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VMware patches man-in-the-middle vSphere vuln

VMware has released an update to its vSphere Client which addresses a potential – but hard to target – man-in-the-middle vulnerability for the virtualization tool. The company said that users running vSphere Client 4.0, 4.1, 5.0, and 5.1 for Windows were vulnerable to a flaw that allows the client to download and install …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Apr 2014
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VMware drops vSphere 5.5 Update 1 into sysadmins' laps

VMware has released VSphere 5.5 Update 1, the first big update to its flagship cloud co-ordinator. Some of the update's features were widely known in advance, especially the inclusion of the VSAN virtual SAN right there in the kernel. VSAN's not perfect, however. The “known issues” section of VMware's release notes points out …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Mar 2014
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VMware brings big data to vSphere standard edition

Virtualisation and Hadoop are a natural fit: who wants every node to be physical when there's computing and storage resources out there that could be put to work performing Hadoopery when you need it, then freed to do other stuff at other times? VMware noticed the potential for Hadoop on vSphere ages ago and released “Big Data …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Oct 2013
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VMware pulls more control freakage into vSphere stack

Sometimes, it takes a bundle to make a bundle. Like most large software companies, VMware has two different customer sets: large companies that have enterprise licensing agreements with all kinds of deals, and SMBs who buy software occasionally and who don't usually get much of a deal. In its conference call with Wall Street …

VMware adds EMC daddy's deduping backup to vSphere

VMware is embedding EMC's Avamar deduplicating backup software into ESXi with the vSphere Data Protection product, making VMware seem more like EMC's baby than an open child. What VMware wanted to do was provide virtual machine (VM) data protection for small and medium businesses (SMB) and enterprise departments that was an …
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2012
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vSphere 5.0 – up close and virtual

Yesterday VMware boss Paul Maritz launched vSphere 5.0 to an expectant world. Paul Martiz Maritz at vSphere 5.0 launch El Reg covered the gig in San Francisco with the following stories: VMware launches vSphere 5 into the clear blue sky VMware: We will virtualize entire world in six years VMware taxes your virtual memory …
Drew Cullen, 13 Jul 2011
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VMware's vSphere 5 hits the streets

VWware has announced that the hypervisor core of its Cloud Infrastructure Suite, vSphere 5, is now generally available. "The enhancements and new innovations we've introduced in VMware vSphere 5 provide a robust, reliable platform for business applications,' said VMware cloud-infrastructure headman Bogomil Balkansky in a …
Rik Myslewski, 25 Aug 2011
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VMware goes after biz critical apps with vSphere 5.5

Server virtualization juggernaut VMware has been talking about the software-defined data center (SSDC) for so long that you have to stop and remember that all of the software that enables this strategy is not actually available. But at VMworld 2013 this week in San Francisco, Virtzilla will be rolling out some major pieces of …
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VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus: An El Reg deep dive

Given the plethora of virtualisation kit on the market, VMware customers – and potential customers – just want an answer to this very simple question: are VMware's offerings worth the money? A truthful response is fantastically complicated. VMware has many levels of offerings; what's more there are a lot of different companies …
Trevor Pott, 12 Mar 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, …

Violin thrusts vSphere into flash arrays, turns them into servers

Flash array vendor Violin Memory is turning is all-flash arrays into virtualised servers by embedding vSphere in them. It has agreed an OEM deal with VMware to run vSphere inside its arrays. Violin's top-end array is the 6616, which uses fast single level cell (SLC) flash with 16TB of raw capacity, 12TB usable, and has two x86 …
Chris Mellor, 28 Aug 2012
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Love vSphere? You're going to have to love Flash too

If you're considering building your cloud infrastructure on the latest version of vSphere, you probably weren't banking on Adobe Flash being part of your set-up. VMware has announced vSphere 5.1 and along with it an updated web based management client. Features new to vSphere 5.1 will only be available in the new web client, …
Trevor Pott, 30 Aug 2012
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VMware cuts price of hybrid cloud management tool to $0

VMware has released version 2.6 of its vCloud Connector tool, and dropped its price to $0. At current exchange rates that's £0 and $AUD0, for UK and Australian readers. vCloud Connector does what it says on the can – connect clouds. It's assumed one of those clouds is your very own vSphere-powered private cloud and that the …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Feb 2014
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VMware to customers: STOP INSTALLING OUR SOFTWARE! NOW!

