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Date: Monday, 21 Jul 2014 13:07

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is one of the hot challenges that nowadays enterprises are facing, that’s why AirWatch acquisition, made by VMware earlier this year, is extremely significative together with its integration with the newly released Horizon 6 Suite.

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This video shows a quick demo of application access and interoperability in a Horizon 6 and AirWatch Enterprise environment.

Labels: AirWatch, Horizon Suite, Video, VMware
Author: "Massimo Ferrari" Tags: "AirWatch, Horizon Suite, Video, VMware"
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Date: Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 12:34

VMware has released a paper titled:"VMware Virtual SAN Design and Sizing Guide for Horizon View Virtual Desktop Infrastructures". The paper which contains 16 pages focuses on the definitions, sizing guidelines, and characteristics of the Virtual SAN distributed datastore for Horizon View virtual desktop infrastructures (VDI).


The paper contains the following sections:

  • VMware Virtual SAN
  • Horizon View
  • Virtual SAN Characteristics
  • Host Sizing Considerations
  • Virtual SAN Datastore Sizing Considerations
  • Network Sizing Considerations
  • Disk Group Sizing
  • Horizon View and Virtual SAN Node Design Example
  • Conclusion

Thanks to Eric Sloof for providing the news.

Labels: Paper, Storage, VDI, VMware
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "Paper, Storage, VDI, VMware"
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Date: Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 20:15

Citrix has released a technical preview of XenServer codenamed Creedence the next major version of XenServer, which is now at version 6.2. When released this version will probably be version 6.5 or 7. Citrix XenServer is based on the XenServer code from the XenServer open source project. The technical preview is binary compatible with the Alpha 4 release of XenServer.

The Creedence version provides the following new features:

  • 64 bit dom0
  • Linux 3.10 kernel
  • Open virtual switch 2.1.1
  • Boot storm handling improvements by using read caching
  • Read caching for file based SRs
  • TRIM and UNMAP for better storage reclaim
  • 32 bit to 64 bit VM migration
  • Storage migration from XenServer 6.2 and prior
  • SLES 11 SP3 support
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS support


Labels: Citrix
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "Citrix"
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Date: Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 15:46

The Indian company VMUnify, originated from MindTree’s innovation program, announced this week the general availability of version 3.0 of its homonymous solution for managing Virtual Infrastructure Enterprises, Private or Public Clouds to enable the delivering of IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) for public or in house consumption.


Labels: Release, VMunify
Author: "Massimo Ferrari" Tags: "Release, VMunify"
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Date: Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 09:59

vCloud Hybrid Service is VMware’s owned and operated IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) offering, released in September 2013 in the US only and extended to Europe (UK) in February 2014.
This week, through its official blog, VMware announced two new partnerships with SoftBank (Japan) and China Telecom (obviously China) aimed to launch vCHS in Asia.

Labels: China Telecom, SoftBank, vCHS, vCloud Hybrid Service, VMware
Author: "Massimo Ferrari" Tags: "China Telecom, SoftBank, vCHS, vCloud Hy..."
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Date: Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 13:02

Microsoft has released a paper titled:"Virtualization Fabric Design Considerations Guide". The paper which contains 53 pages helps you to understand how to design a virtualization fabric that is able to host many virtual machines in your organization. The paper is intended for Information technology (IT) professionals within medium to large organizations who are responsible for designing a virtualization fabric that supports many virtual machines.


The paper contains the following sections:

  • Design Considerations Overview
  • Step 1 – Determine virtual machine resource requirements
  • Step 2 – Plan for virtual machine configuration
  • Step 3 – Plan for server virtualization host groups
  • Step 4 – Plan for server virtualization hosts
  • Step 5 – Plan for virtualization fabric architecture concepts
  • Step 6 – Plan for initial capability characteristics
  • Next Steps

Within the document Microsoft also makes a reference to two other very interesting documents, which provide foundational concepts that are observed across multiple virtualization fabric designs and can serve as a basis for any virtualization fabric design:

Labels: Microsoft, Paper
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "Microsoft, Paper"
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Date: Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 12:40

Gartner has released its annual Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure, again positioning VMware and Microsoft in the leaders Quadrant. Leaders in this market have a clear strategy and road map for their offerings, understand virtualization’s role in infrastructure and operations transformation, and have a clear vision with respect to cloud computing. The Magic Quadrant has been written by Gartner Analysts: Thomas J. Bittman, Mark A. Margevicius and Philip Dawson.

