Red Hat announces CloudForms 3.1

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Tuesday, August 26th, 2014   |  

CloudForms is Red Hat’s cloud management platform, built from the open source ManageIQ acquired in December 2012 and part of the company’s new open hybrid cloud program that aims to converge private, public and hybrid clouds.

Yesterday Red Hat announced version 3.1 of CloudForms, that will be generally available in September also as a part of Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, this new release will introduces the following new capabilities:

Release: VMware vCloud Suite 5.8

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Monday, August 25th, 2014   |  

Today at VMworld 2014 in San Francisco VMware announced version 5.8 of its cloud management solution: vCloud Suite.

This update is not as radical as we would have expected, the new features could be resumed as follows:

VMware announces VMware Integrated OpenStack

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Monday, August 25th, 2014   |  

When VMware officially joined the OpenStack Foundation as a Gold member in September 2012 it created a little confusion because at the same time it was (and it is) proposing its proprietary cloud software: vCloud.

Considering Cloud Foundry, offered as an open-source PaaS and the acquisition of Nicira that has been an active OpenStack contributor, VMware has demonstrated in the last two years a change in its stance and today, during the first day at VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, announced its OpenStack distribution: VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO).


VMware launches VMware vRealize Suite

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Monday, August 25th, 2014   |  

First day at VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, if the tradition is respected most of the big news will come out today, a good example is the announcement of the first hybrid cloud management platform from VMware: VMware vRealize Suite.

Many vendors have now understood that the near future of cloud computing is hybrid (with all the different meanings of this term, dependent on the level at which the environment is observed),  in this case VMware has realized that the vast majority of the customers need to manage physical and multi-hypervisor platforms with the same level of automation and agility that private, public and hybrid clouds (including VMware vCloud Air [formerly known as vCloud Hybrid Service] and Amazon Web Services) currently offer.

VMware vRealize Suite is a management stack that offer three key capabilities, all present in Gartner’s Evaluation Criteria for Cloud Management Platforms:

VMware announces updates in Executive Responsibilities

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Friday, August 22nd, 2014   |  
VMware announced an administrative transformation in order to stimulate technology innovation, to boost its focus on customers, and develop operational effectiveness across the organization.
VMware’s president, Carl Eschenbach who joined VMware in June 2002 and acts as the company’s chief operating officer, is taking on an expanded role which includes the Corporate Strategy and Business Development. Aside Eschenbach is going to carry on in leading VMware’s connected customer engagement across Sales, Marketing, Services, Global Customer Operations and VMware’s Global Partner Organization. CONTINUE READING ON VIRTUALIZATION.INFO…

VMware launches VMware vCloud Air Network program

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Thursday, August 21st, 2014   |  

All the major vendors in the cloud computing market are investing in their hybrid cloud programs, VMware is no exception and today has launched the new VMware vCloud Air Network program, an evolution of their existing VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP).


Citrix announces XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Thursday, August 21st, 2014   |  

This week Citrix announced the upcoming 7.6 version of its Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) product XenDesktop and desktop and virtualization product XenApp.

XenApp product returned in version 7.5 since it was integrated in XenDesktop when version 7.1 was released. Both platforms are built upon the third-generation Flexcast Management Architecture (FMA) platform, and are designed to be deployed in on-premise or hybrid environments.

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Red Hat introduces RHEL OpenStack Platform evaluation OVA

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Thursday, August 21st, 2014   |  

Red Hat is putting a lot of effort in its OpenStack distribution that reached version 5 in July introducing the Icehouse OpenStack release.

The Raleigh open source giant has just announced a ready-to-deploy Open Virtual Appliance that aims to encourage the companies with a VMware-based infrastructure to evaluate Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, the download will be available starting from next week from the Red Hat Customer Portal Page.

Pivotal introduces Pivotal CF Mobile Services

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Thursday, August 21st, 2014   |  

The Pivotal Initiative is the organization, born in December 2012 from the merge of EMC and VMware cloud application and big data offerings and well known for Pivotal CF, its commercially supported hybrid Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) based on Cloud Foundry.

