Tech: Microsoft Infrastructure as a Service Foundations

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Thursday, November 20th, 2014   |  

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Microsoft has published a series of blog articles called the "Microsoft Infrastructure as a Service Foundations". The goal of the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Foundations series is to help enterprise IT departments and cloud service providers understand, develop, and implement IaaS infrastructures. This series provides comprehensive conceptual background that combines Microsoft software, consolidated guidance, and validated configurations with partner technologies such as compute, network, and storage architectures, in addition to value-added software features.

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AWS re:Invent Day 2 Keynote Wrap-Up

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Monday, November 17th, 2014   |  

The Day 2 at AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas saw on stage Verner Vogels, amazon.com CTO, in a keynote mostly focused on devs.

Two the key announcements:

  • Amazon EC2 Container Service: riding the momentum for application containerization unleashed from Docker, Amazon releases its own container management service. Using ECS-enabled AMIs or installing the Docker daemon and the ECS Agent on a Linux AMI, customers will be able to create and manage clusters of containers and use the associated Scheduler to manage the resources. The service is already available as a preview and there are no extra charge in addition to the used resources.

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AWS re:Invent Keynote Wrap-Up

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Thursday, November 13th, 2014   |  

Yesterday at AWS re:Invent 2014 in Las Vegas, Andy Jassy (SVP, Amazon Web Services) announced, as expected, a set of new products and services that will be available to Amazon’s customers.

Two strong thematics emerged from this session, a renewed commitment towards specific needs of large enterprises and a the will to provide innovation through open source technologies.


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Release: Veeam Availability Suite v 8

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Wednesday, November 12th, 2014   |  

Veeam today announced the release of version 8 of its Availability Suite. It combines the Veeam Backup & Replication version 8 product together with Veeam ONE version 8, where Backup & Replication provides backup, restore and replication capabilities and ONE provides monitoring, reporting and capacity planning for VMware and Hyper-V virtualization platforms.

Version 8 provides the following new and updated functionality:

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Release: Puppet Labs Puppet Enterprise 3.7

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Wednesday, November 12th, 2014   |  

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Puppet Labs has released version 3.7 of its Puppet Enterprise. Puppet Enterprise is a Configuration Management platform using a model based, declarative approach build on top of Puppet which is an open source IT automation solution. Puppet Enterprise is a suite of products combining Puppet , a web console, provisioning tools and support.

The Puppet Enterprise version 3.7 software bundle consists of the following tools: CONTINUE READING ON CLOUDCOMPUTING.INFO…


Midokura MidoNet goes Open Source

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Tuesday, November 4th, 2014   |  

Midokura is a Japanese startup that released, back in 2013, MidoNet a network virtualization solution for OpenStack.

Yesterday, at OpenStack Summit in Paris, the company announced the decision to open source the core pieces of MidoNet making them freely available to the public under Apache 2.0 license.

This decision is intended to encourage user adoption and reflects the trend that sees Open Source as more and more central in vendors’ strategies.
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Release: Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure 5

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Monday, November 3rd, 2014   |  

Red Hat today announced the release of version 5 of its systems management solution for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) private clouds based on the OpenStack platform, supporting OpenStack, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and virtualization platforms based on Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV), Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager(SCVMM) and VMware.

Version 5 is the follow up of version 4 which was released in January this year and version 5 adds the capabilities of Red Hat Satellite to the solution. CONTINUE READING ON CLOUDCOMPUTING.INFO…


Amazon releases AWS plugin for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Thursday, October 30th, 2014   |  

Amazon has released the AWS System Manager for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM). AWS System Manager is an add-in for SCVMM which allows customers to monitor and manager EC2 instances from within SCVMM. This add-in adds functionality to SCVMM like launching new instances, and common maintenance tasks like restarting, stopping and removing instances. Also connecting to an instance using the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is possible. CONTINUE READING ON CLOUDCOMPUTING.INFO…


Paper: Project VRC: Phase VII – Impact of Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 5.0, Optimizations and Best Practices

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Wednesday, October 29th, 2014   |  

Project VRC, an ititiative started by LogIn Consultants and PQR, has released a new Project Virtual Reality Check (VRC) whitepaper titled:”Phase VII – Impact of Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 5.0, Optimizations and Best Practices“. The paper written bij Ryan Bijkerk and Ment van der Plas contains 64 pages and describes the the impact on performance and capacity of using Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) version 5 on hosted desktop environments.

For measuring the different scenario’s the Login VSI benchmarking tool was used. CONTINUE READING…


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Release: Update Rollup 4 for Microsoft System Center 2012 R2

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Tuesday, October 28th, 2014   |  

Microsoft has released Update Rollup (UR) 4 for its System Center Suite of products. The update rollup can be installed on top of System Center 2012 R2 products and is a cumulative update.

Update Rollup 4 consists of several downloads per product, the following products are affected: CONTINUE READING…


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