Figure 1.Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure

When comparing the Magic Quadrant to the 2013 version, which Gartner published in July last year, we now see that Citrix, which was in the leaders Quadrant in 2012, joined the Visionaries Quadrant in 2013 has now joined Parallels, Read Hat and Huawei in the Niche Players Quadrant. Gartner states that: "For server virtualization alone, Citrix’s reduction in XenServer functionality (at the same time that Microsoft and VMware are expanding) and clear strategic positioning will make XenServer an unlikely competitor."


It’s also interesting to not that a new player has entered the Magic Quadrant, Huawei with its x86 hypervisor called FusionSphere. An upcoming product in emerging markets like Brazil, Russia, India and China.

For more exact details on how the Magic Quadrant was created for this year, we recommend reading the reprint provided by Gartner.


At least 70% of x86 server workloads are virtualized, the market is mature and competitive, and enterprises have viable choices. An increasing number of enterprises are evaluating both the cost benefits of competitive migrations and the benefits of deploying multiple virtualization technologies.

Labels: Citrix, Gartner, Huawei, Microsoft, Oracle, Parallels, Red Hat, VMware
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "Citrix, Gartner, Huawei, Microsoft, Orac..."
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Date: Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 12:24

Red Hat has released its OpenStack platform version 5. The Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform is able to create, deploy, and scale a public or private OpenStack cloud. The OpenStack Platform is build on top of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and uses the Icehouse release of the OpenStack cloud platform as its basis.


Labels: IaaS, OpenStack, Red Hat, Release
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "IaaS, OpenStack, Red Hat, Release"
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Date: Thursday, 03 Jul 2014 16:24

HP has released a paper titled: “HP Reference Architecture for OpenStack on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS“. The paper which contains 15 pages provides guidance in the deployment of an OpenStack Icehouse cloud on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS using HP servers including recommendations for setting up a medium sized functional OpenStack Cloud. CONTINUE READING ON CLOUDCOMPUTING.INFO…

Labels: HP, IaaS, OpenStack, Paper
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "HP, IaaS, OpenStack, Paper"
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Date: Thursday, 03 Jul 2014 16:14

Oracle has released version 3.3 of its enterprise virtualizatoin solution. The virtualization solution is available for both x86 and SPARC based processor architectures and uses the Xen hypervisor technology, supporting Windows, Linux and Oracle Solaris guests.

Oracle VM consists of 2 main components, the Oracle VM Manager, which is a web based console used to manage Oracle VM Servers, which is a server running a version of the Xen hypervisor containing a VM agent which communicates with VM Manager.


Version 3.3. provides the following new functionality (see release notes):

  • Web Services API (WS-API) that offers both SOAP and REST interfaces
  • Rewritten Oracle VM Manager Web Interface and Command Line Interface (CLI) to support the WS-API
  • Statistics and events model improvements
  • Support for Huge Pages
  • VM Messaging improvements
  • Reduction of number of required open network ports
  • Possibility to view the VM configuration file from the Web Interface and CLI
  • New VM console which uses JavaScript and HTML5
  • Bundled with MySQL Database Enterprise Edition
  • Migration lock functionality
  • VLAN support improvements
  • Support for additional storage types like Fibre Channel, iSCSI, ZFS volume and local disk in addtion to NFS for VM running in a SPARC server
  • Oracle VM Server Installer now handles all disk partitioning itself
  • Oracle VM Manager infrastructure changes
  • Oracle VM Server infrastructure changes

Labels: Oracle, Release
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "Oracle, Release"
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Date: Tuesday, 01 Jul 2014 15:20

Besides releasing the public beta 2 for vSphere 6.0 today, VMware also released a beta for Virtual Volumes (VVOLs).

Virtual Volumes allows a Virtual Machine and its disk to become a unit of storage management for a storage system by encapsulating virtual disks and virtual machine files. These files are stored natively on the storage system. VVOLs uses the vSphere APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA) which makes the storage system aware of the virtual volumes and how they relate to the virtual machines. This allows for certain operations like snapshots and clones to be offloaded to the storage systems for better performance. For in-band communication with Virtual Volumes storage systems, vSphere continues to use standard SCSI and NFS protocols.

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Labels: Storage, VMware
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "Storage, VMware"
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Date: Tuesday, 01 Jul 2014 13:21

Microsoft has released version 9.1 of its capactiy planning tool the Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP). This version is the follow-up of version 9.0 which was released in December last year. Microsoft provides the Assessment and Planning Toolkit as a so called solution accelerator for free.

