Amazon releases AWS plugin for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Thursday, October 30th, 2014   |  

Amazon has 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. This add-in adds functionality to SCVMM like launching new instances, and common maintenance tasks like restarting, stopping and removing instances. Also connecting to an instance using the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is possible. CONTINUE READING…


Release: Update Rollup 4 for Microsoft System Center 2012 R2

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Tuesday, October 28th, 2014   |  

Microsoft has released Update Rollup (UR) 4 for its System Center Suite of products. The update rollup can be installed on top of System Center 2012 R2 products and is a cumulative update.

Update Rollup 4 consists of several downloads per product, the following products are affected: CONTINUE READING ON VIRTUALIZATION.INFO…


HP Helion goes GA

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Tuesday, October 28th, 2014   |  

In May HP (soon Hewlett-Packard Enterprise) announced the plan to build an offer based on its own OpenStack distribution, codename Helion, supported over the next two years from a $1 billion budget.

Last week Helion has been broadly released in GA alongside HP Helion Development Platform, its companion PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) solution based on Cloud Foundry.

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Microsoft announcements from TechEd Europe 2014

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Tuesday, October 28th, 2014   |  

This week Microsoft is holding its annual TechEd Europe conference in Barcelona Spain. During the keynote which was held today Microsoft made several announcements. This posts gives an overview of those announcements including links to more information where applicable.

Windows Azure announcements: CONTINUE READING…


Citrix results for Q3 2014

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Friday, October 24th, 2014   |  

On October 22, Citrix announced its financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2014, ended September 30, 2014.

The revenues for the third quarter were $759 million for an increase of 6% compared to Q3 2013 and 1% of decrease in performance compared to Q2 2014.

Net income was $48 million and non-GAAP operating income was $125 million, respectively a decrease of 38% and of 5% that reflect the charge related to a previously disclosed patent lawsuit as well as several restructuring costs that the company faced to better align its strategy.

Cash flows were $164 million compared with $223 million for the third quarter 2013.


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VMware results for Q3 2014

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Friday, October 24th, 2014   |  

On October 21, VMware released the financial results for the third quarter of 2014.

The revenues for the third quarter were $1.53 billion for an increase of 18% compared to Q3 2013 and 1% in performance compared to Q2 2014.

Operating income was $242 million and non-GAAP operating income was $460 million, respectively a decrease of 16% and an increase of 5% reflecting the impact of AirWatch acquisition.

Cash flows were $7.09 billion and unearned revenues were $4.37 billion as of September 30, 2014.
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Microsoft and IBM sign agreement to support each others software on Azure and IBM Cloud

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Thursday, October 23rd, 2014   |  

Microsoft and IBM have reached an agreement where they are going to support enterprise software from each other on their cloud solutions.

Concrete this will mean that:



  • IBM middleware such as WebSphere Liberty, MQ, and DB2 will be made available on Microsoft Azure.
  • Windows Server and SQL Server will be offered on IBM Cloud.
  • Intention to deliver a Microsoft .NET runtime for IBM’s Bluemix cloud development platform.
  • IBM will expand support of its software running on Windows Server Hyper-V, and the companies plan to make IBM Pure Application Service available on Azure.

Mirantis raises $100 million in Series B funding

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014   |  

Mirantis yesterday announced to have secured $100 million in Series B funding led by Insight Venture Partners with the support of August Capital, Intel, WestSummit Capital, Ericsson and SAP.

This round brings the total funding to $120 million on top of a first $20 million Series A round from Red Hat, WestSummit, Ericsson, SAP, Dell and Intel.

Mirantis claims more than 130 customers, including big names such NASA, PayPal, Cisco and Ericsson which is a quite impressive result in just 4 years.

The company will use the funds to further develop its OpenStack software and enlarge its customer portfolio with the goal to have an IPO in 2016 according to an interview to CEO Adrian Ionel.


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Amazon releases AWS Directory Service

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014   |  

Amazon today announced that they released the AWS Directory Service, allowing customers to either connect their on-premise Microsoft Active Directory based directory to the Samba based directory in the cloud, or to only use the Samba based directory in the cloud which Amazon calls the Simple AD directory type.

In order to link the on-premise AD to AWS Directory Service, AD connectors are provided. The connectors are provided in two flavors, the small (for up to 10,000 objects) and the Large (for up to 100,000 objects). CONTINUE READING…


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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…


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