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Liquidware Labs 2015 Predictions: The Right Technology for the Job - Hypervisor or Bare-Metal?


 

Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2015.  Read them in this VMblog.com series exclusive.

Contributed article by Jason Mattox, CTO of Liquidware Labs

The right technology for the job - Hypervisor or Bare-Metal?

When looking at the use of bare-metal, I'm seeing a shift from the hypervisor. There are two main areas I see this starting to really take shape.

The 1st one is containers. Containers are not new, but deploying them in Linux x86 environments is a more recent development. This technology becomes interesting because you're able to have many instances of an application at near bare-metal speeds without the overhead of each instance requiring an entire virtual machine. This technology is going to continue to evolve and become a secure hybrid between the hypervisor level and containers. It has to evolve in order to survive in the SaaS market where you have multi tenancy and security as paramount considerations. Now, things are going to go into hyper-gear when you realize the fact that Microsoft just open sourced .Net.  This means you can take your server side applications that can run on Windows or Linux, and deploy your server side .Net application into a Linux container.  Imagine how interesting things start to get with all the possibilities. Is Java at risk because of this move?  I think it might be.

The 2nd area is Hosted Desktops -- mainly Windows Remote Desktop Services (Terminal Server). Over the years, farms of RDS/XenApp have moved from physical hosts to virtual hosts so administrators can better manage them. If you look at what Citrix has done with Provisioning Services for XenApp, you could go back to bare metal for the best user experience but you still have a hardware driver issue that you have to maintain with Provisioning Services across different XenApp images for different hardware platforms. Fast forward to the new low-watt chips from Intel, Xeon E3 CPU, Intel Iris Pro Graphics P5200 , as well as what HP has done with their Moon Shot chassis, which can hold 45 cartridges (which are mini servers). Bam!  Number one, you now have a consistent driver set that can be managed from Citrix Provisioning Services. And, number two, you have a well-managed hardware platform to bring XenApp performance on par with physical hardware performance levels. Throw application layering into this equation and now you have a triple-threat --  a well-managed hardware platform, a well-managed image and a well-managed application stack abstracted away from the image.  That is the desktop of the future friends!

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About the Author

Jason Mattox is well known in the virtualization community for his world-class knowledge and leadership in end user computing. In his role as CTO, Jason actively drives product development and product roadmaps for the company.

Published Thursday, December 04, 2014 7:23 AM by David Marshall
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@VMblog - (Author's Link) - February 10, 2015 6:55 AM

Once again, how great is it to be a part of the virtualization and cloud industries? 2014 was another banner year, and we witnessed a number of fantastic technologies take shape and skyrocket. And I, along with many industry experts and executives, media

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