Release: WinDocks 1.0

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Tuesday, April 5th, 2016   |  

Yesterday, Bellevue (WA) based company WinDocks, released version 1.0 of its homonymous Docker engine for Windows.

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 1.0 is basically a port of the Docker daemon to Windows Server 2012 and provides container support for .NET 2, 3.5, 4.5, SQL Server 2008, 2008r2, 2012, 2014 and Windows applications.

WinDocks is available in two editions: standard ($400/core/yr) and SQL+ ($1,000/core/yr) with Developers licenses, providing unlimited use on a single machine available, for $249/year.

A free cloud hosted Test Drive is also available through the company website.


LANDesk Acquires AppSense

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Thursday, March 17th, 2016   |  

LANDesk Software, founded in 1985 and headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah , provides systems management, security management, service management, asset management and process management solutions with a strong focus on the physical world.

AppSense, on the other side, is a niche player in the virtualization market, baked by a number of former Citrix employees, with many ups and downs, especially in the last few years.

On Monday LANDesk announced to have signed a definitive agreement to acquire AppSense with the goal to expand its portfolio of endpoint management solutions to virtualized endpoints.
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Release: Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.6

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Tuesday, March 15th, 2016   |  

Last week open source giant Red Hat announced the availability of version 3.6 of its KVM-based virtualization platform Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV).

While this new release provides the expected improvements from a technical standpoint adding things like:

  • Hotplug memory support provides dynamic, one-click memory scaling, working with underlying infrastructure to give an application more memory “on the fly” while avoiding disruption to the application runtime.
  • PCI device assignment enables administrators to directly assign a physical adaptor or device to a virtual machine, allowing for near bare-metal performance for graphics and networking-intensive computing.
  • Host Update Manager: Streamlines the patch release process across the virtualized environment through integration with Red Hat Satellite, a systems management solution used by half of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization customers.
  • Object Health Status: Provides visibility into external system health events, such as issues with storage, CPU, server or hard-drive performance, via the Red Hat Enterprise VIrtualization interface. This feature alerts admins to events that may cause downtime or negatively impact virtual machine performance, so they can proactively manage risk and potential downtime.

What catches our eyes is the newly integrated V2V tool aimed to simplify the migration from VMware to Red Hat’s platform.
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Docker acquires Conductant

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Friday, March 4th, 2016   |  

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Yesterday Docker announced to have acquired a semi-stealth startup called Conductant, focused on workloads orchestration.


Both Conductant’s founders, Bill Farner and David Chung, have significant enterprise experience coming from the technology provider space and their experience will be spent on a commercial distribution for Aurora and its integration with Docker Swarm.
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Cisco acquires CliQr

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Tuesday, March 1st, 2016   |  

Today Cisco announced the intent to acquire CliQr Technologies Inc., a privately held company based in San Jose, CA.

CliQr is one of the most promising startups in the Cloud Service Brokers (CSB) space, it’s homonymous solution supports many different technologies across public and private clouds including Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Compute Engine, various OpenStack distribution, VMware vSphere, etc.

The company, founded in 2010, went through 3 funding rounds for a total of nearly $40M while Cisco will pay $260M to own it, does it worth the money?

Looking at the shopping behaviour of other big companies, we can intercept a strong interest in the CSBs space. Think about Gravitant acquisition made by IBM in November 2015 for example, we can say that Cisco did a good deal this time.
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Release: VMware vCloud Suite 7 and vRealize Suite 7

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

Yesterday VMware announced version 7 of both its vCloud and vRealize suites, confirming its efforts to be relevant in the CMPs (Cloud Management Platforms) space.
vRealize Suite 7 is made of a mix and match of new products and solutions already available on the market: vRealize Automation 7, vRealize Operations 6.2, vRealize Business for Cloud 7 and vRealize Log Insight 3.3.
vCloud Suite 7, now aligned with its management counterpart, is the bundle with vSphere Enterprise Plus (for vCloud Suite).

The big news coming with these releases is the introduction of a brand new Portable Licensing Unit (PLU) which can be used to license on premises vSphere CPUs or Operating System Instances (OSIs) across other hypervisors and supported public cloud providers.
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Platform9 adds Multi-Region & Multi-Hypervisor management into Managed OpenStack

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

Platform9 solutions leverages a mix of SaaS and on premises Virtual Appliance to provide into supported environments capabilities typical of Cloud Management Platforms (CMPs) such self-service provisioning, monitoring, configuration management, etc.
Yesterday the company announced two new capabilities into its Platform9 Managed OpenStack solution:

  • Geographically distributed infrastructure that allows to aggregate multiple regions in the same management interface
  • Multiple vCenters/hypervisors which enhances hybrid cloud capabilities allowing to manage multiple vCenter servers and KVM hypervisors within a single “private cloud platform”


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VMware announces vRealize Log Insight 3.3

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Wednesday, February 10th, 2016   |  

Log Insight is a log aggregation, management and analisys tool, that VMware first introduced in 2013 and now is fiercely competing against Splunk.
Today the company announced Log Insight 3.3 that will be released shortly.


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Microsoft releases Azure Stack TP1

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Monday, February 1st, 2016   |  

During Ignite 2015, back in September, Microsoft announced Microsoft Azure Stack as the building block for its hybrid cloud strategy.

What Microsoft is saying with this move is that, despite public cloud adoption being huge with Azure in the second place just behind Amazon AWS, many customers still want to run part of their workloads on-premises but ask for consistence with the positive experience they have with public services. What is also true is that having the entire stack in house will help to optimise existing workloads which, at that point, will become easy to migrate to public services. Two birds with one stone.

Compared with the Azure Pack already available for System Center, Azure Stack offers improvements in many different dimensions: from the front end, with a single Browser Experience consistent with Azure, to Azure Resource Manager, Authorization Service, Subscription Management Service, etc.

That makes it compelling enough to convince existing Azure Pack’s user to adopt this new solution.


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Release: Ansible 2.0

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Thursday, January 14th, 2016   |  

Ansible is an IT automation tool especially popular within the developers’ community, thanks to its simplicity and agentless nature.

Three months away from its acquisition by Red Hat the company announced the general availability of Ansible 2.0.

This new release is aimed to ease the development of playbooks (Ansible’s automation scripts) and tasks, and expand platforms support with a new set of modules for OpenStack, Amazon AWS, VMware, Microsoft and Docker.
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