CIO Survey Gives 4 Tips to Tech Execs

This infographic distills InformationWeek’s 2014 Strategic CIO Survey results into top focus areas. Perhaps not surprisingly, for IT execs, cutting costs ranks at the top of the list. What else keeps your peers awake at night? Speed to market, insufficient budgets, and the skills gap. Scroll through the entire image for a final section of […]]>
This infographic distills InformationWeek’s 2014 Strategic CIO Survey results into top focus areas. Perhaps not surprisingly, for IT execs, cutting costs ranks at the top of the list. What else keeps your peers awake at night? Speed to market, insufficient budgets, and the skills gap. Scroll through the entire image for a final section of practical advice, and share your thoughts and tips in the comments.

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Will BYOD become ‘Bring Your Own Cloud?’

Here’s how to gain the cost and efficiency advantages of private cloud services while offsetting the risks.

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How Big Data is Changing IT Careers

A revolution is underway in the business world, one that’s creating whole new opportunities and challenges for those involved in technology and other related fields. The revolution is centered around big data, and it’s having a big effect on information technology. IT professionals are accustomed to playing a vital role in many businesses, but that role is quickly transforming in new ways.

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BYOD and enterprise mobility market to exceed $284 billion by 2019

MarketsandMarkets has released some eye-popping figures in terms of the BYOD and enterprise mobility market.

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Horizon 6 on Pure Storage: More affordable, scalable and simpler than disk

Guest blog byVaughn Stewart, Chief Evangelist, Pure Storage It’s amazing to reflect on how quickly our mobile work experience has evolved in such a short period. Over the past half dozen years, the world has advanced from remote calendars and email to the need for a rich, mobile end-user experience comprised of secure access to […]]>
Guest blog byVaughn Stewart, Chief Evangelist, Pure Storage

It’s amazing to reflect on how quickly our mobile work experience has evolved in such a short period. Over the past half dozen years, the world has advanced from remote calendars and email to the need for a rich, mobile end-user experience comprised of secure access to applications, files, and online services – all available anywhere, anytime and on any device.

However, it can be challenging to provide a consistent user experience across devices and locations. Multiple points of access and control for end-user applications (including Windows and non-Windows based assets) contribute to user experience issues and management complexity. Legacy disk-based storage contributes to slow response times and also leads to user dissatisfaction.

VMware and Pure Storage address these performance and management challenges. VMware Horizon 6 delivers consistently great experiences across devices, locations, media and connections through a unified workspace and provides a central point of control for application delivery. Pure Storage FlashArray is perfect for Horizon 6 and enables customers to host and manage desktops, provide remote file services and stream application delivery with simplicity and scalability, directly within their software-defined data center.

Pure Storage is unique in the industry, as we have removed the economic barrier to all-flash storage, ensuring an instantaneous and responsive end-user experience with price points at below $100 per Horizon user. In fact, the price per user decreases as the size of the deployment increases! Consistent sub-millisecond storage latency is key to meeting the expectations of today’s mobile user and is vital for Horizon 6 deployments. All-flash Pure Storage delivers this performance without the configuration or complexity of disk-based storage.

VMware Horizon on Pure Storage runs flawlessly and enables organizations to support new deployments for the most demanding users requiring highly responsive 3D graphics, rich media and unified communications.

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VMware Horizon 6, Virtual SAN and Atlantis ILIO: The Convergence of Desktop Virtualization and Software-Defined Storage

Guest blog by Seth Knox, VP Products, Atlantis Computing With the release of VMware Horizon 6, VMware is delivering a unified platform for desktop and application virtualization that leverages the power and flexibility of the software-defined data center. By using Virtual SAN and Atlantis ILIO software-defined storage solutions, Horizon 6 significantly drives down the cost […]]>
Guest blog by Seth Knox, VP Products, Atlantis Computing

With the release of VMware Horizon 6, VMware is delivering a unified platform for desktop and application virtualization that leverages the power and flexibility of the software-defined data center. By using Virtual SAN and Atlantis ILIO software-defined storage solutions, Horizon 6 significantly drives down the cost per desktop, while delivering an amazing user experience.

