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Dell's Wyse Cloud Connect thin client on a stick

CHRISTMAS MIRACLE! Dell's Android PC on a stick to ship with Santa

Dell's Project Ophelia PC-on-a-stick will finally come to fruition “before Christmas”, staff of the newly-privatised entity told The Reg at the Dell Enterprise Forum in Melbourne today. Now known as “Wyse Cloud Connect”, Project Ophelia debuted back in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. By May rumours …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Nov 2013
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Give VDI the personal touch

Virtualising servers may be beset by technical challenges but rarely by political ones. When virtualising the desktop, however, things get far stickier. All the users suddenly becomes PC huggers unwilling to let go of their own little corner of the enterprise architecture. Amid the worries – that they will lose desktop …
Robin Birtstone, 16 Jun 2011
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Speaking in Tech: When will I buy a 4K TV? When they make one that LOOKS COOL

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise The S.I.T. crew start the new year off with a bang with a killer episode of the tech podcast. This week, Sarah Vela takes an extra week of vacation while Greg Knieriemen and Ed Saipetch chum it up with Mark Twomey of EMC, better known as StorageZilla. This week, none of the …
Team Register, 08 Jan 2014
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NVIDIA VGX VDI: New tech? Or rehashed hash?

My article about NVIDIA’s new VGX virtualised GPU being a potential holy grail for task- and power-user desktop virtualisation inspired reader comments that are well worth addressing. They also brought out a few details that I didn’t cover in the article. First, let’s address a few of the specific comments. From reader …
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Seagate's bought a disk drive array firm. Déjà vu? You betcha

Seagate has tried making a go of the disk drive array business before, and failed. Now it has bought a disk array supplier for the second time. What's different, and could X-IO's technology have a role to play? In 2000 X-IO, then a five-year old startup known as Xiotech and offering virtualising SAN storage arrays, was bought by …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jul 2014
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MokaFive's VDI bares it all

Virtual desktop infrastructure upstart MokaFive – which has the audacity to do VDI mostly on the client with only out-of-band management residing on central servers – has delivered its bare-metal hypervisor for its MokaFive Suite 3.0, augmenting hosted VDI that it has been selling for more than two years. The MokaFive BareMetal …
John Morelli

Sphere 3D's mini microvisor: Drilling into touchy biz tech

I have just seen an Overland SnapScale DX2 scale-out filer storage array running Corel WordPerfect and serving it via the Glassware 2.0 product, also running in the DX2, to an iPad across a Wi-Fi network. What the heck's going on here? Overland Storage is merging with mobe-tech-enabling outfit Sphere 3D in an all-share …
Chris Mellor, 27 May 2014
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Cisco takes on AWS with cloudy desktop-as-a-service plan

Works with VMware and Citrix to deliver DaaS from your bit barn or the cloud Cisco and VMware have responded to Amazon Web Services Workspaces desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) plan with their very own offering that can be deployed to private or public clouds. The new offering blends VMware's recently-acquired Deskone with a Cisco …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Dec 2013

How to cut management overheads with VDI

On the face of it, a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) should make desktop operating systems easier to manage. After all, if an organisation’s desktops are all on one server, then they should theoretically be easier to reach and manipulate. But can desktop virtualisation really help to relieve the management burden? Hardware …
Robin Birtstone, 19 Apr 2011
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How farsighted is Microsoft's Azure RemoteApp?

Microsoft is stepping on more vendor toes. At the TechEd North America 2014 keynote in May, the company announced the preview release of Azure RemoteApp, which appears to be a direct competitor – at least in part – to Citrix's virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution. Running an application on any device sounds like it …
Adam Fowler, 19 Jun 2014
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VMware unleashes desktop-grade desktop-as-a-service service

VMware has flicked the switch on its Horizon DaaS (desktop-as-a-service) service. Virtzilla's service is based on Desktone, an outfit it acquired last year, and its schtick is that it allows customers to blend virtual desktops served from their premises with virtual desktops served from its cloud, an arrangement it talks up as …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Mar 2014
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Atlantis: That whole storage HOLY GRAIL thing? We've only gone and DONE IT

When we said that storage nirvana would be the ability to have VSAN virtualised storage containers and physical SAN array resources managed by the same policy-driven software abstraction layer, we little imagined a software supplier would pop up and say: “We can do that.” That's just about what El Reg storage desk wrote in this …
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2014

Citrix releases tech preview of next XenServer

In Gartner's recently-released Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure the analyst firm said Citrix “ … is no longer investing strictly to keep up with market leaders VMware and Microsoft for traditional server virtualization.” Gartner might not be that far off the mark, because Citrix has just released “ …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jul 2014
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MokaFive does VDI for Windows 7

