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Date: Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 19:42

On April 23, Citrix announced its financial results for first quarter of fiscal year 2014, ended March 31, 2014.

Citrix announced a total revenue of $751 million, for an increase of 12% compared to Q1 2013

Net income registered a slight decrease with $56 million compared to $60 million of Q1 2013 while Non-GAAP results raised from $117 million for Q1 2013 to $119 million for Q1 2014.

Mark Templeton, CEO for Citrix said:

Our customers are looking for ways to embrace mobility, the cloud, IT consumerization and BYOD. Those needs are right in our sweet spot.  As a leading provider in infrastructure and cloud services, we are uniquely positioned to help our customers deliver secure, managed, mobile workspaces.

David Henshall, CFO and COO for Citrix, declared:

I’m pleased with our performance in Q1, and the strong start to the year, we saw growth in all our geographic markets, while delivering record cash flow from operations.  Our results were driven by balanced growth across all three of our primary businesses: mobile and desktop, cloud networking, and SaaS.

Labels: Citrix, Results
Author: "Paola Cornacchiola" Tags: "Citrix, Results"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 23:01

On April 22, VMware released the results about its growth for Q1 2014.

VMware, announced a total  revenue growth of $1.36 billion, for an increase of 14 percent compared to Q1 2013.

Operating income for the first quarter was $241 million, an increase of 51% from the first quarter of 2013.

Operating Margin registered an increase of 51%, as reported in the official news.

The non-GAAP Operating Margin registered an increment of 9% from Q1 2013, with an income of $423 million.

Operating cash flows had an increase of 11% from Q1 2013.

Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer, VMware, declared:

Our strong financial results reflect VMware’s unique position in helping customers transform their IT infrastructure,  as the industry shifts from client server computing to the mobile-cloud era, customers are choosing our solutions because we have the most complete vision and offering for navigating this evolving world.

Jonathan Chadwick, chief financial officer, VMware, said:

We are pleased with our first quarter comparable revenue growth of 18% as customer adoption across our solutions and services continues to grow, our integration of AirWatch and our new product line-up provides customers with the strongest portfolio of products and services in the industry.

Labels: Results, VMware
Author: "Paola Cornacchiola" Tags: "Results, VMware"
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Date: Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 15:31

On April 15 Splunk announced the availability of Splunk App for VMware 3.1, the system that is competing with VMware Log Insight solution to provide administrators with a real-time insights of the virtualized environment, analyzing and identifying performance and capacity bottlenecks.

This new release include, in addition to some bug fixes, 200 out-of-the-box reports and the following features:

  • Operational Performance Insights: Visualize the operational health of the VMware environment with more than 200 out-of-the-box, customizable reports; identify underperforming/distressed hosts, virtual machines (VMs) and data stores in real time.
  • Advanced Mapping Visualizations: Access interactive, visual maps of your virtual environment, highlighting problems and statistical comparisons based on predefined, customizable thresholds. Immediately identify outliers that fall outside the normal distribution on a statistical map of your VMware environment.
  • NetApp and Storage Correlations: Accelerate troubleshooting, optimize capacity and streamline workloads with out-of-the-box correlation between VMware virtualization layer and storage systems, including direct drill down into data from NetApp Data ONTAP storage for in-depth investigation.
  • End-to-End Visibility: Correlate data from virtual infrastructure with data from applications, operating systems, hardware and networks to gain operational intelligence across all technology tiers.
  • Advanced Analytics: Forecast future resource CPU, memory and disk requirements on VMware VCenter, ESXi hosts and VMs using various predictive algorithms; gain visibility into potential security breaches and non-compliant usage patterns; explore unique errors and exceptions; track changes with visibility into vCenter tasks.

Labels: Release, Splunk
Author: "Massimo Ferrari" Tags: "Release, Splunk"
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Date: Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 21:04

Today Canonical announced the new Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS with a press release intriguingly focused on its role as an OpenStack platform.

This release, that will be available on 17th April, will include a new version of Juju and MAAS, the latest container technologies from Docker and LXC, OpenVSwitch, Ceph, the support for IBM Power Systems and IBM’s open architecture called POWER.

