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Click here to follow ▸@WebRTCSummit Registration for  the First International WebRTC Summit (@WebRTCSummit) is now open. WebRTC Summit will take place Nov 6-7, 2013, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication) is an open source project supported by Google, Mozilla and Opera that aims to enable browser-to-browser applications for voice calling, video chat, and P2P file sharing without plugins. Its mission is "To enable rich, high quality, RTC applications to be developed in the browser via simple Javascript APIs and HTML5." Register FREE for WebRTC Summit here ▸ http://bit.ly/1exOL9h WebRTC Journal ▸Home A survey by TokBox found that the WebRTC adoption rate among small organizations is growing quickly where over 25% of developers say it is important for their work. WebRTC Summit will feature two full days of technical... (more)

Five Virtualization Best Practices

As our reliance on effective data centers continues to grow, we run into more and more issues that must be addressed to ensure security and availability. We've been turning to virtualization solutions for some time now, and many organizations have come to believe that it is the cure-all that will save them money and reduce the level of complexity. However, virtualization isn't a plug-n-play kind of thing. You can't just set it and forget it, because if it isn't done exactly right, you will only shift the costs and complexities rather than eliminate them. In order to get the most value out of the data center, it is important to understand the challenges and implement the associated best practices. As the number of business applications and volume of data continues to increase, data centers need solutions like virtualization to remain profitable - but simply installi... (more)

Convirture Brings Open Source-Based VM & Cloud Management to VMware

IT and data center managers looking for a single tool to manage all current and future virtual and cloud infrastructures, including those based on KVM, Xen, OpenStack, Amazon EC2 and now VMware, are invited to try the beta of the new version of ConVirt Enterprise Cloud - the virtual and cloud management software from Convirture. Beta of the new ConVirt Enterprise Cloud is available at http://www.convirture.com/contact.php. ConVirt is used by IT professionals worldwide to manage virtual data centers and cloud infrastructures. This new version adds VMware to the list of supported technologies. It is based on open source and provides sophisticated management capabilities to operators of heterogeneous data centers that employ multiple technologies and platforms, including major public and private clouds. In its soon-to-be released fifth annual survey of more than 300 ... (more)

Managing Complexity: The Next Great Frontier for Cloud Computing

Managing the complexities of physical and virtual computing assets, plus public, private and hybrid clouds will be the topic of a session by Arsalan Farooq, CEO of Convirture, at the Cloud Expo in Santa Clara, California, next week. "Managing Complexity: The Next Great Frontier for Cloud Computing" will cover the transition from virtual to cloud computing, along with managing the mix of physical, virtual and cloud resources. The session is Thursday, November 10 at 2:45 p.m. Farooq founded Convirture in 2007 to help organizations effectively manage open source virtualization platforms. Cloud Expo Silicon Valley takes place in Santa Clara from November 7-10 and is expected to attract more than 5,000 attendees. "Because cloud computing brings potential issues such as complexity, fragmentation and workload management, IT managers need a unified way to manage everythin... (more)

OpenStack Keeps VMware Waiting

VMware, Intel and NEC are still waiting to hear if their applications to join the open source OpenStack Foundation as dues-paying Gold members have been accepted. VMware’s surprise application is considered a particular coup for the fledgling organization since it was positioned as OpenStack’s proprietary opposition. The foundation reportedly ran out of time at its first board meeting last week and although it ran seven hours the applications were last on its agenda and so it might take until its next meeting in mid-October for the applications to be cleared. It is unclear what VMware intends to do in OpenStack. Its new $1.2 Nicira acquisition is already a member and is working on Quantum, the virtual networking component for OpenStack. Whether VMware will ultimately provide interoperability between its stuff and OpenStack cloud platform is the question. The mee... (more)

Considerations for SSD Deployments

Legacy storage architectures do not perform very efficiently in virtual computing environments. The very random, very write-intensive I/O patterns generated by virtual hosts drive storage costs up as enterprises either add spindles or look to newer storage technologies like solid state disk (SSD) to address the IOPS shortfall. SSD costs are coming down, but they are still significantly higher than spinning disk costs. When enterprises do consider SSD, how it is used and where it is placed in the virtual infrastructure can make a big difference in how much enterprises have to spend to meet their performance requirements. It can also impose certain operational limitations that may or may not be issues in specific environments. Some of the key considerations that need to be taken into account are SSD placement (in the host or in the SAN), high availability/failover r... (more)

DMTF Releases OVF 2.0

The Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) Tuesday morning released version 2.0 of its ISO-recognized Open Virtualization Format (OVF) standard that enhances the packaging format for virtual appliances. The revised standard now applies to emerging cloud use cases and includes enhancements for network configuration support. It also provides important developments from OVF 1.0 including improved network configuration support; package encryption capabilities for safe delivery; and scaling and deployment options. DMTF describes OVF as one of the most popular and widely adopted standards in the IaaS space. As cloud computing continues to gain traction in the industry, it says, the updated standard will provide improved capabilities for virtualization, physical computers and cloud use cases - benefitting both end users and cloud service providers. New improvements to O... (more)

Intel Offers Industry SDN & NFV Reference Platforms

The data center and telecom networks that clouds depend on for new revenue-generating services cost more than they bring in according to Intel. So the chipmaker is throwing its considerable weight behind Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV), which it says will bring down the cost of network acquisition and management by separating the hardware from the software. Those capex and opex costs include reducing the size of data center and the power needed to run it. Verizon has apparently dabbled in the technology and saved 90% on the time it takes to deploy and 50%-60% on capex and opex. Intel has three reference designs built around standard x86 servers and programmable switches that it'll be offering to OEMs to deploy and manage a virtualized networking infrastructure via SDN that it says will "radically" lower costs - mostly beca... (more)

Convirture Announces Easy-to-Use Management Platform for Hyper-V

Data center administrators now can now enjoy simple, cost-effective, centralized management of multiple Hyper-V hosts and virtual machines with the latest release of ConVirt Enterprise from Convirture.  With the addition of Hyper-V support, ConVirt can now be used to manage the most widely deployed virtualization technologies including KVM, VMware and Xen. By adding ConVirt Enterprise Cloud, a virtual machine and cloud management solution, businesses can also have a single point of control to manage cloud computing platforms, including Amazon EC2, Eucalyptus and OpenStack. "There are a lot of businesses that are looking for a more sophisticated tool than Hyper-V Manager to manage multiple Hyper-V hosts, without the expense and complexity of stepping up to System Center and that's where ConVirt fits in," said Arsalan Farooq, CEO of Convirture. "We're the 'Goldilocks'... (more)

Four Gaps in Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides an excellent public cloud pay-per-use infrastructure, but here are some gaps identified by Convirture, a supplier of management software for AWS, plus other virtualization and cloud platforms. 1- Inability to centrally manage all AWS accounts in one place. It’s not possible to configure networking resources such as elastic IP addresses, security groups, key management, block storage volumes and snapshots, from a single management console. 2- Lack of granularity in controlling user access so that it’s possible to apply the same access control approach used internally to your AWS infrastructure in the cloud. Wouldn’t it be nice to control which AWS resources your business customers can access, and which operations they can perform? This is essential when multiple business customers are managing the AWS infrastructure (as many have... (more)

Southern California Linux Expo(SCaLE 8x) Recap

In a time when many tradeshows are experiencing lower then normal attendance the 8th Annual Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE 8x) had record attendance this past weekend in Los Angeles. I was there exhibiting and conducting a community training day for Zenoss and was very impressed by not only the quality of the program but the enthusiasm of the attendees. Here are some of the highlights: The Mini Conferences On the Friday before the main SCaLE expo and speaking program starts many people hold mini-conferences and the SCaLE staff has been excellent at helping to organize and promote the events. I conducted a  Zenoss Community Day that Friday with phenomenal attendance and enjoyed meeting a great group of open source management users. I also peeked in on Ubucon which had a standing room only crowd of Ubuntu users. There were also quite a few other special events... (more)