30Jul/110

Hybridly speaking, I think you should take a look at this…

vCloud connector bridges gap between private and public clouds

If you have been running a private or public cloud, or merely considering this direction, one thing on your mind may be how to bridge the gap between the two in the form of a hybrid cloud.

This communication channel between a private and public cloud prompted VMware to spend several months developing a "plug-in" called vCloud Connector which it launched with much fanfare in February of 2011.

VMware reported that beta testers excitedly overdosed on one particular function: The ability to transfer virtual machines from a private cloud to a public cloud (and vice versa).

The vCloud Connector is designed to make hybrid cloud management easy. Straight off the bat it allows admins to get a single view of all virtual machines running in a cloud environment, including hybrid scenarios.

Consider this scenario from VMware:

Take a private cloud example where vApp 1 is running on vCloud Director in Datacenter A, and you’d like to run a second copy in Datacenter B. Transfer the entire vApp with vCloud Connector to your vCloud in Datacenter B. Now imagine Datacenter B is actually a virtual data center provided by a vCloud service provider like Bluelock, Colt or Verizon. It’s all the same – it just works. If you haven’t gotten your own private cloud running yet, you can still manage and transfer VMs between your vSphere infrastructure and an external vCloud service. vCloud Director is not required inside your datacenter for vCloud Connector to work.

One cool thing about this plug-in is that it's offered for free. Check out this gritty demo by VMware at the recent Mobile World Congress to get your feet wet.

24Jul/110

5 interesting facts about data storage and cloud computing

We live in a fact-driven world with business intelligence (BI) and statistical analysis informing server purchase decisions as well as stimulating the need for giant data centers to store, track and analyze this archival data as well as activity around e-commerce transactions.

Here are some interesting facts relating to the above:

    • Most Enterprise customers expect annual data growth rates between 11-30% annually. At least according to a recent EMC white paper. (Source: EMC Whitepaper)

 

    • Total worldwide archive capacity in the commercial and government sectors will increase from 33,217 petabytes (PB) in 2010 to 302,995 PB in 2015. That's a 56% compound annual growth rate (CAGR). (Source EMC Whitepaper)

 

    • Vmware continues to dominate private and public virtualization technology that drives cloud computing. But, many IT heads and industry insiders are watching Microsoft Hyper V and Citrix XenServer closely as they lower prices and their feature sets become more sophisticated. (Source: Network World Survey)

 

    • EMC, owners of VMware, refer to the growing data storage requirements as the dawn of 'Gigantic' data streams whereby everything a company or online business does in the cloud emits a digital exhaust which is stored, tracked and analyzed in giant data centers.
      "Companies now have more information and server images and less people to deal with it. We need more efficient use of resources via IT as a service," said EMC. This is exactly what cloud computing offers through the consumption of private, public and hybrid clouds provided by hosting providers. (Source: EMC video)

 

  • While cloud computing is still in a state a flux, many consider private clouds to be a huge growth point. A college system in Houston, TX, United States recently reported that it had reduced delivery of new IT services from 3 to 4 months after spending three years building a private cloud IaaS. Built on VMware, the college claims it will save at least $600,000 in future capital expenditures for hardware replacements. (Source: Campus Technology)
19Jul/110

Join us at INTERFACE 2011 in Salt Lake City, Utah

Interface 2011We're delighted to be a silver sponsor of this year’s INTERFACE event taking place on Thursday, July 28th at the Salt Palace Convention Center.

Our senior solutions architect, Rick Powell, will be in Theater 2 at 9:30am discussing the challenges of managing hybrid clouds in his presentation, Public Cloud. Private Cloud. Single Pane of Glass.

Join Rick and learn how, within a VMware vSphere environment, you can manage both internal (private cloud) virtual infrastructure along with external (public cloud) virtual infrastructure using a single pane of glass (single application).  Discover how to easily move workloads (Virtual Machines) from your private cloud out into your public cloud.  Rick will show you how all this works through a LIVE demonstration through a single pane of glass.

The demo will show:

  • How to manage hybrid clouds within vSphere client
  • Creating a new VM using a template into your private virtual environment
  • How to move the newly created VM from private to public virtual environment

And don’t forget to visit us at our booth on the show floor where one of our solution architects will gladly talk you through our flagship public and private cloud hosting solutions with VMware technology as well as our other offerings including dedicated servers, colocation, and managed hosting.

Don’t have your ticket to the show yet? Not to worry! You can register here for free, http://www.f2fevents.com/event-registration.html, just let them know you were sent by Virtual Internet.

Look forward to seeing you on the 28th in Salt Lake City!

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17Jul/110

The rise and fall of hosting search term activity

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It's interesting to note breaking trends in keyword activity for some of our principle hosting packages including colocated servers, dedicated servers, managed servers and of course, cloud hosting, which looks set to dominate the IT industry over the next several years.

Google insights continues to show the massive relevance of keyword searches based around colocation packages. While notably in decline, the large peaks and troughs shows just how much activity there is worldwide in this arena.

At the time of writing, regional interest in Colocation searches were spiking in France. Notice two African countries, Morocco and Algeria appearing in the top 10. And, the United States making an appearance at #10.

No surprise that worldwide cloud hosting is the only hosting package trending upwards, although there also signs that dedicated server search activity is holding steady and may be set for a surge sometime in 2012, although this may only come in the form of seasonal spikes as IT departments upgrade legacy software and resources.

Managed server activity shows the lowest heart beat but the way the IT industry is rapidly introducing new mixtures of private, public and hybrid hosting solutions, especially in the cloud, suggests that this may be a dark horse that should be watched.

Meanwhile, if we narrow down search term interest to just the United Kingdom, we see an interesting convergence in the bottom 1/3 of the chart with cloud hosting peaking to meet the declining graphs represented by colocation and dedicated servers

This looks like a similar situation in the United States, although by looking at the chart, it does appear that while cloud is in the ascendancy the other sectors look like they have leveled out and are still drawing a large amount of interest from IT departments investigating remote hosting services.

If your interested in one of the products mentioned above, Virtual Internet can provide business insights into how you can leverage managed, dedicated, colocated and cloud hosting packages in your organization to drive costs and push up productivity.

9Jul/110

Ahh, the joys of short-interval backups for dedicated servers!

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We are currently offering a wonderful server backup tool from R1Soft for United States' customers selecting our Dedicated Server options.

Geared towards both Windows and Linux servers, the product we are recommending is called CDP or Continuous Data Protection for high performance back-ups at ANY interval with MINIMAL impact to server (or disk) performance.

Ok, it's true there is no such thing as a cosmic free lunch but this product comes pretty close!

It's built on a concept known as asynchronous replication (and a product feature called an 'initial replica') to save only the changes to the database. These can be set to any frequency since the technology works at the block level with hard disk sectors.

Thus, if you change a few bytes of a 100 GB file only a small sector is read from disk during the backup. Both the 'what' and 'when' changes are tracked in the background on your server with zero overheads, using the least amount of disk resources.

This means you can move towards shorter time intervals between backups to maximize the safety of your stored data.

The really cool thing about CDP is it allows full baremetal restores. You can actually restore an entire server to its former state without having to re-install the OS.

Check out this video to see how you can use CDP to fully protect your dedicated servers via this managed backup system!