Labels: OpenStack, Release, Ubuntu
Author: "Massimo Ferrari" Tags: "OpenStack, Release, Ubuntu"
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Date: Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 15:33

VMware vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) is the VMware’s owned and operated public Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform, launched in 2013 in the US and extended to Europe in February 2014.

Today Bill Fathers (Senior VP & General Manager, Hybrid Cloud Services Businss Unit at VMware)  published, simultaneously to the official press release, a post on the VMware Company Blog announcing a new disaster recovery solution called (unsurprisingly) VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery.

Intended for mid-size companies the service promises a seamless integration with vSphere-based infrastructures and the ability to self-manage the replicas of the Virtual Machines between on-premise infrastructures and vCHS Data Centers, starting from a price if $835/month including 1TB of storage and standby cloud capacity.


Labels: Disaster Recovery, vCHS, vCloud Hybrid Service, VMware
Author: "Massimo Ferrari" Tags: "Disaster Recovery, vCHS, vCloud Hybrid S..."
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Date: Friday, 11 Apr 2014 09:59

PQR, a dutch technology company has released a paper titled:"3D Graphics for Virtual Desktops Smackdown". The paper which contains 139 pages is written by virtualization experts, Benny Tritsch, Ruben Spruijt, and Shawn Bass. The paper provides a thorough, independent, and well-researched technical deep dive into strategy, vendors, solutions, features, qualifying questions, and much more about what technologists need to know about 3D Graphics for Virtual Desktops.


The paper contains the following sections:

  • Introduction
  • About
  • Tomorrow’s Workspace
  • Desktop Virtualization 101
  • 3D Graphics for virtual desktops, strategy
  • 3D Graphics for virtual desktops
  • 3D Graphics for virtual desktops concepts
  • Remoting Protocol turned inside out
  • 3D Graphics for virtual desktops vendors and their solutions
  • 3D Graphics for virtual desktops enabling technology, GPU, CPU
  • 3D Graphics for virtual desktops enabling technology, IaaS
  • 3D Graphics for virtual desktops enabling technology, Remote Graphics
  • 3D Graphics for virtual desktops enabling technology, 3rd party software solutions
  • 3D Graphics for virtual desktops enabling technology, feature comparison
  • Application supportability
  • Testlab
  • Smackdown 3D graphics solutions, video recordings
  • Notes from the field
  • 3D Graphics benchmark, – applications and various tools
  • Conclusion

This whitepaper is by no means a complete coverage of all offerings in this space, but over time it will be enhanced and will ideally become the reference document for high end graphics for virtualdesktop and application delivery. Currently, the most complete on-premises desktop and application delivery strategy is offered by a combination of Citrix and NVidia. That being said, there is rapid innovation in this field and we expect that the gap will be closed by the other vendors in this space in a short amount of time. It’s a very exciting time for rich graphics in virtual desktops.

Labels: Paper, VDI
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "Paper, VDI"
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Date: Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 16:11

Microsoft has announced the release of a preview of Azure Automation. Azure Automation provides an orchestration engine for use within Microsoft Azure. Azure Automation allows you to automate the creation, monitoring, deployment and management of cloud resources in your Microsoft Azure subscription using a highly-available workflow execution engine and works in a similar way as Service Management Automation (SMA) provided by the Windows Azure Pack.

If you have a Microsoft Azure subscription you can activate the preview on the Preview Features page.


Labels: Azure, IaaS, Microsoft
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "Azure, IaaS, Microsoft"
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Date: Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 15:56

Citrix has released version 5.1 of its client hypervisor XenClient. XenClient consists of two technologies, the XenClient, which is a type-1 client hypervisor running on selected hardware and the XenClient Enterprise Synchronizer, which allows XenClients to download centrally managed virtual desktops and run the locally. Syncrhronzier provides backup and restore, security policies and more. The update contains fixes for both the XenClient Engine and the XenClient Synchronizer.


