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VMware confirms ESX source code had been stolen and published

VMware has confirmed that software posted online is part of the source code for its ESX hypervisor and has warned that more code could be released. The code was posted by a hacker calling himself Hardcore Charlie and may come from military contractor China National Import & Export Corp (CEIEC), which he claimed to have …
Iain Thomson, 25 Apr 2012
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Microsoft builds teleporter weapon to send VMware into Azure

Microsoft has fired another shot in its campaign to win over VMware users, in the form of an updated Virtual Machine Converter that can move virtual machines from ESXi to Hyper-V. It's no secret Microsoft covets VMware users: in recent times it has created a certification helping VMware users to grok Hyper-V. Redmond also uses …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Apr 2014
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VMware fires up vCloud Disaster Recovery service

The main thing VMware has that its cloud rivals lack is a widely deployed, fundamental bit of data-center technology – its ESX hypervisor – and the virtualization company is beginning to play on this advantage with new products. The first of an expected salvo of services that use its ESX hypervisor came on Tuesday when the …
Jack Clark, 15 Apr 2014

VMWare virtually in control of Shellshock

VMware is plugging away at Shellshock holes in 37 virtual appliance products, but has so far shipped clean code for just a handful of appliances. The company released a fix for cloud analytics kit vCenter Log Insight and offered updates on four others. The advisory said a variety of VMware appliances shipped with Shellshock- …
Darren Pauli, 02 Oct 2014
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ESX 4.0 to hit the dancefloor in May

El Reg's ever-twitching cyberspace antennae have detected that Compellent is certifying its storage product with a coming major release of ESX which appears to be slated for May. It was expected by many people that ESX 4.0 would have been announced at VMworld in Cannes last week. Instead there was much talk about VMWare and the …
Chris Mellor, 06 Mar 2009
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Dell slaps Intel Haswell brawn in monster Precision workstations

Dell has updated its line of tower and rack workstations with the latest Intel x86-64 chips and promises they will be on sale next month. Powering Dell's new offerings are "Haswell" Xeon E5 v3 processors, which aren’t on general release as yet, and the Precision models will also carry DDR4 memory capable of speeds up to 2,133MHz …
Iain Thomson, 13 Aug 2014

Dive in, penguins: Upstart builds Linux virtual SAN

Three Bulgarian engineers who co-founded a firm called StorPool – which builds a virtual SAN using the aggregated storage of Linux KVM servers – are aiming to expand the reach of their three-year-old project. Boyan Ivanov, CEO, Boyan Krosnov, chief product officer, and Yanko Yankulov, the chief tech officer, started the firm in …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jul 2014

Nvidia, VMware join to pipe high-quality 3D graphics from the cloud

Nvidia and VMware have announced that the graphics company's GRID technology is now available on the virtualization giant's desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) platform to deliver 3D graphics to enterprise desktops through cloud service providers. In addition, the two companies are working together to bring Nvidia's virtual GPU …
Rik Myslewski, 26 Mar 2014
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Home lab operators: Ditch your servers ... now!

At last year's Melbourne VMware user group (VMUG) conference, VMware's Mike Laverick opined that IT pros need a home lab these days, because bosses have stopped shelling out for training. Plenty of you agreed with that proposition. Some even showed us their very own home labs. Most used old servers, an arrangement that this …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Feb 2014
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Red Hat sprints past ESX on VM running

Red Hat claims it can run five virtual machines (VMs) for every three that VMware's ESX runs in the same server hardware. Qumranet technology also enables it to run more Windows virtual desktops than VMware, too. At a journalists' roundtable in London this week, Benny Schnaider, Qumranet CEO, said his - now Red Hat's - company's …
Chris Mellor, 10 Sep 2008

VMware unveils 32MB version of ESX Server

The rumors about VMware putting ESX Server on dietary supplements have been confirmed. The virtualization darling today revealed ESX Server 3i - a super-thin hypervisor that will be built into the memory of servers from companies such as Dell, HP and IBM. We've been writing about the so-called ESX Lite for some time now, …
Ashlee Vance, 10 Sep 2007

Telco CenturyLink is moved to tiers: Biz gobbles Tier 3 cloud shop

Cloud provider Tier 3 has been snapped up by CenturyLink, fleshing out the telco's cloud portfolio and marking another sign of confidence in the Cloud Foundry platform technology. The acquisition was announced on Tuesday and gives CenturyLink a sturdy .NET implementation of the Cloud Foundry platform-as-a-service in the form of …
Jack Clark, 19 Nov 2013
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Oracle melds its 'cloud OS' with OpenStack in Solaris 11.2 release

