Articles about Virtualisation

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StorageCraft gobbles Exablox to become data management monolith

Analysis Backup SW biz StorageCraft has bought Exablox, a startup making scale-out deduping filer arrays using underlying object storage software. The OneBlox arrays feature variable-length deduplication and compression and provide both primary and secondary storage for small and medium enterprise customers. Exablox bundled …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2017

Power Systems running IBM's VIOS virtualisation need a patch and reboot

IBM on Saturday slipped out news of a nasty bug in its VIOS, its Virtual I/O Server that offers virtualisation services on Power Systems under AIX. Issue IV91339 strikes when moving virtual machines and means “there is a very small timing window where the VIOS may report to the client LPAR that some I/Os have completed before …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jan 2017
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Docker adds continuous integration to DataKit

Here's a handy tool from Docker's GitHub repository: a continuous integration library to help manage DataKit projects. DataKit went open source in May last year. At the time, Anil Madhavapeddy explained it was part of the strategy to let users run Docker natively on Windows and Mac machines. DataKit provides the software …
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DataGravity moves away from arrays to become a virtualised data guardian

Analysis Startup DataGravity laid off staff in February last year and subsequently pivoted away from building and selling its Discovery Series array line to building a shipping virtual appliance using its Discovery Series array software as a basis. DataGravity for Virtualisation (DGfV) runs as a virtual machine and operates in vSphere …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2017
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Google reveals its servers all contain custom security silicon

Google has published a Infrastructure Security Design Overview that explains how it secures the cloud it uses for its own operations and for public cloud services. Revealed last Friday, the document outlines six layers of security and reveals some interesting factoids about the Alphabet subsidiary's operations, none more so …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jan 2017
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Windows 10 memory management changes to give Hyper-V more headroom

The Register's virtualization desk is back from holidays, just in time to report changes to desktop Hyper-V before they go completely stale. Desktop Hyper-V is a Windows 10 feature that offers users the chance to create and run virtual machines on the Windows desktop, a task for which plenty instead turn to Oracle's free …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jan 2017
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Kaminario gets cash for K2 biz flash dash

All-flash array supplier Kaminario has gained an additional $75 million funding in an F-round, taking total funding to $218 million. Private equity firm Waterwood led the round; its strategy is to invest in growth-stage technology companies. Cash also came from new and existing investors, including Sequoia, Pitango, Lazarus, …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jan 2017
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2016 – the year 3D XPoint came down to earth from Planet Hype

Storage Review in 2016 Storage in 2016 saw its on-premises SAN/filer array heartland assaulted by the public cloud on the one hand, and hyper-converged and software-defined storage on the other. The now-classic dual-controller disk array went hybrid to keep storing primary data, but all-flash arrays are taking on that role and so the hybrids went …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jan 2017
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Virtualisation got boring in 2016, but the fun's about to start anew

END-OF-YEAR ROUND UP 2016 was a year in which virtualisation became so mainstream, so expected, so accepted that it started to look like a moribund market. But virtualisation's really only just getting started because storage virtualisation, network virtualisation and network function virtualisation are just getting started, while other uses for …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Dec 2016

Turns out there's a market for marijuana... plants' video surveillance

Analysis Pot plant surveillance cameras in a Colorado marijuana farm feeding Quantum’s StorNext multi-tiered and scale-out, file virtualisation and data services software with video footage show the substantial market changes to which Quantum is having to adapt. CEO Jon Gacek told a visiting press crew in December: “I feel like the …
Chris Mellor, 21 Dec 2016
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Sphere 3D has had two offers to buy parts of its business

+Comment Sphere 3D, the Canadian company which owns Overland Storage and Tandberg Data, has had two offers for parts of its business. The perennially loss-making concern, which was previously Overland Storage, which bought Tandberg Data, has never recovered from the decline in tape automation products. It received a first offer, a …
Chris Mellor, 19 Dec 2016
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Startup grind is over: Now Primary Data must compete with storage giants

Analysis Startups arrive with fanfares of new tech and product surprise and then face the long grind to grow their business to newsworthy market status while adding bells and whistles to the basic product. Getting the first product out of the door is a validation of all the technology trend analysis and development struggle involved in …
Chris Mellor, 19 Dec 2016
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Red Hat feels the need – the need for OpenStack speed

Red Hat’s released its dual-support mode OpenStack Platform 10, for rapid cloud adoption. The branded OpenStack box continues Red Hat’s drive to reduce the headache of installing and running the open-source cloud for those of us who are not rocket scientists. But OpenStack Platform 10 also accompanies a shift in build, …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Dec 2016

What’s next after hyperconvergence?

