Microsoft announces next version of Windows Server and System Center – UPDATED

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Wednesday, October 1st, 2014   |  

Yesterday, Microsoft announced the new name for its Client Operating System: Windows 10. What was also announced was the upcoming features to be introduced in the next version of Windows Server and System Center. Windows Server 10 will be released in a technical preview for the public today. Also a technical preview of System Center is expected, with the exception of of System Center Configuration Manager for which a technical preview is expected in H1 next year.

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VMware announces Workstation 11 and Player 7 Pro

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Wednesday, October 1st, 2014   |  

VMware today announced the release of its type-2 client hypervisor product Workstation (version 11) and Player Pro (version 7). VMware expects to release both products in December this year. Starting with these versions VMware will require users to run the products on 64 bit Operating Systems, abandoning the 32 bit platform

Included in the Workstation 11 update:

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Release: Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Tuesday, September 30th, 2014   |  

As announced in august, Citrix has now made available version 7.6 of its Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) product XenDesktop and desktop and virtualization product XenApp.

Version 7.6 contains the following new features (among others):

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Lenovo closes acquisition of IBM’s x86 Server Business

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Monday, September 29th, 2014   |  

While the fact that Lenovo would take over the x86 Server Business line from IBM isn’t new, today Lenovo announced that a definitive agreement has been made effective October 1st. Lenovo is acquiring System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches, x86-based Flex integrated systems, NeXtScale and iDataPlex servers and associated software, blade networking and maintenance operations. IBM will retain its System z mainframes, Power Systems, Storage Systems, Power-based Flex servers, PureApplication and PureData appliances.

The acquisition will make Lenovo the third-largest player in the $42.1 billion global x86 server market.


Release: Pivotal CF 1.3

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Monday, September 29th, 2014   |  

The Pivotal Initiative is the organization, born in December 2012 from the merge of EMC and VMware cloud application and big data offerings and well known for Pivotal CF (Cloud Foundry), its commercially supported hybrid Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) based on Cloud Foundry, which it first launched in November 2013.

Last week Pivotal announced that version 1.3 of its Pivotal CF is now generally available, introducing the following new functionality:

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Paper: IBM Flex System Solution for Microsoft Hyper-V (2-node) Reference Architecture

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Monday, September 29th, 2014   |  

IBM has released a paper titled: "IBM Flex System Solution for Microsoft Hyper-V (2-node) Reference Architecture". The paper which contains 50 pages describes a reference architecture for building a 2 node Hyper-V solution using the IBM Flex System Solution.

The design consists of two IBM Flex System x240 compute nodes, which are attached to the IBM System Storage DS3524 Storage controller. The networking design leverages the Flex System EN2092 Ethernet Switches. This fault-tolerant hardware configuration is clustered by using the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 operating system.

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Book: Virtualization 2.0 for dummies

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Monday, September 29th, 2014   |  

VMware has released a free eBook titled: "Virtualization 2.0 for dummies". The book which contains 88 pages can be downloaded from the VMware website after registration.

The book covers the following topics:

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Paper: VMware Virtual SAN Performance with Microsoft SQL Server

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Monday, September 29th, 2014   |  

VMware has released a paper titled:"VMware Virtual SAN Performance with Microsoft SQL Server", the paper which contains 9 pages shows the result of a scalability study running Microsoft SQL Server on VMware Virtual SAN using the DVD store benchmark.

Two cases were examined: (1) The number of nodes in the Virtual SAN cluster were scaled up from 4 to 8. (2) The number of DVD Store instances (virtual machines) per node were scaled up in a Virtual SAN cluster from 1 to 3.

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Release: Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux (O3L) 1.0

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Thursday, September 25th, 2014   |  

Oracle has released its Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux (O3L). Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux is a distribution of the OpenStack (Icehouse) cloud framework integrated with the Oracle Linux Operating System and the Oracle VM Server virtualisation platform.

In December last year, Oracle announced its participation in the OpenStack foundation, releasing a technology preview based on the OpenStack Havana release, later refreshing the technical preview based on OpenStack Icehouse.

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Paper: VMware Horizon 6 Reference Architecture

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Wednesday, September 24th, 2014   |  

VMware has released a paper titled: "VMware Horizon 6 Reference Architecture". The paper which contains 53 pages describes a reference architecture for building a VMware Horizon 6 deployment supporting 2,000 till 10,00 users with an existing server and storage infrastructure.

The Horizon 6 reference architecture combines the technologies of standard rack-mount server hardware running on EMC VNX storage, VMware View Accelerator (to accelerate existing SAN), VMware ESXi 5.5, and Horizon 6 to produce a highly efficient, robust, and scalable next-generation virtual workspace deployment.

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