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Date: Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014 13:38

Yesterday, Microsoft announced the new name for its Client Operating System: Windows 10. What was also announced was the upcoming features to be introduced in the next version of Windows Server and System Center. Windows Server 10 will be released in a technical preview for the public today. Also a technical preview of System Center is expected, with the exception of of System Center Configuration Manager for which a technical preview is expected in H1 next year.

For Windows Server Microsoft plans to introduce:

  • Support for rolling upgrades from older Hyper-V versions to the new Hyper-V version
  • A network controller able to manage both virtual and physical networks
  • Synchronous storage replication
  • Storage Quality of Service (QoS)
  • OpenGL and OpenCL support for Remote Desktop
  • Time based access with fine-grained privileges
  • New application publishing capabilties

For System Center Configuration Manager Microsoft is planning:

  • Support for client deployment, upgrade and management of Windows 10
  • Windows Intune will be able to manage Windows 10 devices via Mobile Device Management
  • Support for the new servicing model in Windows Server

Microsoft also plans to update its current System Center versions in order to (partly) support the new Operating Systems.

Labels: announcement, Microsoft
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "announcement, Microsoft"
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Date: Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014 13:15

VMware today announced the release of its type-2 client hypervisor product Workstation (version 11) and Player Pro (version 7). VMware expects to release both products in December this year. Starting with these versions VMware will require users to run the products on 64 bit Operating Systems, abandoning the 32 bit platform

Included in the Workstation 11 update:

  • Ready for the Windows 10 Technical Preview
  • Support for the latest Intel 64-bit x86 processors, including Haswell.
  • Support for VMs with up to 16 vCPUs, 8 TB virtual disks, 64 GB memory and 2 GB video memory
  • Connection to VMware vCloud Air, allowing you to upload, run and view VMs right from the Workstation interface


Player 7 Pro will have the follwing features:

  • Ability to run on top of Windows 8.1
  • Updated hardware compatiblity
  • Ability to run VMs created by Workstation 11 and Fusion 7 pro

Labels: announcement, VMware
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "announcement, VMware"
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Date: Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 09:31

As announced in august, Citrix has now made available version 7.6 of its Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) product XenDesktop and desktop and virtualization product XenApp.

Version 7.6 contains the following new features (among others):

  • Session prelaunch and session linger, capable of starting sessions before they are requested (session prelaunch) and keeping application sessions active after a user closes all applications (session linger).
  • Support for unauthenticated (anonymous) users
  • Connection leasing, enabling users to connect and reconnect to their most recently used applications and desktops, even when the Site database is not available.
  • Application folders
  • XenApp 6.5 migration
  • Enhanced connection throttling settings
  • Enhanced reporting in Studio
  • Support for Receiver for Chrome 1.4 and Receiver for HTML5 1.4
  • Support for HDX Real-Time Optimization Pack 1.5 for Microsoft Lync


Also additional products related to XenApp and XenDesktop are available in new versions: Director, AppDNA (version 7.6), Citrix StoreFront (version 2.6), Citrix Connector for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (version 7.5)

Labels: Citrix, RDS, Release, VDI
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "Citrix, RDS, Release, VDI"
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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 15:55

While the fact that Lenovo would take over the x86 Server Business line from IBM isn’t new, today Lenovo announced that a definitive agreement has been made effective October 1st. Lenovo is acquiring System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches, x86-based Flex integrated systems, NeXtScale and iDataPlex servers and associated software, blade networking and maintenance operations. IBM will retain its System z mainframes, Power Systems, Storage Systems, Power-based Flex servers, PureApplication and PureData appliances.

The acquisition will make Lenovo the third-largest player in the $42.1 billion global x86 server market.

Labels: Acquisitions, IBM, Lenovo
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "Acquisitions, IBM, Lenovo"
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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 13:53

The Pivotal Initiative is the organization, born in December 2012 from the merge of EMC and VMware cloud application and big data offerings and well known for Pivotal CF (Cloud Foundry), its commercially supported hybrid Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) based on Cloud Foundry, which it first launched in November 2013.

