Cloudbees raises $23.5 million in funding round

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Wednesday, January 28th, 2015   |  

Cloudbees, headquartered in Woburn, MA, provider of a continuous delivery (CD) Platform as a Service (PaaS) solution based on Jenkins, announced to have raised $23.5 million in a new funding round from investors Lightspeed Venture Partners and existing investors Matrix Partners, Verizon Ventures and Blue Cloud Ventures. This round brings the company’s total venture capital investment to approximately $50 million since 2010.

The company also announced to plan to use the funding for its growth as CloudBees forecast an increasing demand in 2015 for its solution.
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VMware results for Q4 2014 and full year

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Wednesday, January 28th, 2015   |  

On January 27, VMware released the financial results for the third quarter and full year 2014.

The revenues for the fourth quarter were $1.70 billion for an increase of 15% compared to Q4 2013. Licenses revenues were $777 million, with an increase of 13% from same quarter in 2013.

Operating income was $344 million and non-GAAP operating income was $567 million, respectively a decrease of 8% and an increase of 7%.

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Platform9 releases its Managed OpenStack SaaS solution

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Wednesday, January 28th, 2015   |  

Platform9, which exited stealthmode in August last year last week released it’s Software as a Service (SaaS) solution based on OpenStack. This platform aims to reduce operational complexity offering non-disruptive setup and upgrades, a single pane of glass (unified management) for KVM and VMware vSphere, a native support for teams collaboration and a solid OpenStack base. All you need to do is sign up for a Platform9 account, and pair your servers with it. The Platform9 dashboard starts offering visibility into your infrastructure across compute, storage, network and existing workloads.

The product is currently based on OpenStack Havana, and Platform9 expects to update to OpenStack Juno in H1 2015. They aim to update to every 2nd OpenStack release, within a quarter of the release.

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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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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.


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