The MAP Toolkit uses Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), SMS Provider, and other technologies to collect data in your environment and inventories computer hardware, software, and operating systems in small or large IT environments without installing any agent software on the target computers. The data and analysis provided by MAP streamline the planning process for software migration, help assess device driver availability, and allow you to make hardware upgrade recommendations. The MAP Toolkit also gathers performance metrics from computers you are considering for virtualization and includes a feature to model a library of potential host and storage hardware configurations


Labels: Microsoft, Release
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "Microsoft, Release"
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Date: Tuesday, 01 Jul 2014 11:21

Today VMware opened the Public Beta Program for the upcoming vSphere 6.0.
This Beta 2, that comes after a relatively small private Beta 1, gives the possibility to virtually any customer to test the next release of VMware’s flagship product, gaining some competitive advantages on its side and providing precious feedbacks to the vSphere Team.

You can join vSphere Beta2 Program using this link: https://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/vsphere-beta

After you’ve gained access to the Beta Community you’ll be able to attend to the first two scheduled webinars:

  • Introduction / Overview – Tuesday, July 8, 2014
  • Installation & Upgrade – Thursday, July 10, 2014

Labels: Beta, VMware, vSphere
Author: "Massimo Ferrari" Tags: "Beta, VMware, vSphere"
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Date: Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 12:44

5nine has released version 5.0 of its Microsoft hypervisor management solution 5nine Manager. 5nine Manager is capable of managing multiple versions of Microsoft Hyper-V hosts, and also provdes an agentless antivirus plugin for full and incremental VM and host scans. Besides that it provides features like Hyper-V logs, Application logs, an integrated Best Practices Analyzer, the ability to copy Hyper-V settings between hosts and a File Manager.

Version 5.0 provides the following new features:

  • Automated virtual machine (VM) provisioning
  • Enhanced cluster management
  • VMs Guest connection views through FreeRDP or Microsoft controls
  • Replication to enable failover of production workloads to a secondary site for disaster recovery
  • Group operations for multiple VMs
  • Applications Logs

5nine Manager for Hyper-V is provided in three editions (comparison): 5nine Manager Free Edition, 5nine Manager and 5nine Manager with AntiVirus.

Labels: 5nine, Microsoft, Release
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "5nine, Microsoft, Release"
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Date: Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 12:05

CloudPhysics is a provider of a SaaS performance and capacity analytics solution, the first in its segment to leverage the informations collected for its customer datacenters to improve the intelligence and effectiveness of the product itself.

The company, founded in November 2011 from John Blumenthal and Irfan Ahmad, both former VMware employees, but publicly presented only in July 2012, announced today a new Series C funding of $15M that comes on top of a $10M Series B funding achieved in August 2013 and led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and of a previous $2.5M funding from angel investors and the Mayfield Fund, announced in August 2012, for a total funding of $27.5M in 3 years.

Labels: CloudPhysics, Funding
Author: "Massimo Ferrari" Tags: "CloudPhysics, Funding"
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Date: Friday, 20 Jun 2014 13:35

During its annual TechEd event, Brad Anderson, Corporate VP of Windows Server and System Center at Microsoft announced the next verion of Hyper-V Recovery Manager which is now called Microsoft Azure Site Recovery. Site Recovery is a cloud based service which coordinates failover and failback between two Microsoft System Center 2012 managed datacenters. Site Recovery will provide the option to failover a site with Virtual Machine Manager managed VM’s based on Hyper-V to Microsoft Azure. Yesterday Microsoft announced a free technical preview trial of the Azure Site Recovery functionality.

Azure Site Recovery (ASR) now offers protection, replication, and failover of Virtual Machines directly to Microsoft Azure. The solution uses Windows Server Hyper-V Replica, System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) and Microsoft Azure, delivered via the Microsoft Azure Management Portal.


Labels: Disaster Recovery, IaaS, Microsoft
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "Disaster Recovery, IaaS, Microsoft"
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Date: Friday, 20 Jun 2014 12:00

Puppet Labs, provider of IT automation software has raised $40 in a new funding round from existing investors Cisco, Google Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Triangle Peak Partners, True Ventures and VMware. This round brings the company’s total venture capital investment to $86 million since June 2009.

Puppet Labs also announced it has hired Mukesh Sharma as vice president of sales for the EMEA region. Sharma comes from Canopy, a cloud service provider which is a joint venture between Atos, EMC and VMware where he was Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Labels: Funding, Puppet Labs
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "Funding, Puppet Labs"
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Date: Friday, 20 Jun 2014 11:25

In April this year, VMware announced version 6 of its end user computing suite: Horizon. Yesterday VMware View, the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and now also the Remote Desktop Services was quietly released by VMware.

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.


