Articles about Virtualisation

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AWS 'fesses up to cloud bill shock worries with budget calc update

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has all-but-admitted some customers are experiencing bill shock, or finding it hard to control costs in its clouds. Why else might the company have decided to upgrade its AWS Budgets tool? Cloudy blogger in chief Jeff Barr says the tool is aimed at “Finance Managers, Project Managers, and VP-level …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Oct 2016
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Rogue sysadmins the target of Microsoft's new 'Shielded VM' security

Virtual machine security is suddenly a hot spot: VMware's building a new product for it and has added new bits to vSphere 6.5 to enhance it. And Microsoft thinks it has found a new way to secure VMs. Let's do Redmond first because its new “Shielded VMs” are one of the headline items in Windows Server and Hyper-V 2016. As …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Oct 2016

Jumpin' AppFlash! Actifio's devops gear rolls onto Pure kit

+Comment Actifio's AppFlash DevOps Platform will run on Pure Storage's FlashArray. The AppFlash DevOps Platform has been jointly developed by Pure and Actifio. It marries Actifio's copy data virtualisation with Pure's hardware, and there are three pre-tested configurations to accelerate the provisioning and refresh of databases for …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2016
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VxRack and VxRail systems feel the Edge of Power

EMC's VxRail and VxRack hyper-converged infrastructure systems are getting wholesale Dell PowerEdge server transplants. That means Broadwell Xeons, and the headline speeds and feeds are that VxRail systems, get: 250x more configurations, 40 per cent more CPU performance for the same price, 25 per cent lower entry price …
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2016
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Red Hat eye from the Ubuntu guy: Fedora – how you doin'?

Comment Red Hat is the biggest – and one of the oldest – companies in the Linux world, but despite the difficulty of accurately measuring Linux usage figures, Ubuntu and its relatives seem to be the most popular Linux distributions. Red Hat isn’t sitting idle, though. Despite its focus on enterprise software, including virtualisation, …
Liam Proven, 19 Oct 2016

Store flaw? Naw! The hyper-converged vendor and the 'bug'-bash

Comment A UK consultant claims he had such a poor experience with Maxta's hyper-converged infrastructure software that he asked for his firm's money back. But the vendor has told a very different story. Nick Chapman is the managing director and principal consultant at CloudFlux, which was founded in the UK in 2016 to provide …
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2016

vSphere has been moved onto VMware's slow development train

VMware has finally shoved vSphere 6.5 out the door, more than a year after it was deemed good enough to run VMworld Europe 2016, eight months after its formal beta began and the better part of two years since vSphere 6.0's February 2014 release. Why the wait? Mark Chuang, senior director and chief of staff of VMware's software …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Oct 2016

Lenovo be Nimble, Lenovo be quick, inks deal to take on Dell EMC kit

Lenovo, which has huge ambitions in the storage market, has sealed a partnership deal with Nimble and will be selling Nimble's all-flash array and using its predictive analytics. Nimble Storage was one of the original trio of hybrid storage array vendors that emerged a few years ago - the others being Tegile and Tintri. It …
Chris Mellor, 17 Oct 2016

BART barfs, racers crash, and other classic BSODs

This week's worldwide BSOD roundup starts with what looks to your writer like a virtualisation launch bug. Submitter Alexander tells us it came from Peterborough Station, in Cambridgeshire. Peterborough station BSOD What do you think, readers – is this an exotic BSOD that needs extra explanation? Don found one at decent …

Cisco president: One 'hiccup' and 'boom' – AWS is 'gone'

Cisco is the latest member of the technology old guard to take a pop at Amazon Web Services, claiming that the public cloud giant’s financials mean “one hiccup” and it could go bust. AWS-bashing is almost becoming an annual feature at Canalys Channels Forum; in 2014 the analyst estimated AWS was losing billions of dollars; and …
Paul Kunert, 14 Oct 2016

AWS has made VMware the Airbnb of the cloud

Apologies if you've heard it before, but Airbnb is bigger than Hilton or Marriot, but doesn't own a single building. Uber is bigger than taxi companies but has never changed a tyre or burned a drop of gasoline. And now VMware's new alliance with Amazon Web Services makes it (virtually) the world's biggest cloud without having …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Oct 2016
Windows Server 2016, now with Windows 10 desktop

First look at Windows Server 2016: 'Cloud for the masses'? We'll be the judge of that

Review Microsoft has released Windows Server 2016, complete with container support and a brand new Nano Server edition. What is the essence of Windows Server 2016? First, a quick look at the context. Server 2016 follows the same pattern as previous releases, in that it follows a new release of the Windows desktop operating system, in …
Tim Anderson, 12 Oct 2016
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OpenStack Newton debuts, runs anything at almost any scale

