Release: VMware Workstation 12 Pro, Player 12, Fusion 8 and Fusion Pro 8

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Tuesday, August 25th, 2015   |  

VMware today released version 12 of its type-2 client hypervisor products for Microsoft Windows: Workstation Pro and Player and version 8 of its client hypervisor products for Mac OSX: Fusion. All products mainly add support for running Windows 10.

Player (formerly Player Pro) is able to run VM’s only and can be used for personal use in an unlicensed way or licensed when used for business commercial use. Workstation provides the full functionality of the product. (see this page for a comparison between Player en Workstation) . The same goes for Fusion and Fusion pro, where Fusion provides less functionality as Fusion Pro. (see this page for a comparison between Fusion and Fusion pro), both Fusion as Fusion pro have to be licensed though. CONTINUE READING…


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Release: Veeam Management Pack v8 for System Center

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Tuesday, August 25th, 2015   |  

Veeam today released version 8.0 of its Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM or OpsMgr). Using this Management Pack customers running Operations Manager to monitor vSphere and Hyper-V virtualization platforms. Also monitoring for Veeam Backup and Replication is provided. Version 8 is the follow up of version 7 R2 which was released in December last year.

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Release: Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Monday, August 24th, 2015   |  

Oracle has released version 5.0 of its type-2 virtualization platform VM VirtualBox. Starting with a public beta in April this year and some more test builds and a release candidate later the product is now released. Oracle also already released an update (version 5.0.2.) containing some fixes for version 5.0 already.

There are known problems with VirtualBox 5.0.2 on Windows 10 hosts and with Windows 10 guests. Some of the problems are fixed in the most recent test build which can be found here.

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Microsoft releases 3rd technical preview of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Wednesday, August 19th, 2015   |  

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Microsoft today announced the release of the 3rd technical preview of the next version of its Server Operating System (Windows Server 2016 TP3) and corresponding management software (System Center 2016 TP3). Highlight in this TP3 release is the introduction of Windows Server Containers, Microsofts container virtualization platform which is part of the Docker open source project. Windows Server Containers can be deployed and managed using both PowerShell or the Docker Client, which Docker announced today. Containers can be deployed either in Windows Azure, running in a TP3 core installation or in a VM running on top of Hyper-V.

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Microsoft today also released technical preview 3 of System Center 2016 Configuration Manager, Microsoft’s enterprise client management solution. CONTINUE READING ON CLOUDCOMPUTING.INFO…


From VirtualizationMatrix comes WhatMatrix – UPDATED

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Wednesday, August 19th, 2015   |  

We quoted several times Virtualization Matrix, the website created to compare the capabilities of the various virtualization platforms on the market such VMware, Microsoft and Citrix.

This idea sparked community interest and a new project was spawned: a multi-comparison and interactive evaluation platform named WhatMatrix.

WhatMatrix allows visitors not only to compare features of different products in many technology fields, it also offers the ability to enrich products “scorecards” by adding complimentary products to a “stack”.

This feature is useful to both users, who can look at the products following a gap-analysis logic, and vendors which can show the value of their products.
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Release: Linux Integration Services Version 4.0 for Hyper-V

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Tuesday, August 18th, 2015   |  

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Microsoft has released version 4.0. of its Integration Services for Linux. Hyper-V supports both emulated (“legacy”) and Hyper-V-specific (“synthetic”) devices for Linux virtual machines. When a Linux virtual machine is running with emulated devices, no additional software is required to be installed. However, emulated devices do not provide high performance and cannot leverage the rich virtual machine management infrastructure that the Hyper-V technology offers.

Many Linux distributions and versions have Linux Integration Services built-in and do not require installation of this separate LIS package from Microsoft. This LIS package is available for a subset of supported distributions in order to provide the best performance and fullest use of Hyper-V features. It can be installed in the listed distribution versions that do not already have LIS built, and can be installed as an upgrade in listed distribution versions that already have LIS built-in.

The Linux Integration Services (LIS) is supported on the following guest operating systems:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5-5.11 32-bit, 32-bit PAE, and 64-bit
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0-6.7 32-bit and 64-bit
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0-7.1 64-bit
  • CentOS 5.5-5.11 32-bit, 32-bit PAE, and 64-bit
  • CentOS 6.0-6.7 32-bit and 64-bit
  • CentOS 7.0-7.1 64-bit
  • Oracle Linux 6.4-6.7 with Red Hat Compatible Kernel 32-bit and 64-bit
  • Oracle Linux 7.0-7.1 with Red Hat Compatible Kernel 64-bit

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Release: Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2015

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Tuesday, August 18th, 2015   |  

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Microsoft has released version 2015 of its Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP), which is available as a paid add-on for Microsoft Customers with Software Assurance. In the 2015 release, the products included are updated for Windows 10 among others.

The Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack contains the following technologies:

  • User Experience Virtualization (UE-V)
  • Application Virtualization (App-V)
  • Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V)
  • Microsoft Bitlocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM)
  • Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM)
  • Diagnostics and Recovery Toolkit (DaRT)

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Release: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013 Update 1

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Tuesday, August 18th, 2015   |  

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Microsoft has released version 2013 Update 1 of its Deployment Toolkit. The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) is a toolset for automating desktop and server operating system deployments. MDT 2013 Update 1 supports deployment of the following operating systems: Windows 10 , Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server Tech Preview.

New functionality provided:

  • Support for the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 10
  • Support for deployment and upgrade of Windows 10
  • Support for integration with System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager SP1 with the Windows 10 ADK

Release: Parallels Access 3.0 with Apple Watch Support Capabilities

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Thursday, August 6th, 2015   |  

On August 5, Parallels announced that it has released an update to Parallels Access app for remote access. The American virtualization technology company has added file sharing support to its remote desktop for PCs and Macs, with both iOS and Android platform, the update allows users to share large files without the need of a cloud service and managing everything directly from the desktop agent, furthermore with this version 3.0 it has also introduced support to the Apple Watch with an app allowing its users to have remote connection from the wrist device.
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Citrix CEO Mark Templeton plans to retire

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Thursday, July 30th, 2015   |  

On July 28 Citrix disclosed that Mark Templeton, the company CEO, has plans to retire after over 20 years of service, an unexpected news that drew attention on the next future of the American company.

In his career in Citrix, Mark Templeton has been in charge as President and Chief Executive Officer since 2001. Templeton joined Citrix in 1995 as Vice President of Marketing, he was appointed president in 1998, while leading Citrix he managed to transform the company to become a “software-defined vendor” pushing forward virtualization, mobility management, networking and SaaS solutions.
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VMware announces results for Q2 2015

July 24th, 2015

VMware released the results about its results for Q2 2015.
VMware, announced a GAAP total revenue growth of $1.52 billion, for an increase of 4 percent compared to Q2 2014. License revenues…

Gartner releases its 2015 Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure

July 21st, 2015

Gartner released its Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure for year 2015, once more positioning VMware and Microsoft in the leaders Quadrant.
No surprises in the leaders quadrant, as…

Release: Parallels Mac Management 4.0 for Microsoft SCCM

July 21st, 2015

Parallels announced the availability of Parallels Mac Management 4.0 for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), extending its range of capabilities to Mac computers.
This new release increases the flexibility…

Avast Software Acquires Remotium

July 10th, 2015

On July 8, Avast Software, a Czech private limited company provider of antivirus and security software products announced to have acquired Silicon Valley based Remotium, a company founded in…

Release: Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 Candidate 1 (RC1)

July 8th, 2015

Oracle has announced to have released version 5.0 Candidate 1 (RC1) for its virtualization platform VM VirtualBox. The release brings enhancement and bug fixes to the previous versions, improving stability…

IBM announces Docker Based Container Services

July 1st, 2015

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Release: Xen Project Hypervisor 4.5.1

July 1st, 2015

The Xen Project, the community which develops the Xen hypervisor under the GNU General Public License (GPLv2) announced the availability of a new maintenance release, version 4.5.1 of the Xen…

Red Hat Summit 2015 Wrap-up

June 29th, 2015

Last week, Red Hat held its premiere event in Boston, Massachusetts from June 23 to 26, the Red Hat Summit,  where several announcements have been made.
The summit offered over…

Midokura expands OpenStack Team with Takashi Yamamoto

June 29th, 2015

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Red Hat announces Q1 2015 earnings

June 24th, 2015

On June 18 Red Hat announced its financial results for its fiscal year 2016 and for the first quarter of 2015.
Total revenue for the first quarter ended May 31,…

Rancher Labs raises $10M in Series A funding

June 11th, 2015

Rancher Labs is a startup providing management on top of the Docker containers, today the company has announced that it has raised $10 million in a series A funding…

EMC acquires Virtustream

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…

Release: Midokura Enterprise MidoNet (MEM)

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…

Release: Red Hat CloudForms 3.2

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…

 
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