MokaFive is offering an alternative to the pain and expense of migrating corporate desktops to Windows 7 with with release 3.0 of its virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) MokaFive Suite. Companies with aging PCs have to do something to bring their machines up to date, and MokaFive, a relative newcomer to the VDI space, is hoping …
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Avere screeches straight through VDI storms

Avere, which makes clustered filer accelerator nodes, is striping data across caches and even caching multiple copies to handle burst read requests. When servers deluge a filer with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) boot requests, the filers can struggle. A thousand or more boot requests can occur in a VDI storm and …
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2010
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Citrix counters Amazon's ambush of virtual desks with Framehawk gobble

Amazon's launch of virtual desktop infrastructure has already scared the competition into panic buys, judging by Citrix's gulping of thrifty virtual desktop and app deliverer Framehawk. The buy was announced on Wednesday, and will see Citrix combine Framehawk's tech with the proprietary data delivery HDX [PDF] component of …
Jack Clark, 08 Jan 2014
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GreenBytes rips code from virtual-desktop array's chest, serves to small biz

Thin-client accelerator GreenBytes has separated its software from its virtual desktop appliance hardware so customers can use anybody's flash to store machine images. The company's IO Offload Engine is a dedicated solid-state disk array that stores virtual desktop images and feeds them to users' computers at blistering speed. …
Chris Mellor, 19 Feb 2013

Flash-forward for virty desktops... Jeez, why didn't WE think of that?

Fusion-io appears to have noticed that competitors are using flash to accelerate virtual desktops and decided it wants a piece of that action too. It has tweaked its acquired ioTurbine flash caching software to produce ioVDI – and get those virtual desktop doggies rolling. The ioTurbine software provides a cached area of flash …
Chris Mellor, 28 Aug 2013

Everything faster than everything, boast soft flash wizards

Caching software startup VeloBit came to our notice as a provider of server flash caching software that could turn bog-standard commodity SSDs into Fusion-io-class flash caches. Now it's using its software with added tweaks to turn ordinary servers into VDI drag racers with the highest-access VDI data, like master VM images, …
Chris Mellor, 08 Apr 2013

VMware's desktop push heads for casualty ward, in a good way

VMware's march towards your palm, your lap and your desk has advanced again. Virtzilla recently released Horizon 6 , its much-ballyhooed end-user computing suite. Announced in April, the code is now generally available. VMware thinks it has something entirely new in Horizon 6. While the company knows it will be compared to …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jun 2014
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VMware lets Apple fondleslabs tickle Windows VDI

Hot on the heels of a new 4.6 release of its View virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), launched last week, VMware is allowing a new client to reach back across the internet or internal corporate networks to use server-based Windows desktops: Apple's iPad and impending iPad 2 fondleslabs. Like the Windows, Linux, MacOS, and thin …

Analyse this: Gartner eyes up EVERYONE'S mid-range arrays

Gartner has rated mid-range arrays in a report - Critical Capabilities for General-Purpose, Midrange Storage Arrays - which includes the expected mainstream vendors as well as three startups. This marks the first time a reputable independent analyst agency has compared and contrasted mainstream vendor, niche supplier and startup …
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2014

GreenBytes' chairman and CEO resigns

GreenBytes, the deduping VDI software supplier that runs on flash hardware, has abruptly lost its Chairman and CEO, Steve O'Donnell. Our sources tell us that the company's statement will say: Steve O'Donnell tendered his resignation as Chairman and CEO of GreenBytes as of September 27, 2013 due to pressing personal obligations …
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2013
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Sandisk's future is far from ULLtraDIMM: Diablo tie-up holds promise

SanDisk has an excellent chance of making it as an enterprise flash storage supply because it’s pursuing a SMART strategy that is (wait for it, wait for it) ULL-tra bright. What it’s managed to do is corner an area of the server application acceleration market that looks to be brand new and full of potential. And it’s done it …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2014
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No one's likely to get rich selling disks in '14... but it won't stop 'em trying

As we ended 2013, we saw both winners and losers in the world of flash, for example: Violin Memory crashing as it struggled to increase sales and reduce burn; yet Pure Storage seem to be on a stellar rise - and hiring like maniacs, I hear. A UK launch is imminent and its is going to be an interesting one to watch. All-flash …
StorageBod, 21 Jan 2014

Hello?! Converged data centre peeps? Dell likes US too, says VMware

On the day that Nutanix and Dell announced their new relationship, VMware chose to remind world+dog that Dell likes it too by releasing a new list of VSAN Ready Nodes, the disk-packed servers signed off as suitable to run its virtual storage area network. The new list (PDF) of VSAN Ready Nodes is notable for a few reasons. One …
Darren Pauli, 25 Jun 2014

HP Simplivity buyout rumours: Could it be worth HALF a BILLION?

