I was reading a blog post over at DoubleCould, “What VMware Didn’t Tell You About Nicira Deal” which could be read here written by Steve Jin. He writes about how VMware has a new vision and points out a few key indicators as to why.
Microsoft is making claims that Windows Hyper-V Server 2012 is the best virtualization platform for Windows. I have to say that they have caught my interest with Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V version 3 and Systems Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012. So I have been hard at work getting deep into the products, first by updating all my lab systems. Unfortunately Windows Server 2012 is not in general release yet so all my setup and testing is being done with the release candidate and/or technical preview software. In saying this, you can’t really compare the software solutions to the current release versions of VMware vSphere, vCenter Server, etc as I may tend to do.
I was asked during a disaster recovery session if the cloud could be used as a destination for backups. I guess this question could be s..
CloudStack is open source software written in java that is designed to deploy and manage large networks of virtual machines, as a highly available, scalable cloud computing platform. CloudStack current supports the most popular open source hypervisors VMware, Oracle VM, KVM, XenServer and Xen Cloud Platform.
VMware has been focused on virtualizing infrastructure for a long time. VMware expanded there reach into enabling cloud computing and now they’re interested in the end user application delivery space with Project Horizon and VMware Appblast. VMware is also aiming to manage end user data as well with Project Octopus. Appblast and Project Horizon were the most impressive of the three.
Microsoft seems to have something to say about being virtualization focused in a cloud age. Server virtualization alone does not make a cloud. Microsoft seems to be hinting that a certain company (VMware) is dishing out virtualization to it’s customers and calling it cloud.
If you haven’t heard Citrix acquired Cloud.com developer of CloudStack which is an open source Infrastructure as a Service cloud computing platform. More details on this can be read here. I have deployed and use CloudStack with open source hypervisors, KVM and Xen, with great success and ease.
Cloud Computing is all the rage these days and after drilling into many of the different services and solutions I noticed that opensource seems to prevail and propel the cloud. Before I go on my rant about opensource and it’s relationship to the cloud let me define a few things. By now most people know what cloud computing is but I’d like to just point out the different models of deployment and services that are most talked about.