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Date: Friday, 22 Aug 2014 09:44
VMware announced an administrative transformation in order to stimulate technology innovation, to boost its focus on customers, and develop operational effectiveness across the organization.
VMware’s president, Carl Eschenbach who joined VMware in June 2002 and acts as the company’s chief operating officer, is taking on an expanded role which includes the Corporate Strategy and Business Development. Aside Eschenbach is going to carry on in leading VMware’s connected customer engagement across Sales, Marketing, Services, Global Customer Operations and VMware’s Global Partner Organization.

EVP, CFO at VMware, Jonathan Chadwick is going to take on an expanded role as chief financial officer and chief operating officer for VMware. Chadwick is going to be working together with Eschenbach on key operational priorities. Furthermore, Chadwick is going to be responsible for operational quality across key business activities including HR, finance, legal, IT, and operations.

In addition to Eschenbach and Chadwich expanded roles, VMware also announced three executive promotions.

Betsy Sutter former VMware’s head of people, has been promoted to corporate senior vice president and chief people officer.

Bill Fathers has been promoted to executive vice president and general manager of the Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit.

Martin Casado, has been promoted as senior vice president and general manager of the Networking and Security Business Unit.

Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer, VMware, said:

These executive changes are designed to support our growth, help bring the company’s ground-breaking innovations to life, and will also help us more rapidly anticipate and respond to customer needs.

Labels: Announcements, Leadership, VMware
Author: "Paola Cornacchiola" Tags: "Announcements, Leadership, VMware"
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Date: Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 22:26

All the major vendors in the cloud computing market are investing in their hybrid cloud programs, VMware is no exception and today has launched the new VMware vCloud Air Network program, an evolution of their existing VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP).


Labels: vCloud Air, vCloud Hybrid Service, VMware
Author: "Massimo Ferrari" Tags: "vCloud Air, vCloud Hybrid Service, VMwar..."
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Date: Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 19:26

This week Citrix announced the upcoming 7.6 version of its Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) product XenDesktop and desktop and virtualization product XenApp.

XenApp product returned in version 7.5 since it was integrated in XenDesktop when version 7.1 was released. Both platforms are built upon the third-generation Flexcast Management Architecture (FMA) platform, and are designed to be deployed in on-premise or hybrid environments.

This new release will provide the usual performance enhancements with a special focus to the audio, video and graphics experience, the support for unified communications such as Lync Server 2013 and for generic redirection of USB 3.0 peripherals.

Among the other new features there is the ability to use commodity servers and RAM to drop the IOPS load on storage and the new Citrix Connector 7.5 for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager.

Both products are expected to be available in September 2014.

Labels: Citrix, VDI
Author: "Massimo Ferrari" Tags: "Citrix, VDI"
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Date: Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 18:22

Red Hat is putting a lot of effort in its OpenStack distribution that reached version 5 in July introducing the Icehouse OpenStack release.

The Raleigh open source giant has just announced a ready-to-deploy Open Virtual Appliance that aims to encourage the companies with a VMware-based infrastructure to evaluate Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, the download will be available starting from next week from the Red Hat Customer Portal Page.

Labels: OpenStack, Red Hat
Author: "Massimo Ferrari" Tags: "OpenStack, Red Hat"
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Date: Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 22:40

Application containerization is one of the hot topics of 2014, the idea of abstracting applications from the underlying OSes is intriguing and suggests a more simple and agile way to distribute and manage business applications than the per-VM model.

Docker is a good representative of this technology, started in March 2013 is  now supported by major technology and service providers like Canonical, Google Cloud Platform and Red Hat.

CloudVolumes is a company founded in 2011 that leverages the same concept in the Microsoft Windows world with an architecture that they define as an hybrid between layering, application virtualization and containers that enables customers to have high application compatibility while working with existing infrastructure.

Today, a few days from VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, VMware announced the acquisition of CloudVolumes in order to enrich its End-User Computing portfolio and specifically the Horizon Suite, the financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Labels: Acquisitions, CloudVolumes, VMware
Author: "Massimo Ferrari" Tags: "Acquisitions, CloudVolumes, VMware"
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Date: Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 18:41

Today Parallels announced the availability of version 10 of its desktop virtualization platform for Mac: Parallels Desktop.

