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"What's it all about, Alfie?" is the first line in the Burt Bacharach sixties classic, Alfie. This lyric came to mind as I reflected back on the over sixty articles I have written on data virtualization over the past few years. These cover nearly every angle on data virtualization including use cases, business benefits, technology, financial justification and more.  Yet, with all this abundance, perhaps readers would value one article that answers the call, "What's it all about?" What Is Data Virtualization? Simply put, data virtualization is an agile data integration method that simplifies information access. Unlike data consolidation via data warehouses and ETL, or data replication via ESBs and FTP, data virtualization queries data from diverse sources on demand without requiring extra copies. Compared to other integration approaches, data virtualization's streamli... (more)

WebRTC Summit at Cloud Expo Agenda Announced

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 ▸ 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)

Your Open Source Cloud Cocktail By @MRHinkle | @CloudExpo [@CitrixCloud]

CloudOpen 2014 – Mixing Your Open Source Cloud Cocktail Here’s the presentation I gave at the Linux Foundation’s CloudOpen in Dusseldorf on October 13, 2014 titled Mixing Your Open Source Cloud Cocktail Add two parts virtualization, one part orchestration add a little networking shake and pour. Unfortunately cloud computing isn’t that easy but then again not all clouds are the same and tastes may vary. This talk will discuss how the varying open source technologies like OpenStack, Docker, LXC and others can be mixed together to make something that appeals to the needs of a wide variety of users. There’s also no problem in abstaining from building your own cloud but still benefiting from the open source tooling to maximize the benefits of the public cloud. Slide deck here ... (more)

Unix Copyrights Will Remain with Novell

It took Novell more than two days after the announcement that it's being bought for its chief marketing officer John Dragoon to say on the company's web site that Novell's Unix copyrights will stay with Novell. God knows it wasn't answering the phone. What Dragoon says still means control passes to Attachmate's owners and it is still unclear what control Microsoft has over them - considering the acquisition seems to have Microsoft's fingerprints all over it - or how interested Attachmate might be in preserving those rights against SCO, whose case still exists. Oral argument in its appeal of the jury decision award Unix ownership to Novell will be heard January 20. ... (more)

Red Hat and IBM Spearhead Open Source Virtualization for the Enterprise

Red Hat, Inc. and IBM have announced that they have joined hands to expand the open source KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) ecosystem through joint solutions targeting the enterprise. They plan on pooling their resources together to develop cloud management interfaces and virtualization management APIs that will address cloud, datacenter automation, virtual storage and networking, virtualization security and virtual appliance management. They also intend to cultivate a community of users among third-party virtualization vendors. The APIs will be used in their respective management products, including Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager, IBM Director and Tivoli software. The Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization is built on KVM and is touted as a less expensive open source alternative to proprietary virtualization products like VMware's vSphere. It allows for b... (more)

KVM-Pumping Alliance Formed

There is now such a thing as the Open Virtualization Alliance, formed by Red Hat, IBM, Intel, HP, SUSE, Eucalyptus and BMC, to push the adoption of KVM, the Kernel-based Virtual Machine embedded in the Linux kernel that Red Hat's basing its virtualization on. And since Red Hat, KVM's biggest champion, sees VMware as its biggest problem, one would imagine this is an anti-VMware coalition in the name of open source but at the expense of Xen and Citrix. The consortium is supposed to fan interoperability, accelerate the expansion of an ecosystem of third-party solutions around KVM and retell happy end-user stories. It's also supposed to provide education, best practices and technical advice. It's positioned as a complement to the open source communities managing the development of the KVM hypervisor and associated management capabilities. KVM hosts Linux and Windows v... (more)

Convirture Releases New Versions of Virtualization and Cloud Software

Convirture has released updates to its ConVirt Enterprise and ConVirt Enterprise Cloud software that is used by organizations worldwide to manage virtual and cloud infrastructures based on KVM and Xen hypervisors. The updates to ConVirt Enterprise and ConVirt Enterprise Cloud include additional features that enable IT managers to effectively manage their virtual data centers, as well as usability enhancements that make the software even easier to deploy and use. In addition to virtual machine management, ConVirt Enterprise provides advanced automation features including high availability, dynamic workload management, and backup and restore. ConVirt Enterprise Cloud delivers public, private, and hybrid cloud management, side-by-side with traditional virtualized infrastructure management. "Customers worldwide have deployed ConVirt Enterprise and ConVirt Enterprise ... (more)

Using RAM in SSD Caching

Dr Dog Says “You Need More RAM In Your Cache Diet” Well, I am not really a doctor, but I play one on TV. You may remember (if you are old enough) that line from the 1986 Vicks-44 TV commercial.  Anyway, while I may not be a real doctor, I can certainly tell you about why you need more RAM in you cache diet. “I Think My Cache Diet Is Great” If you were happily running your IT system but needed some additional performance, chances are you turned to some kind of SSD caching solution to improve performance at a lower cost point than adding more servers or storage. You went on what I am calling a “cache diet” (no, not the “crash diet” you went on last year to lose a few lbs).  You may think your cache diet is great.  “Dog, we got some performance improvement and the applications guys are not bothering me anymore, at least for now.”  And it is true, you did see some perfor... (more)

Virtustream Peddles Clouds for All Occasions

Virtustream wants to move mission-critical legacy apps to the cloud where they'll be 60% cheaper to run on-demand especially since they won't have to be rewritten. So it's put out xStream 2.0, an update, which is supposed to move both web-scale applications and legacy applications to a public, private or enterprise-class hybrid cloud take your pick. Stuff, it says, you can't do on Amazon. It's for the enterprise and solution providers. For the effort they're supposed to get enterprise-class security and compliance, application SLAs, consumption-based billing and our old friend cloud efficiency, pretty much the whole point of the exercise. xStream uses a patented so-called µVM technology that's supposed to assure application performance by dynamically pooling compute, memory, storage and network resources. Under the covers xStream is a macro hypervisor that works ... (more)

Violin to OEM vSphere

Violin Memory, the flash memory array merchant that's been on and off about an IPO and pulled in an $80 million D round three or four months ago, is going to be OEMing vSphere from VMware, which is majority owned by traditional storage biggie EMC. The company is evidently cultivating an appreciation of little oddities like that. Its CEO Don Basile used to run Fusion-io. Anyway, the OEM deal will underpin Violin's enterprise-oriented virtualization-in-a-box widgetry for running business-critical and Big Data applications "at the speed of memory" in virtualized and cloud environments. The company says by running vSphere natively on its arrays customers can put business-critical apps directly on the system and rev performance without worrying about the configuration or management of traditional storage networks. It claims it's eliminating the virtualization challenges... (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)