Red Hat acquires FeedHenry

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Friday, September 19th, 2014   |  

We are living in a mobile world and the future will be more wireless than ever, we are working with technology all the time using our smartphones and tablets, the demand is increasing every day and this is what led open source software specialist Red Hat fill the gap in its mobile portfolio and to acquire Irish software firm FeedHenry, the company specialized in mobile enterprise application platform technologies.

Citrix acquires Virtual

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Thursday, September 18th, 2014   |  

Citrix yesterday announced that it has acquired Virtual. Virtual provides a virtualization platform for iOS and Android which is cloud based. Virtual provides a solution for testing applications without the need of physical devices in many combinations of devices, operating systems and networks.

Citrix plans to integrate the assets of Virtual into its mobile workspace delivery platform solutions. Citrix states:

The technology and team, including founder and CEO Chris Wade, will accelerate innovation across the Citrix mobile workspace apps and delivery infrastructure to help simplify IT security management for applications, data, endpoints and networks, and support the core Citrix vision for providing people with new ways to work.

Will HP buy VMware from EMC?

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Wednesday, September 17th, 2014   |  

Last week the New York times published an article titled: “EMC explores selling stake in VMware“. While the news that EMC is exploring selling VMware is not new though. Paul Singer, CEO of Elliot Management Corporation who has a stake in EMC has been pressuring EMC to exit the 80% stake it has in VMware.

The option that HP might be interested in buying VMware is quite interesting though, even though the New York times doesn’t name its source. HP Both EMC and HP decline to comment as expected.

EMC acquired VMware in 2004.

Docker raises $40 million in series C funding

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Wednesday, September 17th, 2014   |  

After raising $15 million in Series B funding in January this year, Docker has announced that it has raised $40 million in Series C funding. Docker states that it will use the funds to drive adoption of its platform in the enterprise and to broaden its rapidly growing ecosystem of application developers, system administrators, platform providers, and technology partners.

In order to raise the $40 million Docker partnered with Sequoia and existing investors: Benchmark, Greylock Partners, Insight Ventures, Trinity Ventures, and Jerry Yang.

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Release: VMware Mirage 5.1

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Wednesday, September 17th, 2014   |  

VMware has released version 5.1 of its centralized image management for Windows desktops: Mirage.

VMware Mirage is also part of the Horizon Suite, VMware’s end user computing suite that includes View, the company’s VDI product.

The main new features introduced in this release can be resumed as follows:

Release: Proxmox VE 3.3

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Tuesday, September 16th, 2014   |  

Proxmox Virtual Environment (VE) is an open source virtualization management solution that leverages KVM technologies.

Yesterday Proxmox Server Solutions GmbH announced the release of version 3.3 of its product that is mostly focused on providing security features like the Proxmox VE Firewall and two-factor authentication.

Convirture opens a UK based office to explore EMEA market

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Monday, September 15th, 2014   |  

Convirture the company, founded in 2006 that provides an open source management console to manage virtualization platforms,  announced to have opened a UK- based office which will help the company to widen its presence in the EMEA market. The new UK team will be leaded by Martyn Richards, a veteran technology executive.

Release: VMware ThinApp 5.1

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Friday, September 12th, 2014   |  

VMware has released version 5.1 of its application virtualization product ThinApp. Version 5.1 is the follow up of version 5.0 which was released in November last year. The update provides new features and provides a number of fixes as well.

Version 5.1 provides the following new features as described in the release notes:


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Brian Stevens former Red Hat CTO joins Google as VP of Cloud Platforms

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Friday, September 12th, 2014   |  

Two weeks ago we were wondering about Brian Stevens, who resigned as Red Hat’s CTO, asking ourselves if this could be seen as a “tremendous opportunity” for both.

Red Hat has not yet released any official news about its CTO office, on the other side, according to his LinkedIn and Twitter profiles, Stevens has joined Google as VP of Cloud Platforms.

HP Acquires Eucalyptus

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Friday, September 12th, 2014   |  

Yesterday HP announced to have reached a definitive agreement to acquire Eucalyptus, provider of an open source Cloud Solution competing with OpenStack, CloudStack and OpenNebula.

This acquisition will put the Eucalyptus CEO, Marten Mickos, in charge of the company’s cloud business unit, based on HP Helion portfolio that leverages OpenStack technology.

The economic terms of the acquisition were not disclosed and the press release only stresses how Eucalyptus will provide a valuable experience with private clouds deployments that also interoperate with Amazon AWS, where actually Eucalyptus products have always demonstrated a good maturity degree.
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