So, you’ve had a crack at hyperconverged architecture. You’ve bought your cloud-in-a-box solution from Nutanix, VMware or whomever and tried it out on a pilot project - something manageable and discrete that didn’t interfere with the rest of your architecture too much. And now that you’ve dipped your toe in the water, you’d like …
Danny Bradbury, 15 Dec 2016
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Fancy an AWS region in your own data centre? Stratoscale can do it

Israeli outfit Stratoscale has updated its Symphony suite so it can effectively become an on-premises Amazon Web Services (AWS) region. Symphony is a software overlay that does the “turn your pile of x86 into a cloud” thing and Stratoscale isn't averse to describing the results as “hyperconverged” to cover all the buzzword …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Dec 2016

VMware starts beta for Cloud Foundation on vCloud Air

VMware's quietly started asking for beta testers for its Cloud Foundation running on its own cloud, vCloud Air. Virtzilla's cloud is a boutique service these days: the company downgraded its ambitions to become a world-girdling cloud operator in its FY 2015 earnings call . The company's alternative plan was to partner with …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Dec 2016
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Cisco to kill its Intercloud public cloud on March 31, 2017

Cisco will turn off its Intercloud Services (CIS) public cloud next year, The Register understands. We have sighted a message from veep for Cloud Platform and Services Kip Compton, which CCs a number of Cisco marketing and communications people, announcing the service's termination. Compton says: “Today we are taking an …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Dec 2016

VMware releases 'not cool, but very useful' integrated containers

VMware has released its long-touted vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC), the company's way of making vSphere a fine place to run containers. Plenty of pundits have suggested that containers stand a good chance of killing virtual machines, citing the former as lighter, faster and better-suited to building the kind of apps that …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Dec 2016
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Masterful malvertisers pwn Channel 9, Sky, MSN in stealth attacks

A two-year long, highly sophisticated malvertising campaign infected visitors to some of the most popular news sites in the UK, Australia, and Canada including Channel 9, Sky News, and MSN. Readers of those news sites, just a portion of all affected (since it also affected eBay's UK portal), were infected with modular trojans …
Darren Pauli, 08 Dec 2016
Vulnerability

AMD virty encryption not quite there, claim boffins

Updated A couple of German boffins have taken a good look at AMD's Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV), and don't like what they see. As AMD's Brijesh Singh explained to the Linux driver project mailing list in April, SEV extends the AMD-V architecture when multiple VMs are running under a hypervisor: “SEV hardware tags all code and …
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Xen 4.8 debuts, gives ARM servers vendors a reason to hope

A new version of the Xen Project's hypervisor has emerged blinking into the light. The Project reckons the best bit of version 4.8 is support for live patching of ARMv8-A CPUs, noting that such silicon is likely to appear in servers. And server users, of course, love anything that avoids operational disruptions. So Xen has …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Dec 2016

Work ends on Open Virtualisation Format

Work has ended on the Open Virtualisation Format (OVF), the Distributed Management Task Force's (DMTF's) packaging format for virtual machines. Version 2.0 of the standard landed in early 2013 and back in June 2016 The Register's virtualisation desk spotted plans to develop version 3.0 with a target delivery date of late 2016 …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Dec 2016
Migrating birds in the cloud

Cloud Velox sends advance parties to make the cloud feel like home

The vendor formerly know as CloudVelocity, since contracted to CloudVelox, has emitted code to lift and shift networks from your bit barn to Amazon Web Services (AWS). The thinking here is that when you migrate an application to the cloud it's best if the network it's set up to use comes along for the ride, because otherwise …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Dec 2016
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Big Switch takes big bet it can beat off big denial of service attacks

Big Switch Networks is taking aim at the kinds of IoT-based attacks that have rocked the Internet this year. Headlining its BigSecure Architecture release today is a service chaining solution the company's chief product officer Prashant Gandhi told Vulture South can scale up to deflect a terabit-scale attack in about ten …
World's tallest data center

The future of the data centre is within

Promo Future-proofing your data centre is no longer down to a choice of the right servers and storage, it’s now all about connectivity, location and the neighbours. The advantage – and the problem – with technology is that it’s always improving. Your latest server will always be replaced by a newer, faster model, and the next …
Marcus Austin, 06 Dec 2016

HPE launches two-pronged attack on hyper-converged market

Analysis HP has two hyper-converged systems for two different but overlapping markets – SMB, ROBO, and LOB at the low end, and LOB/data centre at the high end. Both the HC 250 and HC 380 are based on ProLiant server hardware and have different software environments layered on the common Store Virtual SAN. Their branding seems the …
Chris Mellor, 05 Dec 2016
Cloud desktop

Liquidware gets the job of managing Amazon's cloud desktops

Amazon Web Services has all-but-enlisted desktop virtualisation specialist Liquidware Labs to help manage its cloudy desktops-a-a-service. Liquidware's schtick is monitoring desktop performance, either for the sheer joy of wallowing in action-suggesting metrics or to advance understanding of how to virtualise said desktops and …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Nov 2016

Still running a data centre designed by your grandad?

