ROUND ROCK, Texas—Over the past few years, as Dell has built up its enterprise IT solutions capabilities and has once again become a private company, there have been questions about what the vendor will do with its PC business, particularly as the global market has continued its sales decline. Dell executives have insisted that the client business is a key to its overall solutions strategy, and during a two-day event at its campus headquarters here March 6 and 7, company executives reinforced that push, particularly within the workstation segment. Dell outlined its virtual workstation strategy, unveiled its Dell Wyse Datacenter for Virtual Workstations reference architectures and opened its Workstation Virtualization Center of Excellence. Customers and partners will be able to remotely access the center, which will be housed in Round Rock, to evaluate the best way to deploy a virtualized workstation environment. The workstation market is growing again after a few years of flat shipments, and virtualization will give customers with compute-intensive workloads what they need, according to Andy Rhodes, executive director of Dell's Precision business: greater data security, easier collaboration and better workflow optimization.
The company is unveiling reference architectures and opening a new Center of Excellence for workstation virtualization.
The industry standards group releases the SampleTap application to help programmers in their work with SDN.
The vendors are looking to make it easier for system makers and end users to deploy OpenFlow-based SDN solutions on their silicon.
IBM, which is selling its x86 server unit to Lenovo, saw large declines in both server revenue and shipments, the analyst firm says.
The vendor introduces new hardware, software and services at Mobile World Congress to help carriers improve their network environments.
Hewlett-Packard at Mobile World Congress said NFV will help telecoms create more flexible networks and compete with the likes of Google and Facebook.
The vendors join a raft of other companies that will talk about the burgeoning networking trend at the show starting Feb. 24.
Whether you are a CIO, IT director or test lab manager, you are probably already aware of the advantages that are attainable by using on-demand resources available in the cloud. However, like anything else, there are checkpoints you may or may not already know about that need to be considered before signing up with a cloud service. One important consideration that is not always discussed by cloud providers but that you may have discovered is that on-premises virtual machines (VM) are in no way identical to new cloud instances. Learn it on the job or learn it here, but not all cloud platforms support all enterprise facilities. You may not be able to transfer some components of your on-premises implementation to a specific cloud provider—or perhaps any provider. You also need to plan what resources your cloud implementation will need in terms of storage, networking and computing capacity before jumping to the cloud. In this eWEEK slide show, Ravello Systems Vice President of Research and Development Gil Hoffer cites 10 important factors to consider when moving your enterprise VMs to the cloud.
The networking vendor is focusing on NFV and SDN as it shifts its focus from supplying hardware to selling software.
The vendor's ESP is designed to make service provider networks more automated and flexible, and to drive new revenues.
Microsoft releases details on its cloud-based Oracle subscription plans as the company gears up for general availability next month.
A Google and VMware partnership will allow Windows apps to be available in the cloud so business users will have access to needed apps on Chromebooks.
CEO Doug Murray says Big Switch's shift toward physical and virtual networks on bare metal switches gives it an edge in the competitive SDN space.
The Docker 0.8 release introduces new features and a new release model as a popular new approach to virtualization ramps up.