For the XenClient Engine the following features are added as detailed in the release notes:

  • Extension of the Hardware Compatibility List
  • Improved interoperability with USB redirection
  • USB pass-through via Citrix Receiver into XenDesktop/XenApp
  • Support for Hot-pluggable USB Ethernet/WiFi dongles

For XenClient Synchronizer the following features were added:

  • XenClient can now communicate with any Syncrhonizer when roaming
  • Support for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Support for Windows SQL Authentication, allowing to leverage a AD service account
  • Policies can now reboot the platform if VM guests are powered off, or power off the VMs before rebooting.

This version doesn’t support Windows Vista anymore, fixes can also be found in the release notes.

Labels: Citrix, Release
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "Citrix, Release"
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Date: Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 11:24

In October 2012 Microsoft released version 1.0 of its Virtual Machine Converter tool (MVMC) allowing the conversion of VMware based virtual machines (VM’s) to Hyper-V based VM’s and virtual hard disks (VHDs). Now Microsoft has released version 2.0 of the MVMC, which also allows customers to convert VMware VMs toward VM’s running inside Microsoft Azure.


Version 2.0 provides the following new features:

  • Converts virtual disks that are attached to a VMware virtual machine to virtual hard disks (VHDs) that can be uploaded to Windows Azure.
  • Provides native Windows PowerShell capability that enables scripting and integration into IT automation workflows.
  • Supports conversion and provisioning of Linux-based guest operating systems from VMware hosts to Hyper-V hosts.
  • Supports conversion of offline virtual machines.
  • Supports the new virtual hard disk format (VHDX) when converting and provisioning in Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012.
  • Supports conversion of virtual machines from VMware vSphere 5.5, VMware vSphere 5.1, and VMware vSphere 4.1 hosts Hyper-V virtual machines.
  • Supports Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows 8 as guest operating systems that you can select for conversion.

Labels: Microsoft, Release
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "Microsoft, Release"
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Date: Wednesday, 09 Apr 2014 18:08

VMware vSpere 5.5 was released in September 2013 and introduced a couple of improvements to the networking capabilities of the vSphere platform.

These enhancements could be resumed as follows:

  • More hashing algorithms for link aggregation
  • More link aggregation groups
  • Traffic-filtering support
  • Differentiated Service Code Point (DSCP) marking support
  • Improved host-level packet-capture tool
  • Improved single-root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV) support
  • 40GB network adapter support

Today VMware published a paper titled: “What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.5 Networking” that resumes and briefly explains all this new features.

The paper contains the following sections:

  • VMware vSphere Distributed Switch Enhancements
    • Link Aggregation Control Protocol
    • Traffic Filtering
    • Quality of Service Tagging
  • Troubleshooting and Performance Enhancements
    • Enhanced Host-Level Packet-Capture Tool
    • 40GB Network Adapter Support
    • Single-Root I/O Virtualization Enhancements

Labels: Paper, VMware, vSphere
Author: "Massimo Ferrari" Tags: "Paper, VMware, vSphere"
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Date: Wednesday, 09 Apr 2014 16:14

VMware today announced the release of version 6 of its end user computing suite: Horizon.

Starting with this version VMware not only provides a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution based on View, but now also provides a Server Based Computing (SBC) solution leveraging Remote Desktop Services (RDS) from Microsoft. With the addition of SBC, VMware is now capable of publishing applications, where the application runs on a server which is shared with other users at the same time.

With this announcement VMware starts to directly compete with Citrix’s products XenApp and XenDesktop offering a comparable solution. It’s also interesting to note that VMware supports publishing XenApp published applications to be made available in the Horizon Workspace application catalog, providing an easy way for existing XenApp customers to migrate to Horizon.


By combining Horizon View, Horizon Mirage and Fusion VMware now has a complete solution to manage virtual, physical and personally owned devices.

Horizon will be offered in three editions:

  • Horizon View Standard Edition: Offering VDI-based virtual desktops.
  • Horizon Advanced Edition: Offering both published and virtual applications, leverages VMware Virtual SAN, provides central image management and provides a unified workspace for managing and delivering all applications and desktops.
  • Horizon Enterprise Edition: Delivers a cloud-ready solution for desktops and applications with advanced cloud-like automation and management capabilities for hybrid cloud flexibility. Adding plug-ins for vCenter Ops Management and vCO.

