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As cloud computing becomes more commonplace, creating a secure method to bridge the gap between existing data centers and remote sources of compute capacity is becoming more and more important. Reuven Cohen, Founder & Chief Technologist of Enomaly, will be giving a session next week on Bridging the Data Center and The Cloud at SYS-CON's 1st International Cloud Computing Conferecne & Expo (November 19-21, 2008) being held at The Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, CA. "The ability to efficiently and securely tap into remote cloud resources is one of the most important opportunities in the cloud computing today," Cohen notes. Location, security, portability, and reliability all play critical roles in a scalable IT environment, he adds. In his session at the Summit, he will discuss some of the challenges and opportunities to deploying across a diverse global cloud infrastruc... (more)

How to Find and Resolve Capacity Bottlenecks in Virtual Server Environments

Currently, an overwhelming majority of organizations are migrating and consolidating servers from physical to virtual environments. While the savings of the virtualized data center are extremely compelling, there is a new set of challenges that IT staffs didn’t have to deal with in the physical world. One of the challenges is getting used to the fact that all hardware resources: CPU, memory, storage, and network utilization are shared between virtual machines. This means that applications and users can impact each other and therefore resource monitoring becomes extremely important. If you don’t closely monitor resource consumption by each virtual machine and simply keep adding more virtual machines without doing analysis on how this will impact all four core resources, the result will be bad performance and even system downtime. Ultimately, this means unhappy users,... (more)

Control VM Sprawl Before It Controls You

While organizations and IT staff continue to see the many benefits of implementing virtualization, the challenge of controlling virtual infrastructures is quickly arising as a top management priority. Virtualization benefits are offset by issues such as security, administration, increased costs, compliance and configuration management. Managing Virtual Machine (VM) sprawl is of growing concern to organizations as they grow their VM environments. Traditional management tool and security systems do not work well in this space, and virtualization vendor tools are more focused on deployment than management. Emerging technologies for implementing and enforcing policies, detecting and tracking VMs and managing the entire deployment process, are helping organizations gain better control over their virtual infrastructures without having to resort to manual systems, which ... (more)

SYS-CON's Virtualization Conference - Virtualization Technology Providers to Compete for "Best of Show Awards"

What is virtualization and how can it benefit my business? What are the different types of virtualization? What are the cost benefits? Why is it "greener"? What important terminology do I need to know? What kinds of challenges does virtualization present? Above all what should I look for in a virtualization solution and what's being deployed right now that I ought to know about and consider? On November 19-21, in the San Jose Fairmont Hotel, California, Virtualization Conference & Expo 2008 West delegates will have the opportunity not only to find answers to these questions, but they will to cast their vote for their favorite Virtualization technology providers. Virtualization is rewriting the rules of IT management, deployment, planning and purchasing as organizations transform their IT environment into a dynamic datacenter. For Directors of Infrastructure, IT Manage... (more)

Big Week for Cloud Computing in Silicon Valley

The GigaSpaces Blog SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo took place Wednesday through Friday in San Jose. Seems like everyone came in to the Bay Area for this one, so I am looking forward to meeting a lot of the folks active in cloud computing at this event. There is also talk of another Cloud Computing Interoperability Forum [Google Groups] get together around this event as well as a Silicon Valley CloudCamp. GigaSpaces CTO Nati Shalom is part of the star-studded lineup of speakers at SYS-CON's 1st International Cloud Computing Conferecne & Expo. Between them, they'll be covering every aspect of the hottest IT topic for years, with not just Amazon but also IBM, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Intel, HP and a host of others all offering, using or developing high-end computing services typically described as “cloud computing” - through which massively scalable IT-related capab... (more)

