Microsoft releases Azure Stack TP1

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Monday, February 1st, 2016   |  

During Ignite 2015, back in September, Microsoft announced Microsoft Azure Stack as the building block for its hybrid cloud strategy.

What Microsoft is saying with this move is that, despite public cloud adoption being huge with Azure in the second place just behind Amazon AWS, many customers still want to run part of their workloads on-premises but ask for consistence with the positive experience they have with public services. What is also true is that having the entire stack in house will help to optimise existing workloads which, at that point, will become easy to migrate to public services. Two birds with one stone.

Compared with the Azure Pack already available for System Center, Azure Stack offers improvements in many different dimensions: from the front end, with a single Browser Experience consistent with Azure, to Azure Resource Manager, Authorization Service, Subscription Management Service, etc.

That makes it compelling enough to convince existing Azure Pack’s user to adopt this new solution.


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Pivotal acquires Slice of Lime

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Friday, January 15th, 2016   |  

The Pivotal Initiative is the organization, born in December 2012 from the merge of EMC and VMware cloud application and big data offerings and offering primarily Pivotal CF (Cloud Foundry), its commercially supported hybrid Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) based on Cloud Foundry, which it first launched in November 2013.

This week the company announced that Slice of Lime, a UX design firm based in Colorado, will join Pivotal within its development and consultancy division.

Slice of Lime focuses on simple, developers-friendly, co-designed UIs and although the details of this agreement haven’t been disclosed yet, this move confirms the growing trend to invest into ease of use to increase users adoption and productivity shared among many IT companies.

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Release: Ansible 2.0

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Thursday, January 14th, 2016   |  

Ansible is an IT automation tool especially popular within the developers’ community, thanks to its simplicity and agentless nature.

Three months away from its acquisition by Red Hat the company announced the general availability of Ansible 2.0.

This new release is aimed to ease the development of playbooks (Ansible’s automation scripts) and tasks, and expand platforms support with a new set of modules for OpenStack, Amazon AWS, VMware, Microsoft and Docker.
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Nutanix goes Public

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015   |  

Nutanix is a provider of converged infrastructure, basically a physical server containing both compute and storage driven by an Installed Hypervisor of choice, this server, called a node can be stacked allowing storage to be shared in a single storage pool. Nutanix was founded in 2009 and since then was funded for a total of more than 312 million dollar. The latest funding round was in September last year where Nutanix raised 140 million dollar. Besides Nutanix also SimpliVity and VMware with its EVO:RAIL solution provide similar solutions.

Despite the rumors of its acquisition by Cisco and other statements made this May, today the company kicked off the process of going public. The initial public offering should be of about $200 million in shares, traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol NTNX. Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, and Credit Suisse are the lead underwriters of the deal.

As mentioned before Nutanix has long been expected to go public, but an official date isn’t available yet, given that we are at the end of the year we expect it to happen during the first IPO window of 2016.


Release: VMware vRealize Automation 7 and VMware vRealize Business Standard 7

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015   |  

Last week VMware finally completed the first major update of VMware vRealize Suite, its well known cloud management solution, releasing in GA both vRealize Automation 7 and vRealize Business Standard 7.

vRealize Suite has always been accused to be VMware-centric only, and these new releases, including VMware vRealize Operations 6.1 and VMware vRealize Log Insight 3, don’t bring any particular change to this behaviour.

In fact Amazon AWS remains the only major Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) public cloud fully certified while Microsoft Azure and System Center 2012 R2 are still not supported at all.
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WhatMatrix.com goes Live

Posted by Alessandro Fontana   |   Tuesday, December 15th, 2015   |  

virtualization.info has been following Virtualization Matrix since its early steps and we recently wrote about its crowdsourced-powered heir: WhatMatrix.

Today we are happy to report that its community, formed by a number of well known IT professionals, officially launched the website in GA.

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. WhatMatrix currently include comparisons for the following areas: virtualization, Cloud Storage Gateways, End User Computing, Backup for Virtual Environments and SDS & HCI but, because of its crowdsourced, community base is actively seeking new members to further expand.
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Microsoft loves Red Hat: The business implications

Posted by Alessandro Fontana   |   Wednesday, November 18th, 2015   |  

As you may have heard, Microsoft recently announced its “historical” partnership with Red Hat, something that a number of analysts already claimed as a milestone for both companies but especially for their customers.

Although this partnership has been presented as a “cloud space deal” it touches a number of different technologies but, obviously, the most acclaimed news is the highly anticipated availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) on Microsoft’s public cloud offering Azure.

You can see that as a step forward towards an OS-agnostic Azure, but among the reasons behind this move there is that RHEL has been a first class citizen on AWS for a long time and because most enterprises are big shops of both Microsoft and Red Hat its absence has been highly noticed.

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Red Hat acquires Ansible

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Friday, October 16th, 2015   |  

Today Red Hat announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ansible, provider of an IT automation tool popular especially within the developers’ community.

The acquisition is rumored to worth around $100M and expected to be closed by the end of this month.

Ansible is one of the four main player in the automation market, younger then the well known Chef and Puppet, has been launched in 2013 in Durham, N.C..


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Release: Mirantis OpenStack 7.0

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Friday, October 2nd, 2015   |  

On September 30, Mirantis announced the availability of version 7.0 of its OpenStack distribution in addition with the long awaited extension of the support from two to three years.

Mirantis OpenStack 7.0 is based on OpenStack Kilo, 11th release of the open source Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) engine, which introduced about 400 new features.

Among the key features of this new release we can find an enhanced scalability and resilience, improved interoperability with VMware vCenter and support for a wider choice in networking, including Juniper Contrail and VMware NSX.

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Release: CloudPhysics for vSphere

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Wednesday, September 9th, 2015   |  

CloudPhysics, provider of a SaaS performance and capacity analytics solution, announced to have released a new version of its SaaS offering allowing now VMware users to preempt and eliminate operational hazards that threaten to disrupt IT operations and applications.

CloudPhysics, founded in 2001 by former VMware employees, with this new release gives vSphere teams the opportunity to reduce risk and waste without compromising safety of the virtual infrastructure or the applications. CONTINUE READING…


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