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Jerry Melnick

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Enterprises are moving more and more applications to the cloud. Gartner predicts that the bulk of new IT spending by 2016 will be for cloud computing platforms and applications and that nearly half of large enterprises will have cloud deployments by the end of 2017.1 The far-reaching impact of cloud computing is summarized in a recent McKinsey report on disruptive technologies: "Cloud technology has the potential to improve productivity across $3 trillion in global enterprise IT spending, as well as enabling the creation of new online products and services for billions of consumers and millions of businesses alike."2 For many organizations, moving applications that can tolerate brief periods of downtime to the cloud is a straightforward decision with clear benefits. However, concerns about how to provide high availability and disaster protection in the cloud may mak... (more)

Citrix XenServer Makes the Grade with the Burton Group

The Burton Group recently completed a certification review of Citrix XenServer 5.5 with Citrix Essential 5.5 Platinum Edition. After reviewing XenServer against extensive production-ready criteria (27 required features, 42 preferred features and 24 optional features—these guys are thorough!) the Burton Group team found that XenServer is enterprise-production ready. Chris Wolf, virtualization expert and Senior Analyst at the Burton Group, said on his blog that “XenServer has demonstrated itself as a virtualization platform worthy of the demands of large scale enterprise environme... (more)

Q&A from the Windows Server 2008 webinar

Our July 30th webinar “Top 10 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows Server 2008 Now” was very well attended, and as expected, generated a lot of good questions. So many questions, in fact, that we weren’t able to answer them all during the live Q&A portion of the webinar. For your convenience, we’ve captured all of the questions below. Answers have been provided by our speakers, David Hanna, Infrastructure Architect at Microsoft, and Michael Bilancieri, Senior Director of Products at Marathon. The questions are grouped by topic, starting with Windows Server relat... (more)

Q&A: Windows Server High Availability

Thanks again to those who joined us for last week’s webinar, "Windows Server 2008 High Availability: Technology Comparison." The on-demand recording of last week's webinar is now available to watch at your convenience (here). We had a lot of good questions from our attendees during the Q&A portion of the webinar, which are summarized below. Q: How do you determine when to use an HA solution vs. a DR solution? When it comes to availability vs. recovery, the most important question to ask is what are your recovery time objectives (RTO)? What is the amount of time your application c... (more)

Understanding XenServer HA

Following the XenServer HA announcement, we’ve been approached with questions like “How exactly does XenServer HA work?” and “How does XenServer HA and everRun VM work together.” Rather than respond ourselves we thought it would be best to point to a few fellow bloggers who have already answered these questions. First, here’s a good post written by Anil Madhavapeddy at Citrix discussing how the overall architecture of XenServer HA works. Second, Scott Lowe has put together a great summary of why Citrix and Marathon worked together to develop XenServer HA. If you want more detai... (more)