Release: Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 6

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Tuesday, February 17th, 2015   |  

Red Hat today announced the release of version 6 of its OpenStack platform management tool Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack. Version 6 is the follow up of version 5 which was released in July last year. The Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform is able to create, deploy, and scale a public or private OpenStack cloud. The OpenStack Platform is build on top of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and uses the OpenStack Juno release of the OpenStack cloud platform as its basis.


Release: Docker Engine 1.5

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Thursday, February 12th, 2015   |  

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Docker has released version 1.5 of its container virtualization solution. 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. Docker uses LinuX Containers (LXC) running in the host OS allowing you to share the resouces available to the host.


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Release: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 9.2

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Thursday, February 12th, 2015   |  

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Microsoft has released version 9.1 of its capactiy planning tool the Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP). This version is the follow-up of version 9.1 which was released in July last year. Microsoft provides the Assessment and Planning Toolkit as a so called solution accelerator for free.

The MAP Toolkit uses Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), SMS Provider, and other technologies to collect data in your environment and inventories computer hardware, software, and operating systems in small or large IT environments without installing any agent software on the target computers. The data and analysis provided by MAP streamline the planning process for software migration, help assess device driver availability, and allow you to make hardware upgrade recommendations. The MAP Toolkit also gathers performance metrics from computers you are considering for virtualization and includes a feature to model a library of potential host and storage hardware configurations.


Book: Microsoft Azure Essentials: Fundamentals of Azure

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Wednesday, February 4th, 2015   |  

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Microsoft has published a free ebook titled: “Microsoft Azure Essentials: Fundamentals of Azure“. The book, which contains 246 pages covers the fundamentals of Microsoft Azure’s cloud offering. It concentrates on the features of the Azure platform which are most common. Using walkthroughs several scenario’s are covered.

The book is targeted towards developers and IT professionals who are new to cloud computing. CONTINUE READING…

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VMware announces VMware Integrated OpenStack

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015   |  

Besides announcing vSphere 6 and Virtual SAN 6, VMware has also announced that it will launch its OpenStack Distribution called VMware Integrated OpenStack. VMware Integrated OpenStack is designed for enterprise customers providing cloud-style APIs on top of their VMware infrastructure.

VMware Integrated OpenStack is a downloaded virtual appliance that is deployed using the vSphere Web Client, afterwards the vSphere Web Client deploys all the VMs and components needed to create a highly available, production grade OpenStack infrastructure. It can be deployed on any vSphere supported hardware. CONTINUE READING…

VMware announces integration with Google Cloud Platform services into vCloud Air

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Monday, February 2nd, 2015   |  

VMware last week announced that it will integrate Google Cloud Platform services into its Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) product vCloud Air (formely vCloud Hybrid Service). VMware will offer Google Cloud Storage, Google BigQuery, Google Cloud Datastore and Google Cloud DNS.

VMware will directly connect the services to its vCloud Air solution, so that all traffic will travel over a dedicated private connection to customers. Also Global Support Services (GSS) from VMware will support both the vCloud Air and Google Cloud Platform services. VMware announced that the Google Cloud Services will be made available to user in the first half of 2015.

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Microsoft outlines roadmap for Windows Server and System Center

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Monday, February 2nd, 2015   |  

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In October last year, Microsoft provided more information about the next version of Windows Server and System Center and releasing a Technical Preview of both products. At that time it provided more details about upcoming features in the next version of Windows Server and only detailing deprecating features for the System Center Suite. In a blog post last Friday, Microsoft outlined the roadmap for the upcoming versions of Windows Server and System Center.

Up until now, the releases of the Client OS Windows and Server OS followed each other up in a short timeframe. For unknown reasons, Microsoft has now decided to delay the release of Windows Server vNext and System Center vNext to 2016, while still planning to release its client OS (Windows 10) at the end of this year. One product within the System Center suite, System Center Configuration Manager though will be released in the same time frame as Windows 10. Configuration Manager provides the Enterprise Client Management part of the System Center Suite, and is a necessary component for companies which want to manager the Windows Client OS with System Center tooling. CONTINUE READING…

Citrix announces Q4 and fiscal year 2014 results

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Friday, January 30th, 2015   |  

Citrix announced its financial results for fourth quarter and fiscal year 2014, ended December 31, 2014.

Citrix announced a total revenue for Q4 of $851 million, for an increase of 6% compared to Q4 2013. The total revenue of fiscal year 2014 has been of $3.14 billion, for an increase of 8% compared to $2.92 billion for fiscal year 2013.

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Pluribus Networks raises $50 million in Series D funding

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Thursday, January 29th, 2015   |  

Pluribus Networks has announced that it has closed a $50 million Series D funding. The round was led by Temasek Holdings, an investment company based in Singapore with a net portfolio value of US$177 billion, with partecipation by Ericsson, Newtech and existing investors: New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Menlo Ventures, Mohr Davidow and AME Cloud Ventures.

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Cloudbees raises $23.5 million in funding round

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Wednesday, January 28th, 2015   |  

Cloudbees, headquartered in Los Altos, CA, provider of continuous delivery (CD) solutions based on Jenkins, announced to have raised $23.5 million in a new funding round from investors Lightspeed Venture Partners and existing investors Matrix Partners, Verizon Ventures and Blue Cloud Ventures. This round brings the company’s total venture capital investment to approximately $50 million since 2010.

The company also announced to plan to use the funding for its growth as CloudBees forecast an increasing demand in 2015 for its solution.
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