More detailed analysis can be found at Brian Madden’s blog and by Gartner analyst Gunnar Berger who both provide some more details on this news from VMware.

Labels: Announcements, SBC, VDI, VMware
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "Announcements, SBC, VDI, VMware"
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Date: Tuesday, 08 Apr 2014 10:42

Yesterday VMware announced that David Goulden, CEO of EMC Information Infrastructure and CFO of EMC, has left the board of directors.

Goulden will be replaced by Paul Sagan, former Akamai’s CEO, member of EMC’s board and partner and XIR with General Catalyst Partners, a venture capital focused on cloud computing, hyper-connectivity and mobility, media and big data.

Many analysts have always argued that Goulden was one of the possible candidates to succeed Joe Tucci as EMC Chair and CEO, together with VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger, that, after this announcement, said:

We are elated to have Paul Sagan, an accomplished business leader and industry veteran, join the VMware board of directors, with his rich experience as CEO of Akamai and his expertise in current IT trends as a venture capitalist, as well as his service on other board of directors of public companies, he will bring invaluable counsel and insight to the VMware board and executive team.

Labels: Leadership, VMware
Author: "Massimo Ferrari" Tags: "Leadership, VMware"
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Date: Wednesday, 02 Apr 2014 18:18

VMware vExpert is the program, started in 2009, that “rewards” the individuals who has been recognized as active contributors of the community that rotates around the VMware ecosystem.

The program provides three possible paths: Evangelist, Customer and VPN (VMware Partner Network) in order to include all the bloggers, book authors, speakers, tool developers, etc. who wish to apply for this annual award.

Yesterday VMware announced the first round of 2014 vExperts through a post on the VMTN blog and I would like to congratulate with Kenneth, Marcel and, in for the first time, myself for being on this list (.. and, of course, with all of those who are there with us).

Even if our first objective is always the vendor-neutrality of virtualization.info and cloudcomputing.info the reward for our daily efforts is always welcome.

Given that, for the first year, the vExperts will be nominated quarterly, anyone who wants to apply for Q2 voting can use the following link: http://bit.ly/LMJqB5.

Labels: vExpert, VMware
Author: "Massimo Ferrari" Tags: "vExpert, VMware"
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Date: Tuesday, 01 Apr 2014 16:50

Red Hat has released a beta for an upcoming release of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) platform version 3.4. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) is Red Hats virtualization platform based on the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor.

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.4 Beta is available immediately to existing Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization customers.

New features in Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.4 Beta include:

  • Stronger OpenStack integration
    • Security and scalability improvements of Neutron provisioned networks
    • Support for open vSwitch and its SDN capabilities
  • Enterprise network capabilities enhancements
    • Multi-host network configuration capabilities
  • Enterprise storage capabilties enhancements
    • Mixed storage domains
    • Single disk snapshots
  • Advanced manageability of the entire stack
    • Additional scheduler enhancements
    • Affinity/Anti-Affinity groups
    • Hot Plug CPU
    • SNMP configuration service
    • Persistent cloud-init metadata

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Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "Red Hat"
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Date: Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 10:12

Log Insight is VMware’s product for log aggregation, management and analysis. Introduced in June 2013, Log Insight is kept updated with a fast pace in order to be competitive on this market where  Splunk, which provides similar functionalities, is still considered the leader.

The new features introduced with version 2.0-bet can be resumed as follows:

  • Scale-Out with High Availability
    • 5x-10x throughput improvement in Cluster mode
    • Single UI to query all the data
  • Proactive Analytics
    • Machine learning enabled summarization of event types & schema recognition
    • Smart fields to aid in extraction
  • Super-Powered Dashboards
    • Easily add new data filters on the fly
    • Interact between dashboard widgets
  • RESTful API for log ingestion
  • Improved self-monitoring tools
  • Windows collection agent
    • Forwards Windows event logs
    • Monitors & forwards flat log files
    • Centralized reporting & management

You can download this new version here and use it with your existing license or try it with an evaluation license listed within the official release notes.

