Microsoft loves Red Hat: The business implications

Posted by Alessandro Fontana   |   Wednesday, November 18th, 2015   |  

As you may have heard, Microsoft recently announced its “historical” partnership with Red Hat, something that a number of analysts already claimed as a milestone for both companies but especially for their customers.

Although this partnership has been presented as a “cloud space deal” it touches a number of different technologies but, obviously, the most acclaimed news is the highly anticipated availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) on Microsoft’s public cloud offering Azure.

You can see that as a step forward towards an OS-agnostic Azure, but among the reasons behind this move there is that RHEL has been a first class citizen on AWS for a long time and because most enterprises are big shops of both Microsoft and Red Hat its absence has been highly noticed.


Red Hat acquires Ansible

Posted by Staff   |   Friday, October 16th, 2015   |  

Today Red Hat announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ansible, provider of an IT automation tool popular especially within the developers’ community.

The acquisition is rumored to worth around $100M and expected to be closed by the end of this month.

Ansible is one of the four main player in the automation market, younger then the well known Chef and Puppet, has been launched in 2013 in Durham, N.C..


Dell acquires EMC, owner of VMware and Pivotal

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Monday, October 12th, 2015   |  

Dell today announced that it signed a definitive agreement to acquire EMC Corporation for a total of $67 billion, making it the largest ever acquisition in the technology industry so far. Until now the largest acquisition was the $ 37 billion Avago paid for chipset maker Broadcom in May this year. The transaction is expected to close in the second or third quarter of Dell’s fiscal year ending February 3, 2017.

EMC offers data storage, information security, virtualization, analytics, cloud computing and other products. VMware, which is a subsidiary of EMC after it was acquired by EMC in December 2003, will remain an independent, publically-traded company allowing Dell to receive equity in order to finance the merger as suggested by Reuters. VMware stock went down around 10% showing both a low confidence in how Dell operates when it comes to VMware and a “technical” assessment due to the acquisition strategy that Dell will put in place (selling “tracking stock” to pay part of this acquisition).


Red Hat announces earnings for Q2 2015

Posted by Staff   |   Friday, October 2nd, 2015   |  

Red Hat announced its financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2016.

Total revenue for the second quarter ended Augus 31, 2015 was $504 million, with an increase of 13% from the same quarter last year. Looking at the financial details we can see that total subscription revenue earned for the quarter was $363 million, with an increase of 9% year-over-year. Operating cash flow for second quarter was of $120 million, up 12% year-over-year, total cash and cash equivalents and investment was $2.0 billion after repurchising about $70 million.

Citrix retires XenClient

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Monday, September 21st, 2015   |  

Citrix on its website announced that it started the End-of-Life process of Citrix XenClient Enterprise, the end of life date will be December 12, 2016.

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. Synchronizer provides backup and restore, security policies and more.


Release: Altaro VM Backup V6

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Wednesday, September 9th, 2015   |  

Altaro Software, company specialized in backup for virtualized environments, specifically Microsoft Hyper-V, announced the release of Altaro VM Backup, previously known as Altaro Hyper-V Backup, rebranded to introduce VMware Hypervisors support from within the same application.

Altaro, founded in 2009, produces along with Altaro VM Backup also Oops! Backup and Backup FS, backup solutions for SMBs and home users. Oops! Backup is supposed to behave as as a ‘time machine’ for Windows, allowing users to preview and restore versions of their files from different points in time. Backup FS is a backup solution used by small and medium sized businesses looking to protect their Windows Servers and PCs from data loss. CONTINUE READING…

Release: CloudPhysics for vSphere

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Wednesday, September 9th, 2015   |  

CloudPhysics, provider of a SaaS performance and capacity analytics solution, announced to have released a new version of its SaaS offering allowing now VMware users to preempt and eliminate operational hazards that threaten to disrupt IT operations and applications.

CloudPhysics, founded in 2001 by former VMware employees, with this new release gives vSphere teams the opportunity to reduce risk and waste without compromising safety of the virtual infrastructure or the applications. CONTINUE READING ON CLOUDCOMPUTING.INFO…

VMware announcements from its annual VMworld US conference

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015   |  

During its annual VMworld conference held between August 30 and September 3 in San Fransicso VMware made several announcements. During the keynote on Monday several data center related announcements and on Tuesday announcements related to the topic End User Computing were made. This posts summarizes the announcements, providing links to more information where applicable.

The datacenter related announcements are:


VMware EVO SDDC is the new name for what was initially EVO:RAIL or EVO:RACK announced in August last year by VMware. EVO SDDC is VMware’s converged infrastructure solution combining compute, network connectivity and storage in a box which competes with other converged solutions from Nutanix and SimpliVity among others. VMware EVO SDDC which can be purchased at VMware (for software only) and with OEM and system integration partners (Dell, QCT and VCE), contains vSphere vCenter Server, Virtual SAN, NSX, vRealize Operations Advanced, vRealize Log Insight. vRealize Automation Advanced and Horizon Enterprise as a VDI solution can be licensed optionally. The solution is managed by an automation engine called EVO SDDC Manager.


Release: VMware Workstation 12 Pro, Player 12, Fusion 8 and Fusion Pro 8

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Tuesday, August 25th, 2015   |  

VMware today released version 12 of its type-2 client hypervisor products for Microsoft Windows: Workstation Pro and Player and version 8 of its client hypervisor products for Mac OSX: Fusion. All products mainly add support for running Windows 10.

Player (formerly Player Pro) is able to run VM’s only and can be used for personal use in an unlicensed way or licensed when used for business commercial use. Workstation provides the full functionality of the product. (see this page for a comparison between Player en Workstation) . The same goes for Fusion and Fusion pro, where Fusion provides less functionality as Fusion Pro. (see this page for a comparison between Fusion and Fusion pro), both Fusion as Fusion pro have to be licensed though. CONTINUE READING…

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Release: Veeam Management Pack v8 for System Center

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Tuesday, August 25th, 2015   |  

Veeam today released version 8.0 of its Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM or OpsMgr). Using this Management Pack customers running Operations Manager to monitor vSphere and Hyper-V virtualization platforms. Also monitoring for Veeam Backup and Replication is provided. Version 8 is the follow up of version 7 R2 which was released in December last year.


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