Video: VMware Horizon 6 and AirWatch

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Monday, July 21st, 2014   |  

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is one of the hot challenges that nowadays enterprises are facing, that’s why AirWatch acquisition, made by VMware earlier this year, is extremely significative together with its integration with the newly released Horizon 6 Suite.

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Release: VMUnify v3.0

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Wednesday, July 16th, 2014   |  

The Indian company VMUnify, originated from MindTree’s innovation program, announced this week the general availability of version 3.0 of its homonymous solution for managing Virtual Infrastructure Enterprises, Private or Public Clouds to enable the delivering of IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) for public or in house consumption.


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VMware announces general availability of vCloud Hybrid Service in Asia-Pacific region

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

vCloud Hybrid Service is VMware’s owned and operated IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) offering, released in September 2013 in the US only and extended to Europe (UK) in February 2014.
This week, through its official blog, VMware announced two new partnerships with SoftBank (Japan) and China Telecom (obviously China) aimed to launch vCHS in Asia.
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Release: Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 5

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

Red Hat has released its OpenStack platform version 5. The Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform is able to create, deploy, and scale a public or private OpenStack cloud. The OpenStack Platform is build on top of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and uses the Icehouse release of the OpenStack cloud platform as its basis.

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Racemi raises $10 million in Series C funding

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Friday, July 4th, 2014   |  

Racemi, an American company headquartered in Atlanta, founded in 2000,  provides server workload migrations between dissimilar physical, virtual, and cloud platforms announced to have raised $10 million in Series C funding led by Milestone Venture Partners, along with existing investors Harbert Venture Partners, and Paladin Capital Group.

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Paper: HP Reference Architecture for OpenStack on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Thursday, July 3rd, 2014   |  

HP has released a paper titled: “HP Reference Architecture for OpenStack on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS“. The paper which contains 15 pages provides guidance in the deployment of an OpenStack Icehouse cloud on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS using HP servers including recommendations for setting up a medium sized functional OpenStack Cloud. CONTINUE READING…


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IBM announces availability of Bluemix and opens a SoftLayer Data Center in London

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Tuesday, July 1st, 2014   |  

On June 30th, IBM released two different news announcing one the availability of its open cloud development platform as a service Bluemix, the other revealing the opening of the new SoftLayer datacenter in London.

Bigblue’s PaaS offering Bluemix started in February as beta and it is already among the distinguished cloud foundry deployments, the solution is built from open standards and it allows providers to develop and distribute cloud oriented applications using a combination of IBM’s middleware software with other open services and tools from their partners ecosystem.

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Release: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 9.1

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Tuesday, July 1st, 2014   |  

Microsoft has released version 9.1 of its capactiy planning tool the Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP). This version is the follow-up of version 9.0 which was released in December last year. Microsoft provides the Assessment and Planning Toolkit as a so called solution accelerator for free.

The MAP Toolkit uses Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), SMS Provider, and other technologies to collect data in your environment and inventories computer hardware, software, and operating systems in small or large IT environments without installing any agent software on the target computers. The data and analysis provided by MAP streamline the planning process for software migration, help assess device driver availability, and allow you to make hardware upgrade recommendations. The MAP Toolkit also gathers performance metrics from computers you are considering for virtualization and includes a feature to model a library of potential host and storage hardware configurations

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CloudPhysics raises $15 million in Series C funding

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Tuesday, June 24th, 2014   |  

CloudPhysics is a provider of a SaaS performance and capacity analytics solution, the first in its segment to leverage the informations collected for its customer datacenters to improve the intelligence and effectiveness of the product itself.

The company, founded in November 2011 from John Blumenthal and Irfan Ahmad, both former VMware employees, but publicly presented only in July 2012, announced today a new Series C funding of $15M that comes on top of a $10M Series B funding achieved in August 2013 and led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and of a previous $2.5M funding from angel investors and the Mayfield Fund, announced in August 2012, for a total funding of $27.5M in 3 years.
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Release: Virtustream xStream 3.0

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Friday, June 20th, 2014   |  

Virtustream is an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider, funded among the others from SAP, that also offers a Cloud Management Platform called xStream.

This week the company announced version 3.0 of xStream, expected to ship in July, introducing the support for OpenStack together with what they call Enterprise Risk Management capabilities.

xStream already supports VMware and KVM hypervisors and offers APIs for Amazon EC2 and S3.
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