Ravello Systems raises $28 million and announces major release of HVX

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Tuesday, January 27th, 2015   |  

Cloud computing startup called Ravello Systems announces to have secured $28 million funding and to have boost a total of $54 million capital led by Qualcomm Incorporated, through its venture investment group, Qualcomm Ventures, and SanDisk Corporation through SanDisk Ventures. Among the investors that participated in this funding round: Sequoia Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners, Norwest Venture Partners and Vintage Investment Partners.
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Amazon updates AWS plugin for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Thursday, January 22nd, 2015   |  

In October last year, Amazon released the AWS System Manager for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM). AWS System Manager is an add-in for SCVMM which allows customers to monitor and manager EC2 instances from within SCVMM.

Yesterday Amazon announced that an updated version of the add-in has been released, adding support for importing existing virtual machines and launching new EC2 instances without the need to use the AWS management console.

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VMware announces vCloud Air Disaster Recovery

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Thursday, January 22nd, 2015   |  

VMware has announced that later this quarter it will release an updated disaster recovery solution for its IaaS solution vCloud Air (formerly vCloud Hybrid Service). The solution which will be called vCloud Air Disaster Recovery includes new service enhancements.

These new enhancements will include:

  • Native failback support – providing reverse replication from vCloud Air to customers environment
  • Multiple recovery points of replicated VMs
  • Self-service automation leveraging vRealize Orchestrator via a plub-in for vCloud Air DR.

Microsoft and Persistent Systems release solution for Azure IaaS data center migration

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Thursday, January 15th, 2015   |  

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Microsoft, together with partner Persistent Systems has developed and released a tool which helps customers to move complete Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas) deployments from one Microsoft datacenter to another. As Microsoft introduces new data centers, customers may want to move to the nearest data center for better performance. The solution called Azure Data Center Migration Solution is delivered as open source licensed under the Apache License and available for download on GitHub CONTINUE READING…


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Microsoft updates Azure with availability of G-series, Docker image support and a public preview of Azure Key Vault

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Friday, January 9th, 2015   |  

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Microsoft yesterday announced several updates to its Microsoft Azure cloud platform. Updates include the availability of the new G-series type of VM’s, the availability of Ubuntu image with a fully integrated Docker engine and a public preview of Azure Key Vault providing the abiltiy to safeguard and control keys and secrects using Hardware Security Modules (HSM) in the cloud.

Starting yesterday it has made available the G-series in Windows Azure, offering up to 32 vCPUs using the latest Intel Xeon processor E5 v3 family, 448GB of memory, and 6.59 TB of local Solid State Drive (SSD) space. Also the maximum count of attached data disks has been increased to 64, enabling the attachment of up to 64 TBs of persistent disks in Azure Storage. More information about how to deploy the new G-series can be found here.

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Book: Microsoft System Center Introduction to Microsoft Automation Solutions

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Monday, January 5th, 2015   |  

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Microsoft has released a free book titled: “Microsoft System Center Introduction to Microsoft Automation Solutions“. The book which contains 105 pages gives an introduction to the automation solutions provided by Microsoft in the form of Microsoft Azure Automation and Service Management Automation (SMA).

The book provides considerations on the features of each solution, and how they can be architected to fit your needs. It explores the interfaces you will use to interact with the solutions, including the web-based portals, Windows PowerShell command-line interaction, and programmatic access via the web services. It then covers how you implement and manage automation using runbooks, assets, and Integration Modules, along with how you can use a source control system to manage runbook content. CONTINUE READING…


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The other side

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Wednesday, December 31st, 2014   |  

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.
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Google is working on making Windows Server available in Google Cloud Platform

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Thursday, December 11th, 2014   |  

Google announced beginning this week that it’s going to support running Windows workloads on top of its Google Cloud Platform. For now this means that you can now run Windows Server 2008 R2 in beta, and it will work on supporting later releases like Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 as well.

Besides that Google also announced that customers can use their current Microsoft licenses so that they can move those to workloads running on top of Google Cloud Platform, under the Microsoft License Mobility for Google Cloud Platform program. Also customers can use the Chrome RDP application from Fusion Labs for free allowing them to connect to the workloads using RDP via the Chrome browser.


Tech: Microsoft Cloud Platform Integration Framework

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014   |  

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Microsoft has published a series of articles on the subject: Cloud Platform Integration Framework. The Cloud Platform Integration Framework (CPIF) provides an enterprise or cloud service provider architect patterns that helps bridge the gaps between infrastructure and workloads by providing guidance to application and workload teams for integrating with the Microsoft cloud platform.

The framework presents a number of best-practices patterns that:

  • Focus on enabling hybrid cloud solutions
  • Provide a lightweight framework for cloud integration which is application across diverse workloads
  • Surface practical examples of Azure design patterns
  • Minimize the need for customer development

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OpenStack 2015 Board of Directors Elections

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Friday, November 28th, 2014   |  

The OpenStack Foundation regularly conducts Elections for Individual Directors of the Foundation’s Board, next elections for the 2015 Board of Directors are going to be held from Monday January 12, 2015 to Friday January 16, 2015. It is time to decide who are the candidates as nominations are occurring during these days, from November 24 to December 12, 2014.

This process is important for the legitimacy of the Foundation and for the strenght of the open source cloud computing project. These directors are meant to represent the voices and interests of the developers and contributors to the OpenStack project as a whole, and of the operators of OpenStack-based clouds. Among the responsabilities of the 24 person Board is the budget of the Foundation, strategy and goals, the board is constituited by directors elected by the 8 Individual Members, directors elected by the 8 Gold Members and directors appointed by the 8 Platinum Members.
Individual Members Director board seats are meant to serve as the Individual Members of the Foundation and they are the connection between the community of the Foundation and the Board, it is important to mention that they are not supposed to represent the companies for which they work.
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