Year: 2011

Release: VMware vCloud Connector 1.5

VMware has released the vCloud Connector, its Software as a Service (SaaS) management tool for VMware environments residing on- or off premise offering Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). vCloud connector was initially announced at VMworld in August this year and is now generally available.

vCloud Connector provides a new faster, high reliable data transfer architecture, which automatically retries and resumes tranfers interrupted by network problems. vCloud Connector is now also accessible from any web browser using the URL vcloud.vmware.com, or from a plug-in installed in the vCenter Console.

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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.

Microsoft releases beta of Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 6.5

Microsoft has released a beta of the next version of its capacity planning tool the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit version 6.5. This version will be the follow up of version 6.0 which was released in July this year.

Version 6.5 will add the following new features:

  • Discovery of Oracle instances on Itanium-based servers with HP-UX for migration to SQL Server, including estimation of complexity when migrating to SQL server
  • Assessment for migration to Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track infrastructures, including computing power, network and storage architectures
  • Revamped Azure Migration feature
  • Software Usage Tracking, including assessment for planning implementation of Forefront Endpoint Protection which is now part of a Core CAL and Active Devices

Microsoft releases beta of System Center App Controller

Microsoft has released a public beta of System Center App Controller, its management portal for public and private clouds codenamed Concero which it announced in January this year. App Controller will be able to manage the Hyper-V hypervisor and the System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012 . App Controller will also be able to manage Windows Azure and Azure appliances and is build on Silverlight so it can be accessed through a web browser and offering a single pane of glass to both private and public clouds. App controller will replace the self-service portal in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012.

App Controller provides the following features:

  • Self-service application management
  • Design, build, configure and deploy services using a library of templates with predefined configuration values
  • Consolidated views of private and public cloud services

Citrix announces new version of CloudStack

In July this year Citrix acquired Cloud.com a company providing an orchestration tool for managing Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) called CloudStack. Now Citrix has announced a new upcoming release of CloudStack introducing support for now the vSphere and Oracle VM hypervisors which is expected in October. Microsoft Hyper-V support is expected in Q4 this year.

CloudStack will now be completely open sourced under the GPL v3 license, which is inline with the open source commitment of Citrix. CloudStack can be deployed on-premise or as a hosted cloud service and a preview release (dubbed version 2.1.11) is available today as a free download from CloudStack.org or as a commercially supported solution from Citrix.

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VMware announces vCloud Connector 1.5 and Global Connect

During VMWorld in Las Vegas, VMware announced version 1.5 of vCloud connector, a management platform for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) clouds powered by VMware vSphere. vCloud Connector is capable of viewing, managing and tranferring workloads across private and public clouds. A beta version will be provided shortly.

vCloud Connector provides a new faster, high reliable data transfer architecture, which automatically retries and resumes tranfers interrupted by network problems. vCloud Connector is now also accessible from any web browser, or from a plug-in installed in the vCenter Console.

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Release: Nimbula Director 1.5

In April this year, Nimbula launched the first version of its product Director, a tool assisting the creation of Private, Public and Hybrid cloud solutions running on top of a Linux distribution (CentOS based) supporting KVM virtualization. Director promises an Amazon EC2-like experience for enterprises and service providers. The company is founded by Chris Pinkham and Willem van Biljon, both formerly Amazon executives, who initiated and developed EC2.

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Release: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 6.0

After releasing a public beta in May this year, Microsoft has now released version 6.0 of its capacity planning tool, the Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP), which is the follow up of version 5.5, released beginning this year.

Version 6 includes assessment and planning for evaluating workloads for public and private cloud platforms, identifying the workload and estimating the infrastructure size and resources needed for both Windows Azure and Hyper-V Fast Track. MAP 6.0 also provides an Office 365 client assessment, enhanced VMware inventory, and Oracle schema discovery and reporting.

Version 6 can be downloaded from the Microsoft Download Center.