In a move likely timed to coincide with the opening of Oracle OpenWorld, VMware has made vSphere 5.5 available for download here - but the release of the latest version of its flagship product has been marred by the issuance of a warning to users of vSphere Replication 5.1 NOT to install 5.5. vSphere Replication is a business …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Sep 2013
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VMware backs down on vSphere 5 virtual memory tax

VMware has adjusted the price of its upcoming vSphere 5 hypervisor, responding to criticism from customers. The server virtualization juggernaut has learned a lesson about pricing that nearly killed IBM in the mainframe market in the 1980s and did kill Sun Microsystems in the 2000s: if you have a monopoly, you can't push the …
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vSphere 5 takes on HP with virtual storage appliance

EMC's VMware unit is taking on HP with a Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA), building a small and medium business mini-SAN from servers' direct-attached storage. The vSphere 5 launch included the in-house developed VSA, which combines storage directly attached to just three physical servers and combines it into a single (iSCSI) …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jul 2011
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VMware crushes Q2 despite looming vSphere 5.0

Server virtualization juggernaut VMware smashed through the upper range of its guidance in its second quarter and just kept on going, with sales of $921.2m, which were up 36.7 per cent. That was considerably more impressive than the $860m to $880m that VMware had been expecting. But even more impressive was net income growth, …
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HP mates blades with VMware vSphere

It's the VMworld virtualization extravaganza this week, and that means everyone wants to show that they are best buddies with VMware and enthusiastically supporting its virty and cloudy tools. And so it is that Hewlett-Packard is trying to change the subject about its own software aspirations and PC business spinoff and wants to …
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VMware unveils vSphere cloud management plan

VMware is planning products and services it says will help you manage clouds anchored on its virtualization layer. On Tuesday, the company announced vCenter Operations, a set of planned products and – warning: marketing buzzword alert – "solutions". vCenter Operations will help manage the performance, capacity, and configuration …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Mar 2011
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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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SUSE's new OpenStack is Havana good time with VMware and EMC

SUSE has emitted the third version of its OpenStack distribution, and has taken further strides towards making it a good fit for multi-hypervisor clouds by including full support for VMware's vSphere and EMC's VNX storage arrays. SUSE Cloud 3, to give the new release its full name, is based on the OpenStack Havana release and …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Feb 2014
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VMware launches vSphere 5 into the clear blue sky

VMware has unveiled the latest version of its vSphere hypervisor – vSphere 5 – along with a suite of additional technologies for building what the world insists on calling "infrastructure clouds". The Cloud Infrastructure Suite includes new versions of the company's vShield security platform; its vCenter Site Recovery Manager, …
Cade Metz, 12 Jul 2011
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Cloud.com bear hugs VMware vSphere

Cloud.com – the outfit that offers a platform for transforming your existing data center setup into a so-called infrastructure cloud – has introduced support for VMware's vSphere 4.1 hypervisor and its accompanying vCenter management console. The CloudStack platform already dovetails with other hypervisors, including open source …
Cade Metz, 24 Aug 2010

VMware 5.5: Plenty that's new and exciting... but what about the obvious stuff?

For a number of years I sat on the periphery of server virtualisation. After all, I ran my company's network and telecoms team, and if I had a server issue I'd wander five yards to the servers and storage team and ask them nicely to fix their world. Bung in the CD and click Next, Next, Next (click to enlarge) With the …
Dave Cartwright, 15 Apr 2014

Solidfire unfurls MAP to corporate WALLETS, large-scale VDI rollouts

SolidFire claims to have cracked a problem that so many have tried and failed to solve before. It has produced a reference architecture that it hopes will make large-scale corporate VDI rollouts practicable. SolidFire produces a highly scalable, multi-tenant, clusterable all-flash storage array with compression and in-line …
Chris Mellor, 08 Nov 2013
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VMware cuts entry vSphere prices

Paul Maritz, ex-Microsoftie and current president and chief executive officer at VMware, is learning just how much fun it is to compete against his former employer. While with vSphere 4.0 VMware arguably has the most sophisticated server virtualization tools in the market, it is tough to beat free and bearing the Microsoft …
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So, Mystic Joe Tucci: Is a hyper-converged tool in EMC's future?