Reg Reader Study If you were to re-design your data centre today from a clean sheet, would it look anything like it does at the moment? We know, you don’t have that luxury, but it’s a question we toyed with to focus our minds when we designed our latest Reg reader survey. What we ended up with was a questionnaire that was a lot more realistic …
Dale Vile, 25 Nov 2016
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Enterprise vendors offering big Black Friday discounts

Black Friday and the Cyber Monday that follows have become big discount shopping days for consumers, but enterprise vendors are getting in on the act too with hefty discounts on training and some kit. Cisco Press is running a Buy 2+, Save 55% or Buy 1, Save 35% sale until November 26th, so the CCNP Routing and Switching v2.0 …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Nov 2016
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SQL Server on Linux: Runs well in spite of internal quirks. Why?

First Look Microsoft has released a public preview of SQL Server for Linux, and I took it for a spin. There are three supported platforms for SQL Server on Linux, these being Red Hat Enterprise 7.2, Ubuntu 16.04, and a Linux-based Docker engine. Installation on other versions of Linux may also work, although unsupported. The Docker image …
Tim Anderson, 24 Nov 2016

Hyperconvergence 101: More than a neatly packaged box of tricks

In a world of complex technologies and unforgiving business environments, simplicity in IT is good. Technology teams want to get the job done with as little fuss – and as little drain on management resources – as possible. Hyperconvergence promises to deliver that simplicity, but how does it differ from more traditional …
Danny Bradbury, 22 Nov 2016

Emulating x86: Microsoft builds granny flat into Windows 10

Microsoft plans to emulate x86 instructions on ARM chips, throwing a compatibility lifeline to future Windows tablets and phones. The Cobalt project should bear fruit within the year, when the "Redstone 3" release of Windows 10 is due to arrive, Mary Jo Foley reports. Ideally, Microsoft wants everyone to convert their old …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Nov 2016
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Fancy a wee quasi-DRAM? Supermicro bulks up server memory

Data is getting closer to compute – Supermicro's X10DRU-i+ dual-socket server is available with 1TB or 2TB of application memory for analytics, database, and caching apps by being equipped with Diablo's Memory1 flash DIMM modules, and up to a 4x memory increase from DRAM-only servers. The flash is treated as quasi-DRAM with …
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2016
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Microsoft kindly offers VMware-to-Azure backup

Microsoft has a new offer for VMware users: agentless backup for vSphere VMs – to an on-premises target or Azure - made possible through a vCenter API. Redmond's been keen on offering cloud services to VMware users for some time: it already offers a disaster recovery service that preserves vSphere VMs in Azure and even runs …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Nov 2016
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Permabit pulls on Red Hat, opens arms for a Linux cuddle

The Mad Hatter of Linux is getting Alice in Wonderland style physical space virtualisation with thin provisioning, compression and deduplication courtesy of Permabit. Building on its June 2016 Linux availability announcement, Permabit and Red Hat have a go-to-market partnership based on the former's Albireo deduplication and …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2016
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vSphere 6.5 goes GA, gains surprise powers to predict the future

VMware's quietly revealed that vSphere 6.5 is now generally available and therefore on-sale to world+dog. VSphere 6.5's had a long gestation. The Register understands an early version of the upgrade was used to run infrastructure for VMworld Europe 2015. A beta commenced in February 2016 and the update was then formally …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Nov 2016

Virtual Instruments gobbles up Xangati in cash-free deal

Storage workload and network testing company Virtual Instruments has bought Xangati and its hybrid cloud and virtualisation performance management technology. Back in March Load Dynamix and Virtual Instruments merged, taking the Virtual Instruments name and receiving $20m in funding from Load Dynamix investors. Some 26 …
Chris Mellor, 17 Nov 2016
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Microsoft just got its Linux Foundation platinum card, becomes top level member