Last week Pivotal announced that version 1.3 of its Pivotal CF is now generally available, introducing the following new functionality:


Labels: Pivotal, Release
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "Pivotal, Release"
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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 11:14

IBM has released a paper titled: "IBM Flex System Solution for Microsoft Hyper-V (2-node) Reference Architecture". The paper which contains 50 pages describes a reference architecture for building a 2 node Hyper-V solution using the IBM Flex System Solution.

The design consists of two IBM Flex System x240 compute nodes, which are attached to the IBM System Storage DS3524 Storage controller. The networking design leverages the Flex System EN2092 Ethernet Switches. This fault-tolerant hardware configuration is clustered by using the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 operating system.


The paper contains the following sections:

  • Introduction
  • Business problem and business value
  • Architectural overview
  • Component model
  • Deployment considerations
  • Summary

Labels: IBM, Microsoft, Paper
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "IBM, Microsoft, Paper"
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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 11:04

VMware has released a free eBook titled: "Virtualization 2.0 for dummies". The book which contains 88 pages can be downloaded from the VMware website after registration.

The book covers the following topics:

  • How Virtualization 2.0 can deliver improved visibility, optimized planning and more predictive control through capacity management and performance monitoring
  • A deep dive into virtualization beyond the server, including operations management, virtualized backup, storage, and networking
  • How to prepare your IT environment for the next steps in your virtualization journey, with advice on storage options and security
  • Technical tips, best practices, and links to in-depth resources to help you save time setting up, managing, and troubleshooting


Thanks to Eric Sloof for providing the news.

Labels: Books, Paper, VMware
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "Books, Paper, VMware"
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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 10:55

VMware has released a paper titled:"VMware Virtual SAN Performance with Microsoft SQL Server", the paper which contains 9 pages shows the result of a scalability study running Microsoft SQL Server on VMware Virtual SAN using the DVD store benchmark.

Two cases were examined: (1) The number of nodes in the Virtual SAN cluster were scaled up from 4 to 8. (2) The number of DVD Store instances (virtual machines) per node were scaled up in a Virtual SAN cluster from 1 to 3.


The paper contains the following sections:

  • Executive summary
  • Introduction
  • Experiment Setup
  • Test Methodology
  • Results and Analysis
  • Conclusion
  • Hardware Configuration
  • Virtual Machine Configuration
  • Workload Configuration
  • References

Labels: Paper, VMware
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "Paper, VMware"
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Date: Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 09:45

Oracle has released its Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux (O3L). Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux is a distribution of the OpenStack (Icehouse) cloud framework integrated with the Oracle Linux Operating System and the Oracle VM Server virtualisation platform.

In December last year, Oracle announced its participation in the OpenStack foundation, releasing a technology preview based on the OpenStack Havana release, later refreshing the technical preview based on OpenStack Icehouse.


Labels: IaaS, Oracle, Release
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "IaaS, Oracle, Release"
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Date: Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 12:22

VMware has released a paper titled: "VMware Horizon 6 Reference Architecture". The paper which contains 53 pages describes a reference architecture for building a VMware Horizon 6 deployment supporting 2,000 till 10,00 users with an existing server and storage infrastructure.

The Horizon 6 reference architecture combines the technologies of standard rack-mount server hardware running on EMC VNX storage, VMware View Accelerator (to accelerate existing SAN), VMware ESXi 5.5, and Horizon 6 to produce a highly efficient, robust, and scalable next-generation virtual workspace deployment.


