VMworld 2014 Wrap-Up: The open source side

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014   |  

As we mentioned last week, VMware used the stage of VMworld 2014 to “remind” its audience how deeply the company is involved in the open source community.

The company took this opportunity to announce its OpenStack distribution, named VMware Integrated OpenStack, alongside with the new Gold Level Membership in the Open Compute Project.

To quickly recall, the Open Compute Project was launched by Facebook in 2011 and its mission is to design and enable the delivery of the most efficient server, storage and data center hardware designs for scalable computing and rely on a foundation that believes in openly sharing ideas, specifications and all the other intellectual properties.


VMworld 2014 Wrap-Up: End User Computing Announcements

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Monday, September 1st, 2014   |  

The first day at VMworld 2014 was all about the new vCloud Air catalog and VMware’s “we are all open source folks” strategy but progressing in the event has also emerged some room for the End User Computing BU to make some announcements.

  • VMware Workspace Suite: A new integrated platform that aims to unify the management of mobile devices, desktops, applications and data. In other words this suite combines Horizon 6 Enterprise, Workspace Portal and the newly acquired AirWatch Mobility Management Suite and Secure Content Locker in order to provide a comprehensive and (we hope) integrated enterprise BYOD solution. The suite is available immediately

VMworld 2014 Wrap-Up: VMware vCloud Air Announcements

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Monday, September 1st, 2014   |  

Just before the beginning of VMworld 2014 VMware announced the rebranding of its owned and operated public Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) service vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) into the more friendly and Apple-like VMware vCloud Air.

This announcement prepared the ground for a couple of new services and features unveiled on-stage last week and summarized as follows:

  • vCloud Air Mobile Development Services: VMware introduces a set of pre-validated solutions, specifically focused on the mobile landscape, accessibile from vCloud Air:

Red Hat’s CTO resigns

Posted by Massimo Ferrari   |   Friday, August 29th, 2014   |  

On August 27 Red Hat disclosed that Brian Stevens, the company CTO, has resigned after over 12 years of service, an unexpected news that drew open-source community attention on the the next future of the Raleigh company.

In his career in Red Hat, Brian Stevens has been in charge as Corporate CTO while maintaining a strong engineering involvement into Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Red Hat has been extremely telegraphic, announcing the step down of Stevens as CTO in the company and that Paul Cormier, President of products and technologies at Red Hat, is going to take over as CTO until a substitute is found.

The news catches everyone unprepared but we can argue that is the result of the changes that Red Hat is planning in its go to market strategy, a process that partially began with the hiring of the former Gartner analyst, Alessandro Perilli as General Manager of the Open Hybrid Cloud program.

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).


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