VMware results for Q1 2014

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014   |  

On April 22, VMware released the results about its growth for Q1 2014.

VMware, announced a total  revenue growth of $1.36 billion, for an increase of 14 percent compared to Q1 2013.

Operating income for the first quarter was $241 million, an increase of 51% from the first quarter of 2013.

Operating Margin registered an increase of 51%, as reported in the official news.

The non-GAAP Operating Margin registered an increment of 9% from Q1 2013, with an income of $423 million.

Operating cash flows had an increase of 11% from Q1 2013.

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Release: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Tuesday, April 15th, 2014   |  

Today Canonical announced the new Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS with a press release intriguingly focused on its role as an OpenStack platform.

This release, that will be available on 17th April, will include a new version of Juju and MAAS, the latest container technologies from Docker and LXC, OpenVSwitch, Ceph, the support for IBM Power Systems and IBM’s open architecture called POWER.

VMware introduces vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Tuesday, April 15th, 2014   |  

VMware vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) is the VMware’s owned and operated public Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform, launched in 2013 in the US and extended to Europe in February 2014.

Today Bill Fathers (Senior VP & General Manager, Hybrid Cloud Services Businss Unit at VMware)  published, simultaneously to the official press release, a post on the VMware Company Blog announcing a new disaster recovery solution called (unsurprisingly) VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery.

Intended for mid-size companies the service promises a seamless integration with vSphere-based infrastructures and the ability to self-manage the replicas of the Virtual Machines between on-premise infrastructures and vCHS Data Centers, starting from a price if $835/month including 1TB of storage and standby cloud capacity.


Microsoft releases preview of Microsoft Azure Automation

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Thursday, April 10th, 2014   |  

Microsoft has announced the release of a preview of Azure Automation. Azure Automation provides an orchestration engine for use within Microsoft Azure. Azure Automation allows you to automate the creation, monitoring, deployment and management of cloud resources in your Microsoft Azure subscription using a highly-available workflow execution engine and works in a similar way as Service Management Automation (SMA) provided by the Windows Azure Pack.

If you have a Microsoft Azure subscription you can activate the preview on the Preview Features page.


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VMware elects Paul Sagan in the board of directors

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Tuesday, April 8th, 2014   |  

Yesterday VMware announced that David Goulden, CEO of EMC Information Infrastructure and CFO of EMC, has left the board of directors.

Goulden will be replaced by Paul Sagan, former Akamai’s CEO, member of EMC’s board and partner and XIR with General Catalyst Partners, a venture capital focused on cloud computing, hyper-connectivity and mobility, media and big data.

VMware announces Q1 vExperts 2014

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014   |  

VMware vExpert is the program, started in 2009, that “rewards” the individuals who has been recognized as active contributors of the community that rotates around the VMware ecosystem.

The program provides three possible paths: Evangelist, Customer and VPN (VMware Partner Network) in order to include all the bloggers, book authors, speakers, tool developers, etc. who wish to apply for this annual award.

Yesterday VMware announced the first round of 2014 vExperts through a post on the VMTN blog and I would like to congratulate with Kenneth, Marcel and, in for the first time, myself for being on this list (.. and, of course, with all of those who are there with us).


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Telefónica acquires eyeOS

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014   |  

Spanish telecommunications company Telefónica announced to have acquired cloud computing start-up eyeOS, which introduced an open source web desktop solution called eyeOS. The two companies have worked together for the last four years and have signed an agreement back on September 2013 to enhance VDI distribution through HTML5.

The objective of the telecommunication company with this acquisition is to strengthen its offering in future mobile cloud services and encourage the development of open source technology solutions. Telefonica is aiming to take a position among the open source desktop virtualization services (DVS), and together with eyeOS technology they are going to apply desktop virtualization to mobile devices, such as tablets, mobile phones, as well as desktops, leaving all processing of data in the cloud. Using HTML5 and open source technologies eyeOS and Telefonica are going to open the market to all kind of devices, no matter what system they are using, therefore the ability to be able to access any application.

Cloudera raises $900M in funding and partnerships with Intel

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Monday, March 31st, 2014   |  

The analytic data management Apache Hadoop-based company, Cloudera, announced to have raised the remarkable amount of $900 million in a series of financing round which includes the first $160 million from T. Rowe Price, Google Ventures and a partner of MSD Capital, L.P. The majority of the investment comes from Intel, which allows it to have the 18% share of Cloudera.

Apparently this is the largest investment in data center technology in Intel’s history.  The aim of the collaboration is accelerating customer adoption of big data solutions, helping companies to have bigger opportunity to increase the value of business data by making use of Apache Hadoop solutions open source. Cloudera is going to develop and distribute systems such as Apache Hadoop , for Intel platform supporting different technologies, including structures Intel, flash memory and security.

Amazon makes its WorkSpaces DaaS solution generally available

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Wednesday, March 26th, 2014   |  

In November last year, Amazon announced its Desktop as a Service (DaaS) solution WorkSpaces. WorkSpaces offers a fully managed Windows 7 experience running on top of Windows Server 2008. At that time the service was offered in a Limited Preview.

Today Amazon announced the general availability of its WorkSpaces solution, which can be accessed using a PC or Mac or by using one of the WorkSpaces mobile clients available for iPad, Kindle Fire HDX and Android Tablets. With this release Amazon also releases the Amazon WorkSpaces Sync client, which automatically backups ups the documents created to Amazon S3.


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The Apache software foundation releases CloudStack 4.3.0

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Wednesday, March 26th, 2014   |  

The Apache Software Foundation which took over the developement of CloudStack platform from Citrix in April 2012 today released version 4.3 of Apache CloudStack. Apache CloudStack is open source software designed to deploy and manage large networks of virtual machines, as a highly available, highly scalable Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud computing platform.

With this release CloudStack now supports the most popular hypervisors from: VMware, KVM, XenServer, Xen Cloud Platform (XCP) and Microsoft Hyper-V.


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