Red Hat’s CTO resigns

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Friday, August 29th, 2014   |  

On August 27 Red Hat disclosed that Brian Stevens, the company CTO, has resigned after over 12 years of service, an unexpected news that drew open-source community attention on the the next future of the Raleigh company.

In his career in Red Hat, Brian Stevens has been in charge as Corporate CTO while maintaining a strong engineering involvement into Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Red Hat has been extremely telegraphic, announcing the step down of Stevens as CTO in the company and that Paul Cormier, President of products and technologies at Red Hat, is going to take over as CTO until a substitute is found.

The news catches everyone unprepared but we can argue that is the result of the changes that Red Hat is planning in its go to market strategy, a process that partially began with the hiring of the former Gartner analyst, Alessandro Perilli as General Manager of the Open Hybrid Cloud program.

Release: VMware Site Recovery Manager 5.8 and vSphere Data Protection 5.8

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Monday, August 25th, 2014   |  

Among the announcements made today at the VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, there are two new releases. VMware disclosed the delivery of new version of its Disaster Recovery and Backup products: VMware Site Recovery Manager 5.8 and vSphere Data Protection 5.8.

VMware vCentre Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 5.8 aims to deliver next-generation disaster recovery capabilities for vSphere environments.

Release: VMware NSX 6.1

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Monday, August 25th, 2014   |  

Today at VMworld 2014 VMware showcased version 6.1 of its network virtualization platform: NSX.

Launched last year at VMworld 2013 NSX is the result of Nicira acquisition and now VMware is talking about multi-hypervisor support and OpenStack Integration.


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VMware announces EVO:RAIL

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Monday, August 25th, 2014   |  

I’m not a huge fan of converged infrastructure solutions but a lot of companies love the simplicity and the initial agility of such implementations, that has led to the relative success of solutions like VCE vBlock and FlexPod.

The hyper-converged systems aim to provide the same advantages, like guaranteed performance and hardware compatibility, a single point of contact for the support, etc, but in a smaller piece of hardware and with an higher level of automation.

Today at VMworld 2014 VMware announced EVO:RAIL a Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCIA) that allows VMware’s OEM partners (initially Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, Inspur, NetOne and SuperMicro) to enter in the same market of vendors like Nutanix and SimpliVity.


VMware launches VMware vRealize Suite

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Monday, August 25th, 2014   |  

First day at VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, if the tradition is respected most of the big news will come out today, a good example is the announcement of the first hybrid cloud management platform from VMware: VMware vRealize Suite.

Many vendors have now understood that the near future of cloud computing is hybrid (with all the different meanings of this term, dependent on the level at which the environment is observed),  in this case VMware has realized that the vast majority of the customers need to manage physical and multi-hypervisor platforms with the same level of automation and agility that private, public and hybrid clouds (including VMware vCloud Air [formerly known as vCloud Hybrid Service] and Amazon Web Services) currently offer.

VMware vRealize Suite is a management stack that offer three key capabilities, all present in Gartner’s Evaluation Criteria for Cloud Management Platforms:

VMware announces updates in Executive Responsibilities

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Friday, August 22nd, 2014   |  
VMware announced an administrative transformation in order to stimulate technology innovation, to boost its focus on customers, and develop operational effectiveness across the organization.
VMware’s president, Carl Eschenbach who joined VMware in June 2002 and acts as the company’s chief operating officer, is taking on an expanded role which includes the Corporate Strategy and Business Development. Aside Eschenbach is going to carry on in leading VMware’s connected customer engagement across Sales, Marketing, Services, Global Customer Operations and VMware’s Global Partner Organization. CONTINUE READING…

VMware launches VMware vCloud Air Network program

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Thursday, August 21st, 2014   |  

All the major vendors in the cloud computing market are investing in their hybrid cloud programs, VMware is no exception and today has launched the new VMware vCloud Air Network program, an evolution of their existing VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP).


Citrix announces XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Thursday, August 21st, 2014   |  

This week Citrix announced the upcoming 7.6 version of its Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) product XenDesktop and desktop and virtualization product XenApp.

XenApp product returned in version 7.5 since it was integrated in XenDesktop when version 7.1 was released. Both platforms are built upon the third-generation Flexcast Management Architecture (FMA) platform, and are designed to be deployed in on-premise or hybrid environments.

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Red Hat introduces RHEL OpenStack Platform evaluation OVA

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Thursday, August 21st, 2014   |  

Red Hat is putting a lot of effort in its OpenStack distribution that reached version 5 in July introducing the Icehouse OpenStack release.

The Raleigh open source giant has just announced a ready-to-deploy Open Virtual Appliance that aims to encourage the companies with a VMware-based infrastructure to evaluate Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, the download will be available starting from next week from the Red Hat Customer Portal Page.

VMware acquires CloudVolumes

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Wednesday, August 20th, 2014   |  

Application containerization is one of the hot topics of 2014, the idea of abstracting applications from the underlying OSes is intriguing and suggests a more simple and agile way to distribute and manage business applications than the per-VM model.

Docker is a good representative of this technology, started in March 2013 is  now supported by major technology and service providers like Canonical, Google Cloud Platform and Red Hat.

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