Release: Red Hat CloudForms 3.2

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Wednesday, 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 Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform (RHELOSP) and Amazon EC2. Red Hat will make CloudForms 3.2 available to customers in June, and since the capabilities require the OpenStack Kilo capabilities, it will require Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform version 7 which will be released in a short timeframe as well.

This version has a focus on managing OpenStack using the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, mainly because its now also part of the Cloud Suite for Applications which Red Hat announced last Tuesday. CONTINUE READING ON VIRTUALIZATION.INFO…

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Gartner predicts that Worldwide Cloud IaaS spending will grow around 33 percent is 2015

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Wednesday, May 20th, 2015   |  

Besides releasing their annual Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, research and consulting firm Gartner also made some predicitons about the growth of Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) in 2015.

Gartner states that worldwide spending on Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service will grow to 32.8 Percent in 2015 reaching almost 16.5 billion US dollar. Analyst Lydia Leong states that the IaaS solution ecosystem is rapidly consolidating around a small numer of maket leaders.

“The sky is not falling — customers are getting great value out of cloud IaaS — but the competitive landscape is shifting,” Ms. Leong said. “Few providers have the financial resources to invest in being broadly competitive in the cloud IaaS market.” CONTINUE READING…

Gartner releases its Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service for 2015

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Wednesday, May 20th, 2015   |  

Gartner this week updated its Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) for the year 2015. The Magic Qudrant for 2014 was released in May last year (covered by and the Magic Quadrant for 2013, which was released in August 2013 (covered by The Magic Quadrant aims to provide a qualitative analysis into a market and its direction, maturity and participants. The report details for each company in the Quadrant its strengths and cautions.

This years Quadrant, as analyzed by Lydia Leong, Douglas Toombs, Bob Gill has the following summary:

The market for cloud IaaS is in a state of upheaval, as many service providers are shifting their strategies after failing to gain enough market traction. Customers must exercise caution when choosing providers.

This Magic Quadrant covers all the common use cases for cloud IaaS, including development and testing, production environments (including those supporting mission-critical workloads) for both internal and customer-facing applications, batch computing (including high-performance computing [HPC]) and disaster recovery. It encompasses both single-application workloads and “virtual data centers” (VDCs) hosting many diverse workloads. It includes suitability for a wide range of application design patterns, including both “cloud-native” application architectures and enterprise application architectures. CONTINUE READING…

Red Hat announces the Cloud Suite for Applications

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Tuesday, May 19th, 2015   |  

Red Hat yesterday announced a new Suite which bundles its cloud portfolio to manage both Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) workloads. The suite, which is called the Cloud Suite for Applications contains Red Hat Enterprise Linux Openstack Platform (RHELOSP) as the IaaS engine, OpenShift by Red Hat as the PaaS engine and Red Hat CloudForms to provide an unified management layer. The Cloud Suite for Applications will first be made available in an early access program. General availability for Red Hat Cloud Suite for Applications will be announced at a later date.

The Cloud Suite will complement, as a commercial bundle, Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure (RHCI) which includes Red Hat CloudForms, Red Hat Satellite, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, and an optional Red Hat Enterprise Linux unlimited guests, where the Cloud Suite will basically add OpenShift as a different entry point to implement cloud-native capabilities on premises. CloudForms will be more integrated with OpenShift in order to manage the Container based workloads. CONTINUE READING…

Announcements from Citrix annual Synergy Conference

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Monday, May 18th, 2015   |  

Last week, Citrix held its annual Synergy conference in Orlando. During the conference Citrix made several announcements which will be summarized in this blogpost.

Citrix Workspace Cloud, which is a Software as a Service offering is capable of managing what Citrix calls workspace services, both on-premises or in the cloud. The Workspace Services consists of:

  • Applications and Desktops, providing secure access to virtual Windows, Linux, web apps, and desktops using XenApp and XenDesktop
  • Mobility Management, providing mobile app delivery and device security based on XenMobile
  • Secure Documents, which provides share, sync and secure content from cloud and on-premises storage services based on ShareFile
  • Lifecycle Management, providing blueprinting, automation and management for the design and deployment of enterprise workloads such as XenDesktop, XenApp, XenMobile, NetScaler and Citrix WorkSpace Suite
  • Concierge, providing real-time support and service for workspace subscribers allowing for remote support of mobile and web applications. CONTINUE READING ON VIRTUALIZATION.INFO…

Infographic: OpenStack adoption in Italy

Posted by Alessandro Fontana   |   Monday, May 11th, 2015   |  

The IT roadmap throughout the digital transformation process is a journey, long and complex, and must not be underestimated. Like any other journey it starts with a first step which most organizations have identified as implementing an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) service model.

This is convenient both from a technical and cultural standpoints.

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We are living in the era of “seamless user experience”, in other words, we have the ability to follow our customers through many different touchpoints both online and offline, recognizing and empowering them through many new services offered in the cloud.


.infonews welcomes Alessandro Fontana as a team member

Posted by Staff   |   Monday, May 11th, 2015   |  

12 years ago, in started to track virtualization market and, in 2010, was launched as a sister publication with a focus on the cloud computing market.

In these 12 years .info News team evolved as these markets themselves have done.

Alessandro Perilli, founder and former chief editor of both publications, joined Gartner as Research Director and now is GM of Cloud Management Strategy at Red Hat where has been recently joined by Massimo.

