VMware says it's acquiring storage-virtualization provider Virsto to expand its data-center storage-virtualizaton capabilities. For users, it could mean a 70% decrease in storage-per-desktop costs, the company said.
Cloud computing and software-as-a-service companies are in demand for mergers and acquisitions these days, says an Ernst & Young report that notes that such deals accounted for more than 15% of worldwide technology acquisitions last year. Analytics-related and Big Data transactions also increased in 2012, the report says.
Training is moving to more engaging strategies and new technologies, including simulations and cloud-based learning, Cindy Waxer writes. A main driver is lower costs. "Innovative IT training programs got their start because of cost-cutting measures," consultant Kendra Lee says.
HPCC Systems' High Performance Computing Cluster software is gaining on Hadoop for Big Data applications, Allen Bernard writes. Some analysts say HPCC has more mission-critical functionality and a better enterprise focus than Hadoop does.
Tech professionals' training needs aren't being met by companies, especially when it comes to new hires and leadership development, a survey by ON24 indicates. ON24's Tom Masotto says IT training is an efficient and economical approach for developing skills.
Dell is buying server virtualizaton-management player Scalent and will integrate the vendor's infrastructure management software into Advanced Infrastructure Manager, a data-center software package. Scalent's is compatible with VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisors.