Paper: Creating a VMware Software-Defined Data Center

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Thursday, November 27th, 2014   |  

VMware has released a paper titled:"Creating a VMware Software-Defined Data Center". The paper which contains 29 pages describes a reference architecture for a Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) using VMware vCloud Suite Enterprise 5.8, VMware NSX for vSphere 6.1, VMware IT Business Management Suite Standard Edition 1.1, and VMware vCenter Log Insight 2.0.

The design uses three cluster types, each with its own distinct function. It provides a management plane that is separate from the user workload virtual machines. In addition, it leverages an edge cluster, which provides dedicated compute resources for network services such as edge routers; these provide access to the corporate network and the Internet.

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IBM announces “Bluemix Dedicated” Platform

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Thursday, November 20th, 2014   |  

Today, November 20, IBM announced an interesting update to its PaaS (Platform as a Service) Bluemix. The new “Dedicated” offering allows developers to create applications and deploy them in a single tenant, dedicated cloud environment hosted in an IBM cloud center.

IBM is also expanding its offering with a private API catalog on its public instance of Bluemix that is going to help developers to more easily access their on-premise data.

Among the announcement that IBM made, there is also the enlargement of its Bluemix Garage network to Canary Wharf Group’s Level39, which is Europe’s largest tech accelerator based in London, the network provides a central location for financial, retail and future cities tech companies. CONTINUE READING…


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Tech: Microsoft Infrastructure as a Service Foundations

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Thursday, November 20th, 2014   |  

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Microsoft has published a series of blog articles called the "Microsoft Infrastructure as a Service Foundations". The goal of the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Foundations series is to help enterprise IT departments and cloud service providers understand, develop, and implement IaaS infrastructures. This series provides comprehensive conceptual background that combines Microsoft software, consolidated guidance, and validated configurations with partner technologies such as compute, network, and storage architectures, in addition to value-added software features.

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AWS re:Invent Day 2 Keynote Wrap-Up

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Monday, November 17th, 2014   |  

The Day 2 at AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas saw on stage Verner Vogels, amazon.com CTO, in a keynote mostly focused on devs.

Two the key announcements:

  • Amazon EC2 Container Service: riding the momentum for application containerization unleashed from Docker, Amazon releases its own container management service. Using ECS-enabled AMIs or installing the Docker daemon and the ECS Agent on a Linux AMI, customers will be able to create and manage clusters of containers and use the associated Scheduler to manage the resources. The service is already available as a preview and there are no extra charge in addition to the used resources.

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AWS re:Invent Keynote Wrap-Up

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Thursday, November 13th, 2014   |  

Yesterday at AWS re:Invent 2014 in Las Vegas, Andy Jassy (SVP, Amazon Web Services) announced, as expected, a set of new products and services that will be available to Amazon’s customers.

Two strong thematics emerged from this session, a renewed commitment towards specific needs of large enterprises and a the will to provide innovation through open source technologies.


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Release: Puppet Labs Puppet Enterprise 3.7

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Wednesday, November 12th, 2014   |  

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Puppet Labs has released version 3.7 of its Puppet Enterprise. Puppet Enterprise is a Configuration Management platform using a model based, declarative approach build on top of Puppet which is an open source IT automation solution. Puppet Enterprise is a suite of products combining Puppet , a web console, provisioning tools and support.

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Red Hat launches OpenShift Enterprise 2.2

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Tuesday, November 11th, 2014   |  

With Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS), Gartner defines a cloud-based service that offers integration to, from and whitin an on premises counterpart.

With the announcement of OpenShift Enterprise 2.2 Red Hat aims to strengthen its xPaaS with the introduction of two new services provided as cartridges:

  • JBoss Fuse for xPaaS, an open source ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) technology
  • JBoss A-MQ for xPaaS, its related messaging service

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Midokura MidoNet goes Open Source

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Tuesday, November 4th, 2014   |  

Midokura is a Japanese startup that released, back in 2013, MidoNet a network virtualization solution for OpenStack.

Yesterday, at OpenStack Summit in Paris, the company announced the decision to open source the core pieces of MidoNet making them freely available to the public under Apache 2.0 license.

This decision is intended to encourage user adoption and reflects the trend that sees Open Source as more and more central in vendors’ strategies.
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Release: Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure 5

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Monday, November 3rd, 2014   |  

Red Hat today announced the release of version 5 of its systems management solution for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) private clouds based on the OpenStack platform, supporting OpenStack, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and virtualization platforms based on Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV), Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager(SCVMM) and VMware.

Version 5 is the follow up of version 4 which was released in January this year and version 5 adds the capabilities of Red Hat Satellite to the solution. CONTINUE READING…


Amazon releases AWS plugin for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Thursday, October 30th, 2014   |  

Amazon has 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. This add-in adds functionality to SCVMM like launching new instances, and common maintenance tasks like restarting, stopping and removing instances. Also connecting to an instance using the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is possible. CONTINUE READING…


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