The new release obviously includes the support for OS X 10.10 Yosemite, better performances and battery life improvements when running on a laptop.
Parallels Desktop 10, also released in its Enterprise edition, will tighten the integration between Yosemite and the Windows applications running in the VMs, supporting iCloud Drive, iMessages and SMS text sharing directly from Windows OSes, the control of virtual machines from Spotlight preview and Finder QuickLook.

The highlights of this new version can be resumed as follows:

  • Open Windows documents 48% faster
  • Up to 30% longer battery life
  • A new Disk Space Wizard created to semplify the reclaim of disk space
  • Virtual machines use up to 10 percent less Mac memory
  • Real-time optimization that automatically compacts virtual disk eliminating the need for periodic manual compacts
  • The ability to create linked clones of virtual machine
  • Ready for OS X Yosemite

Parallels Desktop 10 is available starting from today Aug. 20 for existing Parallels customers, new customers can pre-order a copy and full version will be available starting August 26.

Labels: desktop, Parallels, Release, virtualization
Author: "Paola Cornacchiola" Tags: "desktop, Parallels, Release, virtualizat..."
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Date: Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 11:42

The Intel Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) is an open source software library for Linux User Space applications that enables higher levels of packet processing throughput, that gives application developers the ability to address compute and I/O intensive workloads, typically found in Telecom and networking use cases, on general purpose, Intel architecture-based processors, without the need of dedicated hardware.

This paper, titled Intel Data Plane Development Kit (Intel DPDK) with VMware vSphere, describes the solution, result of a VMware and Intel partnership aimed to migrate legacy solutions into virtualized, cloud-ready, data centers.

The document focuses specifically on Intel DPDK Para-virtual Device Connectivity and Direct Assignement Connettivity.

Labels: Intel, Paper, VMware, vSphere
Author: "Massimo Ferrari" Tags: "Intel, Paper, VMware, vSphere"
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Date: Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 21:15

Teradici is the developer of the PC-over-IP (PCoIP) remote desktop protocol, which is leveraged in several VDI solutions and provided with Teradici hardware solutions which are OEM’ed by several vendors. Teradici announced, at SIGGRAPH, the release of Teradici PCoIP Workstation Access Software, in a collaboration with Dell which propose a new software for Dell Precision workstations which allows instant access to remote computing.

Teradici PCoIP remote desktop protocol solution was used only by complex VDI solutions, such as VMware Horizon View, therefore it was needed a dedicated hardware able to support it or a probably-too-complex software bundle. This new Teradici solution introduce PCoIP as standalone software that can be installed separately, the price is $199 USD, plus $40 USD for a one-year mandatory support and maintenance contract.

Teradici PCoIP Workstation Access Software offers PCoIP remote visualization technology, enabling user data and computing applications to being transmitted as pixel-only images which allows to protect corporate intellectual property and possible sensitive internal data, and at the same time permits end users to access their workstations remotely over LAN or WAN connections.

Teradici PCoIP Workstation Access Software release 1.0 provides the following features:

  • High quality images: The leading Teradici PCoIP protocol compresses and encrypts pixels to enable outstanding remote workstation performance.
  • Remote access from anywhere: Highly flexible solution supports BYOD, allowing for remote access from anywhere around the world.
  • Ultra-secure access: PCoIP technology only transmits pixels, not data, providing assurance to IT that corporate IP will be protected against loss or theft.
  • Direct connect: Easy to deploy and doesn’t require set up of a third party broker to get started.
  • Local collaboration: Local workstation user can share their screen with one remote user leveraging the same Windows OS account.
  • Application independent: PCoIP technology sends pixels, regardless of the applications being used and types of content being generated.
  • Broad client support: The software connects seamlessly with Teradici PCoIP Software Clients (Windows OS and Mac OS) as well as PCoIP Zero Clients (Dell Wyse P25, Dell Wyse P45), with support for additional end points planned for future releases.
  • High performance 3D:Utilizing NVIDIA GRID enableseven the most demanding 3D applications to be operated remotely with an experience that feels like you’re working from your local workstation.

