulnerability index of any vendor and seems poised for another strong year. Surprisingly, Hewlett-Packard quarterly spending is trending flat, despite the company sharing the title of most “exciting vendor” with VMware. While continuing to secure high marks for performance, the drop may be attributable to poorer overall service – customer satisfaction with HP dropped slightly across many categories.

The Cloud – and Other Trends to Watch
Cloud computing is certainly attracting the buzz, but in use remains low in the server industry, and 69% of respondents report that they do not have cloud computing in plan. Still, there is potential for growth. Thirty-five percent of respondents indicate that they are investigating cloud computing, a substantial boost of 15% since Q1 2009, with 33% indicating internal plans and 16% using externally provided services. Of this, VMware and Amazon are the main beneficiaries.

While 49% of enterprises believe blade servers are “critical to business,” the “space savings” come at the cost of heat, space and power issues. Will environmental concerns derail the blade?

Finally, Cisco may be poised well for the coming year. Although a low percentage of respondents indicated they will spend money on UCS this year, the offering was the most repeatedly mentioned product, and the company was tabbed as the industry’s third most “exciting vendor.”

About TheInfoPro Server Study
TheInfoPro’s server study was completed in May 2010 and takes an in-depth look at key trends across the server industry, as well as the performance of individual vendors. The study is completed biannually and based on hourlong interviews with 252 server professionals and key decision-makers at large and midsize enterprises in North America. The interview results are collected in comprehensive research reports that provide continuous business intelligence within key areas such as technological road maps, spending plans and vendor performance.

About TheInfoPro
TheInfoPro is a leading advisory and research firm that provides real-world perspectives on the customer and market dynamics of the information technology landscape by using a unique research methodology that harnesses the collective knowledge and insights of leading IT organizations worldwide. Through a combination of expert advice, actionable analysis and our extensive network of IT professionals, TheInfoPro serves as a conduit between IT decision-makers, technology providers and institutional investors. Founded in 2002 by alumni of Gartner, Giga, EMC and Bell Labs, TheInfoPro is headquartered in New York City.

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Storage Virtualization

Converged Storage Networks from Storage Engine

TINTON FALLS, N.J.: Storage Engine, Inc. (SEI), announces the addition of converged networking fabrics to its open storage connectivity solutions for virtualized data centers and private cloud deployments. Based upon open standards for Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE), Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FcOE), RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE), and iSCSI extensions for RDMA (iSER), these offerings allow customers to build flexible service oriented networks for different application workloads and/or multi-tenant environments.

For years, Storage Engine’s Synchronism solution has enabled customers to cost effectively connects application servers to existing FC and iSCSI attached storage platforms across multiple networking protocols. With the addition of the new converged fabrics, customers will recognize even further savings in connectivity and management costs.

Synchronism is fully certified for use with multiple third party SAN platforms across Fibre Channel, iSCSI, and now Converged Enhanced Ethernet (10 GigE). End to end solutions are enabled via Converged Network Adapters for servers, virtualization appliances for connecting multi-vendor storage, and converged fabric switches for high speed lossless networks.

Customers can build scale out fabrics from multiple Top of Rack (TOR) and Core switches with Unified Fabric Management software. The resulting network designs are flatter and more scalable, with configurable quality of service parameters for guaranteed bandwidth, roaming virtual port profiles, etc.

As data center architectures move away from traditional application silos to dynamic virtualized environments, the need increases for converged scale out fabrics as opposed to hierarchical router/switch networks. Users can recognize benefits in adopting converged networks via lower rack space, power and cabling costs, simplified network device management, and better isolation and control of network resources.

Shops running Oracle RAC, DB2 Purescale, and VMWARE environments will see immediate performance benefits from the low latency attributes of converged I/O fabrics. For example CPU utilization is lowered and storage vMotion is faster with these fabrics rather than what’s possible with traditional FC and Ethernet networks.

About Storage Engine
Storage Engine, Inc., is a leading provider of data storage solutions and asset management solutions for enterprises and departments that serve a wide range of business and government markets along with a wide range of other services to enable the virtualization, capture, tracking, storing, sharing, replication, active cloud and performance focused utilization of information assets, with compliance, cost effectively.

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VMware Mobile Virtualization demo

VMware Mobile Virtualization demo

Demo of VMware Mobile Virtualization at VMworld Europe 2009, Cannes. This was on a Nokia N800. Please note that although the presenter says it is a phone that this device does not have a GSM chipset. Check out more virtualization news and VMworld coverage at virtualize.wordpress.com

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Multicore and Virtualization

Multicore and Virtualization

How multi-core processors are opening new possibilities for virtualization.