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…


OpenStack releases the 10th version of its IaaS platform called Juno

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Monday, October 20th, 2014   |  

OpenStack, the open source cloud computing project has released its 10th version of its IaaS platform for public, private and hybrid clouds. This version has 342 new features and 3,219 bug fixes to support software development, big data analysis and application infrastructure at scale. Currently 1.419 individuals are contributing to the project.

The Juno release adds storage policies, a new data processing service that provisions Hadoop and Spark, and lays the foundation for OpenStack to be the platform for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). CONTINUE READING…


Microsoft announces support for Docker container virtualization for next version of Windows Server

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Wednesday, October 15th, 2014   |  

Microsoft has announced that it will support for Docker in its next version of Windows Server. Docker which provides a so called container virtualization solution currently receives a lot of support from developers using the technology to deploy their software. Docker provides so called container virtualization, allowing an application and its dependencies to run as an isolated process inside a virtual environment. This environment is then portable from local computers to backend infrastructure and cloud.

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VMware opens a new Data Center in Germany

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Wednesday, October 15th, 2014   |  

Among the announcements made at VMworld 2014 Europe VMware also announced its plans to open a new Data Center in Germany, making available VMware vCloud Air services starting from Q1 2015. At the moment the only VMware location in Europe is in UK, the new opening is going to provide customers with a more central location focused on German and EU compliance and data regulations.
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VMworld Europe 2014 Wrap-Up

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Wednesday, October 15th, 2014   |  

VMworld Europe 2014 in Barcelona has seen Pat Gelsinger (VMware CEO), Bill Fathers (EVP and GM, Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit) and Sanjay Poonen (EVP and GM, End-User Computing) in Tuesday’s general sessions, Carl Eschenbach (President) and Ben Fathi (CTO) on stage today.

A lot of focus was on the consolidation and enrichment around vCloud Air service base, presented at VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, but the announcements covered several areas and can be summarized as follows:
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Release: VMware vCloud Director 5.6

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Wednesday, October 8th, 2014   |  

VMware today released version 5.6 of its web-based management platform for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) clouds, working with virtual machines (VMs) and vApps. This version was designed exclusively for VMware vCloud Air Network service providers. These vCloud Air Network service providers VMware vCloud Air which is the new name of the vCloud Hybrid Service. VMware launced the vCloud Air network program in August this year, as an evolution of the VMware Service Provider Program.

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Cloud Computing Trends: An interview with Steve Herrod

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Tuesday, October 7th, 2014   |  

As the majority of virtualization.info readers already know, Steve Herrod is one of the most relevant CTOs, not only for VMware but for the entire panorama of virtualization and cloud computing.

Steve joined VMware as one of the very first engineering directors in the early days of the company and left it in February 2013, currently he is Managing Director at General Catalyst Partners, a venture capital firm focused on Early Stage and XIR (Executive In Residence)/Growt investments.

Having the opportunity to speak with a professional of his caliber isn’t something that happens every single day and, as a proper analyst as I claim to be, I came prepared with an outline and 5 precise, studied and obviously clever questions.

Eventually we ended up with a nice informal talk, touching about two million different topics and jumping from one to another ignoring any semblance of the good intentions that I had at the beginning.

What I’ve done in this article is to re-assemble our conversation ex-post in order to make it fit my original questions, (how convenient?) in the end what you will read here is more the result of an exchange of ideas than straight answers.
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Release: Microsoft Azure Site Recovery

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Friday, October 3rd, 2014   |  

In June this year, Microsoft announced that Hyper-V Recovery Manager would be rebranded to Microsoft Azure Site Recovery, at that time Microsoft also made available a free technical preview of the product.

Yesterday Microsoft announced the general availability of Azure Site Recovery (ASR). ASR is a cloud based service (SaaS) which coordinates failover and failback between two Microsoft System Center 2012 managed datacenters. Site Recovery will provide the option to failover a site with Virtual Machine Manager managed VM’s based on Hyper-V to Microsoft Azure.

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