EMC acquires Virtustream

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Tuesday, May 26th, 2015   |  

EMC has acquired Virtustream, a Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider originally funded among the others from SAP for 1.2 billion US dollars. Virtustream also provides a Cloud Management Platform (CMP) called xStream which VirtuStream uses to manage their own cloud in North America and Western Europe.

EMC plans to make the Virtustream offerings available into its Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution, which is an on-premise cloud offering running Microsoft, VMware or OpenStack which is using pre-configured bundles built on Vblock and VSPEX infrastructures, providing connections to VMware vCloud Air,AWS and partners. CONTINUE READING ON CLOUDCOMPUTING.INFO…

Release: Midokura Enterprise MidoNet (MEM)

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Monday, May 25th, 2015   |  

Japanese startup Midokura focused on network virtualization announced the availability of Midokura Enterprise MidoNet (MEM). MidoNet is a scalable network virtualization solution integrated with OpenStack Kilo networking project and (obviously) specifically designed for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). The solution also comes with new support for container-based environments such as Docker.


Release: Red Hat CloudForms 3.2

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Wednesday, May 20th, 2015   |  

Red Hat yesterday announced the release of version 3.2. of its cloud management software, CloudForms. CloudForms allows the management of hypervisors from Red Hat, VMware and Microsoft as well as Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform (RHELOSP) and Amazon EC2. Red Hat will make CloudForms 3.2 available to customers in June, and since the capabilities require the OpenStack Kilo capabilities, it will require Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform version 7 which will be released in a short timeframe as well.

This version has a focus on managing OpenStack using the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, mainly because its now also part of the Cloud Suite for Applications which Red Hat announced last Tuesday. CONTINUE READING…

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Gartner predicts that Worldwide Cloud IaaS spending will grow around 33 percent is 2015

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Wednesday, May 20th, 2015   |  

Besides releasing their annual Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, research and consulting firm Gartner also made some predicitons about the growth of Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) in 2015.

Gartner states that worldwide spending on Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service will grow to 32.8 Percent in 2015 reaching almost 16.5 billion US dollar. Analyst Lydia Leong states that the IaaS solution ecosystem is rapidly consolidating around a small numer of maket leaders.

“The sky is not falling — customers are getting great value out of cloud IaaS — but the competitive landscape is shifting,” Ms. Leong said. “Few providers have the financial resources to invest in being broadly competitive in the cloud IaaS market.” CONTINUE READING ON CLOUDCOMPUTING.INFO…

Gartner releases its Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service for 2015

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Wednesday, May 20th, 2015   |  

Gartner this week updated its Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) for the year 2015. The Magic Qudrant for 2014 was released in May last year (covered by cloudcomputing.info) and the Magic Quadrant for 2013, which 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.

This years Quadrant, as analyzed by Lydia Leong, Douglas Toombs, Bob Gill has the following summary:

The market for cloud IaaS is in a state of upheaval, as many service providers are shifting their strategies after failing to gain enough market traction. Customers must exercise caution when choosing providers.

This Magic Quadrant covers all the common use cases for cloud IaaS, including development and testing, production environments (including those supporting mission-critical workloads) for both internal and customer-facing applications, batch computing (including high-performance computing [HPC]) and disaster recovery. It encompasses both single-application workloads and “virtual data centers” (VDCs) hosting many diverse workloads. It includes suitability for a wide range of application design patterns, including both “cloud-native” application architectures and enterprise application architectures. CONTINUE READING ON CLOUDCOMPUTING.INFO…

Red Hat announces the Cloud Suite for Applications

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Tuesday, May 19th, 2015   |  

Red Hat yesterday announced a new Suite which bundles its cloud portfolio to manage both Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) workloads. The suite, which is called the Cloud Suite for Applications contains Red Hat Enterprise Linux Openstack Platform (RHELOSP) as the IaaS engine, OpenShift by Red Hat as the PaaS engine and Red Hat CloudForms to provide an unified management layer. The Cloud Suite for Applications will first be made available in an early access program. General availability for Red Hat Cloud Suite for Applications will be announced at a later date.

The Cloud Suite will complement, as a commercial bundle, Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure (RHCI) which includes Red Hat CloudForms, Red Hat Satellite, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, and an optional Red Hat Enterprise Linux unlimited guests, where the Cloud Suite will basically add OpenShift as a different entry point to implement cloud-native capabilities on premises. CloudForms will be more integrated with OpenShift in order to manage the Container based workloads. CONTINUE READING ON CLOUDCOMPUTING.INFO…

VMware announces new SaaS offering for building, delivering and managing desktops and applications

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Monday, May 18th, 2015   |  

A day before the start of Citrix annual Synergy conference, rival VMware announced project Enzo. Project Enzo is the name of a new Software as a Service offering from VMware which will help customers build, deliver and manage desktops and applications. Enzo will run on vCloud Air, A qualified public beta of Project Enzo will be available later in the summer of 2015.

Enzo consists of a so called Control Plane providing a single pane of glass which works in combination with Smart Nodes, an orchestration layer that sits on hyper converged infrastructure appliances from VMware and its partner ecosystem. CONTINUE READING…

Announcements from Citrix annual Synergy Conference

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Monday, May 18th, 2015   |  

Last week, Citrix held its annual Synergy conference in Orlando. During the conference Citrix made several announcements which will be summarized in this blogpost.

Citrix Workspace Cloud, which is a Software as a Service offering is capable of managing what Citrix calls workspace services, both on-premises or in the cloud. The Workspace Services consists of:

  • Applications and Desktops, providing secure access to virtual Windows, Linux, web apps, and desktops using XenApp and XenDesktop
  • Mobility Management, providing mobile app delivery and device security based on XenMobile
  • Secure Documents, which provides share, sync and secure content from cloud and on-premises storage services based on ShareFile
  • Lifecycle Management, providing blueprinting, automation and management for the design and deployment of enterprise workloads such as XenDesktop, XenApp, XenMobile, NetScaler and Citrix WorkSpace Suite
  • Concierge, providing real-time support and service for workspace subscribers allowing for remote support of mobile and web applications. CONTINUE READING…

Is Cisco planning to acquire Nutanix? – UPDATED

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Monday, May 18th, 2015   |  

Last Friday, Storage Newsletter published an article written by Jared Rinderer a senior research analyst at the Equity Capital Research Group stating that Cisco is planning to acquire Nutanix. While the news isn’t officially announced by either Cisco or Nutanix, Rinderer provides an extensive analysis detailing the reasoning behind this expected acquisition.

Nutanix, provider of converged infrastructure, basically a physical server containing both compute and storage driven by an Installed Hypervisor of choice, this server, called a node can be stacked allowing storage to be shared in a single storage pool. Nutanix was founded in 2009 and since then was funded for a total of more than 312 million dollar. The latest funding round was in September last year where Nutanix raised 140 million dollar. Besides Nutanix also SimpliVity and VMware with its EVO:RAIL solution provide similar solutions. CONTINUE READING…

Release: Citrix XenServer 6.5 Service Pack 1

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Monday, May 18th, 2015   |  

During its annual Synergy conference last week, Citrix announced the availability of Service Pack 1 for version 6.5 of its virtualization platform XenServer. Version 6.5 of XenServer was released in January this year, as covered by virtualization.info at that time.

Service Pack 1 provides the following new functionality: CONTINUE READING…

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