Release: Piston CloudOS 4.0

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Thursday, 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 ability to deploy Hadoop and Spark on bare metal and the planned support also for container orchestration tools such as Kubernetes, Mesos and Docker Swarm.

Docker acquires Kitematic

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Thursday, April 16th, 2015   |  

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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 applications inside software containers announced to have acquired Kitematic, an open source project that allows the automatic installation and set up process of Docker, providing an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) for running Docker containers on the Mac. CONTINUE READING ON VIRTUALIZATION.INFO…

Docker raises $95 million in Series D funding

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Wednesday, April 15th, 2015   |  

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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 Venture Partners, with new contributions from Coatue, Goldman Sachs and Northern Trust. Existing investors Benchmark, Greylock Partners, Sequoia Capital, Trinity Ventures and Jerry Yang’s AME Cloud Ventures also participated in the round.

The series D funding follows the series C funding from September last year, where Docker raised $ 40 million. Docker itself states that it doesn’t have an imminent need for additional financing, but wants to be ready for the next several years to come.

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Microsoft announces new container technologies

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Wednesday, April 8th, 2015   |  

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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 new products to support these container virtualization techniques.

Firstly Microsoft announced Hyper-V Containers which is an isolated container deployment option ensuring that container cannot impact the host OS or other containers running on the same host. Hyper-V containers will offer an extra deployment option next to the already available Hyper-V virtual machine and the earlier announced Windows Server containers.


OpenStack startup Nebula goes out of business

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Tuesday, 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, April Fools’ Day, what an unfortunate coincidence. Nebula has been one of the players in the OpenStack world since the very beginning.

The company published on its website an announcement where the management team broadcast about ceasing operations, thanking its team and clients, reassuring its customers that private clouds deployed at customer sites will continue to operate normally but support will no longer be available, encouraging to shuffle alternatives such as HP, IBM and Red Hat.

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

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Monday, March 30th, 2015   |  

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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. It integrates seamlessly with System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) in order to protect Microsoft workloads. It can also perform online backups of Windows and Linux IaaS VMs, a functionality which is now in technical preview.


Red Hat announces Q4 2014 earnings

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Monday, 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 of 16% from the same quarter last year. Looking at the financials details we can see that subscription revenue was of $405 million, up 15% year-over-year, full fiscal year subscription revenue was $1.56 billion, up 17% year-over-year in U.S. dollars year-over-year, or 19% measured in constant currency. Operating cash flow of $217 million, up 18% year-over-year, full fiscal year operating cash flow of $623 million, up 15% year-over-year.

Juniper Networks and Mirantis announce partnership

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Tuesday, 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

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Wednesday, March 18th, 2015   |  

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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 proof-of-concept implementation for a Software Defined Datacenter which includes virtualization, networking and storage in this case by using Windows Server and Microsoft System Center. CONTINUE READING…

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Microsoft hires former Forrester Analyst as Cloud Chief Strategist

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Wednesday, 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 will report to Corporate VP ans Cloud Chief Scott Guthrie.

As stated in his LinkedIn profile, James Staten is a veteran in the market, with over 30 years experience in marketing, business development and corporate strategy with large tech companies and start ups. At Forrester his main focus was to track, trend and forecast the technology evolutions and usage trends of data center and server technologies. His main areas of concentration were Cloud Computing & Adaptive Intelligence (collaborative business intelligence).


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VMware announces support for CoreS on vSphere 5.5. and vCloud Air

March 11th, 2015

VMware has announced that it now supports CoreOS on both vSphere 5.5. and vCloud Air. CoreOS is a Linux distribution designed to provide minimal functionality required for deploying applications inside…

Book: Microsoft Azure Essentials – Azure Automation

March 11th, 2015

Microsoft has published a free ebook titled:”Microsoft Azure Essentials: Azure Automation“. The book which contains 113 pages introduces a fairly new feature of Microsoft Azure called Azure Automation. Using…

SimpliVity raises $175M in Series D Funding

March 11th, 2015

SimpliVity, is one of the competitors in the crowdy hyperconverged infrastructure and a data architecture market. Yesterdat the company announced that it has closed a $175 million Series D…

GigaOM shuts down

March 10th, 2015

Today it’s a sad day for the world of the information technology websites, a very well known name on the scene, GigaOM, just announced that it is shutting down…

Docker acquires SocketPlane

March 10th, 2015

Few days after announcing the availability of its orchestration tools in beta, Docker also disclosed the acquisition of SocketPlane, a software-defined networking (SDN) startup founded during last quarter of…

Docker releases beta of new Orchestration tools

March 3rd, 2015

Docker last week announced the availability of its orchestration tools in beta. The orchestration tools are able to assist in portability of the Docker containers and consists of Docker…

IBM opens other Global Cloud Centers to Support Hybrid Cloud Growth

February 27th, 2015

Recently IBM revealed the opening of new SoftLayer datacenters in Sydney and Montreal in the next 30 days. As soon as they are fully operating, IBM is going to have…

Release: Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 6

February 17th, 2015

Red Hat today announced the release of version 6 of its OpenStack platform management tool Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack. Version 6 is the follow up of version 5 which…

Release: Docker Engine 1.5

February 12th, 2015

Docker has released version 1.5 of its container virtualization solution. Docker provides so called container virtualization, allowing an application and its dependencies to run as an isolated process inside…

Release: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 9.2

February 12th, 2015

Microsoft has released version 9.1 of its capactiy planning tool the Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP). This version is the follow-up of version 9.1 which was released in July…

Book: Microsoft Azure Essentials: Fundamentals of Azure

February 4th, 2015

Microsoft has published a free ebook titled: “Microsoft Azure Essentials: Fundamentals of Azure“. The book, which contains 246 pages covers the fundamentals of Microsoft Azure’s cloud offering. It concentrates…

VMware announces VMware Integrated OpenStack

February 3rd, 2015

Besides announcing vSphere 6 and Virtual SAN 6, VMware has also announced that it will launch its OpenStack Distribution called VMware Integrated OpenStack. VMware Integrated OpenStack is designed for enterprise…

VMware announces integration with Google Cloud Platform services into vCloud Air

February 2nd, 2015

VMware last week announced that it will integrate Google Cloud Platform services into its Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) product vCloud Air (formely vCloud Hybrid Service). VMware will offer Google…

Microsoft outlines roadmap for Windows Server and System Center

February 2nd, 2015

In October last year, Microsoft provided more information about the next version of Windows Server and System Center and releasing a Technical Preview of both products. At that time…

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