Today on the Rundown, Stephen Foskett and Tom Hollingsworth discussed the big acquisition news of the week, with Mellanox Technologies and NGINX both getting bought. Plus the death of the Cookie Wall, a big breach at Citrix, and more!
The first Networking Field Day event will be held January 18th-20th with a second set for September 27th-29th. In addition, two Tech Field Day Extra Events will be held in Las Vegas at Interop and Cisco Live US on May 22th-24th and June 26th-28th, respectively. Check out the Networking Field Day site for videos of past events and great coverage from their delegates.
One of the up and coming topics in the virtualization industry is how to properly virtualize phones. Mobile phones are quickly becoming one of the most convenient and powerful computing devices in our everyday lives. Roughly 20% of the phones in the US are smart phonesâ€¦ with anticipated intersection with â€œfeatureâ€ phones coming somewhere around the end of 2011.
Today is the (a?) day of reckoning in the 3Par saga, with Dell widely expected to make a counter-offer higher than HP’s bid. But this mega deal, like the Data Domain war before it, sends a strong signal to the enterprise IT world: It’s open season on data storage companies! But the rising superpowers are also likely looking at networking as an area of expansion. The game is afoot!
Just as public cloud computing is beginning to catch on, the enterprise data center world has been shaken up by the biggest IT product vendors. Rather than sit back and watch their wares commoditized, companies like Cisco, EMC, HP, and now HDS are stepping up to the plate with integrated “stacks” that include server, storage, networking, and management software. The next-layer players, VMware and Microsoft in particular, are joining hands, too, eager to support these stacks. To paraphrase the wise Jedi master, Yoda, “cloudy, the future is.” So, the stack wars have begun!
The virtualization community, my employer, and every Virtualization Service Provider I know is neck deep in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). Already important because of Windows 7 migrations, the announcements last week from Microsoft and Citrix seemed to have raised the intensity of an existing white hot spotlight on VDI.
Iâ€™ve been meaning to write about the Citrix Branch Repeater product for some time now, so a timely reminder to actually do this was the release of Citrix Branch Repeater V5.5. Earlier this year I attended a branch office infrastructure event run by Microsoft and Citrix in Edinburgh. This was the first time I had heard about this product, I luckily had the chance to follow up my interest at the recent Citrix iForum in Edinburgh.
As cloud computing becomes more mainstream, investors will start looking to get in on the act. With that in mind, a friend and I began discussing which public companies were getting into the cloud computing market and to what extent. I have put together the following list, and encourage comments, suggestions, and contributions.