The paper contains the following sections:

  • Executive Summary
  • VMware Reference Architectures
  • Horizon 6 Solution
    • Hardware Components
    • Software Components
  • Horizon 6 Reference Architecture
    • Modular Pod and Block Design
    • Software-Defined Data Center
    • vCenter Operations Manager for Horizon
    • Unified Access with Workspace Portal
    • Windows Desktops and Remote Applications with View
    • Single Image Management with Mirage
    • User Experience
    • Integration
    • Availability
  • Test Results
  • Bill of Materials
  • References

Labels: Paper, VMware
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "Paper, VMware"
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Date: Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 07:55

Microsoft has released new VM sizes for Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines and Web/Worker roles. The new VM sizes are called D-Series offering up to 112 GB in memory with compute processors that are approximately 60 percent faster than the A-Series VM sizes. D-Series have up to 800 GB of local SSD disk allowing for fast reads and writes. Microsoft has updated its Virtual Machine pricing details page to reflect the new offering.

The new sizes are defined as follows:


Labels: IaaS, Microsoft
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "IaaS, Microsoft"
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Date: Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 07:33

Citrix has released a technical preview of a Gallery Image containing XenDesktop 7.5 to be used within Microsofts Windows Azure Pack (WAP).

WAP emulates the Windows Azure experience on-premise so that its users have a consisten experience across private and public cloud solutions provided by Microsoft. WAP supports multiple tenants providing self service capabilities for each tenant. CONTINUE READING ON CLOUDCOMPUTING.INFO…

Labels: Citrix, Microsoft
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "Citrix, Microsoft"
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Date: Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 23:25

Oracle has caused a world wide earthquake with the latest news announcing a change in its management, Larry Ellison, one of the founders of the Oracle empire who remained the only CEO of the company for about 35 years left his position and was appointed executive chairman and CTO.

Labels: Leadership, Oracle
Author: "Paola Cornacchiola" Tags: "Leadership, Oracle"
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Date: Friday, 19 Sep 2014 23:14

We are living in a mobile world and the future will be more wireless than ever, we are working with technology all the time using our smartphones and tablets, the demand is increasing every day and this is what led open source software specialist Red Hat fill the gap in its mobile portfolio and to acquire Irish software firm FeedHenry, the company specialized in mobile enterprise application platform technologies.

Labels: acquisition, FeedHenry, Red Hat
Author: "Paola Cornacchiola" Tags: "acquisition, FeedHenry, Red Hat"
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Date: Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 10:49

Citrix yesterday announced that it has acquired Virtual. Virtual provides a virtualization platform for iOS and Android which is cloud based. Virtual provides a solution for testing applications without the need of physical devices in many combinations of devices, operating systems and networks.

Citrix plans to integrate the assets of Virtual into its mobile workspace delivery platform solutions. Citrix states:

The technology and team, including founder and CEO Chris Wade, will accelerate innovation across the Citrix mobile workspace apps and delivery infrastructure to help simplify IT security management for applications, data, endpoints and networks, and support the core Citrix vision for providing people with new ways to work.

Labels: acquisition, Citrix, Virtual
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "acquisition, Citrix, Virtual"
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Date: Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 14:28

Last week the New York times published an article titled: “EMC explores selling stake in VMware“. While the news that EMC is exploring selling VMware is not new though. Paul Singer, CEO of Elliot Management Corporation who has a stake in EMC has been pressuring EMC to exit the 80% stake it has in VMware.

The option that HP might be interested in buying VMware is quite interesting though, even though the New York times doesn’t name its source. HP Both EMC and HP decline to comment as expected.

EMC acquired VMware in 2004.

Labels: acquisition, EMC, Speculation, VMware
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "acquisition, EMC, Speculation, VMware"
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Date: Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 13:59

After raising $15 million in Series B funding in January this year, Docker has announced that it has raised $40 million in Series C funding. Docker states that it will use the funds to drive adoption of its platform in the enterprise and to broaden its rapidly growing ecosystem of application developers, system administrators, platform providers, and technology partners.

In order to raise the $40 million Docker partnered with Sequoia and existing investors: Benchmark, Greylock Partners, Insight Ventures, Trinity Ventures, and Jerry Yang.