A joint solution with VMware Horizon 6, Virtual SAN and Atlantis ILIO delivers:

  • Applications and desktops through a single platform – including VDI, RDS and even XenApps
  • Hyper-converged architecture that leverages servers with local storage (even blades)
  • Optimization with Atlantis ILIO In-Memory Storage technology with inline deduplication and compression to:
    • Boost performance to improve user experience
    • Reduce storage capacity requirements to lower infrastructure costs
    • Pool storage resources across Virtual SAN and existing SAN/NAS/DAS to increase flexibility and drive up data center efficiency

Expanding on the joint solution that was launched in February 2014, Atlantis Computing and VMware have continued to work to provide a low cost, high-performance solution for our customers looking to start or expand their desktop virtualization journey. With the release of VMware Horizon 6 and the joint solution with Atlantis ILIO and VMware Virtual SAN, we are excited to help accelerate our customers’ journey to the software-defined data center.

The joint solution leverages Virtual SAN’s ability to pool local solid state drives (SSDs) and hard disk drives (HDDs) with Atlantis ILIO to extend and optimize Virtual SAN. Using Atlantis ILIO, IT organizations can pool Virtual SANs with existing shared SAN, NAS and All-Flashstorage, while optimizing it with Atlantis ILIO In-MemoryStoragetechnology to boost performance, reduce storage capacity andprovidestorage services such as high availability, fastcloningand unified management across all data center storage hardware.

Toprove the joint solution, we did a series of benchmark tests including ioMeter, PassMark and a boot storm test of 375 desktops. Desktop virtualization workloads are traditionally very unpredictable and interactive in nature with high peaks and low averages. They are also write-intensive (80% write/ 20% read) and mostly random and small block sizes (4K). As a result, traditional storage technology finds desktop virtualization very difficult to handle and read caching technologies don’t provide the same benefits in terms of performance.

Our joint solution came out at the top in every single test that we ran. In fact, for PassMark, we are proud to announce that our joint solution achieved the 10th fastest result ever measured. We optimized Virtual SAN, to increase IOPS from 25,000 IOPS to deliver 117,000 IOPS with an average latency of 3.4 milliseconds. From our tests, it is clear that our joint solution delivers a faster performance than a MacBook Air with Apple SSD for a fraction of the cost. (To see the full test results, visit the Atlantis Computing Blog.)

As you can see, Atlantis ILIO provides tremendous value when used in combination with Virtual SAN to provide the storage for Horizon 6. The joint solution delivers high-performance virtual desktops that outperform physical PCs with SSDs, the ability to use local storage and blade servers reduces the total cost per desktop. The simplicity of both Virtual SAN (built into vSphere) and Atlantis ILIO, which deploys automatically as a VM, provides a compelling solution across VDI, XenApp and RDS desktop virtualization deployments.

To learn more about the joint solution with VMware Horizon 6 and Virtual SAN, watch the on-demand webinar.

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VMware Weekly News Recap, April 18

VMware News This week in VMware news, Bill Fathers and the vCloud Hybrid Service team announced anew solution – VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery (DR). For far too long, enterprise-class IT business continuance and disaster recovery solutions have been out of reach for mid-size businesses. The new solution not only address this issue […]]>

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Running vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery Supporting Infrastructure

by Chris Colotti With the new release of VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery there is one common question that people keep asking me, and that is “Where do I run needed supporting infrastructure like Active Director, DNS, and other things I need?” You may, or may not, have seen your Disaster Recovery resources […]

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LinkedIn Hits 300 Million, Expects Mobile Traffic to Make Up 50% of Traffic

This shouldn’t surprise any talent acquisition professionals, but LinkedIn announced on their blog that they have officially reached 300 million users worldwide. 100 million of those users are based in the US. In the same announcement, they predict that later this year, mobile traffic will make up 50% of all visits to the site. That’s […]

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The Cloud’s Higher Calling – Building the Cloud of the Future

Next-Gen Cloud. Whatever you call it, there’s a higher calling for cloud computing that requires providers to change their spots and move from a commodity mindset to a premium one. Businesses can no longer maintain the status quo that today’s service providers offer. Yes, the continuity, speed, mobility, data access and connectivity are staples of the cloud and always will be. But cloud providers that plan to not only exist tomorrow – but to lead – know that security must be the top priority for the cloud and are delivering it now. In his session at 14th Cloud Expo, Kurt Hagerman, Chief Information Security Officer at FireHost, will detail why and how you can have both infrastructure performance and enterprise-grade security – and what tomorrow’s cloud provider will look like.

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