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Are Multihypervisor Environments Right for Everyone?

Using Multihypervisors, VMware Acquire Virsto Software, Red Cross Uses MS Office 365, and more

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Cyber News we are tracking today:  Having multiple hypervisors is a growing trend in the virtualization. Customers have mixed emotions about VMware recent purchase  of the Virsto software  product. Red Cross decided to use Microsoft Office 365. and more.

Are Multihypervisor Environments Right for Everyone?

Having multiple hypervisors is a growing trend in the virtualization world.  “One study looking at large midmarket and enterprise-sized businesses found that 65% of organizations surveyed are currently using more than one hypervisor”.  Larger corporations are using multiple hypervisors to handle the multi facets and to help cut operational cost.  Two members from the SearchServerVirtualization  Advisory Board was asked to chime in.  Maish Saidel-Keesing thought is “if you think that adding Hyper-V or OpenStack or any other hypervisor to an established environment is as easy as building a new host, then you are sadly mistaken”.   Brad Maher comment was “I think that reason large-sized companies are using multiple hypervisor is that they are being pushed to by software manufacturers”. Read More

VMware Shops Greet Virsto Arrival with Caution

Customers have mixed emotions about VMware recent purchase of the Virsto software product.   Some customer’s ask if the new storage technology is worth it.  The Virtual Machine File System (VMFS) and VMware Virtual Disk File are two layers already in existence. Why add another layer? Others feel the technology is worth it.   “If you pay $50,000 for 36TB of raw storage, you are really paying $50,000 for 12 TB of usable storage”.  Only 33% of storage is being utilized.  Read More

Red Cross and Microsoft Teams Up

The Red Cross has decided to use Microsoft Office 365 cloud base office suite for its everyday office operations.   This decision came on the heels of how well operations went in the US and Danish.  The Microsoft Office 365 is an online version of Microsoft Office.  Read More

Intel’s Clover Trail+
At the recent Mobile World Congress (MWC) Intel introduced Clover Trail+ a new system on a chip (SoC) for smartphones and tablets.  Clover Trail+ has a 32nm dual-core, speeds from 1.2Ghz, 1.6Ghz, and 2Ghz.  Intel’s VP Herman Eul mentioned “Microsoft should have chosen Clover Trail and put a full Windows 8 on it.  Then it would have been a fully functional tablet.”  This was in reference to Microsoft choosing an ARM chipset for its Surface RT device.  Read More

Fifth of All IT Services Firms Could Disappear by 2014, says Gartner

There is a new sheriff in town called cloud technology.  Some traditional IT service providers are on a verge of extinction as early as 2014.  Service providers have not done a good job with adjusting their current business plan to that of a more modernize one.  “Traditional infrastructure outsourcers can no longer survive in their current state.  The market won’t allow it and customers are demanding much more.” Read More

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Bob Gourley, former CTO of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), is Founder and CTO of Crucial Point LLC, a technology research and advisory firm providing fact based technology reviews in support of venture capital, private equity and emerging technology firms. He has extensive industry experience in intelligence and security and was awarded an intelligence community meritorious achievement award by AFCEA in 2008, and has also been recognized as an Infoworld Top 25 CTO and as one of the most fascinating communicators in Government IT by GovFresh.

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