EMC could be getting into hyper-converged systems via VMware and software-defined hardware components, though the storage firm is yet to confirm industry rumours. So far neither the parent company nor virtualisation juggernaut VMware has substantiated reports by CRN on "Project Mystic", supposedly a more converged appliance than …
Chris Mellor, 19 Mar 2014

Fusion-io spins up ioTurbine, enhances server flash caching

Fusion-io has tweaked its acquired ioTurbine software to offload up to 96 per cent of mixed read/write requests from a SAN, by caching data in server flash caches. This version of ioTurbine can: Cache in the virtual machine (VM), the hypervisor or a physical server Dynamically re-allocate flash memory during a vMotion VM …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jun 2013
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VMware's vSphere enters real world, early!

VMware has shipped its next-generation virtualization hypervisor and management tools collection, vSphere 4, ahead of schedule. When vSphere 4 was announced at a gala event at VWware's headquarters on April 21st, word was that the suite would be released by the end of this quarter. VMware made that deadline with 41 days to spare …
Rik Myslewski, 21 May 2009
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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

CYBORG CLOUD comes to VMware

VMware just can't seem to make its mind up about Cloud Foundry. After tossing the open source platform-as-a-service cloud initiative out into a spin-off named Pivotal along with a grab bag of tech products like GemFire, Greenplum Database, Spring, and others, the virtualization company announced on Monday it was tapping Cloud …
Jack Clark, 26 Aug 2013
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Kaspersky's Security for Virtualization pushed to XenServer and HyperV

Kaspersky is extending its Security for Virtualuzation Light Agent security tool to the Citrix XenServer and Microsoft HyperV platforms. The company said that the Light Agent tool will launch on April 22 with XenServer and HyperV support as well as new options for VMware's vSphere hypervisor. The company will continue to …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Apr 2014
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VMware guzzles 'desktop-as-a-service' firm Desktone

VMware has slurped Desktone to add another "as-a-service" offering to its catalogue of virtualisation software. Desktone is apparently a "pioneer" of Desktop-as-a-Service and has "an advanced multi-tenant desktop virtualization platform for delivering Windows desktops and applications as a cloud service", according to VMware. " …
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VSAN emerges at a WHOPPING 32 nodes and two MEEELION IOPS

VMware has revealed the details of its virtual storage area network, the prosically-named VSAN. Virtzilla revealed the existence of VSAN at last year's VMworld and quickly offered a beta. That's been taken up by 12,000 folks, VMware says. They've given it a jolly good shakedown cruise and next week it will emerge as a product …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Mar 2014
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VMware flicks switch on Euro hybrid cloud

As foreshadowed in these very pages last week VMware has flicked the switch on its VMware Hybrid vCloud Service in Europe. Virtzilla's being a little bit odd in its announcement of the service's genera availability, which says the service will be delivered “... from a data center in Slough, UK. Complementing VMware's existing US …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Feb 2014
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VMware boasts a half mil vSphere downloads

Everyone is looking for bragging rights in the x64 server virtualization area now that the big three vendors - VMware, Microsoft, and Citrix Systems - have their latest releases in the field. Today, it was VMware's turn to play chanticleer. VMware says that it has processed over 500,000 downloads of its vSphere 4.0 …
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'Wait a minute!' puffs VMware as it trots after Amazon, Microsoft in US gov cloud grasp bid

It feels like every company is pushing cloud computing on the hoi polloi, but they all recognize the need to give the US government something special – and VMware is no different. The virtualization specialist announced today it is pursuing a crucial federal certification known as FedRAMP with help from managed hosting biz …
Jack Clark, 04 Mar 2014
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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 releases hypervisor INCEPTION tool