HP is said to be in talks to buy Simplivity, a startup whose main offering is the Omnicube converged server/storage/networking systems. The Omnicube is a so-called hyper-converged system, designed from the ground up to eliminate the data centre chaos of independent server, storage and networking products that have to be …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jun 2014
Isilon 3-node S200

EMC's new Isilon models are great little performers – but why no capacity increase?

EMC's Isilon has introduced two new go-faster products and a refresh release of its OneFS operating system, increasing performance and extending access protocol support – but not increasing capacity. The new models from the scale-out filer business offer a twofold performance increase, and there are two of them. In the high- …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jul 2014

GreenBytes guts its arrays, turns self into chompable doughnut

Once upon a time there were two suppliers with VDI-focussed storage arrays: GreenBytes,with an all-flash array; and Tintri, with a hybrid flash/disk array technology. Now GreenBytes has become a software-only business. Why? The reasoning, outlined by GreenBytes' CEO and chairman Stephen O'Donnell, is that over time mid-market …
Chris Mellor, 20 Aug 2013

Mystical VM-accelerating beast emerges from Atlantis

Atlantis, maker of server-accelerating RAM-based VDI data storage, have a general VMware virtual machine-accelerating USX product, with server RAM as the primary storage tier and radical virtualised server acceleration as the result. The pitch is that, by dedicating some of your virtualised server memory to be the storage tier …
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2014
Astute ViSX array

Astute still seeking golden ticket into all-flash array party in the cloud

All-flash array start-up Astute is adding NFS access and OpenStack support as it tries to broaden its SMB customer appeal through file and cloud functionality. Astute Networks was founded in 2000 to accelerate TCP/IP networks. After two or three years it transitioned into embedded and military flash systems and then, a few years …
Chris Mellor, 26 Feb 2014
Four of EMC/XtremIO's Project X all flash arrays

Storage players' lovechild VCE flashes fresh flash additions

VCE, the lovechild of Cisco, EMC and VMware, hits the storage world with a trio of announcements: a pair of VNX2 and vSphere 5.5 implants; Oracle-specific Vblock; and a VDI Vblock using XtremIO all-flash array technology. Vblocks are converged server-storage-and-networking systems made up of Cisco UCS servers and network …
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2013
VMware Monster VM

VMware blows $1.5bn gobbling AirWatch to boost mobe wrangling

Like any organisation bound by its listed status to enhance shareholder value, VMware always needs to be on the hunt for new sources of revenue. For several years now that's meant a pursuit of end-user devices, be they mobile machines or desktop computers, in the hope that end-user computing might become VMware's “Office” to …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jan 2014
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Rent a virtual desktop from Amazon: 35 bucks a month (PC not included)

Amazon is bringing its margin-destroying, no-fun business model to the thrilling world of virtual desktop infrastructure – and could upset the balance sheets of traditional VDI providers along the way. The Amazon Workspaces technology was announced today during the inaugural keynote speech for the web bazaar's second-ever re: …
Jack Clark, 13 Nov 2013

Fusion-io tinkers in lab, unleashes fresh wave of MUTANT FREAKS

PCIe flash card supplier Fusion-io has launched an all-flash array and a hybrid flash/disk array for its channel partners to sell. These two appliances are essential server/controllers running Fusion-io software with their innards stuffed full of Fusion’s PCIe flash cards, plus disks in the hybrid appliance product. The company …
Chris Mellor, 07 Feb 2014
Athanasius Kircher's map of Atlantis c. 1669, North is at the bottom

Atlantis raises 20 million greenbacks to flog virty desktop software

Privately-owned Atlantis Computing has just raised $20m to flog its Atlantis ILIO desktop virtualisation software around the world. ILIO – In Line Image Optimisation - has virtual machines running inside a server's RAM and delivers virtual desktops at less than $300 per desktop. The company's second CEO, Bernard Harguindeguy, …
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2013

On VDI and storage architectures

One of the most complex aspects of desktop virtualisation is working out what to do with all the users' data. Sizing and planning storage infrastructures to support hundreds or thousands of remotely-hosted desktops is a daunting prospect, especially to those who have relied heavily on local PC hard drives in the past. What is …
Robin Birtstone, 13 Apr 2011
X-IO ISE Station X