Labels: Docker, Funding
Author: "Kenneth van Surksum" Tags: "Docker, Funding"
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Date: Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 10:13

VMware has released version 5.1 of its centralized image management for Windows desktops: Mirage.

VMware Mirage is also part of the Horizon Suite, VMware’s end user computing suite that includes View, the company’s VDI product.

The main new features introduced in this release can be resumed as follows:

  • Bandwidth Control – Managing desktops and PCs across many remote branch sites is difficult. With that in mind, Mirage was designed to help IT manage devices across distributed environments. And in these distributed environments, bandwidth is usually a concern. Image management solutions like Mirage require at least some bandwidth to deploy operating systems and applications. In Mirage 5.1, IT can control the amount of bandwidth Mirage clients consume directly from the Mirage management console. IT can set bandwidth limitation based on categories like per subnet, or per Active Directory site. Setup is simple and allows IT to not have to rely on QoS tools on their network when working with Mirage client to server communication.
  • API Extensibility – As part of Mirage 5.1, we’ve started formalizing and publishing APIs. Customers and partners can use the data that Mirage collects to integrate their own systems with Mirage. If you have a tool that requires plugging into data and services provided by Mirage, now you can connect through with our documented API set. This is the beginning of our journey to make Mirage more extensible.
  • Reporting Framework – We’ve enhanced our reporting framework in Mirage 5.1. IT can create and run reports that are output into HTML or CSV format. Scheduling automatic generation and email of reports helps give IT better analytics and visibility into the different Mirage operations that are being performed. Overall support time can be reduced with easier to consume reports based off of this new framework.
  • Customer Experience Improvement Program – We’re always looking for feedback from customers using Mirage. With 5.1, Mirage now includes the VMware Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP). This an optional, encrypted and anonymous method to send technical data from the Mirage database and log files back to VMware. This helps us improve the Mirage solution.

For the full set of the new features please refer to the Release Notes.

Due to the acquisition of CloudVolumes, announced this August, we would have expected some news about its integration into the Horizon Suite but nothing has yet come from that side.

Labels: Mirage, Release, VMware
Author: "Massimo Ferrari" Tags: "Mirage, Release, VMware"
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Date: Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 14:30

Proxmox Virtual Environment (VE) is an open source virtualization management solution that leverages KVM technologies.

Yesterday Proxmox Server Solutions GmbH announced the release of version 3.3 of its product that is mostly focused on providing security features like the Proxmox VE Firewall and two-factor authentication.

The new features could be resumed as follows:

  • HTML5 (noVNC) console
  • Proxmox VE Firewall
  • Two-factor authentication
  • ZFS storage plugin
  • Proxmox VE Mobile
  • QEMU 2.1

You can download and try Proxmox VE at this link.

Labels: Proxmox Server Solutions, Release
Author: "Massimo Ferrari" Tags: "Proxmox Server Solutions, Release"
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Date: Monday, 15 Sep 2014 11:10

Convirture the company, founded in 2006 that provides an open source management console to manage virtualization platforms,  announced to have opened a UK- based office which will help the company to widen its presence in the EMEA market. The new UK team will be leaded by Martyn Richards, a veteran technology executive.

According to Convirture press release published in CNBC, its virtualization and cloud management software ConVirt offers management capabilities for virtual and cloud platforms, including KVM, Xen, Hyper-V, VMware and Amazon EC2 with a better cost of the dedicated solutions available for each technology.

Arsalan Farooq, CEO of Convirture, declared:

We’re seeing growing demand globally as more and more enterprises realize the need for consolidated management of their virtualization and cloud computing resources, Convirture EMEA will help us better serve existing customers while developing new business in the UK and throughout Europe the Middle East and Africa.

Labels: Convirture, EMEA, Platform Management
Author: "Paola Cornacchiola" Tags: "Convirture, EMEA, Platform Management"
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