Yesterday Pivotal announced a set of new capabilities specifically aimed to facilitate the developers community to build and deploy next-generation mobile applications.

These new features, delivered in a package called Pivotal CF Mobile Services and partially derived from Xtreme Labs acquisition, include:

VMware acquires CloudVolumes

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Wednesday, August 20th, 2014   |  

Application containerization is one of the hot topics of 2014, the idea of abstracting applications from the underlying OSes is intriguing and suggests a more simple and agile way to distribute and manage business applications than the per-VM model.

Docker is a good representative of this technology, started in March 2013 is  now supported by major technology and service providers like Canonical, Google Cloud Platform and Red Hat.

Paper: Intel DPDK with VMware vSphere

August 14th, 2014

The Intel Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) is an open source software library for Linux User Space applications that enables higher levels of packet processing throughput, that gives application developers…

Release: Teradici PCoIP Workstation Access Software

August 13th, 2014

Teradici is the developer of the PC-over-IP (PCoIP) remote desktop protocol, which is leveraged in several VDI solutions and provided with Teradici hardware solutions which are OEM’ed by several vendors….

Platform9 exits from stealth mode

August 12th, 2014

Platform9, founded in 2013 from former VMware Engineers Sirish Raghuram (former Staff Engineer and now Platform9’s CEO), Madhura Maskasky (also former Staff Engineer and now Head of Product), Roopak…

IBM Acquires CrossIdeas and Lighthouse Security Group

August 11th, 2014

In less than two weeks IBM announces two important acquisitions, first it has acquired CrossIdea on July 31 an Identity and access management (IAM) provider, and today it has announced…

Tech: Microsoft Cloud Ecosystem Poster

August 11th, 2014

This month Microsoft made available one of its famous posters that visually represents its entire Cloud Ecosystem and called indeed Cloud Ecosystem Poster: Microsoft Azure, Windows Server 2012 R2, System…

Rackspace about to leave Public Cloud IaaS market

August 6th, 2014

Rackspace, the IT hosting and cloud computing company, co-founder of Openstack, is apparently discontinuing its Public Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering, and instead planning to focus on cloud services…

Microsoft announces Azure availability through Open Licensing

August 1st, 2014

Starting from today customers are able to buy Microsoft Azure usage credits through Open Licensing programs.
Open License is Microsoft’s volume licensing option intended for corporate, academic, charitable, or government…

Microsoft announces Q2 2014 earnings

July 24th, 2014

On July 22 Microsoft announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2014.
Total revenue for the quarter ended June 30 was $23.38 billion. Looking at the financials details we…

Citrix announces Q2 2014 earnings

July 24th, 2014

On July 23, Citrix announced its financial results for second quarter of fiscal year 2014, ended June 30, 2014.
Citrix announced a total revenue of $782 million, for an increase of 7%…

Xen Project releases Mirage OS 2.0

July 23rd, 2014

The Xen Project, the community which develops the Xen hypervisor under the GNU Public License (GPLv) and which is now part of the Linux foundation has released version 2.0 of…

Release: Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator Version 4.2

July 23rd, 2014

Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator, formerly known as Extility, is a cloud management platform that can claim one of the highest levels of maturity in the market.
The product enables service providers…

VMware results for Q2 2014

July 23rd, 2014

On July 22, VMware released the results about its growth for Q2 2014.
VMware, announced a total  revenue growth of $1.46 billion, for an increase of 17 percent compared to Q2 2013.

OpenNebula 4.8 Beta introduces support for Azure and SoftLayer

July 22nd, 2014

OpenNebula has just released the Beta version of its OpenNebula 4.8, codename “Lemon Slice”, that finally introduces the long awaited support for public clouds providers others than Amazon AWS….

Video: VMware Horizon 6 and AirWatch

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…

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