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Server Virtualization has transformed the way we manage server workloads but virtualization hypervisors were not the endgame of data center management. What is the role of server virtualization and hypervisors in the new age of cloud, containers, and more importantly, hyperconvergence? I covered SAN technology in my last Infrastructure 101 article, so for today I'm going to cover server virtualization and maybe delve into containers and cloud. Server virtualization as we know it now is based on hypervisor technology. A hypervisor is an operating system that allows sharing of physical computing resources such as networking, CPU, RAM, and storage among multiple virtual machines (sometimes called virtual servers). Virtual machines replaced traditional physical servers that each had their own physical chassis with storage, RAM, networking, and CPU. To understand the imp... (more)

Four Hidden Infrastructure Costs for the SMB | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Virtualization

Infrastructure complexity is not unique to enterprise datacenters. Just because a business or organization is small does not mean it is exempt from the feature needs of big enterprise datacenters. Small and mid-size organizations require fault tolerance, high availability, mobility, and flexibility as much as anyone. Unfortunately, the complexity of traditional datacenter and virtualization architecture hit the SMB the hardest. Here are four of the hidden costs that can cripple the SMB IT budget. 1. Training and Expertise Setting up a standard virtualization infrastructure can be ... (more)

Infrastructure 101 - Part 3 | @CloudExpo #Cloud #SDN #SDS #DataCenter

When it comes to IT infrastructure, there are some big differences in the needs of the SMB vs the enterprise. What might be minor hiccups in the enterprise can be major challenges in the SMB. What are these differences and how should they affect the way solutions are provided? This is my third and final article in this series. I've covered SAN and server virtualization and now I'd like to share my thoughts on the challenges of SMB IT shops vs enterprise IT. To start, I should probably give some context on the size of an SMB IT shop. Since we are talking about infrastructure, I am... (more)

Hyperconverged Infrastructure | @CloudExpo #DataCenter #ML #Virtualization

You've probably heard a multitude of things around hyperconvergence or hyperconverged infrastructure as these are becoming hot new industry buzzwords, but what do these terms really mean? Are vendors that say they have hyperconverged infrastructure really living up to the promises of true hyperconvergence or is it just marketing hype? The terms "hyperconvergence" and "hyperconverged infrastructure" originated in a meeting between Jeff Ready and Jason Collier of Scale Computing and Arun Taneja of the Taneja Group. According to these three, the term was coined to mean the inclusio... (more)

Don't Double Down on Infrastructure | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Storage #DataCenter

Don't Double-Down on Infrastructure - Scale Out as Needed There has long been a philosophy in IT infrastructure that whenever you add capacity, you add plenty of room to grow into. This idea is based on traditional architecture that was complex, consisting of many disparate systems held together by the rigorous management of the administrators. The process of scaling out capacity has been a treacherous one that takes weeks or months of stress-filled nights and weekends.  These projects are so undesirable that administrators and anyone else involved would rather spend more than t... (more)