Avoiding the bottleneck: The impact of hybrid IT on your network

Avoiding the bottleneck: The impact of hybrid IT on your network

“Whether it’s a “cloud-first” start-up looking at their own infrastructure needs or a more mature company slowly moving to the cloud, every business today is embracing hybrid IT in one form or another,” says Alexandra Della Sera, Softchoice Associate Solution Architect.

Still, as with any new technology, organizations possess significantly varied levels of familiarity, she adds. “Just closing that knowledge gap tends to be a big challenge. Understanding what the impact of a converged architecture will be, but also why you’re doing it and why it’s valuable.”

This blog is the first in a three-part Cisco ‘Ask an Expert’ series looking at how hybrid IT is influencing the technology topics of the network, data center, and unified communications. We asked Della Sera to share her insights into the challenges that hybrid IT places on the network, the considerations organizations must make, and how to deploy hybrid IT successfully.

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Virtual Desktops Get the Security Once-Over From Trend Micro & VMware

Two technology leaders team up to make virtual desktops as secure as physical ones.

Fresh off the success of server virtualization, organizations everywhere are taking the next big step to cloud computing migration, pulling the OS and applications off their physical desktops and managing OS, applications and data virtually.

Like other virtualization before it, desktop virtualization – or VDI – goes a long way to addressing the big elephants in the data center: cost, complexity and security.

On the security front in particular, Trend Micro – the leader in virtualization security – has teamed up with VMware to offer organizations security that’s specifically optimized for virtual desktop environments. That’s important because by sticking with traditional security solutions, enterprises risk limiting their consolidation rates and reducing system performance, not to mention spending a lot more time managing the solution without the confidence that virtual workloads and data are adequately protected. All this can mean compromising the success of a desktop virtualization project.

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Is Comprehensive Virtualization Like 3D Chess? [IBM]

Be careful, they say, what you wish for. Most organizations have at last bought into the promise of near-fully virtualized enterprise data centers. And, in the long run, that’s unquestionably a good thing. After all, virtualizing your data center offers a variety of potential benefits from reduced upfront capital to lower operating costs. Yet a whole host of complexities – not the least of which of those is exacerbated by the diverse group of virtualization rivals vying for a place in your data center – has made the challenges of installing and configuring a virtual environment daunting.

For instance, as organizations have begun consolidating their physical number of servers, pushing the envelope and becoming more and more virtualized, solving yesterday’s challenges has created newer and bigger ones. One, of course, is a lack of standards around virtualization. If IT is mandated with building a private cloud, more often than not it finds itself buying, for instance, servers, storage, network infrastructure, VMware, hypervisor and management tools from a highly qualified but disparate group of vendors and then left to do all the heavy lifting required to sew everything together.

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