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The Weekly Roundup – Oracle VM

21 Dec

weekly-roundupIn preparation for our Server Virtualization Round Table on January 8th, 2013, this week’s roundup looks at what people are saying about Oracle VM, a fully integrated enterprise management solution that is designed to enable rapid enterprise application deployment and simplify lifecycle management. Here are a few highlights:

  • Anon359 (Developer at a small Tech Consulting Firm) says: “The product offers [a] number of benefits to the users who often use multiple platforms. Though there are some disadvantages of the product which can be fixed with some workarounds.”
  • Anon361 (Operations Manager at a large Aerospace/defense firm) says: “Pricing is a major advantage in the case of Oracle VM. The software [is] freely available, and can therefore be used easily and tried first before acquiring the commercial software.”
  • Teenajain  (Developer at a small software company) says: “Oracle VM suffers from all the disadvantages of the Xen hypervisor’s OS-centric architecture, such as vulnerabilities from using a general-purpose management operating system, poor scalability, and incomplete or missing enterprise functionality.”
  • Ecom339 (eCommerce expert at a mid-size software company) says: “It provides enhancements for network and storage configuration, policy-based management for delivering application resource flexibility, and a GUI.

Oracle VM was awarded 4.5 stars by real users. Click here to see what else people are saying about Oracle VM and share your thoughts.

Want to learn more? Join us on Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 at 9am PST/12pm EST for a live webinar discussing server virtualization software. IT Central Station co-founder Russell Rothstein will be hosting a panel of real server virtualization users in the event ‘Server Virtualization: A user perspective roundtable’. Whether you’re using VMware, Microsoft, Citrix or another vendor, this will be the ultimate forum to hear what people really think about server virtualization.

If you haven’t already, sign up with IT Central Station, browse reviews or write a review of your own!

IT Central Station covers a gamut of technology products and services that are used every day to power the business of Fortune 1000 and Global 2000 enterprises.

CIOs Leading IT Infrastructure and Cloud Management with BYOD

20 Dec

Remember when IT employees received company-paid-for goodies—like a PalmPilot, Blackberry, and a chunky—usually Dell—laptop with carry-on case?

These items were issued by a dedicated IT Help Desk staff who created certified “images” that could be replaced whenever apps or a rogue attachment caused problems.

We’re now finding that innovation-friendly IT enterprises must handle a growing trend—bringing your own devices [to work]—or BYOD. BYOD_New

For example, Osterman Research conducted a survey of 760 individuals with regard to “bring your own devices” BYOD issues.

“They found that personally owned smartphones and tablets were used extensively instead of company-issued gear. The research also found widespread use of third-party, cloud-based storage and file synchronization offerings that are sometimes used with IT’s blessing, but more often not [and ccomplimentary to your organization when employees use them outside of your firewall].”

For more info, see CIO‘s White Paper on Putting IT Back in Control of BYOD.

You can also check out Tech RepublicTen questions on BYOD in the enterprise, with Peter Price, CEO of Webalo.

Where can you find out how CEOs, CTOs, CIOs and VPs of IT Decision-Making are handling this new trend?

At IT Central Stationyou can look at the products that manage your IT Infrastructure, your Clouds, and SaaS—then, determine if you’re equipped for this growing trend.

For example, read a review about Oracle Enterprise Manager and then compare to other Products and Vendors associated with the same or similar categories.

What a nice way to lead IT innovation in your organization with an informed set of best practices!

Bring Your Own Device BYODYou can follow products, write reviews, and analyze what others in IT Infrastructure planning have done to manage BYOD.

Server Virtualization Software: What the Vendors Won’t Tell You

19 Dec

We’ve all dealt with them–vendor hosted webinars, biased promotional material and the time consuming search for quality advice about enterprise IT products. Unfortunately, for a long time this was the best way to research IT solutions. Over the last several months, many of our users have helped to change this by chiming in about various products such as Server Virtualization Software and application performance management solutions. Fortunately for the enterprise tech community, these real users are providing our community with quality and unbiased reviews of the most popularly used products.