It's musical chairs at ISE bricks house as X-IO looks to 'post-nerd' future

X-IO, the perennially not-quite-making-it supplier of fantastically reliable HyperISE storage enclosures, has promoted its CEO to chairman, and appointed its vice chairman as the new CEO, in a move away from being a "nerdy storage supplier" towards a more profitable future. CEO John Beletic came on the scene in late 2011 and has …
Chris Mellor, 20 May 2014
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Speaking in Tech: Holy SiT! It's our 100th ep. Time for a video-podcast

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week is the 100th episode of Speaking in Tech which was broadcast through video on Google+ Hangouts! Fear not, uncool kids, we recorded it for you. Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. Our special guests this week are John Troyer from VMware, Amy Lewis …
Team Register, 12 Mar 2014
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EMC gives up the goods at storage shindig: VMAX3 speeds, feeds

EMC's been keeping quiet on the whole "how fast can this baby go" front when it comes to the VMAX3 range. But the storage vendor used its megalaunch – with its "Redefine Possible" tagline and futuristic look – to break its silence. So what's under the hood? EMC has extended VMAX to run more and different workloads. Each of “Gen …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2014

GreenBytes' data smite knight gets Citrix green light

GreenBytes' all-flash IO Offload Engine has been certified by Citrix as compatible with XenServer, clearing the way for it to accelerate the cloudy outsourcer's virtual desktops. The GreenBytes strategy has been to retire from the general-purpose all-flash storage array market - and concentrate on the virtual desktop (VDI) …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2013
VMware's monster VM

It's storage's HOLY GRAIL: VSANs, PSANs and virtual silos

Three blog posts about VMware’s VSAN had me thinking furiously. Where is VMware going with this and where could or should it go? The first blog was Storagebod on VSANity in which he says VSAN, the ESXi hypervisor’s aggregating of server-direct attached storage (DAS) into a virtual SAN, was nice up to a point. He asks: “Why limit …
Chris Mellor, 21 Mar 2014
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Hey Microsoft: You want to keep hardware partners onside? Stick to software

Data storage solutions are typically sold as appliances: hardware with a smart software layer on top. The intelligence is in the box that you buy and is tailored to the hardware it lives with. That approach makes sense until you take a wide-angle view on a real-world data centre: independent storage boxes act well on their own, …
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Violin's arrays play in Concerto - but they can't hit the dedupe notes yet

In a major architectural extension Violin Memory has revealed its new Concerto 7000 array. This uses Violin's existing 6200 hardware and gives it a separate high-availability controller front end, with software to provide business continuity, data management and protection features - but not deduplication. Let’s just recap …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jun 2014

Virtual sanity: What if GreenBytes just DUMPED its hardware?

Should GreenBytes separate its hardware and software? The storage firm sells an IO Offload Engine which stores deduplicated virty desktop images in its own flash hardware and ships them out to client devices. It's essentially a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) accelerator for storage arrays that runs alongside them and …
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2013

Nvidia, VMware join to pipe high-quality 3D graphics from the cloud

Nvidia and VMware have announced that the graphics company's GRID technology is now available on the virtualization giant's desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) platform to deliver 3D graphics to enterprise desktops through cloud service providers. In addition, the two companies are working together to bring Nvidia's virtual GPU …
Rik Myslewski, 26 Mar 2014

C-round greenbacks for Greenbytes

VDI flash array HW and SW supplier Greenbytes has snagged $7 million in C-round funding. The funding comes from existing investors Generation Investment Management and Battery Ventures. It will be used "to continue the expansion and acceleration of global sales, marketing and partner development efforts, and for ongoing research …
Chris Mellor, 05 Apr 2013
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Violin, Microsoft slip Windows, SQL Server, apps, flash into box

Violin Memory has turned its converged server-storage 6000-series flash array into an engine for SQL Server which is capable of putting data directly into an app server's memory – thanks to a little help from Microsoft. The 6000-series all-flash array runs Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 on two integral blade servers. It connects …
Chris Mellor, 22 Apr 2014
LSI Nytro MEgaRAID card

Mm.. you like RAID? Ooh, you want flash. Try this super-Hadooper

Intel is integrating an LSI PCIe flash card and RAID adapter into its new RAID SSD Cache Controllers intended for caching data from direct-attached disks on servers. LSI Nytro MEgaRAID card LSI Nytro MegaRAID card LSI offers its Nytro PCIe flash technology in its WarpDrive flash cards and MegaRAID adapters, in effect adding …
Chris Mellor, 09 Apr 2013

Aer Lingus opts for Tegile arrays, snubs EMC in shock move

Aer Lingus, the Irish airline with a name that sounds like ... (don't even go there - Ed.), has equipped itself with Tegile hybrid arrays instead of upgrading its existing EMC kit. The airline will use Tegile's Zebi HA2800 arrays to store data for SQL databases, data warehousing and VDI deployment because it was unable to scale …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2014