Release: Splunk App for VMware 3.1

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Thursday, April 17th, 2014   |  

On April 15 Splunk announced the availability of Splunk App for VMware 3.1, the system that is competing with VMware Log Insight solution to provide administrators with a real-time insights of the virtualized environment, analyzing and identifying performance and capacity bottlenecks.

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Release: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Tuesday, April 15th, 2014   |  

Today Canonical announced the new Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS with a press release intriguingly focused on its role as an OpenStack platform.

This release, that will be available on 17th April, will include a new version of Juju and MAAS, the latest container technologies from Docker and LXC, OpenVSwitch, Ceph, the support for IBM Power Systems and IBM’s open architecture called POWER.

VMware introduces vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Tuesday, April 15th, 2014   |  

VMware vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) is the VMware’s owned and operated public Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform, launched in 2013 in the US and extended to Europe in February 2014.

Today Bill Fathers (Senior VP & General Manager, Hybrid Cloud Services Businss Unit at VMware)  published, simultaneously to the official press release, a post on the VMware Company Blog announcing a new disaster recovery solution called (unsurprisingly) VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery.

Intended for mid-size companies the service promises a seamless integration with vSphere-based infrastructures and the ability to self-manage the replicas of the Virtual Machines between on-premise infrastructures and vCHS Data Centers, starting from a price if $835/month including 1TB of storage and standby cloud capacity.


Paper: 3D Graphics for Virtual Desktops Smackdown

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Friday, April 11th, 2014   |  

PQR, a dutch technology company has released a paper titled:"3D Graphics for Virtual Desktops Smackdown". The paper which contains 139 pages is written by virtualization experts, Benny Tritsch, Ruben Spruijt, and Shawn Bass. The paper provides a thorough, independent, and well-researched technical deep dive into strategy, vendors, solutions, features, qualifying questions, and much more about what technologists need to know about 3D Graphics for Virtual Desktops.


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Microsoft releases preview of Microsoft Azure Automation

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Thursday, April 10th, 2014   |  

Microsoft has announced the release of a preview of Azure Automation. Azure Automation provides an orchestration engine for use within Microsoft Azure. Azure Automation allows you to automate the creation, monitoring, deployment and management of cloud resources in your Microsoft Azure subscription using a highly-available workflow execution engine and works in a similar way as Service Management Automation (SMA) provided by the Windows Azure Pack.

If you have a Microsoft Azure subscription you can activate the preview on the Preview Features page.


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Release: Citrix XenClient 5.1

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Thursday, April 10th, 2014   |  

Citrix has released version 5.1 of its client hypervisor XenClient. XenClient consists of two technologies, the XenClient, which is a type-1 client hypervisor running on selected hardware and the XenClient Enterprise Synchronizer, which allows XenClients to download centrally managed virtual desktops and run the locally. Syncrhronzier provides backup and restore, security policies and more. The update contains fixes for both the XenClient Engine and the XenClient Synchronizer.


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Release: Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 2.0

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Thursday, April 10th, 2014   |  

In October 2012 Microsoft released version 1.0 of its Virtual Machine Converter tool (MVMC) allowing the conversion of VMware based virtual machines (VM’s) to Hyper-V based VM’s and virtual hard disks (VHDs). Now Microsoft has released version 2.0 of the MVMC, which also allows customers to convert VMware VMs toward VM’s running inside Microsoft Azure.


Paper: What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.5 Networking

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Wednesday, April 9th, 2014   |  

VMware vSpere 5.5 was released in September 2013 and introduced a couple of improvements to the networking capabilities of the vSphere platform.

These enhancements could be resumed as follows:

  • More hashing algorithms for link aggregation
  • More link aggregation groups
  • Traffic-filtering support
  • Differentiated Service Code Point (DSCP) marking support
  • Improved host-level packet-capture tool
  • Improved single-root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV) support
  • 40GB network adapter support


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VMware announces Horizon 6, adding Server Based Computing as a solution

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Wednesday, April 9th, 2014   |  

VMware today announced the release of version 6 of its end user computing suite: Horizon.

Starting with this version VMware not only provides a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution based on View, but now also provides a Server Based Computing (SBC) solution leveraging Remote Desktop Services (RDS) from Microsoft. With the addition of SBC, VMware is now capable of publishing applications, where the application runs on a server which is shared with other users at the same time.


VMware elects Paul Sagan in the board of directors

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Tuesday, April 8th, 2014   |  

Yesterday VMware announced that David Goulden, CEO of EMC Information Infrastructure and CFO of EMC, has left the board of directors.

Goulden will be replaced by Paul Sagan, former Akamai’s CEO, member of EMC’s board and partner and XIR with General Catalyst Partners, a venture capital focused on cloud computing, hyper-connectivity and mobility, media and big data.
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