Claudio has been hired from Google and others were also absorbed from Fortune 500 companies or founded their own. These successes confirm the talent of those who contributed and are still contributing to our mission: tracking the evolution of virtualization and cloud computing markets, as well as their technology impact in the IT world, offering ahead of the curve, exhaustive coverage of both industries.

Today we are pleased to welcome Alessandro Fontana as the latest addition to our team.

Microsoft announcements from its annual Ignite conference

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Sunday, May 10th, 2015   |  

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Last week, Microsoft held its annual Ignite conference in Chicago, Illinois. Ignite is the new name for a series of technical conferences targeted to IT Professionals, which replaces the earlier Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) and TechEd conferences among others.

During this technical event, several announcements were made which are summarized below.

Windows Update for Business

Windows Update for Business will be a free service for Windows Pro and Enterprise devices. Windows Update for Business is build on top of Windows Update and targeted towards end-user devices within business. Windows Update for Business will provide Distribution rings, maintenance windows, peer to peer delivery and will integrate with existing management tools like System Center. More information about Windows Update for Business can be found here.


Release: OpenStack Kilo

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Tuesday, May 5th, 2015   |  

OpenStack Foundation has released the 11th version of its IaaS platform for public, private and hybrid clouds. This version has 400 new features and includes input from 1,492 contributors representing 169 companies.

The Kilo release, where K is the eleventh letter of the alphabet, includes the first full release of Ironic, a service that can be used to provision directly on bare metal, in addition to VMs.

According to OpenStack, Ironic is already at production stage in some companies, including in Rackspace’s OnMetal managed cloud offering, but with the new release it’s finally ready for broader adoption.

Release: Update Rollup 6 for Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Azure Pack – UPDATED

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Thursday, April 30th, 2015   |  

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Microsoft has released Update Rollup 6 for the following products within the System Center 2012 R2 suite: Service Manager (SCSM), Operations Manager (SCOM), Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) and Service Provider Foundation (SPF)

The following updates are available:

Besides fixing serveral issues, the Update Rollups which Microsoft provide also introduce new functionality in some cases. By adding functionality to the current product Microsoft eases the pain for customers who want new functionality but don’t want to wait for the next version of System Center which is still expected in 2016.

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VMware results for Q1 2015

April 28th, 2015

VMware released the results about its growth for Q1 2015.
VMware, announced a total  revenue growth of $1.51 billion, for an increase of 11 percent compared to Q1 2014. License revenues were…

VMware announces 2 new products supporting Container virtualization

April 21st, 2015

VMware yesterday announced to new projects, Project Photon and Project Lightwave. Project Photon is a Linux Operating System which is optimized to run on vSphere and capable of running what…

Release: Docker Engine 1.6

April 21st, 2015

Docker has released version 1.6 of its container virtualization solution, Docker Engine. Also updates for Registry, Compose, Swarm and Machine and a preview of a client for Microsoft Windows…

Release: Piston CloudOS 4.0

April 16th, 2015

On April 6, Californian Piston Cloud Computing announced the newest release of  its operating system for data center Piston CloudOS 4.0. The main highlights of this version are the…

Docker acquires Kitematic

April 16th, 2015

Lately it’s been a busy time for Docker, after disclosing the availability of its orchestration tools and the acquisition of SocketPlane, the open-source project that automates the deployment of…

Docker raises $95 million in Series D funding

April 15th, 2015

Docker, provider of the Docker container virtualization platform has announced that it has raised $ 95 million in a series D funding round. The round was led by Insight…

Microsoft announces new container technologies

April 8th, 2015

In October last year, Microsoft announced that support for Docker container virtualization in its next version of Windows Server through the Windows Server Containers technology. Today Microsoft announced several…

OpenStack startup Nebula goes out of business

April 7th, 2015

One of the most commented news lately has been that Nebula, the open source cloud computing startup founded by Chris Kemp, former NASA CTO, shut down on April 1st,…

Microsoft releases technical preview for VMware workload support by Azure Site Recovery – UPDATED

March 30th, 2015

Last week Microsoft announced new features for its Azure Backup solution. Azure Backup is a Microsoft solution which protects files and folders by providing multiple copies in multiple geographies….

Red Hat announces Q4 2014 earnings

March 30th, 2015

On March 25 Red Hat announced its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2014.
Total revenue for the first quarter ended February 28, 2015 was $464 million, with an increase…

Juniper Networks and Mirantis announce partnership

March 24th, 2015

Juniper Networks and Mirantis announced a partnership preparing an open-source software-defined networking (SDN) fabric to deploy OpenStack clouds at scale.

Book: Microsoft System Center Deploying Hyper-V with Software-Defined Storage & Networking

March 18th, 2015

Microsoft has published a free ebook titled: “Microsoft System Center Deploying Hyper-V with Software-Defined Storage & Networking“. The book which contains 236 pages provides a step-by-step guide for a…

Microsoft hires former Forrester Analyst as Cloud Chief Strategist

March 18th, 2015

Today, March 17, Microsoft disclosed that the former Vice President & Principal Analyst at Forrester Research: James Staten, was elected as chief strategist for its Cloud & Enterprise group. Staten…

IBM opens Cloud Center in Australia

March 12th, 2015

As announced few weeks ago, IBM opened its new SoftLayer datacenter in Sydney, its second one in Australia, after the opening in Melbourne last year. The opening of Big Blue’s…

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