OpenStack Newton debuts, claims to run anything at almost any scale Containers? VMs? Bare metal? Huge scale? Small scale? Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes The fourteenth release of OpenStack, “Newton”, is upon us. This time around the OpenStack Foundation is pointing out that the platform can run and manage just about anything. Or to …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Oct 2016
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VMware Horizon View bug

VMware has revealed “a vulnerability that may allow for a directory traversal on the Horizon View Connection Server” and says “Exploitation of this issue may lead to a partial information disclosure.” Horizon View is the foundation of VMware's desktop virtualisation offerings. VMware's advisory suggests that Horizon View …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Oct 2016

Commvault and pals should score when tape-ditching stampede arrives - analyst

Commvault’s data protection and management software has been enhanced and is going to support HyperFlex, Cisco’s hyper-converged infrastructure appliance built with OEM’d Springpath software. CommVault Data Platform product news includes: Expanded capabilities for Amazon Web Services (AWS) beyond virtual machines to include …
Chris Mellor, 06 Oct 2016

The shoemaker, the array refresh and the VMworld smackdown

Case study If the shoe fits then wear it; it’s the motto you'd expect a footwear retailer to do business by. Designer Shoe Warehouse (DSW), a 400-outlet US shoe chain, applied that advice when its main storage array, a VMAX we are told, failed to deliver data fast enough and began costing too much. It bought an InfiniBox instead and the …
Chris Mellor, 06 Oct 2016

AWS has a lousy hybrid cloud story. VMware may fix that soon

VMware and Amazon Web Services are reportedly about to stage a public display of affection. Fortune reckons the two have been having intimate chats about the same kind of relationship Virtzilla has with IBM. That cloudy tryst sees IBM offer VMware's service-provider-grade-vSphere-as-a-service, the better to help VMware users …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Oct 2016

Cisco hugs sysadmins with a bunch more patches

Cisco's ongoing fix-all-the-things effort has emitted its regular weekly round of patches – and some, like in the NX-OS operating system that powers a bunch of its switches, deserve your attention. There are critical fixes for the NX-OS that powers Nexus switches, and a virtualisation bug in the Nexus 7000 and 7700 switches. …

Scale scales: HCI maverick heads upstack with apps

Hyper-converger Scale Computing is adding business applications to its offerings with virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and business analytics available to its small and medium business customers. Workspot is supplying the VDI software, which it says is straightforward to use. Jason Collier, a co-founder at Scale Computing …
Chris Mellor, 04 Oct 2016
Virtual servers

HPE, Samsung take clouds to carriers

HPE and Samsung are getting together to give carriers a shove towards a more cloudy future. The two companies have announced a tie-up with a focus on network function virtualisation (NFV) and virtual network functions (VNF). The two are part of a whole, but subtly different: NFV refers to taking carrier-grade applications ( …

Roll over Beethoven: HPE Synergy compositions oughta get Meg singing for joy

Comment HPE's Synergy is, it thinks, the next great advance in servers and is far more capable than hyper-converged infrastructure systems, being able to provision bare metal as well as servers for virtual workloads as well as containerised ones. Getting a grip on this beast is tricky. Is it a form of dynamically reconfigurable …
Chris Mellor, 03 Oct 2016
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Microsoft's chums Dell, HPE and Lenovo give Azure Stack a shout-out

Cloud isn’t what it used to be. Amazon’s AWS began life like open source, with the same net result: a developer secret that became an infrastructure fact. Well, the days of furtive downloads are dead and the suits are coming. Microsoft demonstrated that last month, letting people down by saying Azure Stack won’t be something …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Sep 2016
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Dell-EMC's dual server supply problem... is not a problem, it reckons

+Comment You might have thought it did not compute, Dell having its own in-house server operation for its acquired EMC kit to use while EMC’s VCE operation uses Cisco server-powered Vblocks in its converged systems. But no, having a dual server supply is fine. In a blog post, Chad Sakac, president of the Converged Platforms and …
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2016

How to create a security startup and bag VC millions – step one: Containers, AI or cloud

While venture capitalists have been tightening their belts over the past year, there’s still a lot of love and funding for security startups – especially if you’re working in the right areas. During a panel discussion at the Structure Security conference in San Francisco today, a trio of top VCs identified three key areas …
Iain Thomson, 28 Sep 2016
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Microsoft preps defence against the dark arts for enterprise customers

Microsoft is developing a technology for Windows 10 designed to combat the threat of malware served up from web pages penetrating corporate defences and slurping sensitive data. Known as Windows Defender Application Guard, the feature is set to become a part of Windows 10 Enterprise edition next year, and uses virtualisation …
Dan Robinson, 28 Sep 2016
disk head crash

