Charting the Emerging Cloud Computing World

Abdul Jaleel Kavungal

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Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is the technique of hosting a desktop operating system within a virtual machine (VM) running on a centralized server.   As a concept, VDI separates a personal computer desktop environment from a physical machine and stores entire programs, applications, processes and data on a remote central server. This allows users to access desktops from any device which has a  web browser. The shared resource model facilitated by VDI offers several advantages over traditional individual desktop models.  Simple and fast desktop provisioning, reduced downtime, lower licensing cost, longer refresh cycle and reduced hardware cost are some of the advantages for considering VDI as a solution for enterprise desktop infrastructure.  According to a report by Gartner, virtual desktop market will grow to 49 million desktop units by 2013, and may make u... (more)

Host WordPress Blogging Platform on Windows Azure Cloud

Microsoft Azure services platform is a comprehensive offering that enables enterprises build full scale applications that leverage the advantages of the Cloud computing paradigm.  A useful analogy is to compare Windows Azure to conventional on-premise operating systems. Conventional operating systems manage basic storage, devices, and run applications. Windows Azure provides the same functionality within Microsoft's datacenters which are built to provide cloud computing. In order to provide a runtime environment for custom applications, Windows Azure's Fabric Controller manages a... (more)

zLAMP: Web's Most Popular Software Stack on IBM System z

In recent years, web development and deployment has become extremely fast and easy with the usage of open source software development tools and frameworks.  The usage of open source software has reduced capital and operating expenses for web startups to a greater extend that there is a significant increase in the volume of new internet startups with applications developed using open source software. One of the widely used open source stack for web application development is LAMP. As the expansion implies, LAMP stack consists of a web server (Apache), a database server (MySQL) an... (more)

zCloud - A Better Business Cloud

The value of cloud computing is the availability of technological infrastructure support that is always available, comprehensively useful, highly scalable and attractively priced. By this modern definition of cloud computing, System z has been an internalized cloud for decades and has found to have all the features to make it a natural Cloud Platform. The power of the mainframe's software and hardware virtualization, its shared resources architecture, its real and virtual memory controls, its in-memory internal communications structure, its specialty engines, its energy efficienc... (more)

Converged Infrastructure Software

Converged infrastructure is an approach to managing a modular data center that relies on a specific vendor and the vendor’s partners to provide pre-configured bundles of hardware and software. Converged infrastructure is sometimes called “infrastructure in a box”. Cisco Systems’ Unified Computing System, a virtualization hardware offering that combines Cisco servers and networking with VMware vSphere and EMC storage, is often cited as an example of a converged infrastructure. Converged Infrastructure refers to technology where the complete server profile, including I/O (NICs, HB... (more)