Former Unix server customers are continuing the march toward Linux and for many there's no looking back, but that hasn't stopped Oracle from continuing development of Solaris Unix – albeit slowly. On Tuesday, the database giant staged an event in New York to announce Solaris 11.2, which is only the second point release of the …
Neil McAllister, 30 Apr 2014
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Two years in the making: Sneak peek at VMware's future VVOL tech

VMware says its virtual volume storage technology – which has spent two years in development – is set to erupt onto the storage array landscape next year, causing profound changes for array controllers. Virtual volumes or VVOLs provide storage for VMware virtual machines (VMs) that currently need LUN (Logical Unit Number) or …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2014
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Sun touts ESX, Hyper-V virtualization on Galaxy boxes

Sun Microsystems would undoubtedly have preferred that small and medium businesses would be buying its Sparc-based machines, Solaris, and their container or LDom virtualization technologies. But SMB shops don't know nothin' about Sparc/Solaris and for the most part, they are not all that interested. They do Windows, for the most …
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VMware hits back at Amazon cloud Trojan Horse with ... a blog post

VMware has responded to a Trojan Horse bit of tech from Amazon with a blog post disparaging the rival's approach. Last Friday, Bezos & Co. announced the "AWS Connector for vCenter" plug-in, which lets admins buy, manage, and migrate Amazon Web Services cloud VMs from within the familiar vCenter admin environment. This free bit …
Jack Clark, 02 Jun 2014
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VMware's ESX Server 4.0 lost in the clouds?

Virtualization juggernaut VMware kicks off the VMworld Europe trade show in Cannes today, and the opening salvo of the company's own announcements are rather muted because ESX Server 4.0 (or whatever the future hypervisor will ultimately be called) is not being launched. At least not on the first day of the event, as far as we …

Convergence as a new new thing

Nearly 20 years ago I was technical editor of a weekly networking and telecoms newspaper. In those days the big word was “convergence” – at that time in the context of telephony and data coming together into a single network infrastructure and protocol set. Here we are in 2014, and that word is once again being bandied about – …
Dave Cartwright, 15 May 2014
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Parallels could whip VMware or Microsoft, happier as Robin Hood

Parallels is best known for two things: a fine desktop hypervisor and the Virtuozzo containerised server-wrangler that many service providers use to dish out virtual machines to their customers. Both businesses are doing well, but the company isn't leading with either. Instead, it is now keenest on Parallels Automation, the …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Apr 2014
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VMware blows $1.5bn gobbling AirWatch to boost mobe wrangling

Like any organisation bound by its listed status to enhance shareholder value, VMware always needs to be on the hunt for new sources of revenue. For several years now that's meant a pursuit of end-user devices, be they mobile machines or desktop computers, in the hope that end-user computing might become VMware's “Office” to …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jan 2014
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VMware versus Nutanix: With Dell charging in, it's time to end the war

With the Dell-Nutanix tie-up now public knowledge, expect a stream of digital vitriol to follow. There's a lot of bad blood between the VMware faithful and Nutanix, not the least of which is due to Nutanix's completely rational decision to support multiple hypervisors – from Microsoft's Hyper-V to VMware's ESX tech. The …
Trevor Pott, 24 Jun 2014
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VVOL update: Are any vendors NOT leaping into bed with VMware?

After a first look into suppliers’ widespread support for VMware's VVOL, further explorations under the VVOL bedcovers have revealed Dell, IBM, Nexenta, Nimble Storage, Tegile and Violin have also joined the VVOL train. Here’s what they say about it. Dell Bob Fine, Dell’s storage director, said Dell is enthusiastic about VVOLs …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jul 2014

NetApp FAS array BIZ BEAST to fly out in under a fortnight

We hear from a source within the NetApp community that 19 February is the day the brand spanking new FAS8000 array pokes its head out into the open. Still no details on the config: even NetApp customers checking a field portal, something we Vultures don’t have access too, apparently get told the info is embargo’d to 19 February …
Chris Mellor, 10 Feb 2014
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Chasing pack about to sink teeth into Amazon's AWS, says Gartner

Amazon Web Services' position as the leading infrastructure-as-a-service provider is under threat, as competitors target markets the organisation has to date ignored, according to Gartner research veep Lydia Leong. Leong's expressed her opinion in a double-barrelled blog post, the first instalment of which says the source of AWS …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Sep 2013

