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Looks like Thinstall is strating to gain some support down in this neck of the woods?

Apps on tap help consolidation

Barbara Gengler | August 14, 2007

APPLICATION virtualisation products from Microsoft, Citrix, Scalent Systems and Thinstall are winning acceptance as the next step for enterprises that want to consolidate their infrastructure.

As an alternative software concept, application virtualisation uses policy-based automation to intelligently match available server supply with application demand.

The technology aims to improve computer security and reliability by encapsulating applications from the physical hardware, operating system and programs launched by them.

Global application virtualisation provider DataSynapse says its flagship products, GridServer and FabricServer, create flexible infrastructures that adjust to demand dynamically, using existing resources.

DataSynapse co-founder and chief executive Peter Lee says the company's systems are positioned to support corporate decision-makers as they use existing and new technologies to meet aggressive business demand. Scalent Systems delivers comprehensive adaptive infrastructure software for the data centre, tackling not only individual servers but the entire related network connectivity and storage access environment.

The software enables data centre operations to rapidly change entire systems and associated topologies, which servers are running, any software that is running on them, and the way they are connected to networks and storage without altering the physical infrastructure.

According to Scalent Systems, the company's software enables enterprises to transform their data centers from "dead bare metal" (powered by hardware with no software installed) to live (newly deployed or restored), connected to the network and storage servers, in five minutes or less.

Kusnetzky Group president and principal analyst Dan Kusnetzky says organisations are seeking better use of their systems, a more reliable computing environment, higher levels of performance, and a more agile environment.

"Application virtualisation is just one of many approaches to obtain these benefits," he says.

"There are other forms of virtualisation that are commonly used as well."

Kusnetzky says application virtualisation is a broad topic and is not new.

"The technology has existed for at least 30 years."

He says it all started with the mainframe and it has been enhanced by new developments.

With new media added, the costs have come down. According to Kusnetzky, virtualisation encompasses access virtualisation, application virtualisation, all of processing virtualisation, storage virtualisation, network virtualisation and security services for all those layers.

"Application virtualisation has become a major catchphrase being bandied about in the business and IT-oriented media," he says.

"There is a broad understanding that decision makers will make better decisions if they understand the depth and breadth of virtualisation."

Virtualisation can have an impact on a variety of sectors, such as processing, storage and data access, Kusnetzky says.

"Most companies focus on just one aspect of virtualisation, ignoring everything else that is possible."

What's more, Microsoft entered the arena with the acquisition of Softricity in early 2006.

Microsoft SoftGrid, which is a virtualisation system that delivers applications that are never installed yet securely follow users anywhere, on demand, allows users to run applications without installing them on a local machine.

The SoftGrid Platform is an engine that turns applications into centrally managed virtual services delivered on-demand. Together with SoftGrid ZeroTouch, it is makes up SoftGrid.

SoftGrid ZeroTouch is the front-end system that enables real-time worldwide availability to applications in a secure, self-serviced environment.

Taking a different view of the concept of virtualisation, Cassatt says new capabilities in the company's software assign a broad set of data centre resources to deliver service levels through user-defined policies and priorities.

New capabilities include virtual machine and network virtualisation control capabilities, which help companies use automation to radically simplify data centre management, and network virtualisation services to work with virtual local area network environments to dynamically configure network switches.

Posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 7:57 AM VMware and other Virtualization tools | Back to top

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