Microsoft Out to Bloody VMware & Leave Scars

(September 9, 2008) - Microsoft’s cannon started pounding away on Tuesday at the walls of the market fortress that VMware, the established leader of server virtualization, has built. They went off earlier than they were supposed to by a day when Forbes tripped over an embargo, releasing all and sundry in the press from their collective timing promises. It will take months for this week’s fusillade, the results of Microsoft’s Virtualization Deployment Summit in Redmond, to clear enough to see if any of the mortars scored a direct hit because Microsoft’s repeatedly delayed retort to VMware, the free, catch-up, first-generation Widows Server 2008 hypervisor widgetry called Hyper-V still won’t be out until at least August, according to Microsoft, six months after the also delayed Windows Server 2008 is finally released in February. In the meantime, Microsoft’s assault is ... (more)

Hypervisor Breaches: Myths vs. Reality

There has been much speculation about the security posture of virtualized environments. One identified vulnerability is the “hypervisor” threat in which a hacker can break out of a guest OS and onto the host OS of a server. How great a danger is the hypervisor threat? What security barriers should IT erect before and after they implement their virtual environment? Virtual security expert Hezi Moore will help attendees separate the virtualized wheat from the real chaff. Speaker Bio: Hezi Moore is the founder of Reflex Security and pioneer of the automated network intrusion response system. He has more than 15 years experience in the IT security and networking industry. Prior to Reflex, Hezi was president of MicroTech Systems and holds a B.S. in computer engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. 3rd International "Virtualization Conferenc... (more)

Skytap to Exhibit at SYS-CON's Virtualization Conference & Expo

Skytap is a provider of cloud-based virtualization solutions available as secure, on-demand services over the Web. Skytap solutions enable IT and development teams to develop, test, deploy and manage applications in a virtual environment, increasing their ability to respond to business needs and shorten time to market, while reducing overhead and cost. Skytap users have access to virtually unlimited computing capacity which can augment on-site infrastructure for short-term needs or eliminate the need for it entirely. Skytap’s virtual infrastructure and software platform provides services such as virtual infrastructure provisioning, monitoring & management, security, remote access and collaboration, storage management, and reporting. Skytap Virtual Lab is an automated virtual lab management solution available as a service. Skytap’s Virtual Lab offers organizations t... (more)

Enomaly's Founder & Chief Technologist Speaking Next Week at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo November 19-21 in Silicon Valley

As cloud computing becomes more commonplace, creating a secure method to bridge the gap between existing data centers and remote sources of compute capacity is becoming more and more important. Reuven Cohen, Founder & Chief Technologist of Enomaly, will be giving a session next week on Bridging the Data Center and The Cloud at SYS-CON's 1st International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo (November 19-21, 2008) being held at The Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, CA. "The ability to efficiently and securely tap into remote cloud resources is one of the most important opportunities in the cloud computing today," Cohen notes. Location, security, portability, and reliability all play critical roles in a scalable IT environment, he adds. In his session at the Summit, he will discuss some of the challenges and opportunities to deploying across a diverse global cloud infrastruc... (more)

Beyond Hypervisors to Complete IT Infrastructure Management

This session describes how the wave of virtualization technology in the data center can be extended beyond hypervisors to embrace complete IT infrastructure management resulting in significant business value. It will commence by summarizing the fundamental problems that are holding back scale, flexibility and asset utilization in the data center. It will then describe an innovative approach to data center optimization that addresses the fundamental problems through virtualization of the complete IT infrastructure. This approach delivers “Services Oriented IT Infrastructure” (SOI) that can be fully exploited by evolving management systems to enable service providers and enterprises to more efficiently deliver service differentiation, business continuity, disaster recovery and opex reduction. The session will be complemented by examples of how Liquid Computing is de... (more)

rPath Founder & CEO to Present at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo

Today, offerings such as Amazon Web Services' Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) are providing a new model for on demand compute resources based on virtual machines. Virtual appliances are a natural deployment vehicle for this type of infrastructure, allowing a clean separation between the memory, compute, and storage resources managed by the appliance provider and the complete software stack managed by the end user. Virtual appliances also allow a simple transition from internal virtualization clusters to outsourced providers, enabling capacity spikes to be handled. This session will showcase the tremendous flexibility, scalability, and financial savings that result from leveraging virtual appliances and cloud computing. Billy Marshall, CEO and founder of rPath will present a real life case study on KnowledgeTree, a document management provider, to examine the implementa... (more)