I’m thrilled to announce that I recently accepted a position in Red Hat as Cloud Management Strategy Director. I joined the Strategy Team led by Alessandro Perilli in Red Hat’s Management Business Unit.
When Alessandro left virtualization.info and cloudcomputing.info at the end of 2010 to join Gartner, I inherited the editorial control and we didn’t have the possibility to work together for the next 4 years. It’s great to finally have that chance.
This role will give me a great opportunity to apply what my customers taught me over the past 10 years to help shaping better solutions to real world problems.
VMware has released version 5.2 of its centralized image management solution for Windows desktops: Mirage. Version 5.2 is the follow-up of version 5.1 which was released in September this year.
VMware Mirage is also part of the Horizon FLEX offering, VMware’s end user computing suite that complements View, the company’s VDI product.
After announcing vRealize Log Insight 2.5 in October this year, VMware today released the version to its customers. Log Insight is a log aggregation, management and analisys tool, and version 2.5 is the follow up of version 2.0 which was released in May this year.
In August this year, VMware acquired CloudVolumes, a company providing an application containerization solution, similar to what Docker is currently providing. Actually buying the CloudVolumes solution was quite confusing, since VMware already had Mirage and ThinApp available.
In a nutshell, VMware explains that the three products can be used complementary to each other, to further understand how this work, the following blogpost by Tim Arenz, senior consultant for EUC at VMware gives a good overview of the possiblities: "CloudVolumes, Mirage and ThinApp: when to use what?"
Microsoft has released its Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2014 R2, which is available for Microsoft Customers with Software Assurance. The MDOP 2014 R2 is the follow up of the MDOP 2013 R2 which was released in December last year.
The Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack contains the following technologies:
5nine has released version 6.0 of its Microsoft hypervisor management solution 5nine Manager. 5nine Manager is capable of managing multiple versions of Microsoft Hyper-V hosts, and also provdes an agentless antivirus plugin for full and incremental VM and host scans. Besides that it provides features like Hyper-V logs, Application logs, an integrated Best Practices Analyzer, the ability to copy Hyper-V settings between hosts and a File Manager.
New functionality in version 6.0:
Veaam today released a new version of its Management Pack for Microsoft’s Operations Manager monitoring solution capable of monitoring VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V and Veeam Backup & Replication environments.
The R2 version provides the following new functionality:
Dell has released version 8.5 of its VDI Connection Broker Software Wyse vWorkspace. vWorkSpace was part of the product portfolio of Quest when it was acquired by Dell in September 2012. Version 8.5 is the follow up of version 8.0 which was released in April last year, and now the Wyse product line brand is added to its name.
Starting in this version, vWorkSpace offers a connector which works on HTML 5 capable browsers.
Additional features are:
On October 1st VMware announced the upcoming features for Workstation version 11 and Player Pro version 7. Today VMware released both version making them generally available to VMware customers. Starting with these versions VMware will require users to run the products on 64 bit Operating Systems, abandoning the 32 bit platform.