For the tech hungry, here’s a new TechWiseTV session on localizing branch hosting using the network as the platform (more specifically, using Cisco WAAS to host Microsoft Windows Server 2008 services), as well as other tech topics.
When comparing your options in WAN optimization controllers you might be hearing conflicting claims about key features and architectures that can make it difficult to figure out what makes one product better than another. Most products on the market today are mature and have a competitive feature set. Core features such as compression, caching and TCP acceleration are a given for a product to get on the short list. The performance between products on core features might be similar in routine tests so making a choice could be difficult, but there might be other things to consider that are not so obvious that might really make a difference in how a product works for you.
Consider for example how stable a device is under a heavy load. It is one thing for a device to perform well under an average load, or even to operate reliably near the rated load, which most equipment can do, however do you know how a device will work under a heavy load that bursts up over the rated capacity? Will it stand up to the load or will it block traffic and take a long time to recover?
I am happy to share that the Cisco Unified Computing System was just awarded Gold Award in the “Hardware for Virtualization” category at the Best of VMworld 2009 Awards. The system represents a lot of hardwork and commitment from a large number of folks and we truly appreciate the industry recognition. Thank you.
Day 2 – EMC Chad Sakac and Dave Graham, VMware Guy Brunsdon, Cisco Chris Hoff and Omar Sultan share some of the major events at VMworld 2009