Labels: Log Insight, Release, VMware
Author: "Massimo Ferrari" Tags: "Log Insight, Release, VMware"
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Date: Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 21:45

In January Citrix announced the upcoming 7.5 version of its Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) product XenDesktop and desktop and virtualization product XenApp. At that time especially the fact that the XenApp product returned since it was integrated in XenDesktop when version 7.1 was released. The reason for this was the integration of both platforms to the Flexcast Management Architecture (FMA) platform, providing better integration between the XenApp and XenDesktop products.

Transforming the feature set from XenApp 6.5 to the XenDesktop 7.1 caused a lot of features in the XenApp product to disappear, as noted by Citrix CTP Alexander Ervik Johnsen en Brian Madden on his website. Based on these articles, we can conclude that bringing back the XenApp product name is more marketing related than technical.


Citrix now has announced the general availability of XenApp 7.5 and XenDesktop

7.5 ,providing the following new features:

  • Provisioning from Citrix Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services
  • Platinum edition customers will be able to benefit from the full feature set of AppDNA, for a full list of the different editions and its features see this article.
  • Wake-on-Lan support for RemotePC Access via Microsoft System Center leveraging Active Management Technology (AMT) capabilities enabled in the BIOS.
  • Connections can be configured to VMware vSphere 5.5 hypervisors
  • Support for Web Interface 5.4.

Citrix also announced that Receiver and StoreFront 2.5 will be updated to support the new versions of both XenApp and XenDesktop.

With the announcement Citrix also released two new blueprints for deployment of both XenApp and XenDesktop:

Labels: Citrix, RDS, Release, VDI
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "Citrix, RDS, Release, VDI"
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Date: Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 20:47

In November last year, Amazon announced its Desktop as a Service (DaaS) solution WorkSpaces. WorkSpaces offers a fully managed Windows 7 experience running on top of Windows Server 2008. At that time the service was offered in a Limited Preview.

Today Amazon announced the general availability of its WorkSpaces solution, which can be accessed using a PC or Mac or by using one of the WorkSpaces mobile clients available for iPad, Kindle Fire HDX and Android Tablets. With this release Amazon also releases the Amazon WorkSpaces Sync client, which automatically backups ups the documents created to Amazon S3.


Labels: Amazon, DaaS, Release
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "Amazon, DaaS, Release"
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Date: Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 12:54

The Apache Software Foundation which took over the developement of CloudStack platform from Citrix in April 2012 today released version 4.3 of Apache CloudStack. Apache CloudStack is open source software designed to deploy and manage large networks of virtual machines, as a highly available, highly scalable Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud computing platform.

With this release CloudStack now supports the most popular hypervisors from: VMware, KVM, XenServer, Xen Cloud Platform (XCP) and Microsoft Hyper-V.


Labels: Apache, CloudStack, Release
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "Apache, CloudStack, Release"
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Date: Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014 22:56

Today Red Hat announced that Alessandro Perilli joined its team as General Manager, Open Hybrid Cloud Program, focused on OpenStack, OpenShift and CloudForms.

Founder and former Chief Editor of virtualization.info and cloudcomputing.info, Alessandro joined Gartner in 2011 as Research Director for Gartner for Technical Professionals (GTP) research division where he led the private cloud computing research.

This news, that virtualization.info has anticipated yesterday, could hide some interesting implications if we consider that Alessandro historically serves large enterprises in the Fortune 2000 group and the, controversial but still extremely popular, post that he wrote on Gartner’s Blog in November 2013 that enumerates the reasons why, according to the analyst, OpenStack won’t sell to enterprises.

Labels: Gartner, Leadership, Red Hat
Author: "Massimo Ferrari" Tags: "Gartner, Leadership, Red Hat"
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Date: Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014 22:05

Oracle has released a new version of its virtualization platform VM Virtualbox. Version 4.3.10 is considered a maintenance release which improves stability and add some new experimental features.

Some of the changes as detailed in the changelog:

  • Experimental HID LEDs synchronization for Windows and Mac OS X hosts: fixed keyboard re-synchronization if the feature is disabled
  • Fixed a crash of the VirtualBox Manager when re-starting guest export
  • Windows installer: make the –silent parameter work again
  • Install correctly on Ubuntu guest systems with a /usr/lib64 directory

Labels: Oracle, Release
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "Oracle, Release"
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