Pluribus Networks raises $50 million in Series D funding

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Thursday, January 29th, 2015   |  

Pluribus Networks has announced that it has closed a $50 million Series D funding. The round was led by Temasek Holdings, an investment company based in Singapore with a net portfolio value of US$177 billion, with partecipation by Ericsson, Newtech and existing investors: New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Menlo Ventures, Mohr Davidow and AME Cloud Ventures.

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VMware results for Q4 2014 and full year

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Wednesday, January 28th, 2015   |  

On January 27, VMware released the financial results for the third quarter and full year 2014.

The revenues for the fourth quarter were $1.70 billion for an increase of 15% compared to Q4 2013. Licenses revenues were $777 million, with an increase of 13% from same quarter in 2013.

Operating income was $344 million and non-GAAP operating income was $567 million, respectively a decrease of 8% and an increase of 7%.

VMware annual revenues were $6.04 billion, an increase of 16% from 2013 CONTINUE READING…

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Ravello Systems raises $28 million and announces major release of HVX

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Tuesday, January 27th, 2015   |  

Cloud computing startup called Ravello Systems announces to have secured $28 million funding and to have boost a total of $54 million capital led by Qualcomm Incorporated, through its venture investment group, Qualcomm Ventures, and SanDisk Corporation through SanDisk Ventures. Among the investors that participated in this funding round: Sequoia Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners, Norwest Venture Partners and Vintage Investment Partners.

Amazon updates AWS plugin for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Thursday, January 22nd, 2015   |  

In October last year, Amazon released the AWS System Manager for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM). AWS System Manager is an add-in for SCVMM which allows customers to monitor and manager EC2 instances from within SCVMM.

Yesterday Amazon announced that an updated version of the add-in has been released, adding support for importing existing virtual machines and launching new EC2 instances without the need to use the AWS management console.


VMware announces vCloud Air Disaster Recovery

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Thursday, January 22nd, 2015   |  

VMware has announced that later this quarter it will release an updated disaster recovery solution for its IaaS solution vCloud Air (formerly vCloud Hybrid Service). The solution which will be called vCloud Air Disaster Recovery includes new service enhancements.

These new enhancements will include:

  • Native failback support – providing reverse replication from vCloud Air to customers environment
  • Multiple recovery points of replicated VMs
  • Self-service automation leveraging vRealize Orchestrator via a plub-in for vCloud Air DR.

Paper: Cisco Unified Computing System with VMware Horizon 6 with View and Virtual SAN

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Tuesday, January 20th, 2015   |  

Cisco and VMware have released a paper titled: "Cisco Unified Computing System with VMware Horizon 6 with View and Virtual SAN". The paper which contains 59 pages describes a reference architecture for running VMware’s Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution Horizon 6 with View and Virtual SAN on top of Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) hardware.

The purpose of the reference architecture is to provide guidance about the following aspects of deploying this joint solution:

  • Scalability and performance results while hosting 800 VMware Horizon 6 with View virtual desktops using industry-standardized benchmarking of real-world workloads
  • Design and implementation best practices covering Cisco UCS configurations, VMware Virtual SAN storage policies, and data-store-sizing guidance for hosting VMware Horizon 6 with View virtual desktops.
  • Availability and resiliency considerations related to proper maintenance procedures and the handling of various failure scenarios with VMware Virtual SAN


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Release: Xen Project Hypervisor 4.5

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Monday, January 19th, 2015   |  

The Xen Project, the community which develops the Xen hypervisor under the GNU General Public License (GPLv2) last week announced the availability version 4.5 of the Xen Hypervisor. With major contributions from AMD, Bitdefender, Cavium, Citrix, Fujitsu, GlobalLogic, Intel, Oracle, as well as several individual and academic institutions the product has been enhanced with several new features and capabilties.

The following new capabilities and features are available in version 4.5.:


Microsoft and Persistent Systems release solution for Azure IaaS data center migration

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Thursday, January 15th, 2015   |  

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Microsoft, together with partner Persistent Systems has developed and released a tool which helps customers to move complete Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas) deployments from one Microsoft datacenter to another. As Microsoft introduces new data centers, customers may want to move to the nearest data center for better performance. The solution called Azure Data Center Migration Solution is delivered as open source licensed under the Apache License and available for download on GitHub CONTINUE READING ON CLOUDCOMPUTING.INFO…

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Citrix announcements from its annual Summit partner conference

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Thursday, January 15th, 2015   |  

Before and during its annual Summit partner conference, held on January 13 and 14, Citrix made several announcements. First of all Citrix announced the acquisition of Sanbolic, which already covered, also the next version of its Hypervisor platform XenServer version 6.5 was announced. But also serveral other announcements were made, which we will summarize in this post.

First of all, Citrix announced version 10 of its enterprise mobility management solution XenMobile. XenMobile provides both Mobile Device Management (MDM) and Mobile Application Management (MAM). For more information about what is included in this release please read the following blog post on the Citrix Blog. The new XenMobile client is available for XenMobile customers to download today. The server enhancements will be available in Q1 2015. CONTINUE READING…

Citrix announces XenServer 6.5 – UPDATED

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Tuesday, January 13th, 2015   |  

Citrix today announced the next version of its virtualization platform XenServer which is a commercial product based on the open-source Xen Project hypervisor. XenServer 6.5 will be the follow up of version 6.2 which was released in June last year. Unfortunately Citrix doesn’t provide any details on when they expect this version to become generally available.

Citrix states that XenServer 6.5 will offer a full 64-bit kernel architecture with support for Intel Trusted Execution Technology (TXT). The release will also offer asset tagging to enable workload geo-tagging which provides the ability to restrict the ability for workloads to run in a particular location. Also support for NVIDIA GRIP vGPU will be provided. Due to the 64 bit architecture also improvements will be made to the workload balancing and distributed virtual switch controller functionality.

Update on availability: XenServer v6.5 has been officially announced today,as well as being released-to-web (RTW). What this means is that it is available to existing customers for download, so they can upgrade their existing XenServer infrastructure. Software Assurance on any existing XenServer infrastructure is a re-requisite to be able to use this new release.

New customers or additional purchases by customers can happen once the release becomes generally available, which will happen in February. Older articles
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