Dan Cordingley, president and CEO of Teradici, said:

This introduction marks a significant milestone for our partnership with Dell, together, we’ve collaborated to bring feature-rich, high-fidelity computing resources on remote workstations and virtual desktops to hundreds of thousands of end users in a variety of markets over the past several years.  Building on our successful track record, Teradici is delighted to join Dell in delivering PCoIP Workstation Access Software for existing and new Dell Precision hardware to a growing base of customers.

Labels: Release, Teradici
Author: "Paola Cornacchiola" Tags: "Release, Teradici"
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Date: Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 19:19

Veeam released Veeam Task Manager for Hyper-V, a free tool for monitoring and management of Microsoft Hyper-V.
You all know Windows Task Manager, the system monitor and startup – task manager included with Microsoft Windows, used by system administrators to start the troubleshooting of various issues that could appear on a server.
Veeam Hyper-V Task Manager

What differentiates this free tool is that shows a Task Manager that includes the resource consumption, like CPU and memory utilization, of each virtual machine running on a virtualization host server.

The Veeam Task Manager for Hyper-V doesn’t need to be installed on the machine as it is an individual application which means total portability as it can even be used on remote media such as an USB drive.

Labels: Hyper-V, Microsoft, Veeam
Author: "Paola Cornacchiola" Tags: "Hyper-V, Microsoft, Veeam"
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Date: Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 11:57

Platform9, founded in 2013 from former VMware Engineers Sirish Raghuram (former Staff Engineer and now Platform9’s CEO), Madhura Maskasky (also former Staff Engineer and now Head of Product), Roopak Parikh (former Staff MTS at VMware and now Head of Engineering) and Bich Le (former Principal Engineer at VMware and now Chief Architect), exits today from stealth mode announcing its homonymous SaaS cloud management platform that promises to transform the on-premise servers infrastructures into an AWS-like private clouds.
This new platform aims to reduce operational complexity offering non-disruptive setup and upgrades, a single pane of glass (unified management) for KVM, Docker (which is becoming more and more relevant) and VMware vSphere (but currently only KVM is supported), a native support for teams collaboration and a solid OpenStack base (which translates into an OpenStack controller, with Nova, Keystone and Glance modules, that you have to install into your on-premise infrastructure to provide the management stack).


Labels: Cloud Management, OpenStack, Platform9, SaaS
Author: "Massimo Ferrari" Tags: "Cloud Management, OpenStack, Platform9, ..."
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Date: Monday, 11 Aug 2014 19:57

This month Microsoft made available one of its famous posters that visually represents its entire Cloud Ecosystem and called indeed Cloud Ecosystem Poster: Microsoft Azure, Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2.

The document includes the key components of Microsoft Public Cloud offering alongside all the On-Premise Cloud technologies and is a strong visual aid to understand and compare all the different areas of the offerings.


Labels: Cloud Computing, Microsoft, Poster
Author: "Massimo Ferrari" Tags: "Cloud Computing, Microsoft, Poster"
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Date: Wednesday, 06 Aug 2014 09:06

Login VSI has released version 4.1 of its vendor independent Login Virtual Session Indexer (VSI) benchmarking utility. Version 4.1 is the follow up of version 4.0 which was released in May 2013.

Login VSI measures the performance and scalability of Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDI) and Server Based Computing (SBC) environments by simulating unique user workloads. Eventually developed as a free tool by Login Consultants to benchmark systems for use with Project Virtual Reality Check, Login VSI evolved into a company of its own and has become a commonly used benchmarking tool used by different vendors nowadays. Login VSI is provided for free as an Express Edition, there is also a Pro edition which is supported by Login VSI.


Version 4.1 provides the following new functionality:

  • New "Office Worker" workload, allowing organizations to match and simulate their virtual desktop usage in order to predict and validate the performance of constantly changing production environments
  • Ability to import data in CSV format into the Login VSI Analyzer
  • VSImax measurement and calculation methodology is no longer specifically dependent on Microsoft Office Word

Labels: Login VSI, Release
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "Login VSI, Release"
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Date: Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 17:46

Horizon Mirage is VMware’s centralized image management for Windows desktops with backup and OS migration capabilities, the product uses a layering technology to segment OS, applications and user personalizations into isolated containers allowing administrators to separately manage hardware and each layer of software.

