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With storage needs in your organizations growing exponentially over the last few years and into the future there are plenty of things you may done in the past to help keep the cost down.  Chances are you bought some kind of fancy SAN, that had all the bells and whistles to help storage work efficiently.  I am willing to bet one of the features your SAN has is data de-duplication. Windows Server 2012 With Windows Server 2012 we introduced built-in data de-duplication on a per-volume basis.  You can save a tremendous amount in storage costs with this powerful addition.   Thisde-duplication feature uses data broken into chunks and eliminates duplicates while adding pointers and using advanced mechanisms to provide for and prevent potential data loss. The de-duplication feature also uses a data aging system to ensure that only data that is resident on the volume for grea... (more)

Riverbed Tightens Up Its Alliance with VMware

Riverbed Technology, the application performance outfit, has some new solutions developed in collaboration with its buddy VMware that are supposed to provide a reliable and consistent desktop virtualization end-user experience in organizations that deploy VMware's Horizon View 5.2. The experience is supposed to be seamless regardless of where the data is. The partnership between Riverbed and VMware has resulted in the support of several Riverbed performance solutions in Horizon View deployments, including certifying Riverbed's Granite widgetry for acceleration, control and management in virtualized desktop initiatives. Organizations that deploy Horizon View with Riverbed performance jumpers are supposed to be able to achieve a more automated, flexible, scalable and high-performing VDI environment. And those that want a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) can reduce... (more)

Can VDI Save IT from BYOD Headaches?

There's no doubt, personal mobile devices have permanently, and in many cases positively, altered the workplace. They've given employees flexibility in terms of where, when and how they work, offered new ways to collaborate and even delivered cost savings for employers. However, with the good comes the bad. There's no arguing, BYOD has made corporate data more vulnerable than ever before. From unsecured laptops to rogue employees who maliciously attack the network through their own devices, the challenges facing IT are immense. In fact, a recent study shows that the majority of businesses (79%), had a mobile security incident in the past year, including 16 percent who put the cost at more than $500,000. [1] At risk is money, as well as brand reputation. Institutional control is essential, but approaches like mobile device management (MDM) and other solutions have pr... (more)

How to Build a Private Cloud Using Microsoft Technologies

***This is a LIVING document*** I will be updating this article from time to time as things like Release Updates, Hotfixes, Service Packs and other updates come into being. Please check back often to get the latest information. I will keep the revision list updated at the bottom so you know what changes have been made. This is also *NOT* a complete Private Cloud solution. there are many, many pieces to creating and managing a private cloud including things like - rapid deployment via templates, elasticity and scalability, high availability and redundancy, virtual machine mobility, automation, service management, usage based charge back and more. i recommend you check out http://www.microsoft.com/privatecloud to see the full story. This document will guide you through the process of setting up the bare minimum components to demo a Private Cloud environment using curre... (more)

Cloud VDI: Leveraging the Full Potential of the Cloud at Cloud Expo NY

Cloud Expo New York $500 Savings here! Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) has been a hot topic in the IT community for years but delivery models have limited its use. Today there are real options for using the technology to truly replace the existing desktop infrastructure to realize tangible benefits. Today's cloud-sourced VDI offers the enterprise new opportunities for security, centralization, mobility, and business continuity while avoiding much of the upfront investment of traditional in-house deployments. Utilizing cloud-based VDI to centralize application deployment, secure corporate property, or scale the IT enterprise brings flexibility and a layer of abstraction that was not previously available. There are many different delivery strategies on the market with different benefits, nuances, and use-cases. While most agree that IT's consumption of infrastru... (more)

Developing BYOD Strategies: Follow the Workers

The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend has rapidly morphed from a disruptive worry into a strategic, positive initiative for many organizations across the globe, according to results from a new global survey released today. In fact, significant business benefits often follow when BYOD-adopter companies empower their employees with their preferred devices and work habits, as well as more say in the applications and  data access they need to get their jobs done … anytime, from anywhere, the survey shows. What's more, the rapidly improved productivity and enhanced collaboration among employees -- as well as greater communication and better service with customers, suppliers and partners -- are proving to be competitive advantages for companies that do BYOD best. The survey was recently conducted by Dell Software Group and market researcher Vanson Bourne from nearly 1,50... (more)