Scale-out sister? Unreliable disks are better for your storage

Storage Architect Recently I was asked to review a document that used as a reference a piece of work from Google (PDF) which talked about the need to relax the resiliency levels of hard drives and SSDs. The premise is interesting: hyper-scalers claim they could do a better job in managing performance and availability if the HDDs they use were …
Chris Evans, 26 Sep 2016

NetApp facelift: FAS hardware refresh and a little nip ONTAP

NetApp has comprehensively refreshed its all-flash FAS and hybrid FAS arrays, adding performance, capacity and scalability upgrades, and supporting 32Gbit/s Fibre Channel and 40GbitE connectivity. ONTAP also gets upgraded, with Azure support for ONTAP Cloud This follows on from the E-Series launch of the entry-level all-flash …
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2016
Cloud desktop

Desktop virtualisation kit-calculator goes open source

Virtualisation identity Andre Leibovici has open-sourced his desktop virtualisation (VDI) infrastructure calculator. Leibovici works for Nutanix these days, but his calculator pre-dates that entanglement having first emerged in 2010. The Register's virtualisation desk is satisfied it's not a Nutanix-centric shill. The tool …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Sep 2016

The wise Hedvig owl heads aloft with a Universal Data Plane

Hedvig has updated its software-defined storage to version 2.0 and is flying with a Universal Data Plane concept. Its Distributed Storage Platform Version 2.0 adds a VMware vSphere Web Client Plugin, Docker Volume Plugin and Mirantis Fuel Plugin, each of which help to provide application-specific high-availability policies. …
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2016
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VMware's secret security plan revealed

VMware has shown off a working prototype of “Project Goldilocks”, its long-hinted-at plan to develop a new approach to security. The new idea is inspired by the NSX network virtualisation product's ability to create network “microsegments”, isolated virtual networks walled off from the rest of the network in a “least privilege …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Sep 2016
The ScaleIO Ready Node

First Dell EMC product is a VSAN-in-a-can, aka 'ScaleIO Ready node'

EMC and Dell only became Dell EMC last week, but they've already managed to squeeze out a product. ScaleIO Ready Node switch No new bezel, but ScaleIO gets some space on the On/Off switch. Or did it? The new offspring is the ScaleIO Ready Node, 13th-generation PowerEdge servers optimised to run the former EMC's ScaleIO …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Sep 2016
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Hyper-converged hyper-contender ZeroStack starts connecting clouds

HyperConverged HyperContender ZeroStack has started connecting public clouds to its on-premises kit. ZeroStack promises the usual “Our beautiful GUI and cunning plumbing means that if you turn on our boxes and go make a cup of coffee there's be VMs running before the cappuccino foam falls” experience. The likes of VMware, VCE …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Sep 2016

Is hyperconvergence about to take over the enterprise data centre?

The glamour news in data centres for the past couple of years has been all about all-flash arrays, with converged systems providing a growing backdrop. The flash arrays provided hot performance while converged systems (CI) led by Dell EMC's CPSD (Converged Platforms & Solutions Division – formerly VCE) and Cisco/NetApp's …
Chris Mellor, 13 Sep 2016
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VMware sells Digital Fuel cost control code five years after buying it

VMware has sold vRealize Business Enterprise and IT benchmarking solutions, the financial management bits of its vRealize management suite, just four years after buying it. Back in 2011 VMware was bullish on what was then a company called Digital Fuel. The press release announcing the deal VMware's then veep and general …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Sep 2016

Double-negative tweet could be Microsoft Surface Phone hint

Microsoft may have just confirmed a Surface Phone via a cryptic tweet. Laura Janet Baker appeared to confirm the long-rumoured flagship via a double negative. It could be the end of the silly season; judge for yourself. Rumours abound that Microsoft will kill off production of its current Lumia range by the end of the year. …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Sep 2016
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BT needs to ditch its legacy to be competitive, says chief architect

Interview In a world of new “agile” network players offering over-the-top services, BT is something of a dinosaur, having been privatised as far back as 1984 after previously running as a state monopoly. Certainly in terms of its systems, the business is weighed down by legacy in a way that newer network providers are unencumbered from …
Kat Hall, 08 Sep 2016
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VMware's Virtual SAN to gain data-at-rest encryption

VMware's kicked off a new round of beta testing for its virtual storage area network (VSAN). Duncan Epping, Virtzilla's chief technologist for Storage & Availability, has blogged that VMware is “in particular looking for feedback on the following 3 features”: Software data-at-rest encryption Nested Fault Domains (FDs) for …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Sep 2016
NetApp founder Dave Hitz and SolidFire founder Dave Wright