VMWare has released something to get your head spinning: a tool to better manage nested hypervisors. Virtzilla knows about nesting its ESXi hypervisor and says it is possible to do so inside its Fusion, Workstation and vSphere products, but also makes it plain that attempting to do so in a production environment is not just …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Nov 2013
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VMware's vSphere cleared for military spook servers

VMware's vSphere 4.0 stack has received its EAL4+ certification for use with military and intelligence services. To pass muster with government military and intelligence services, virtual servers have to show they can eat nails and piss fire just like physical servers and their operating systems. That's one of the reasons why …
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Storage players' lovechild VCE flashes fresh flash additions

VCE, the lovechild of Cisco, EMC and VMware, hits the storage world with a trio of announcements: a pair of VNX2 and vSphere 5.5 implants; Oracle-specific Vblock; and a VDI Vblock using XtremIO all-flash array technology. Vblocks are converged server-storage-and-networking systems made up of Cisco UCS servers and network …
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2013
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Budge up VMware, array upstart Tintri's ramming in Red Hat Linux KVM

Hybrid flash-disk array startup Tintri is adding Red Hat-flavoured virtualisation to its storage gear – which already supports VMware-powered virtual machines. Tintri will demonstrate support for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization using Linux's Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) at the Red Hat Summit 2014, which will be held in …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2014
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REVEALED: What you'll pay for VSAN software and hardware

VMware has officially shunted its VSAN virtual storage area network out the door at $2,495 per CPU. The company has also released VMware Virtual SAN for Desktop at $50 per desktop. You can buy one without the other, if you please. Virtzilla's Compatibility Guide also offers some insights into the cost of a server tricked out to …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Mar 2014
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Pure poaches NetApp preacher

Vaughn Stewart used to be NetApp's chief blogger, but it seems he's now evangelising for all-flash upstart Pure Storage. Stewart, interviewed here by our Speaking in Tech team, has been the director of technical marketing and cloud evangelist at NetApp for the past three years. But earlier this month he was poached by Pure and …
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2013
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VMware scales up vSphere virt, rejigs prices

Given the radical change in features, pricing, and packaging that VMware did when it kicked out the vSphere 4.0 server virtualization toolset - which is basically the ESX Server 4.0 hypervisor and its related vCenter management console - it is not reasonable to expect a huge amount of change fifteen months later as VMware revs …
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NetApp lets virtual swingers swap hypervisor with no guilt

NetApp is starting to make a bit of noise about Project Shift, a tool that makes it possible to take a virtual machine running under one hypervisor and shift it to another. Project Shift can pull off that trick because a tool to convert VMware's VMDK virtual disk format to Microsoft's VHDX virtual disk format is a part of Data …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Feb 2014
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Astute still seeking golden ticket into all-flash array party in the cloud

All-flash array start-up Astute is adding NFS access and OpenStack support as it tries to broaden its SMB customer appeal through file and cloud functionality. Astute Networks was founded in 2000 to accelerate TCP/IP networks. After two or three years it transitioned into embedded and military flash systems and then, a few years …
Chris Mellor, 26 Feb 2014
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VMware bakes disaster recovery into vSphere stack

VMware has rounded out its vSphere stack of software around the ESX Server 4.0 hypervisor, with integration of vCenter Site Recovery Manager that started shipping in June. While VMware likes to make it look like the vSphere stack consists of lots of different code, thereby making it worth lots and lots of money, there are really …
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IBM finances vSphere-x64 server bundles

IBM has certified VMware's ESX Server 4.0 hypervisor and its vSphere 4.0 virtualization management stack on its System x rack and tower servers and on its BladeCenter blade servers. And the company is now shipping the vSphere stack on its x64 boxes. Having no hypervisor of its own for x64-based servers, IBM is free to endorse …

VMware announces compulsory bi-ennial VCP recertification

VMware has announced a Recertification Policy for holders of the VMware Certified Professional (VCP) qualification, who will henceforth have to re-qualify every two years. VMware says “Earning a VCP certification is a great achievement. But staying up to date in the expertise gained and proven by your certification is equally …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Mar 2014