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SaaS – The Next Frontier

Insights from customer conversations Enterprise software applications are increasingly being delivered as software-as-a-service (“SaaS”) applications. The concept of SaaS has been around since the early 2000’s, but it has gained great momentum and customer adoption in recent years. In its Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Spending Guide, IDC[1] predicts SaaS will remain the dominant cloud […]

RADIO@ Bulgaria

At VMware, every year we organize a fascinating internal conference series by and for R&D, called RADIO – “R&D Innovation Offsite”. RADIO is a unique event offering unparalleled networking, educational, and innovation opportunities for the technical community across VMware. We had our flagship RADIO event in San Francisco this May, marking its twelfth anniversary. Since […]

VMware and the Internet of Things: Liota

This is my second CTO blog on VMware and the Internet of Things (‘IoT’). I’ll begin by covering our overall IoT strategy, beginning with the Little IoT Agent (‘Liota’). I’ll briefly review my first blog, Motivating the Three-Tier Architecture. Many believe that a three-tier architecture will dominate the emerging IoT infrastructure: sensors and actuators (let’s […]

Performance of RDMA and HPC Applications in VMs using FDR InfiniBand on VMware vSphere

Customers often ask whether InfiniBand (IB) can be used with vSphere. The short answer is, yes. VM Direct Path I/O (passthrough) allows InfiniBand cards to be made directly visible within a virtual machine so the guest operating system can directly access the device. With this approach, no ESX-specific driver is required — just the hardware […]

Virtualized HPC at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHUAPL) has deployed a virtualized HPC solution on vSphere to run Monte Carlo simulations for the US Air Force. The idea was conceived and implemented by Edmond DeMattia at JHUAPL, and has been presented by Edmond and his colleague Michael Chinn at two VMworld conferences. We now have a white […]

Flings Gets a Facelift

We are excited to announce a new Flings site. While the previous site had the base features we needed, we wanted to improve the functionality and the look. We didn’t want to change the site too drastically, as that can be frustrating. So, you’ll see a front page you are used to but with a […]

Building Infrastructure For Third Platform Apps– Top Down Or Bottom Up Approach?

World enterprises are struggling these days with a big question: how should they move forward to next generation third platform applications? In some of these organizations the transition stems from a business need; in others, the development teams are pushing for the change. While many development departments within today’s organizations are already starting to adopt new third platform development tools, their IT departments find […]

Why vCloud Air

It is no longer a question of: Should I consider Public Cloud to be part of my IT Strategy? But more of: Which cloud provider shall I use? The greater elasticity, economies of scale, and efficiency that the public cloud brings to the table when used in the right context are undeniable.  On the other […]

The One-Size-Fits-One Phenomenon

In the past, enterprise storage and data management were driven by the aspiration to be “one-size-fits-all.” These systems were designed to cater to a wide range of workloads and access patterns, in addition to providing interoperability across platforms by complying to standards such as POSIX. Then came Web 2.0, an era of specialized solutions built […]

vCloud Air Disaster Recovery Options

Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) is becoming an industry trend as it offers tremendous cost savings for customers. Establishing a second and/or third datacenter for disaster recovery, maintaining them, and the operational cost of extra sites are all expenses associated with traditional Disaster Recovery. DRaaS solutions such as vCloud Air Disaster Recovery eliminate and/or […]