For me written reviews are great. They allow me to get a clear overview of the Table Discusionvarious products including their advantages and disadvantages. The problem which occasionally arises is when I want more details about what a reviewer has written. For example, one of the reviewers of Hyper-V wrote that it “Lacks advanced features of virtualization platform”, but what I really want to understand is what advanced features is he talking about and does my environment actually require those features. Yes, I could easily go ahead and contact the reviewer and wait for a response, however often I have several questions about more than one review (and this isn’t to say that the reviewer didn’t do an excellent job!) This is why we at IT Central Station have decided to host a Server Virtualization Peer Panel. This will allow current users to voice their opinions, further explain their experiences and help guide IT community members who are currently considering investing in these products. Most importantly, it will allow those interested in Server Virtualization Software to ask any specific question which they may have.

The webinar, which will take place on January 8th, will include a panel of real users who will discuss the pros and cons of various solutions, tips and tricks, and the secrets they have learned along the way. Instead of the commonplace vendor webinars which are centered on making a sales pitch, we have invited real users who will provide their unbiased opinions. These real users only goal will be to share their experiences with their peers and candidly answer any questions in an open discussion environment.

Join us on January 8th for ‘Server Virtualization: A User Perspective Roundtable

In addition, early registrants will receive the free whitepaper ‘Server Virtualization Secrets – A Peek at What Users Really Think.”

Roundup of Gartner and Forrester Insights on B2B Social Media

14 Dec

Last week Forrester’s Zachary Reiss-Davis and Gartner’s Jenny Sussin blogged noteworthy social media frameworks for IT Infrastructure CIOs, CEO’s, and Decision-Making VPs to consider.

Both agree that we all have unique, organic experiences of social media—personally and professionally.

We don’t want to over indulge though, or do we?

Social Media

Zack’s find . . . “Don’t let yourself be deceived; your key influencers are already having conversations, whether or not you’ve begun a marketing initiative to interact with them.  However, engagement will fuel the fire behind their conversations, and allow you to generate more positive content about your products and your company . . .
Listen To Customers, Engage With Influencers

For B2B Social Media, we want to know when to engage and how—we desire to tag the emerging “beat” or sustainable cusp of importancethis grabs our attention.

Now Jenny’s . . . “Strike a balance and recognize that just because someone doesn’t use a social network specifically for what you’re using it for doesn’t make them wrong, or stupid, or frivolous” . . . “Trying to please your execs and your social constituents is an almost winless game,”  . . . pa-dump roll please . . . “consider checking out some other sources before defining your social media reality . . . The Social Media “Bro” Fest

We’re here precisely for that!  Strike a balance but do indulge by following Vendors, Solutions, and Products @ IT Central Station.

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You can follow products, write reviews, and analyze what others in IT Infrastructure planning have done to make great decisions—what will you do next to add value to your IT Enterprise or your organization’s Strategic Plan?

The Weekly Roundup – VMware ESXi

14 Dec

weekly-roundupThis week’s roundup explores server virtualization software. Let’s find out what people are saying about VMware ESXi, a free enterprise-level server virtualization product offered by VMware. Here are a few highlights:

  • lasso says: “[It is the] most usable hypervisor in the industry. It’s well documented, really simple and quick to set up.”
  • RonSNunes says: “ESXi has one major benefit that outweighs the others; IT’S FREE! The only issues I have with ESXi is that it is console (CLI) based…some people might now want to configure a high availability virtual machine server via the Command Line.”
  • sys_admin says: “Virtualization has made datacenter operations easier. As a sysadmin, managing multiple hosts is more simple and flexible with VMware ESXi. Running multiple hosts, operations systems on a single host makes it more efficient and saves costs. ESXi also allows you to pool the resources of several machines effectively, thereby helping to run the application smoothly without hassles.”
  • Francis Lee Mondia says: “[There is] no central management of other ESXi servers, each one needs to be logged-in individually if you have multiple servers.”

VMware ESXi was awarded 4.5 stars by real users. Click here to see what else people are saying about VMware ESXi and share your thoughts.

Want to learn more? Join us on Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 at 9am PST/12pm EST for a live webinar discussing server virtualization software. IT Central Station co-founder Russell Rothstein will be hosting a panel of real server virtualization users in the event ‘Server Virtualization: A user perspective roundtable’. Whether you’re using VMware, Microsoft, Citrix or another vendor, this will be the ultimate forum to hear what people really think about server virtualization.

If you haven’t already, sign up with IT Central Station, browse reviews or write a review of your own!

IT Central Station covers a gamut of technology products and services that are used every day to power the business of Fortune 1000 and Global 2000 enterprises.

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