Version 6 provides the following new features as described in the release notes:

  • Hosted Apps and Desktops
  • Cloud Pod Architecture
  • View integration with VMware Virtual SAN technology
  • View Connection Server, security server, and View Composer are supported on Windows Server 2012 R2 operating systems.
  • Ability to send View logs to a Syslog server such as VMware vCenter Log Insight.
  • Support for RDS remote applications and desktops with the View Agent Direct-Connection Plug-in.
  • Enhanced smart card authentication for View Administrator.
  • Integration of remote applications with Workspace. Users can launch View applications from the Workspace user portal.
  • Real-Time Audio-Video installs a new kernel-mode webcam driver on View desktops that provides better compatibility with browser-based video apps and other 3rd-party conferencing software.
  • The Remote Experience Agent is now integrated with View Agent. Previously, you had to install View Agent and the Remote Experience Agent to use features such as HTML Access, Unity Touch, Real-Time Audio-Video, and Windows 7 Multimedia Redirection. Now you obtain these features by installing View Agent only.
  • Virtual machine space reclamation is supported for Windows 8 and 8.1 linked clone machines in a vSphere 5.5 or later environment.
  • View Persona Management is supported on Windows 8.1 desktops. It is also supported on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 desktops that are based on physical or virtual machines.
  • The Blast Secure Gateway (BSG) now supports up to 800 connections to remote desktops from clients using HTML Access. This connection limit applies to a BSG on one View Connection Server instance or security server.

In this View release, the View Local Mode capability has been removed from the Windows client.


Labels: RDS, Release, VDI, VMware
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "RDS, Release, VDI, VMware"
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Date: Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 23:01

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Zerto has announced that it has closed a $26 million Series D funding. The round was led by Harmony Partners, with participation by Battery Ventures, Greylock IL, RTP Ventures and U.S. Venture Partners.

Zerto provides protection, recovery and migration of data in cloud and virtualized datacenters and is creating aggressive solutions for the market for virtualized disaster recovery services. This funding will allow the company to invest in the acceleration of Hybrid Cloud Adoption.

Among the recent accomplishments of Zerto:

Recent Milestones:

  • Delivered Zerto Virtual Replication 3.5 which adds Offsite Backup, that, when coupled with Zerto’s existing hypervisor-based replication solution, provides comprehensive data protection for enterprises and CSPs.
  • Opened offices in the UK and Australia to support international growth and pent-up customer demand.
  • Achieved 200 percent year-over-year revenue growth.
  • Surpassed more than 100 CSPs and 500 enterprise customers including brands such as ING, Premier, and Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group.
  • Identified by Gartner as a 2014 “Cool Vendor.”
  • Expanded the Zerto Alliance Partner (ZAP) program and bestowed Zerto Certified Professional training and certifications to more than 300 partners, educating partners to sell Zerto Virtual Replication and helping to scale the sales operation worldwide.
  • Outlined its Cloud Fabric strategy to offer enterprises and CSPs complete choice for operating virtualized workflows in any datacenter environment.

Ziv Kedem, CEO and co-founder of Zerto, declared:

At a time when the market is moving to software-defined ‘everything,’ Zerto offers crucial building blocks of the software-defined datacenter, namely virtualized disaster recovery, migration and workload mobility solutions, with our platform, companies can port their data to any cloud, on any hypervisor. Our ‘Cloud Fabric’ vision is a huge leap forward for IT, and shows we’re continuing to innovate and stay ahead of the market.

Labels: Funding, Zerto
Author: "Paola Cornacchiola" Tags: "Funding, Zerto"
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Date: Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 22:45

On June 18 Red Hat announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2014.

Total revenue for the first quarter ended May 31, 2014 was $424 bmillion, with an increase of 17% from the same quarter last year. Looking at the financials details we can see that subscription revenue was of $372 million, up 18% year-over-year,  and operating cash flow of $165 million, up 16% year-over-year.

GAAP operating income was $51 million, which means down 10% compared with last year. For the first quarter, GAAP operating margin was 12.0% and non-GAAP operating margin was 20.8%.

GAAP net income for the quarter was $38 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, in comparison with $40 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, in the year ago quarter. Operating cash flow was $165 million for the first quarter, with a growth, as compared to $142 million in the year ago quarter. At quarter end, the company’s total deferred revenue balance was $1.27 billion, an increase of 20% on a year-over-year basis.

According to the declaration of Jim Whitehurst, President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Hat:

Our strong start to FY15 is a direct result of our ability to consistently deliver meaningful value to enterprise customers, we now count 94% of the Fortune 500 and 90% of the Fortune Global 500 as customers. These are some of the most sophisticated IT organizations in the world, and many continue to increase their purchases from Red Hat to modernize their IT infrastructure with cloud enabling technologies. As evidence of this demand and Red Hat’s strong market position, we closed a record number of first quarter deals of a million dollars or more.

Labels: Red Hat, Results, Revenues
Author: "Paola Cornacchiola" Tags: "Red Hat, Results, Revenues"
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