Microsoft announces updates to its public and private cloud portfolio

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Monday, October 20th, 2014   |  

Microsoft today announced several upcoming features to both its public Microsoft Azure services, as its private cloud solution based on Windows Server and System Center. CEO Satya Nadella stated that more than 80 percent of the Fortune 500 is using the Microsoft Cloud and that by the end of 2014, Microsoft Azure will be operational in 19 countries around the world.

For Microsoft Azure Microsoft announced new G-Series of Virtual Machines and Premium storage and new partners in the Azure Marketplace: CONTINUE READING…

OpenStack releases the 10th version of its IaaS platform called Juno

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Monday, October 20th, 2014   |  

OpenStack, the open source cloud computing project has released its 10th version of its IaaS platform for public, private and hybrid clouds. This version has 342 new features and 3,219 bug fixes to support software development, big data analysis and application infrastructure at scale. Currently 1.419 individuals are contributing to the project.

The Juno release adds storage policies, a new data processing service that provisions Hadoop and Spark, and lays the foundation for OpenStack to be the platform for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). CONTINUE READING…

Microsoft announces support for Docker container virtualization for next version of Windows Server

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Wednesday, October 15th, 2014   |  

Microsoft has announced that it will support for Docker in its next version of Windows Server. Docker which provides a so called container virtualization solution currently receives a lot of support from developers using the technology to deploy their software. Docker provides so called container virtualization, allowing an application and its dependencies to run as an isolated process inside a virtual environment. This environment is then portable from local computers to backend infrastructure and cloud.


VMware opens a new Data Center in Germany

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Wednesday, October 15th, 2014   |  

Among the announcements made at VMworld 2014 Europe VMware also announced its plans to open a new Data Center in Germany, making available VMware vCloud Air services starting from Q1 2015. At the moment the only VMware location in Europe is in UK, the new opening is going to provide customers with a more central location focused on German and EU compliance and data regulations.

VMworld Europe 2014 Wrap-Up

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Wednesday, October 15th, 2014   |  

VMworld Europe 2014 in Barcelona has seen Pat Gelsinger (VMware CEO), Bill Fathers (EVP and GM, Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit) and Sanjay Poonen (EVP and GM, End-User Computing) in Tuesday’s general sessions, Carl Eschenbach (President) and Ben Fathi (CTO) on stage today.

A lot of focus was on the consolidation and enrichment around vCloud Air service base, presented at VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, but the announcements covered several areas and can be summarized as follows:

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Release: VMware vCloud Director 5.6

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Wednesday, October 8th, 2014   |  

VMware today released version 5.6 of its web-based management platform for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) clouds, working with virtual machines (VMs) and vApps. This version was designed exclusively for VMware vCloud Air Network service providers. These vCloud Air Network service providers VMware vCloud Air which is the new name of the vCloud Hybrid Service. VMware launced the vCloud Air network program in August this year, as an evolution of the VMware Service Provider Program.


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Cloud Computing Trends: An interview with Steve Herrod

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Tuesday, October 7th, 2014   |  

As the majority of readers already know, Steve Herrod is one of the most relevant CTOs, not only for VMware but for the entire panorama of virtualization and cloud computing.

Steve joined VMware as one of the very first engineering directors in the early days of the company and left it in February 2013, currently he is Managing Director at General Catalyst Partners, a venture capital firm focused on Early Stage and XIR (Executive In Residence)/Growt investments.

Having the opportunity to speak with a professional of his caliber isn’t something that happens every single day and, as a proper analyst as I claim to be, I came prepared with an outline and 5 precise, studied and obviously clever questions.

Eventually we ended up with a nice informal talk, touching about two million different topics and jumping from one to another ignoring any semblance of the good intentions that I had at the beginning.

What I’ve done in this article is to re-assemble our conversation ex-post in order to make it fit my original questions, (how convenient?) in the end what you will read here is more the result of an exchange of ideas than straight answers.

Release: Microsoft Azure Site Recovery

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Friday, October 3rd, 2014   |  

In June this year, Microsoft announced that Hyper-V Recovery Manager would be rebranded to Microsoft Azure Site Recovery, at that time Microsoft also made available a free technical preview of the product.

Yesterday Microsoft announced the general availability of Azure Site Recovery (ASR). ASR is a cloud based service (SaaS) which coordinates failover and failback between two Microsoft System Center 2012 managed datacenters. Site Recovery will provide the option to failover a site with Virtual Machine Manager managed VM’s based on Hyper-V to Microsoft Azure.


Release: Pivotal CF 1.3

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Monday, September 29th, 2014   |  

The Pivotal Initiative is the organization, born in December 2012 from the merge of EMC and VMware cloud application and big data offerings and well known for Pivotal CF (Cloud Foundry), its commercially supported hybrid Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) based on Cloud Foundry, which it first launched in November 2013.

Last week Pivotal announced that version 1.3 of its Pivotal CF is now generally available, introducing the following new functionality:


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Release: Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux (O3L) 1.0

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Thursday, September 25th, 2014   |  

Oracle has released its Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux (O3L). Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux is a distribution of the OpenStack (Icehouse) cloud framework integrated with the Oracle Linux Operating System and the Oracle VM Server virtualisation platform.

In December last year, Oracle announced its participation in the OpenStack foundation, releasing a technology preview based on the OpenStack Havana release, later refreshing the technical preview based on OpenStack Icehouse.


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