Quest Software leaves Dell

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Tuesday, November 1st, 2016   |  

In September 2012 Dell announced to have completed the acquisition of Quest Software, a Californian company with an history in systems management, security, business intelligence and, falling back in our own area of interest, virtualization, cloud automation and backup & recovery.
Today, after 3 years, Quest is announcing its renewed independency thanks to a new acquisition by Francisco Partners and Elliott Management Corporation.

Dell is currently in the spotlight due to its acquisition of EMC Corporation, owner (among others) of VMware and Pivotal.

Jeff Hawn, chairman and CEO said:

As companies continue to embrace business transformation, particularly through adopting cloud-centric technology models, they need a trusted partner through this critical journey. In relaunching Quest, our products will be purpose-built and backed by a level of support and services that will help our customers and partners succeed. We’ll take the best of what made Quest a market maker for the past 30 years and infuse a renewed focus on security and cloud.


Citrix announces Q3 2016 results

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Friday, October 21st, 2016   |  

Citrix announced its financial results for third quarter 2016.

The revenues for the second quarter were $841 million for an increase of 3% compared to Q3 2015.

Net income was $132 million and non-GAAP operating income was $208 million, an increase compared to $168 million for Q3 2015.
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Amazon EC2 now runs Windows Server 2016

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Friday, October 21st, 2016   |  

A few days ago Amazon Web Services announced the support for Windows Server 2016 in its IaaS offering Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).

Windows Server 2016, released in GA last week, is the latest edition of Microsoft’s server operating system, marketed as a cloud-ready operating system, comes with a set of  new features among which the long awaited support for Docker and Windows containers.

Windows Server 2016 is now available in all AWS regions, in four different options:
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VMworld US 2016 Wrap-up

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Thursday, September 1st, 2016   |  

Today was the last day of VMware’s flagship conference VMworld in Las Vegas, an highly controversial edition which left a good chunk of the audience disoriented if not properly disappointed.

The debate started during Day 1 Keynote and then proliferated over Twitter in various strands. Part of the audience commented that the message delivered during the keynote suggests developers and cloud-native applications (delegated to Day 2 Keynote) as second-class citizens in VMware’s world.

Others complained that the announcements of VMware Cloud Foundation and Cross-Cloud Services (moreover in technical preview) are too few and too late to amend the One Cloud mantra VMware has drummed for an entire year.

Anyway each of these (legit) comments has been addressed by the vast legion of VMware’s aficionados and you can enjoy the discussion on Twitter with the hashtag #VMworld and form your own opinion.
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Gartner releases its Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service for 2016

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Thursday, August 11th, 2016   |  

Last week Gartner updated its Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) for the year 2016. The Magic Quadrant for the year 2015 was released in May last year just like in 2014 (covered by cloudcomputing.info) while the Magic Quadrant for 2013 was released in August 2013 (covered by cloudcomputing.info). The Magic Quadrant aims to provide a qualitative analysis into a market and its direction, maturity and participants. The report details for each company in the Quadrant its strengths and cautions.


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Release: Ansible Tower 3 by Red Hat

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016   |  

Ansible is one of the four main players in the automation market, younger then the well known Chef and Puppet, has been launched in 2013 in Durham, N.C. and acquired last October by Red Hat.
Ansible itself is especially popular within the developers’ community, thanks to its simplicity and agentless nature while Ansible Tower is its control visual dashboard providing centralisation, role-based access control, job scheduling and graphical inventory management.
At the end of July Ansible launched release 3 of Ansible Tower under the name of Ansible Tower by Red Hat.

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IBM announces earnings for Q2 2016

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Tuesday, July 19th, 2016   |  

Yesterday IBM announced its results for Q2 2016.

If we compare with the same quarter in 2015 earnings per share, from continuing operations, decreased 22%. Net income, from continuing operations, decreased 24%.
Consolidated diluted earnings per share down 20% YoY and operating (non-GAAP) diluted earnings per share, from continuing operations, decreased 21%.
These results reflect the continuous shrinking of IBM’s server hardware and z Systems business but, considering investors’ reaction, emerging business such Cognitive Solutions (aka Watson) and cloud (aka BlueMix/Softlayer) are enough to keep Big Blue an appealing investment.

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RightScale announces Docker Container Management

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016   |  

RightScale is a Santa Barbara, CA based company, provider of a Software as a Service (SaaS) management solution that so far only supported standard Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud infrastructures such Amazon EC2, Microsoft AWS, Google Compute Engine and various distributions of OpenStack, public and on-premises.

Today the company announced the support for Docker based containers through the installation of its RightLink agent on Docker hosts.

RightScale native capabilities easily allow to provision and scale Docker hosts, as well as container management tools such Kubernetes, Docker Swarm or Rancher, simply providing appropriate templates for these kind of services.


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Release: OpenStack Mitaka

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Thursday, April 7th, 2016   |  

Today OpenStack Foundation has released the 13th version of its IaaS platform for public, private and hybrid clouds. This new releases has been contributed by 2,336 developers, operators and users in its community representing 293 organizations.

Like the previous two releases, Mitaka tries to convince its potential audience about its maturity as an open source project, highly questioned by a number of analysts and stakeholders in the market.

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Cisco acquires CliQr

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Tuesday, March 1st, 2016   |  

Today Cisco announced the intent to acquire CliQr Technologies Inc., a privately held company based in San Jose, CA.

CliQr is one of the most promising startups in the Cloud Service Brokers (CSB) space, it’s homonymous solution supports many different technologies across public and private clouds including Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Compute Engine, various OpenStack distribution, VMware vSphere, etc.

The company, founded in 2010, went through 3 funding rounds for a total of nearly $40M while Cisco will pay $260M to own it, does it worth the money?

Looking at the shopping behaviour of other big companies, we can intercept a strong interest in the CSBs space. Think about Gravitant acquisition made by IBM in November 2015 for example, we can say that Cisco did a good deal this time.
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