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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Red Hat announces earnings for Q1 2017

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Friday, June 24th, 2016   |  

Red Hat announced its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017.

Total revenue for the first quarter was $568 million, with an increase of 18% from the same quarter last year (in constant currency). Looking at the financial details we can see that total subscription revenue earned for the quarter was $502 million, with an increase of 18% year-over-year (in constant currency). Operating cash flow for first quarter was of $232 million, up 8% year-over-year, total cash, cash equivalents and investments as of May 31, 2016 was $2.12 billion after repurchasing approximately $66 million, or approximately 900 thousand shares, of common stock in the first quarter.
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WhatMatrix community keeps growing

Posted by Alessandro Fontana   |   Tuesday, June 21st, 2016   |  

virtualization.info has been following WhatMatrix since its inception and, after 6 months since the website has been launched, we are happy to report that its community is growing and contributing with a number of new comparisons.

WhatMatrix.com provides a comparison engine that, once populated with datapoints by its community members, offers the audience a tool to make IT purchase decisions, create solution proposals and perform technical product research.
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DockerCon 2016: Day 1 wrap-up

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Tuesday, June 21st, 2016   |  

DockerCon 2016 began yesterday in Seattle with a number of announcements from Docker and key partners.

Here is a quick summary of the day:


Release: WinDocks Community Edition

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Tuesday, June 14th, 2016   |  

Yesterday, Bellevue (WA) based company WinDocks, released a free edition of its homonymous port of the Docker daemon to Windows called WinDocks Community Edition.

The company, founded by a small group of former Microsoft’s employees, rides Docker’s momentum and promotes DevOps practices in Microsoft’s space.

WinDocks Community Edition adds support for Windows 8 & 10 in addition to Windows Server 2012, extending container support for .NET 2, 3.5, 4.5, SQL Server 2008, 2008r2, 2012, 2014 and Windows applications to Microsoft’s desktop OSes.

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Docker releases Docker Security Scanning

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Thursday, May 12th, 2016   |  

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Containers’ security is one of the emerging topics in those companies moving this technology into production. A few small players emerged to compete exclusively in this portion of the market but now is time for larger companies, like Docker, to offer solutions in this space.
On May 10th the company released Docker Security Scanning, a tool able to provide risk and compliance management on docker images stored in private repositories on Docker Cloud and Official Repositories on Docker Hub.

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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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Release: VMware vCloud Suite 7 and vRealize Suite 7

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

Yesterday VMware announced version 7 of both its vCloud and vRealize suites, confirming its efforts to be relevant in the CMPs (Cloud Management Platforms) space.
vRealize Suite 7 is made of a mix and match of new products and solutions already available on the market: vRealize Automation 7, vRealize Operations 6.2, vRealize Business for Cloud 7 and vRealize Log Insight 3.3.
vCloud Suite 7, now aligned with its management counterpart, is the bundle with vSphere Enterprise Plus (for vCloud Suite).

The big news coming with these releases is the introduction of a brand new Portable Licensing Unit (PLU) which can be used to license on premises vSphere CPUs or Operating System Instances (OSIs) across other hypervisors and supported public cloud providers.
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