Release: Oracle VM 3.4.2

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Thursday, September 22nd, 2016   |  

During Oracle OpenWorld 2016 the company released version 3.4.2 of its enterprise virtualization solution.

Oracle VM is available for both x86 and SPARC based processor architectures and uses the Xen hypervisor technology, supporting Windows, Linux and Oracle Solaris guests.

Some of the changes and new features introduced with version 3.4.2:
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VMworld US 2016 Wrap-up

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Thursday, September 1st, 2016   |  

Today was the last day of VMware’s flagship conference VMworld in Las Vegas, an highly controversial edition which left a good chunk of the audience disoriented if not properly disappointed.

The debate started during Day 1 Keynote and then proliferated over Twitter in various strands. Part of the audience commented that the message delivered during the keynote suggests developers and cloud-native applications (delegated to Day 2 Keynote) as second-class citizens in VMware’s world.

Others complained that the announcements of VMware Cloud Foundation and Cross-Cloud Services (moreover in technical preview) are too few and too late to amend the One Cloud mantra VMware has drummed for an entire year.

Anyway each of these (legit) comments has been addressed by the vast legion of VMware’s aficionados and you can enjoy the discussion on Twitter with the hashtag #VMworld and form your own opinion.
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Gartner releases its Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service for 2016

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Thursday, August 11th, 2016   |  

Last week Gartner updated its Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) for the year 2016. The Magic Quadrant for the year 2015 was released in May last year just like in 2014 (covered by cloudcomputing.info) while the Magic Quadrant for 2013 was released in August 2013 (covered by cloudcomputing.info). The Magic Quadrant aims to provide a qualitative analysis into a market and its direction, maturity and participants. The report details for each company in the Quadrant its strengths and cautions.


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Release: Ansible Tower 3 by Red Hat

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016   |  

Ansible is one of the four main players in the automation market, younger then the well known Chef and Puppet, has been launched in 2013 in Durham, N.C. and acquired last October by Red Hat.
Ansible itself is especially popular within the developers’ community, thanks to its simplicity and agentless nature while Ansible Tower is its control visual dashboard providing centralisation, role-based access control, job scheduling and graphical inventory management.
At the end of July Ansible launched release 3 of Ansible Tower under the name of Ansible Tower by Red Hat.

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IBM announces earnings for Q2 2016

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Tuesday, July 19th, 2016   |  

Yesterday IBM announced its results for Q2 2016.

If we compare with the same quarter in 2015 earnings per share, from continuing operations, decreased 22%. Net income, from continuing operations, decreased 24%.
Consolidated diluted earnings per share down 20% YoY and operating (non-GAAP) diluted earnings per share, from continuing operations, decreased 21%.
These results reflect the continuous shrinking of IBM’s server hardware and z Systems business but, considering investors’ reaction, emerging business such Cognitive Solutions (aka Watson) and cloud (aka BlueMix/Softlayer) are enough to keep Big Blue an appealing investment.

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Red Hat announces earnings for Q1 2017

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Friday, June 24th, 2016   |  

Red Hat announced its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017.

Total revenue for the first quarter was $568 million, with an increase of 18% from the same quarter last year (in constant currency). Looking at the financial details we can see that total subscription revenue earned for the quarter was $502 million, with an increase of 18% year-over-year (in constant currency). Operating cash flow for first quarter was of $232 million, up 8% year-over-year, total cash, cash equivalents and investments as of May 31, 2016 was $2.12 billion after repurchasing approximately $66 million, or approximately 900 thousand shares, of common stock in the first quarter.
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Release: Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 4.0 Beta

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Friday, June 24th, 2016   |  

Today Red Hat released in beta version 4.0 of its KVM-based virtualization platform Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV).

As a major release RHEV 4.0 ships a wide series of enhancements including:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager 7.2 Support: Supporting all the latest RHEL technologies such: JBoss EAP 7, Java OpenJDK 8 and Postgresql 9.2
  • RHEL 7 as host OS: This new host offers a better hardware support and also behaves more  like an appliance enabling simplified operations, easy packages & third party driver updates. The host ships with a new common installer for both Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization hypervisor (RHEV-H) called Anaconda and a web-based administration tool for RHEV-H called Cockpit
  • RHEL Atomic Host as guest OS: Administrators can now obtain information like a list of running containers on the Virtual Atomic instances

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WhatMatrix community keeps growing

Posted by Alessandro Fontana   |   Tuesday, June 21st, 2016   |  

virtualization.info has been following WhatMatrix since its inception and, after 6 months since the website has been launched, we are happy to report that its community is growing and contributing with a number of new comparisons.

WhatMatrix.com provides a comparison engine that, once populated with datapoints by its community members, offers the audience a tool to make IT purchase decisions, create solution proposals and perform technical product research.
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DockerCon 2016: Day 1 wrap-up

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Tuesday, June 21st, 2016   |  

DockerCon 2016 began yesterday in Seattle with a number of announcements from Docker and key partners.

Here is a quick summary of the day:


Release: WinDocks Community Edition

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Tuesday, June 14th, 2016   |  

Yesterday, Bellevue (WA) based company WinDocks, released a free edition of its homonymous port of the Docker daemon to Windows called WinDocks Community Edition.

The company, founded by a small group of former Microsoft’s employees, rides Docker’s momentum and promotes DevOps practices in Microsoft’s space.

WinDocks Community Edition adds support for Windows 8 & 10 in addition to Windows Server 2012, extending container support for .NET 2, 3.5, 4.5, SQL Server 2008, 2008r2, 2012, 2014 and Windows applications to Microsoft’s desktop OSes.

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