An Application-Driven Approach to Virtualization

Server virtualization has already proven beneficial for many enterprises. Through data center consolidation, server virtualization is able to enhance efficiency and reduce operational expenses. As this technology continues to evolve, however, IT professionals are moving beyond the basic benefits of consolidation. With advanced virtualization technologies, IT organizations can provide a variety of cloud-based services for users. These innovative services are best supported through application-driven virtualization, an approach that dramatically simplifies management and deployment. Benefits of Application-Driven Virtualization Minimizes operational expenses Improves the efficiency of IT response Accelerates and simplifies the deployment of business-critical workloads and applications Administrators can manage and deploy enterprise application services quickly. Scalab... (more)

Astute Announces VDI Survey Results

Astute Networks has announced findings from a North American survey on the dynamics influencing the adoption rate of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). The findings revealed a strong interest in solid state flash-based storage as a critical solution to overcome key VDI implementation challenges including cost, complexity, and performance. The survey, which was conducted in December 2012 and was anonymous to the respondents, found that as many as 86 percent of respondents that plan to implement VDI in the next year were considering storage systems that either fully or partially rely on solid state flash-based technology as a central part of their infrastructure to support their VDI deployments. This move is influenced strongly by the benefits flash technology can offer to overcome the barriers impacting the speed of VDI adoption. Findings of the survey for those ... (more)

Big Data: So What! That’s Why You Virtualize

Big Data!  Yes it's BIG! The volume is BIG!  The variety is BIG!  The velocity is BIG! And hopefully the business value is BIG! New Opportunities Bring New Ways to Leverage Proven Technology There is no shortage of media articles, analyst reports, tradeshows, blogs and other source of Big Data technology insight and advice. But it strikes me that in our search to be on the leading edge, we may be overlooking some great existing technology. In fact, some technology, for example data virtualization, is even more useful in a Big Data world. What Is Data Virtualization? Data virtualization is an agile data integration approach organizations use to gain more insight from their data.  This includes traditional sources such as transaction systems, data warehouses and more as well as new sources such the cloud and Big Data. Unlike data consolidation or data replication, data ... (more)

The Next Virtualization Revolution

When it comes to the future impact of virtualization upon data centers and networks, we may already have experienced "the shot heard ‘round the world." In fact, the stage is set for the next wave of the "virtualization revolution." Most IT organizations already recognize the importance of virtual servers. Cost savings through better utilization of the underlying server hardware is well documented as are the environmental savings on power, cooling and rack space. A 2012 survey conducted by Gartner Research found that virtualization is among the top 10 highest IT technology priorities for CIOs. ("Gartner Executive Programs' Worldwide Survey of More Than 2,300 CIOs Shows Flat IT Budgets in 2012, but IT Organizations Must Deliver on Multiple Priorities," 1/18/2012) Many IT organizations are now looking at extending those benefits to the rest of the enterprise. Virtua... (more)

Can Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Improve BYOD Security Issues?

Bring Your Own Device policies have fascinated both the corporate world and the tech world for some time now. Part of the allure is the added productivity and the added ease of use for workers. But, that doesn't explain why there are thousands of tech pieces on BYOD policies, failings and warnings. The truth is, we're all fascinated by how it flawlessly bridges the gap between home and work life. BYOD first sprung up as Millennials demanded more flexibility, more control. They wanted less of a barrier between work and home life, and working from their iPads while watching Netflix at home struck the perfect balance. Then, there were the problems that inevitably followed. Companies realized that employees' devices are almost never as secure as corporate machines. When devices got stolen, there weren't many options to deal with the situation, and sensitive company inf... (more)