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Date: Monday, 01 Sep 2014 18:34

Nutanix, provider of web-scale IT infrastructure to medium and large enterprises with its software-driven Virtual Computing Platform, announced to have raised $140 million in a Series E funding over a $2 billion valuation, the funding round was lead by two Boston-based public market investors with over $3 trillion in combined assets under management.

This round brings the company’s total venture capital investment to $312 millions.

Nutanix also announced that the capital will be used to invest in sales, research and development, customer support and marketing and enable the Company to accelerate its vision of making web-scale infrastructure ubiquitous in enterprise datacenters.

Nutanix declared that had secured more than 800 customers, including names such as Airbus, China Merchant Bank, Honda, ConocoPhillips, Total SA, Toyota, US Navy and Yahoo! Japan. Nutanix announced back in June a OEM agreement with Dell to build the XC Web-scale Converged Appliance, and the joint venture solution is going to be available in Q4 2014.

Dheeraj Pandey, co-founder and CEO, Nutanix, said:

The convergence of servers, storage and networking in the datacenter has created one of the largest business opportunities in enterprise technology, and Nutanix is at the epicenter of this transformation, we are proud of the progress we have made, and are confident in capitalizing on the enormous opportunity that lies ahead of us. We recognize the importance of building relationships with leading public market investors, and are honored to welcome them as partners in driving the long-term success of our Company.

Labels: Funding, Nutanix
Author: "Paola Cornacchiola" Tags: "Funding, Nutanix"
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Date: Monday, 01 Sep 2014 18:30

The first day at VMworld 2014 was all about the new vCloud Air catalog and VMware’s “we are all open source folks” strategy but progressing in the event has also emerged some room for the End User Computing BU to make some announcements.

  • VMware Workspace Suite: A new integrated platform that aims to unify the management of mobile devices, desktops, applications and data. In other words this suite combines Horizon 6 Enterprise, Workspace Portal and the newly acquired AirWatch Mobility Management Suite and Secure Content Locker in order to provide a comprehensive and (we hope) integrated enterprise BYOD solution. The suite is available immediately
  • VMware Horizon DaaS: The following new services are expected for Q3 2014:
    • Expansion in Europe: The service will be available in Europe through the vCloud Air U.K. datacenter in Slough
    • High performance desktop: A new Horizon DaaS Enterprise service options will be available featuring desktops with 4 vCPU, 8GB vRAM and 120 GB HD
    • Apps as a Service: Horizon DaaS will allow the publication of applications and shared desktops using RDS infrastructure directly within the service
    • Cloud bursting with monthly terms: All DaaS services will support monthly terms
  • CloudVolumes: VMware promised the ability to combine Horizon 6 with the newly acquired CloudVolumes technology in order to provide real-time delivery of applications, user settings and data to virtual desktops. The solution is available immediately
  • VMware BLAST Performance technology: Combining NVIDIA GRID vGPU and NVIDIA Tegra K1-powered Google Chromebooks VMware aims to greatly improve the consumption of graphically demanding applications like Adobe and AutoCAD suites. The technology will be available for selected customers in Q4 2014
  • VMware will integrate the AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management Platform with Mobile App Management from SAP Mobile Secure

Labels: End User Computing, VMware, VMworld
Author: "Massimo Ferrari" Tags: "End User Computing, VMware, VMworld"
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Date: Monday, 01 Sep 2014 13:45

Just before the beginning of VMworld 2014 VMware announced the rebranding of its owned and operated public Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) service vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) into the more friendly and Apple-like VMware vCloud Air.

This announcement prepared the ground for a couple of new services and features unveiled on-stage last week and summarized as follows:

Labels: vCloud Air, VMware, VMworld
Author: "Massimo Ferrari" Tags: "vCloud Air, VMware, VMworld"
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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 10:12

On August 27 Red Hat disclosed that Brian Stevens, the company CTO, has resigned after over 12 years of service, an unexpected news that drew open-source community attention on the the next future of the Raleigh company.

In his career in Red Hat, Brian Stevens has been in charge as Corporate CTO while maintaining a strong engineering involvement into Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Red Hat has been extremely telegraphic, announcing the step down of Stevens as CTO in the company and that Paul Cormier, President of products and technologies at Red Hat, is going to take over as CTO until a substitute is found.

The news catches everyone unprepared but we can argue that is the result of the changes that Red Hat is planning in its go to market strategy, a process that partially began with the hiring of the former Gartner analyst, Alessandro Perilli as General Manager of the Open Hybrid Cloud program.

We wonder if Red Hat will see this as an opportunity to re-invent its CTO office, following a trend adopted from several other vendors (with easily demonstrable benefits we can say), having, for example, several CTOs, each one focused on a core business line (or region), instead of a single global CTO.

In the announcement Jim Whitehurst, President and CEO of Red Hat, writes few words of thanksgiving to his former colleague Stevens:

We want to thank Brian for his years of service and numerous contributions to Red Hat’s business. We wish him well in his future endeavors.

