Who delivers the first Desktop-as-a-Service cloud

Just a couple of days ago virtualization.info wrote about the upcoming launch of Smart Business Desktop, the IBM Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) cloud computing infrastructure powered by VMware, Citrix, Wyse Technology and Desktone products.We can’t wait October to try what IBM claimed to be an industry first, even if we just spotted a company that seems to have a DaaS offering well before the Big Blue: tuCloud.The startup promises to deliver on-demand Windows Vista or Windows 7 (with Aero) hosted … [Read more...]

Why Is InfiniBand (and other interconnects) So Fast?

The above title is misleading because “fast” can mean many different things. In the case of HPC, “fast” means whatever it takes to keep the cores busy! In a previous post, I mentioned four parameters that are used to define an interconnect (throughput, latency, N/2, and messaging rate). Of course, applications are the best way to evaluate an interconnect. The most popular interconnects for HPC are Ethernet (GigE and 10-GigE), InfiniBand, and Myrinet. (At this point, many people lump Myrinet … [Read more...]

vmguru: VMware View advanced networking

The last few months I have been busy designing, building and testing a new VMware View solution for our own Support Center. In this Support Center we do support and system administration for some of our biggest clients. One of the challenges is the use of desktop hardware and the limited space of a call agent’s or administrator’s desk. Many of my colleagues support  multiple client sites and need different PCs for each client. So in 2008 one of my respected colleagues thought of a great solution … [Read more...]

VMware’s “No OS” Application Platform Strategy

During his technical keynote at VMworld, Stephen Herrod added a fourth leg to the now familiar previous three legs of the VMware strategy. The previous three were View (Desktop), vSphere (the data center), and vCloud (the internal and external clouds). The new addition was the elevation of vApps to a fourth leg in the stool which describes the VMware strategy. This fourth leg of the stool is all about VMware as an application platform, and VMware adding value directly to how applications run. … [Read more...]

VMware: Performance Evaluation of VMXNET3

VMware published a new paper about the performance evaluation of VMXNET3 virtual network device. This paper compares the networking performance of VMXNET3 to that of enhanced VMXNET2 (the previous generation of high performance virtual network device) on VMware vSphere 4 to help users understand the performance benefits of migrating to this next‐generation device. You can find the document here: http://www.vmware.com/resources/techresources/10065 … [Read more...]