Solidfire is 'for people who **CKING HATE storage' says NetApp Founder Dave Hitz

VMWORLD 2016 NetApp founder Dave Hitz has apologised to a VMworld 2016 audience for being slow to produce proper flash arrays. In a session on the future of storage he shared with SolidFire founder Dave Wright, Hitz said that work on Clustered ONTAP had consumed more resources and time than the company anticipated, leaving it short of …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Sep 2016
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VMware's vDare: Build more complexity and silos, or virtualize more

VMworld VMware opened its VMworld 2016 conference asking its customers to “Be tomorrow,” a couplet that was introduced at the event's opening keynote with a performance of poetry that felt like the work of a slick self-help spruiker. But VMware might just be onto something here, because it knows that in not many tomorrows, serious …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Aug 2016
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VMware Vannounces Vlots Vof Very Vnew Vstuff Vat VMworld

VMworld saw EMC making a series of supportive announcements related to VMware. Panzura added cloud storage gateway facilities to all-flash arrays and hyper-converged products while QLogic focussed on links to NVMe drives and NVME over Fabrics technology. Storage is getting easier for VMware admins and users to use while also …
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2016

Is VMware starting to mean 'legacy'? Down and out in Las Vegas

VMworld I love VMworld, as I do VMware. In the last few years VMworld has been “the IT show” if the infrastructure space is your thing. However, it is clear that something is changing and it is changing very quickly. Dell-EMC deal First of all, we are still in the middle of the Dell/EMC acquisition. This obviously doesn’t help; it …
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Get ready for Cloud 3.0, the age of Platform-as-a-Service

Promo Cloud computing is evolving rapidly, and new ideas about “Cloud 3.0” will be featured this week at Huawei Connect 2016, the company's flagship conference in Shanghai. Huawei characterises the mid-2000s boom in server virtualisation as Cloud 1.0. Cloud 2.0 was all about infrastructure-as-a-service, with special emphasis on …
David Gordon, 31 Aug 2016

Dell's new story: Goldilocks and the three virtual infrastructures

Dell's decided the world needs something between roll-your-own infrastructure and converged infrastructure's insistence on controlling exactly what's inside a chassis down to the last screw. The result is something Dell's calling a “Validated System for Virtualization.” Like a converged system, a validated system will ship …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Aug 2016

VMware fixes 'split brain' caused by 'stubbed toe' of botched NSX update

VMworld VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger has characterised the decision to pull a version of NSX as “a stubbed toe” while defending VMware's engineering culture. VMware releases updates to many of its products about once every four months, mixing bug fixes and small feature upgrades. NSX 6.2.3 was just such a release but it quickly proved to …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Aug 2016
VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger and Dell CEO Michael Dell at VMworld 2016

Michael Dell promises new EMC/Dell/VMware engineered systems

Vmworld Michael Dell today told VMworld 2016 in Las Vegas that as soon as the deal to acquire EMC closes “you will see a whole new series of engineered solutions we have been working on together.” The “we” is Dell, EMC and VMware, as Dell made the remarks while sharing a stage with VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger. Dell, the man, didn't say …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Aug 2016
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VMware goes back to its future with multi-cloud abstractions

VMware will apply its core skill – taming ill-defined pools of computing resource – to multiple clouds, in a new effort called Cross-Cloud Architecture. CEO Pat Gelsinger will shortly take to the stage at VMworld 2016 and explain that clouds have re-created the problem that server virtualisation solved so effectively in the …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Aug 2016
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Redmond reveals Hyper-V 2016 beats vSphere's RAM and CPU count

Microsoft has revealed the scale at which Hyper-V on Windows Server 2016 will operate at release and in so doing has leapfrogged VMware's scalability on headline-grabbing numbers. Microsoft's spelled out its scale here and we've referred to VMware's Configuration Maximums vSphere 6.0 (PDF) document for Virtzilla's numbers. …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Aug 2016

Microsoft baits new vSphere-to-Hyper-V switch offer

Microsoft is having another go at displacing vSphere. Redmond's new offer means that if you make the move and prove it to Microsoft's satisfaction, you will “Receive free Windows Server Datacenter licenses with Software Assurance and pay only the cost of Software Assurance”. On one level this is business as usual: vendors are …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Aug 2016
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Red Hat goes to work on OpenStack network convergence

Red Hat has fully embraced OpenStack’s Neutron in a convergence-targeted virtualisation package. The Linux shop has released Red Hat Virtualisation 4, a package that subtly drops the reference to “Enterprise” held up until and including version 3.5 The intent seems to be for Red Hat’s virtualized Linux stack to become the …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Aug 2016

Software-defined networking is dangerously sniffable

Software-defined networking (SDN) controllers respond to network conditions by pushing new flow rules to switches. And that, say Italian researchers, creates an unexpected security problem. The researchers were able to persuade their SDN environment to leak information that sysadmins probably don't want out in public, …