Labels: Leadership, Red Hat
Author: "Massimo Ferrari" Tags: "Leadership, Red Hat"
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Date: Monday, 25 Aug 2014 23:26

Among the announcements made today at the VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, there are two new releases. VMware disclosed the delivery of new version of its Disaster Recovery and Backup products: VMware Site Recovery Manager 5.8 and vSphere Data Protection 5.8.

VMware vCentre Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 5.8 aims to deliver next-generation disaster recovery capabilities for vSphere environments.

The main highlights of this new release are:

  • 5x the scale of protection – IT organizations can set up recovery plans scalable up to 5,000 virtual machines per vCenter Server using array-based replication to enable enterprise-level protection–five times larger than with previous limits.
  • Enhanced self-service – New integrations will offer customers self-service access to provision predefined disaster recovery protection tiers to new VMs via blueprints in vCloud Automation Center when using array-based replication.

vSphere Data Protection Advanced 5.8, powered by EMC Avamar technology, offers backup capabilities for vSphere environments.

The new major features in vSphere DPA are:

  • Enhanced support for business-critical apps – customers can now perform backups for Microsoft SQL Server clusters as well as Microsoft Exchange DAGs (Database Availability Groups).
  • Customizable Proxies and Backup Work Streams – customers now have the flexibility of choosing the number of parallel backup workstreams to satisfy Service Level Agreements (SLAs) helping them to increase backup scalability and performance.
  • Enhanced Replication – customers can now restore replicated backups at either primary or disaster recovery site.

Labels: Release, vCenter, VMware, VMworld, vSphere
Author: "Paola Cornacchiola" Tags: "Release, vCenter, VMware, VMworld, vSphe..."
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Date: Monday, 25 Aug 2014 17:47

Today at VMworld 2014 VMware showcased version 6.1 of its network virtualization platform: NSX.

Launched last year at VMworld 2013 NSX is the result of Nicira acquisition and now VMware is talking about multi-hypervisor support and OpenStack Integration.

The key new features of NSX 6.1 can be resumed as follows:

  • DHCP Relay: It’s now possibile to define several DHCP servers configured per logical router ports and to integrate external DHCP servers in the physical world with the same logic.
  • Two Stage ECMP Support: Allows high-availability and scale out introducing equal cost multi path routing.
  • L2 VPN: Enterprise Migration (NSX on both sides): You can now trunk multiple VLANS of multiple VXLANs from one datacenter to another allowing, for example workflows migration (is an enhancement from the previous version).
  • Load Balancing Enhancements: Now allows load balancing of UDP based services.
  • A new partnership with F5 to provide its balancer alongside NSX standard.
  • Firewall Enhancements: Now supporting Reject action, CPU/Memory Thresholds, etc
  • Micro Segmentation: Provides firewall services through the hypervisors’s kernel module allowing the binding between firewall policies and VMs.

For a more technical deepening you can read Vladan Seget’s article.

Labels: NSX, Release, VMware
Author: "Massimo Ferrari" Tags: "NSX, Release, VMware"
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Date: Monday, 25 Aug 2014 16:55

I’m not a huge fan of converged infrastructure solutions but a lot of companies love the simplicity and the initial agility of such implementations, that has led to the relative success of solutions like VCE vBlock and FlexPod.

The hyper-converged systems aim to provide the same advantages, like guaranteed performance and hardware compatibility, a single point of contact for the support, etc, but in a smaller piece of hardware and with an higher level of automation.

Today at VMworld 2014 VMware announced EVO:RAIL a Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCIA) that allows VMware’s OEM partners (initially Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, Inspur, NetOne and SuperMicro) to enter in the same market of vendors like Nutanix and SimpliVity.

EVO:RAIL is built on top of vSphere, vCenter Server and Virtual SAN combining compute, network and storage resources into a single unit of deployment.

You can learn more about EVO:RAIL visting www.vmware.com/products/evorail and with this 4 videos:

VMware also announced EVO:RACK Technology Preview, also a hyper-converged solution but intended for medium-to-large enterprises and able to scale to tens of racks.

EVO:RACK leverages the full line-up of VMware’s solutions for Software Defined Data Centers (SDDC) including vCloud Suite and NSX.

Labels: Announcements, EVO:RAIL, VMware
Author: "Massimo Ferrari" Tags: "Announcements, EVO:RAIL, VMware"
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Date: Monday, 25 Aug 2014 15:42

First day at VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, if the tradition is respected most of the big news will come out today, a good example is the announcement of the first hybrid cloud management platform from VMware: VMware vRealize Suite.

Many vendors have now understood that the near future of cloud computing is hybrid (with all the different meanings of this term, dependent on the level at which the environment is observed),  in this case VMware has realized that the vast majority of the customers need to manage physical and multi-hypervisor platforms with the same level of automation and agility that private, public and hybrid clouds (including VMware vCloud Air [formerly known as vCloud Hybrid Service] and Amazon Web Services) currently offer.

VMware vRealize Suite is a management stack that offer three key capabilities, all present in Gartner’s Evaluation Criteria for Cloud Management Platforms:

Labels: Announcements, Cloud Management, VMware, vRealize Suite
Author: "Massimo Ferrari" Tags: "Announcements, Cloud Management, VMware,..."
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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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