Ardence & Wyse – Streaming Operating System and Applications
VMware – Player, Software Virtual Appliances, ACE
Microsoft – Fat/Smart, Softricity - streaming
Dwain Kinghorn, Altiris CTO.
iPOD for storing your Virtual Desktop?
Randy Cook, Development Manager, Altiris. Created SVS.
Intel Virtual Appliance
“ the appliance concept is enabled by the processor, the chipset, the network, and a very good deal of software.”
Hardware-assisted virtualisation. VMware, Symantec, Altiris and Cisco - key partners.
Gregory Bryant, general manager of Intel Digital Office Platforms Group
“ Support for Intel® vPro ™ … … new applications and solutions … from global software vendors, including Adobe*, Altiris*, Check Point*, Cisco*, Computer Associates*, HP OpenView*, Lenovo*, Microsoft*, Novell*, SAP*, Skype*, Symantec*..”
“ great potential for combining broadband, voice over IP , and the concept of appliances to make desktop conferencing as convenient as a standard telephone.”
“ Leveraging vPro, the Altiris Manageability Toolkit 6.0 provides device discovery, hardware and software inventory, out of band power management, remote diagnostics and repair, BIOS access, and even network filtering using a virtualized appliance. “
“ We ran Altiris discovery with our HP dc7700 turned off. The discovery process worked without a problem, and the machine showed up in the console under the AMT device group. Other non-vPro systems were discovered and added to our inventory—but only, of course, if they were powered on. “… inventory management is coming into greater importance … migrating to Vista. “ Intel AMT can provide software inventory … able to get fairly complete data from systems that were in a powered-off state.
Vmware & Citrix: Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Vmware Software Virtual Appliances Vmware Player Free. Vmware Server Free. $US 200,000 prizes for developers
Virtual PC and Virtual Server - Connectix
Terminal Services – Thin Client with RDP
Softricity – application streaming and virtualisation.
Sun, Wyse, Citrix
Wyse Terminals – embedded XP, thin plus Streaming.
Virtualisation and Consolidation - cost savings with enhanced Disaster Recovery.
“ Enterprises that do not leverage virtualization technologies will spend 25% more annually for hardware, software, labor, and space for x86-based servers” -- Gartner Report
Move Towards Greater Centralisation
Branch servers required?
Control of Intellectual Property .
Compliance driving centralisation.
ICT Governance easier to address.
Application Performance Challenges
SOA and Web Services (with chatty protocols) encourage even greater applications distribution including partners and customers, adding to the challenge.
More options for delivery: Web, Thin, Fat with application virtualisation and now Streaming.
Developers often do not understand network delivery mechanisms.
Encryption and protocol management impact server performance and scalability – should be off-loaded to specialised devices.
“ Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) will provide the basis for 80% of new development projects by 2008” Gartner
Quality of Service?
Balancing VoIP Quality Of Service and application priorities add to the challenge.
More Bandwidth & Servers?
We need what Gartner refers to as an: “Application-Fluent Network Architecture”.
What Types Application Acceleration Solutions are Available?
Bandwidth Management/Traffic Shaping
Data Compression over WAN.
Intelligent, dynamic caching
Some options also provide enhanced security
Appliance solutions from:
Software as a Service? Damien Toman, CTO, Gen-i
“ What could the IT department of tomorrow look like ?”
“ In many organizations, everything customer-facing will be hosted externally on scalable virtualized infrastructures and enterprise applications of all kinds will be services provided by software-as-a-service vendors.”
Quote from Mark Gibbs, consultant NetworkWorld in USA, from Computerworld article 26 Feb 2007.