On Tuesday February 4, Parallels CEO Birger Steen kicked off the Parallels Summit 2013 in Las Vegas introducing among the new products, the Parallels Cloud Storage.
VMware has released version 2.0 of its vCloud Connector. vCloud Connector is a Software as a Service (SaaS) management tool for VMware environments residing on- or off premise offering Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). vCloud Connector allows you to connect multiple clouds which could be either private or public. Public clouds are operated by vendors providing Global Connect, an effort between VMware and several vendors providing public cloud solutions based on the VMware stack.
VMware has published a paper titled:”VMware vCloud Director 5.1 Performance and Best Practices“. The paper which contains 28 pages addresses a couple of areas regarding vCloud Director 5.1 Performance like performance characterizations including latency breakdown, latency trends, resource consumptions, sizing guidelines and hardware requirements, and performance tuning tips
vCloud Director in combination with vSphere pools virtual infrastructure resources and delivers those resources as catalog-based services.
On December Apptio launched Cloud Express, a free service that would help developers and DevOps managers that are using AWS, Windows Azure and Rackspace to manage the cost of the cloud.
Apptio, based in Washington, is provider of SaaS-based Technology Business Management (TBM) solutions for managing the cost of IT services.
Microsoft last week announced a preview of VM Depot, a community-driven catalog of preconfigured operating systems, applications, and development stacks that can easily be deployed on Windows Azure. VM Depot is hosted by Microsoft’s subsidiary Open Technologies.
Running Virtual Machines on Windows Azure was announced as a preview in June last year and allows you to run Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 and the following predefined Linux Distributions: