Stages of SMB virtualization adoption

Posted by Achmad Chadran on Dec 11, 2015 12:00:00 PM

A survey conducted recently by Techaisle projects that by the end of 2015 SMBs will virtualize a whopping 70 percent of their servers. This eager embrace of hypervisor technology — for business-critical workloads in particular — makes virtualization enablement services an important growth area for managed service providers.

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Topics: Virtualization

The 3-2-1 approach to protecting your clients' virtualized IT

Posted by Nathan Bradbury on Nov 11, 2015 4:30:51 PM

As an Intronis solutions engineer, I get the privilege of working with MSP technicians with a variety of skill sets. They, in turn, work with business and institutional customers with a variety of business models and technical proficiencies.

This means no two calls are the same. An Intronis ECHOplatform demo that I conduct for a large, regional MSP is a totally different experience from one that I conduct for a small, local VAR. I love it.

But large or small, just about everyone I work with these days asks for our recommendations on how best to back up virtualized environments. Does hypervisor-native backup remove the need for file and folder backup? What mix of cloud and premises-based storage is best, and what kind of data goes where?

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Topics: Virtualization

Venom security vulnerability threatens data centers, virtual machines

Posted by Paul Hanley on May 15, 2015 4:50:00 PM

Security researchers at CrowdStrike have uncovered a vulnerability that makes it possible for an attacker to escape from a virtual machine and gain access to the host hypervisor and the other virtual machines running on it. And that could mean trouble for data centers and cloud service providers.

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Topics: Virtualization, Cyber Security

Protecting virtual environments: The Intronis ECHOplatform approach

Posted by Achmad Chadran on Apr 24, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Protecting_VM_Vid_ScreenCapVirtualization is now a mainstream technology. Steady innovation among both hypervisor vendors and their hardware partners has made server virtualization affordable for most businesses.

This makes virtualization’s ROI compelling even for small businesses, which now can run multiple application workloads on each physical server. But increased use of virtualization also creates new business risks. 

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Topics: Virtualization, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, Announcements

OpenNFV this way comes

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jun 18, 2014 9:20:00 AM

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) promises to greatly simplify the management of networks as we know it by leveraging standard x86 server and merchant silicon to turn a broad swath of physical network appliances into applications.

But before any of that can broadly happen the providers of x86 servers and merchant silicon need to find a way to play nice with one another.

With that goal in mind work has begun on a proposed OpenNFV standard that will make it easier to deploy NFV software on any platform regardless of what processor is running inside it.

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Topics: Virtualization

Containers are the next big lightweight thing in the cloud

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jun 13, 2014 10:00:00 AM

The hottest topic in the land of open source these days is the emergence of lightweight containers running on Linux as an alternative to virtual machines.

Containers essentially split operating systems into two components. The lower level manages traditional operating system functions such as systems resources. The upper level provides a portable set of run-time engines where application images are managed.

Because containers wind up consuming fewer system resources than a virtual machine running a guest operating system, interest in containers among cloud service providers is especially high.

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Topics: Virtualization

3 reasons why SMBs want workspace virtualization

Posted by Manny Veiga on Feb 24, 2014 11:10:00 AM

The time savings businesses have realized through server virtualization is one of the reasons why these same companies are thinking about virtualizing the rest of the workplace, according to one new report.

BusinessNewsDaily wrote that "workspace virtualization" - which involves virtualizing not only desktops, but also all other devices in an office - might soon take off because companies, especially SMBs, want to deliver their employees cutting-edge technology at a reasonable cost that doesn't strain their IT department.

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Topics: Virtualization

Virtual BDR: what's the opportunity for MSPs?

Posted by Intronis Staff on Dec 3, 2013 12:22:00 PM

More businesses are planning to expand their virtualization infrastructure, and VMware continues to be the platform of choice for many. Channel firms face both an opportunity and a demand to offer VMware backup solutions to protect these systems. In our recent whitepaper "Backup and Recovery in a Virtual World," we offer insight into how MSPs can offer clients the virtualization backup they need.

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Topics: Virtualization

The benefits of virtualization may be too good for SMBs to resist

Posted by Manny Veiga on Nov 12, 2013 11:10:00 AM

Virtualization has been a rising technology for years, with more IT managed services providers supporting its adoption in businesses everywhere. A recent study from Cisco Systems, which surveyed IT managers, directors and CIOs of small and medium-sized businesses, noted that virtualization growth is set to increase in the coming months and years.

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Topics: Virtualization

Your customers need VMware backup, and they might not realize it

Posted by Intronis Staff on Oct 1, 2013 11:10:00 AM

A new report shows that despite increasing demand for virtualization, some businesses still lag in their understanding of the technology. Case in point: most companies think their virtual machines are inherently safe from data loss, even if they don't have any sort of data backup solution in place.

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Topics: Virtualization

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