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5 posts • joined 4 Mar 2013

VMware goes after biz critical apps with vSphere 5.5

GazH
Meh

This seems more like 5.1.5

So vSphere 5.5 brings in support for the same amount of RAM/CPU and the same size virtual disks as Hyper-V had last year. Amazeballs....

Flash read cache sounds ok providing you want to buy pci flash cards for all your hosts, but is the host really the best place to do this type of caching?

Seems to me that Hyper-V 2012 R2 has more useful features that would appeal to a larger audience.

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Intel's server chip biz holds steady ahead of Ivy Bridge Xeons

GazH
Coat

Re: Do they give an absolute breakdown?

I think you are greatly underestimating the amount of kit the big DC guys are buying. According to Brad Anderson during the MMS 2013 keynote, Microsoft where the largest single consumer of physical servers in the world during 2012

Now add up all the hard to count kit from Amazon, Google, Rackspace etc and I can imagine that they add up to a sizeable slice of the market for server cpu's

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World's biggest software biz SAP not selling as much, er, software

GazH
Coat

Worlds biggest software biz....

By what definition are SAP the "world’s largest maker of business software" ?

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Virtualisation: Where are my savings?

GazH
Holmes

Re: Savings from virtualisation ..

The immediate cost savings of going virtual are supposed to be generated from a reduction in hardware, cooling overhead, maintenance contracts, skilled headcount, licensing exposure etc

The not so easy to see savings should come from using templates and automation to provision systems quickly and consistently. Reducing the 'wait time' from the customer point of view and reducing the likelihood of human error during provisioning which results in spending man hours fixing things.

Most people seem to think you throw in some virtual hosts, do some P2V and then your done. Going virtual is a long term 'journey' that should include improving your efficiency by focusing resources on making improvements rather than low value tasks.

On the cloud front, I disagree that it over-hyped for many reasons. The benefits of cloud hosting are very real, they are just lost in a see of conflicting vendor marketing strategies.

If you focus on the technology alone. Work out the capex costs of provisioning an enterprise class on-premise virtual platform that matches the performance, availability and geo-redundant data protection offered by cloud providers like Amazon, Azure, Rackspace etc This is an extremely large investment with a very long ROI, many companies never manage the ROI that the vendor touts to get in the door.

The cloud based model of pay-as-you-go has a very low up front cost and a very quick ROI. For the bean counters this provides more control and better visibility of what your spending on.

In the end, its up to 'the business' to decide what's the best model for them.

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MapR smashes MinuteSort benchmark on Google Compute

GazH
WTF?

Really? "Smashes?"

I fail to see how a 2103 node Google Compute setup besting a 256 node Microsoft setup by single digit % can be reported as "Smashes Benchmark".....

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