Microsoft releases technical preview for VMware workload support by Azure Site Recovery

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Monday, March 30th, 2015   |  

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Last week Microsoft announced new features for its Azure Backup solution. Azure Backup is a Microsoft solution which protects files and folders by providing multiple copies in multiple geographies. It integrates seamlessly with System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) in order to protect Microsoft workloads. It can also perform online backups of Windows and Linux IaaS VMs, a functionality which is now in technical preview.


Red Hat announces Q4 2014 earnings

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Monday, March 30th, 2015   |  

On March 25 Red Hat announced its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2014.

Total revenue for the first quarter ended February 28, 2015 was $464 million, with an increase of 16% from the same quarter last year. Looking at the financials details we can see that subscription revenue was of $405 million, up 15% year-over-year, full fiscal year subscription revenue was $1.56 billion, up 17% year-over-year in U.S. dollars year-over-year, or 19% measured in constant currency. Operating cash flow of $217 million, up 18% year-over-year, full fiscal year operating cash flow of $623 million, up 15% year-over-year.

Juniper Networks and Mirantis announce partnership

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Tuesday, March 24th, 2015   |  

Juniper Networks and Mirantis announced a partnership preparing an open-source software-defined networking (SDN) fabric to deploy OpenStack clouds at scale.

Book: Microsoft System Center Deploying Hyper-V with Software-Defined Storage & Networking

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Wednesday, March 18th, 2015   |  

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Microsoft has published a free ebook titled: “Microsoft System Center Deploying Hyper-V with Software-Defined Storage & Networking“. The book which contains 236 pages provides a step-by-step guide for a proof-of-concept implementation for a Software Defined Datacenter which includes virtualization, networking and storage in this case by using Windows Server and Microsoft System Center. CONTINUE READING…

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Microsoft hires former Forrester Analyst as Cloud Chief Strategist

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Wednesday, March 18th, 2015   |  

Today, March 17, Microsoft disclosed that the former Vice President & Principal Analyst at Forrester Research: James Staten, was elected as chief strategist for its Cloud & Enterprise group. Staten will report to Corporate VP ans Cloud Chief Scott Guthrie.

As stated in his LinkedIn profile, James Staten is a veteran in the market, with over 30 years experience in marketing, business development and corporate strategy with large tech companies and start ups. At Forrester his main focus was to track, trend and forecast the technology evolutions and usage trends of data center and server technologies. His main areas of concentration were Cloud Computing & Adaptive Intelligence (collaborative business intelligence).


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IBM opens Cloud Center in Australia

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Thursday, March 12th, 2015   |  

As announced few weeks ago, IBM opened its new SoftLayer datacenter in Sydney, its second one in Australia, after the opening in Melbourne last year. The opening of Big Blue’s data centers is part of the announcement gave on 2014 about a $1.2 billion investment in cloud services. 

VMware announces support for CoreS on vSphere 5.5. and vCloud Air

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Wednesday, March 11th, 2015   |  

VMware has announced that it now supports CoreOS on both vSphere 5.5. and vCloud Air. CoreOS is a Linux distribution designed to provide minimal functionality required for deploying applications inside software containers like Docker. VMware has been working with the CoreOS team in order to provide open-vm-tools and by providing the CoreOS OS in OVA format for use in vSphere.

Supported CoreOS releases begin with 557.x release and will extend to future stable releases. VMware is currently working on extending the support for CoreOS to vSphere 6 as well.

Book: Microsoft Azure Essentials – Azure Automation

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Wednesday, March 11th, 2015   |  

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Microsoft has published a free ebook titled:”Microsoft Azure Essentials: Azure Automation“. The book which contains 113 pages introduces a fairly new feature of Microsoft Azure called Azure Automation. Using a highly scalable workflow execution environment, Azure Automation allows you to orchestrate frequent deployment and life cycle management tasks using runbooks based on Windows PowerShell Workflow functionality. These runbooks are stored in and backed up by Azure. By automating runbooks, you can greatly minimize the occurrence of errors when carrying out repeated tasks and process automation. CONTINUE READING…

SimpliVity raises $175M in Series D Funding

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Wednesday, March 11th, 2015   |  

SimpliVity, is one of the competitors in the crowdy hyperconverged infrastructure and a data architecture market. Yesterdat the company announced that it has closed a $175 million Series D funding. The round was led by Waypoint Capital, investment company headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, with participation of Prior investors Accel Partners, Charles River Ventures, DFJ Growth, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) and Meritech Capital Partners. SimpliVity’s total venture funding is now $276 million.

GigaOM shuts down

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Tuesday, March 10th, 2015   |  

Today it’s a sad day for the world of the information technology websites, a very well known name on the scene, GigaOM, just announced that it is shutting down due to economic problems.

The apparently unexpected news was disclosed today on the website as a statement on the company, the GigaOM management reported that it can not pay its creditors and nevertheless, GigaOM will not be declared bankrupt and for now the page is ongoing, showing its news as usual until yesterday’s GigaOM statement, but its closure is only a matter of time.
GigaOM management also used the message to thank all of its investors and readers.

GigaOM was founded in 2006 by Om Malik and besides offering news and analysis on emerging technology, the company also manifested in the real world organizing public events such as GigaOM Structure. The website had more than 6 million monthly unique readers and it was one of the independent voice on emerging technologies covering cloud, mobile, cleantech, consumer web and media.

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