Horizon Mirage is build on the technology which VMware acquired when it acquired Wanova in 2012 and later integrated this into Horizon product suite containing the end-user computing products.

Click here to view the embedded video.

A month after the release of version 6 of Horizon suite, VMware published a series of videos to introduce the various aspects of the Mirage component all available on its official YouTube channel:

Thanks to Eric Sloof for signaling.

Labels: Horizon Suite, Mirage, VMware
Author: "Massimo Ferrari" Tags: "Horizon Suite, Mirage, VMware"
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Date: Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 23:35

On July 22 Microsoft announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2014.

Total revenue for the quarter ended June 30 was $23.38 billion. Looking at the financials details we can see that gross margin was $15.79 billion,  operating income was $6.48 billion and diluted earnings per share were $0.55 each.

Revenue of the recent acquisition of the Nokia Devices and Services completed on April 25, 2014 are disclosed to be revenue, gross margin, operating income, and diluted EPS of $1.99 billion, $54 million, $(692) million, and $(0.08), respectively.

Despite the financial growth of the big giant, Microsoft announced its decision to cut 18,000 jobs, which includes 12,500 Nokia factory and professional positions — which is about half  of the employees added in the acquisition. The resting 5,500 positions are cut at Microsoft, mainly in sales, marketing and engineering. Microsoft’s strategy is to join two business units, Smart Devices and Mobile Phones. According to Microsoft’s statement the reductions will be completed by June 30, 2015 and it will result in a pretax charge of $1.1 billion to $1.6 billion.

Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft, who took over after Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, wrote an email to all of Microsoft employees explaining his strategy.

Nadella commented about Q2 2014 results:

We are galvanized around our core as a productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world, and we are driving growth with disciplined decisions, bold innovation, and focused execution,“I’m proud that our aggressive move to the cloud is paying off – our commercial cloud revenue doubled again this year to a $4.4 billion annual run rate.

Labels: Microsoft, Results, Revenues
Author: "Paola Cornacchiola" Tags: "Microsoft, Results, Revenues"
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Date: Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 19:17

On July 23, Citrix announced its financial results for second quarter of fiscal year 2014, ended June 30, 2014.

Citrix announced a total revenue of $782 million, for an increase of 7% compared to Q2 2013

Net income registered a slight decrease with $53 million compared to $64 million of Q2 2013 while Non-GAAP results raised from $124 million for Q2 2013 to $142 million for Q2 2014.

An abstract of the outcome of second quarter of 2014, compared to Q2 2013:

  • Product and license revenue increased 2%;
  • Software as a service revenue increased 12%;
  • Revenue from license updates and maintenance increased 7%;
  • Professional services revenue, increased 15%;
  • Revenue increased in the EMEA and Pacific regions by 8%; and increased in the Americas region by 4%;
  • Deferred revenue $1.4 billion as of June 30, 2014, compared to $1.3 billion as of June 30, 2013, an increase of 12 %;
  • Cash flow from operations was $204 million for the second quarter of fiscal year 2014, compared with $209 million for the second quarter of fiscal year 2013.

During the second quarter of fiscal year 2014:

  • GAAP gross margin was 78%, and non-GAAP gross margin was 85%,
  • GAAP operating margin was 7%, and non-GAAP operating margin was 22%,
  • The company repurchased 20.9 million shares at an average price of $58.50.
Mark Templeton, president and CEO at Citrix, said:

I’m pleased with our performance and results for Q2, I’m really proud of how our team delivered greater operating efficiencies while driving our very significant pivot to mobility. As we move into the second half, we’ll continue to refine operations to further increase shareholder value and to stay aggressive with valuable solutions for our customers’ mobility needs. And, on a personal level, I’m excited to be back, energized, and looking forward to the future here at Citrix.

Labels: Citrix, Results
Author: "Paola Cornacchiola" Tags: "Citrix, Results"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 20:56

VMware has released a paper titled:"Reference Architecture for Horizon with View and Virtual SAN". The paper which contains 50 pages contains a reference architecture for VMware Horizon with View virtual desktops and Virtual SAN storage is based on real-world test scenarios, user workloads, and infrastructure system configurations.