Microsoft has joined The Linux Foundation as a Platinum member, the highest level of membership. The news was announced at the company's Connect developer event in New York. The Linux Foundation is a non-profit trade association which supports and promotes the Linux operating system and related projects, including Node.js, Xen …
Tim Anderson, 16 Nov 2016
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Getting to the bottom of the cloud debate

Reader Survey We've put up with relentless marketing and promotion of cloud for over five years now, but how much has the world really moved on? Money is clearly changing hands for various hosted services and cloudy technologies, and some suppliers seem to be doing pretty well out of this. And yet when we survey you, Vulture readers, you …
Dale Vile, 16 Nov 2016
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Chinese giants give world another SDN and NFV platform

If you didn't think the world needed another Software Defined Networking (SDN) project, bad luck: you've got one anyway: it's called Open-O and hopes to put SDN and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) in the same yoke. If that sounds familiar, it's because AT&T also wants to lead the open source world into a combination SDN/ …
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Slacker or Team playa? Microsoft's Mr Business takes on messaging's corporate raider

The early days of the internet provided ways to chat, bicker and "collaborate" with others in the world, and decades later we're still working on making that experience better. IRC (Internet Relay Chat) ruled the roost for many years but never really found a place in the enterprise world. It isn't complicated to use yet …
Adam Fowler, 11 Nov 2016
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CIOs: VDI? Maybe, just maybe, it really will be different this time...

Register Roundtable Sometimes technology visions bubble along under the radar, quite often scorned then, following a change of name or emphasis, ubiquitous. Utility computing became the cloud, and we know how that’s taken off. Groupware became collaboration. Thin clients have morphed into VDI, and… Well, seems like a good time to get a bunch of …
Joe Fay, 11 Nov 2016
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HyperStore gets Coldline for tired old objects

Cloudian is integrating its HyperStore object storage with Google's Coldline archive in the cloud. Google's cloud archive becomes a place for low-access rate objects that can't be deleted, while higher access rate objects remain in Cloudian's on-premises object store. The resulting two-tier object store is managed as a single …
Chris Mellor, 02 Nov 2016
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VMware stubs its toe again: NSX has another VM-flattening bug

VMware says its NSX network virtualisation product is growing fast … perhaps too fast, because it's again been found to have a nasty bug. Virtzilla struck trouble with NSX 6.2.3, which was first declared unsuitable for implementation and then pulled from distribution entirely. VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger described that incident …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Nov 2016
Speed

Windows Server 2016 persistent memory support supercharges storage IO

Analysis The best IO is... no IO. Windows Server 2016 has code to supercharge data storage IO speed by not treating it as IO anymore. It uses storage-class memory (SCM) as a persistent store, one that is on the memory bus, close to the CPU, and doesn't lose its contents when power is lost, an NVDIMM-N type device. That can be …
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2016
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Use the source! OpenStack welcomes fresh tests for open-cloud unity

Openstack Summit Don't expect future implementations of OpenStack without vendors first having cleared a new battery of emerging conformity tests. That's the word from OpenStack Foundation chief operating officer Mark Collier, who reckons the appetite to prove interoperability is too strong for tech providers to resist. The impetus is coming …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Oct 2016
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VMware do we go from here?

Storage Architect VMWorld Europe was held last week in Barcelona. We saw the release of vSphere 6.5, plus a suite of other products and enhancements to the core platform. There was also the announcement of a partnership with AWS, which had many (including myself) scratching their heads as to exactly what it meant. So where is …
Chris Evans, 27 Oct 2016
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VMware's weakness? It didn't beat every target for every product in Q3

If VMware is a legacy software company soon to be killed by cloud, you may want to find more more legacy companies in which to invest*, because Virtzilla has just posted another another quarter in which its core virtualisation products helped it to beat guidance for earnings and revenue. The headline numbers are revenue for Q3 …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Oct 2016
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‘We have many IoT customers’ says Huawei CTO

IoT World Congress “Our customer base is growing very fast,” Huawei CTO Wu Chou told The Register at IoT World Congress in Barcelona yesterday. The firm is long on smart Czech streetlights but short, it seems, on customers. “Our customers are growing very fast,” Wu said. “We have now opened five labs to allow our partners to come in, to build …
Gareth Corfield, 26 Oct 2016
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Small fry Scale offers single-node HCI boxen for the ROBO crowd

Scale Computing is set to announce a single-node configuration of its HC3 hyper-converged infrastructure appliance (HCIA). Scale says it provides replication and remote management for disaster recovery (DR) and distributed enterprise deployments – remote and branch offices (ROBO). It is less costly than normal HCIA deployments …
Chris Mellor, 25 Oct 2016