Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Breaking news: VMCo offers embedded Check Point VPN-1 VE security

Working together Virtual Machine Co and CheckPoint remove the final barrier to virtualization of enterprise-wide, tier-one computing. This is a new and unique offering

June 29, 2010 Cambridge, UK
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Thursday, 10 June 2010

The Great Server-Centricity Con Job

Hardware today allows for higher and higher consolidation ratios “even if it is not our hardware”. More and more dense ram configurations are available but according to IDC the average number of VMs run on a single piece of physical hardware remains stubbornly at 'seven'.

Economics means we're incentivised to increase this ratio but fear stops us from doing so.

The concentration of risk that comes from the consolidation of more and more applications/ workloads/ services, call them what you will, onto fewer and fewer machines runs completely contrary to everything we have learnt to do in the last 20 years.

But, to our predecessors in the 80's and 90's this was considered normal everything ran on the Mainframe, a Couple of SuperMini's or on half a dozen VAXs.

What's happened is that we have been fooled into believing that the answer to needing to run a new application or service is to buy a new cheap server, and lets face it it's never been cheaper to buy servers - it's the spiraling cost of running them that is killing us!!

Do you think that the major Cloud providers are using 10's of thousands of those hot little 2CPU 16GB systems that DELL & HP are shoving down everyones throats?

No, they are built on RAM heavy, massively scalable 'custom designed hardware' with 'custom designed' capacity management software. With, of course, 'custom designed support'.

Just what we're offering to you, everyday... only with the Virtual Machine Company it's our standard design..!