It uses Dell R720 PowerEdge rack mount servers with local storage to support a scalable and cost-effective View linked-clone desktop deployment on VMware vSphere 5.5.


Testing was done for experience and operations, including Login VSI desktop performance and VMware View Planner testing on 400 desktops.

The paper contains the following sections:

  • Executive Summary
  • Overview
  • Test Results
  • System Configurations
  • Test Methodology
  • System Sizing
  • Bill of Materials
  • Conclusion

Labels: Dell, VDI, VMware
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "Dell, VDI, VMware"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 20:41

The Xen Project, the community which develops the Xen hypervisor under the GNU Public License (GPLv) and which is now part of the Linux foundation has released version 2.0 of its Mirage Operating System. Version 2 is the follow up of version 1.0 which was released in December last year.

The Mirage OS represents an approach where only the necessary components of the OS are included and compiled along with the application into a "unikernel", resulting in more efficient and lean "appliances" which the same or better functionality but a much smaller foodprint and attack surface. Application code is developed in a high-level functional programming language OCaml on a desktop OS such as Linux or Mac OSX, and compiled into a fully-standalone, specialized unikernel that runs under the Xen hypervisor APIs. Since Xen powers most public cloud computing infrastructure such as Amazon EC2, this lets your servers run more cheaply, securely and finer control than with a full software stack.


Labels: Mirage, Xen Project
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "Mirage, Xen Project"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 18:25

On July 22, VMware released the results about its growth for Q2 2014.

VMware, announced a total  revenue growth of $1.46 billion, for an increase of 17 percent compared to Q2 2013.

Operating income for the first quarter was $200 million, which means a decrease of 26% from the second quarter of 2013.

The non-GAAP Operating Margin registered an increment of 3% from Q2 2013, with an income of $428 million, which is a reflection of the AirWatch acquisition.

Cash flows were $6.64 billion.

Among the recent VMware Announcements:
Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer, VMware, said:
We continue to see strong performance across our business, further evidence that VMware is
uniquely positioned as IT transitions from client server computing to the mobile cloud era, across the board, customers are turning to VMware solutions to help chart an efficient path to the future without sacrificing the vital needs for security, availability and compliance required by all businesses.

Labels: Results, VMware
Author: "Paola Cornacchiola" Tags: "Results, VMware"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 09:40

Veeam today released version 7.0 of the Management Pack for monitoring and management of VMware ESX and Microsoft Hyper-V using Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2012.

New in this release is the addition of support for the Hyper-V hypervisor from Microsoft, for which Veeam will not charge any licenses for up to 100 sockets through 2014. Also an Enterprise-plus and Enterprise editon of the solution is introduced.


Version 7 provides the following new funtionality:

  • Real time performance metrics for Hyper-V, displaying real time memory and CPU consumption for the hosts and associated VMs
  • Analysis of on-premises virtual workloads in order to recommend the oppropriate Microsoft Azure or VMware vCloud Hybrid Service resources
  • vShpere host security profile reporting
  • Automatic deployment of collection components


Veeam Management Pack v7 is available now. In North America the Enterprise Plus edition is priced at $450 per Hyper-V or vSphere CPU socket. The Enterprise edition is $250 per socket and can be upgraded to Enterprise Plus for $200 per socket. In other regions, Veeam Management Pack v7 is available at local pricing.

Labels: Microsoft, Release, Veeam, VMware
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "Microsoft, Release, Veeam, VMware"
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Date: Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 23:11

OpenNebula has just released the Beta version of its OpenNebula 4.8, codename “Lemon Slice”, that finally introduces the long awaited support for public clouds providers others than Amazon AWS.

Specifically we are talking about the support for Microsoft Azure, rumored for the first time in 2010 and officially announced yesterday at OSCON (O’Reilly Open Source Convention) and for IBM SoftLayer, announced in May and introduced in this release.

Labels: Azure, Hybrid Cloud, OpenNebula, SoftLayer
Author: "Massimo Ferrari" Tags: "Azure, Hybrid Cloud, OpenNebula, SoftLay..."
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