Cisco edges away from VMware, tries Red Hat on for size

From co-operation to co-op-etition and then competition: it's happening in front of our eyes with EMC and Cisco. The choreography involves Cisco working more and more with Red Hat and its KVM server hypervisor and less with EMC subsidiary VMware's ESX. Red Hat is joining in with Cisco and working with its OpFlex protocol in …
Chris Mellor, 04 Apr 2014
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El Reg's Deep Outback XP upgrade almost foiled by KILLER ARACHNIDS

Australia's Northern territory, where The Reg is this week doing a Windows XP upgrade at the Wirliyatjarrayi Learning Centre in the remote community of Willowra, is huge and empty. Let's give that statement some dimensions. The United Kingdom covers 243,610 km2 and is home to 63.23 million people. Texas covers 696,241 km2 and …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Apr 2014

Tier 3 debuts DIY cloud networks

Cloud operator Tier 3 has added reconfigurable networking to its cloud technology in an attempt to make it easier for resellers to massage the tech to suit their needs. The company announced the upgrades on Wednesday. They see Tier 3 implement self-service networking capabilities for its ESX-based cloud that will let customers …
Jack Clark, 14 Aug 2013
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'Let anyone be administrator' bug in VMware snapped shut

VMware has published a security update for its virtualisation software including its ESX, Workstation, Fusion and View products. A range of applications made by the EMC-owned vendor should therefore be patched to squash a privilege-escalation vulnerability in the VMCI.SYS driver. The flaw affects host machines running Microsoft …
John Leyden, 11 Feb 2013
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Compuware teases package for data center performance anxiety

Compuware has developed an app monitoring tech to help admins with performance anxiety spot problems in their infrastructure. The "PureStack" technology was announced by Compuware on Tuesday and sees the application performance management (APM) company try to tackle app monitoring with an agent-based technology that works across …
Jack Clark, 04 Jun 2013
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More VMware secret source splattered across internet

VMware has confirmed that the source code for old versions of its ESX technology was leaked by hackers over the weekend - but played down the significance of the spill. The virtualisation giant said on Sunday that the exposed portions of its hypervisor date back to 2004, and the leak follows the disclosure of VMware source code …
John Leyden, 05 Nov 2012
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Violin gangs up with Microsoft: Psst, big biz, want an all-flash Windows Server box?

Flash array front runner Violin Memory can now run Windows Server inside its high-end arrays, giving the server OS access to up to 64TB of NAND with the ability to run all Windows enterprise applications in solid state storage. Violin and Microsoft have partnered to make Windows Server 2012 R2 use Violin flash better. Microsoft …
Chris Mellor, 16 Oct 2013
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Juniper unrolls MetaFabric, new switch

Juniper Networks has rolled out a fabric architecture and switch, along with other swag. To get a handle on it all, Vulture South spent some time talking with Dhritiman Dasgupta, Juniper's director of platform solutions, to get a handle on key aspects of the release. Taking the fabric architecture first: MetaFabric is starting …

HyTrust goes ballistic with virty compliance appliance

The US Air Force doesn't let a single operator of a missile site launch a nuke all by his or her lonesome, and HyTrust, a maker of policy management and access control software for VMware virtual infrastructure, thinks IT shops should adopt the secondary approval rule for a lot of things that go on inside of the ESXi hypervisor …

Is that a flash stick in your pocket, VMware, or are you pleased to see us?

VMware has, in your correspondent's opinion, punched below its weight in data storage. Undue respect for drive arrays has inhibited its ambitions. This is about to change, though, as the company begins to take responsibility for providing primary storage to applications, and also networking. Let's consider the basic IT trio of …
Chris Mellor, 15 Aug 2013
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Verizon reboots cloud by dropping traditional IT vendors

Big clouds need a tightly integrated stack, and a small number of hardware components that can be upgraded and swapped out en masse. This is precisely what Verizon lacked in its first cloud, and what it is gaining with a new service. The new Verizon public cloud was announced by the company on Thursday, and will see it be cost …
Jack Clark, 03 Oct 2013

Data centre networks are getting flatter and fitter

We have all come across the traditional corporate network with three distinct layers: the core layer dealing with heavy-duty switching and routing, which runs on socking big switches and routers; the distribution layer dealing with lighter (but still intelligent) tasks such as packet filtering and some routing; and the access …
Dave Cartwright, 23 Apr 2013

Caringo greases up CAStor product, slips out VM versions

Object storage startup Caringo has introduced virtual machine editions of its CAStor object storage product along with standard file protocol access to CAStor, broaching the question whether object storage will just become file storage under another name. Both CAStor and Caringo's Content File Server (CFS) come as virtual …
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2012

