Virtualisation: Opinions

  • Why HP is failing and Dell is winning

    This week was Dell's Annual Analyst Conference (DAAC) and next week is HP Discover [disclaimer: I've worked with HP and Dell for over a decade and covered both firms extensively], but this year I'll pass on the HP event and will be at VCE's analyst conference in Chicago. Here's why.

  • A new era of 'roaming desktops'

    When most people talk about virtualisation, they mean server virtualisation. But you don't need to look any further than VMware's IPO to realize that particular train has already left the station. When Wall Street gets it, it's no longer the Next Big Thing.

  • Security wake-up call accompanies virtualisation

    Earlier this year I wrote about the impact of virtualisation on static security solutions. I observed that virtualisation introduces new potentials for flexibility and change over and beyond anything the world of network security has ever seen. Unfortunately for a host of large security vendors, most of the typical devices being used to protect physical data centers require a certain level of stability (or inflexibility) in order to promise proper protection.

  • Five tips for no-brainer virtualisation

    Virtualisation -- creating logical pools of IT resources not linked to physical devices -- can reduce spending on new server and storage hardware, increase application uptime and simplify IT management. But organisations will only get those benefits if they follow some key steps, according to IT managers, analysts and other industry observers.