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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Release: Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Monday, August 24th, 2015   |  

Oracle has released version 5.0 of its type-2 virtualization platform VM VirtualBox. Starting with a public beta in April this year and some more test builds and a release candidate later the product is now released. Oracle also already released an update (version 5.0.2.) containing some fixes for version 5.0 already.

There are known problems with VirtualBox 5.0.2 on Windows 10 hosts and with Windows 10 guests. Some of the problems are fixed in the most recent test build which can be found here.


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Microsoft releases 3rd technical preview of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Wednesday, August 19th, 2015   |  

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Microsoft today announced the release of the 3rd technical preview of the next version of its Server Operating System (Windows Server 2016 TP3) and corresponding management software (System Center 2016 TP3). Highlight in this TP3 release is the introduction of Windows Server Containers, Microsofts container virtualization platform which is part of the Docker open source project. Windows Server Containers can be deployed and managed using both PowerShell or the Docker Client, which Docker announced today. Containers can be deployed either in Windows Azure, running in a TP3 core installation or in a VM running on top of Hyper-V.


Microsoft today also released technical preview 3 of System Center 2016 Configuration Manager, Microsoft’s enterprise client management solution. CONTINUE READING ON CLOUDCOMPUTING.INFO…

From VirtualizationMatrix comes WhatMatrix – UPDATED

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Wednesday, August 19th, 2015   |  

We quoted several times Virtualization Matrix, the website created to compare the capabilities of the various virtualization platforms on the market such VMware, Microsoft and Citrix.

This idea sparked community interest and a new project was spawned: a multi-comparison and interactive evaluation platform named WhatMatrix.

WhatMatrix allows visitors not only to compare features of different products in many technology fields, it also offers the ability to enrich products “scorecards” by adding complimentary products to a “stack”.

This feature is useful to both users, who can look at the products following a gap-analysis logic, and vendors which can show the value of their products.

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