Stratus: Virtualization drives demand for ftServers

In some ways, server virtualization makes disaster recovery easier, less costly, and more approachable for a wider range of companies. And in others, it makes disaster recovery more important than ever because more virtual server eggs are running in a single physical server basket. No matter which way server virtualization cuts …
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Zerto offering hypervisor-level replication

The brothers who founded replication start-up Kashya – sold to EMC in 2006 – aim to replicate their replication success with Zerto, a start-up integrating replication into VMware's hypervisor. Instead of replication being done at the storage array-level, with a need for identical arrays either side of the replication network …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jun 2011

VMware bursts into public cloud with vCHS

Here is how the cloud infrastructure market works: you can compete with Amazon Web Services and commit yourself to punishing capital expenditures as you build out your data centers, or you can try and come up with a service that does something Amazon doesn't, and charge a premium for it. Take a guess as to which one VMware opted …
Jack Clark, 28 Aug 2013
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VMware kills vRAM memory tax with vSphere 5.1 server virt

The most important new feature of the new ESXi 5.1 hypervisor and its related vSphere 5.1 tools that made their debut at the VMworld virtualization extravaganza today is not a feed or speed, but the fact that VMware has dropped the much-hated vRAM memory tax that came out last year with vSphere 5.0. With the vRAM memory tax, …
Paul Martiz

VMware CEO exile rumour: Not a punishment for Maritz

VMware boss Paul Maritz is rumoured to be exiting his virtualisation software powerhouse - and could be replaced by Pat Gelsinger, the head of storage products at parent company EMC. You'd be forgiven for thinking this is a shock move, yet simple facts and observations from our sources point to this being a management tweak …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Jul 2012
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VMware moves vSphere 5.0 to launch pad

The virtual cat is out of the physical bag. Server virtualization juggernaut VMware has sent out invitations to a big shindig it is hosting in San Francisco on July 12, which is almost certainly going to be the launch of its ESXi 5.0 hypervisor and related vSphere 5.0 virtualization management stack and vCloud extensions. All …
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Citrix lets Microsoft Azure spew virtual desktops from the heavens

Will companies want to host virtual PCs in the cloud? Microsoft and Citrix Systems think so. For a certain set of PC users – even those accessing traditional Windows PC applications from a tablet or smartphone that is not running Windows – not only is a physical PC not a necessity, but neither is a data center serving up virtual …
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We were right: EMC's VSPEX will take on FlexPods

EMC has devised a set of converged server system reference templates called VSPEX, offering complete application, soup-to-nuts modular stack designs to be sold and built by its Velocity Partner channel. Customers get faster and simpler implementations while EMC's channel gets additional high-margin business with EMC selling and …
Chris Mellor, 12 Apr 2012

IBM crashes, Cisco soars, at Brisbane airport

IBM has been deported from Brisbane Airport’s data centre, with its X-series servers shoved on a flight to oblivion as the red carpet was rolled out for the triumvirate of VMware, EMC and Cisco. Five of the latter’s UCS servers now nestle in racks at the airport’s data centre, where they run vSphere 5, play nicely with an EMC …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jul 2012

Virtualisation extremist? Put down that cable and step away slowly

Virtualisation is everywhere, particularly the data centre, and that's a good thing - if used wisely. Virtualisation can help you milk the greatest possible performance (and hence maximum value) from the physical gear. Running multiple virtual servers on top of a physical server platform allows you to minimise wasted CPU and RAM …
Dave Cartwright, 17 Jul 2013
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EMC rounds up rival arrays, beats 'em into submission

EMC VMAX arrays will team up competing drive arrays with a new version of the VMAX Enginuity OS. Much like the existing HDS VSP and NetApp V-Series, Enginuity v5876 will enable VMX to virtualise third-party arrays behind a VMAX head using EMC Symmetrix Federated Tiered Storage (FTS). The VMAX, which is getting a substantial …
Chris Mellor, 16 May 2012
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Hands off my disk! VMware gobbles Virsto for software-ruled arrays

Virtualisation leviathan VMware has bought storage hypervisor maker Virsto. It means VMware can now aggregate servers, networks (thanks to its Nicira acquisition) and now storage into an abstracted pool of resources - providing the three pillars VMware needs to build software-defined data centres that can run themselves. Virsto' …
Chris Mellor, 13 Feb 2013
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Windows Server 2012: Microsoft's other Big Push

In 1985, Commodore held the UK launch of the Amiga 1000 at the World of Commodore Show at the Novotel in Hammersmith. Twenty-seven years later, Microsoft used the same venue to host the Technical Launch of Windows Server 2012. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 UK technical launch day The Amiga was Commodore's response to the …
Liam Proven, 01 Nov 2012