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Google Cloud says it's first-to per-second cloud server billing, twice

Google's decided to join AWS in the per-second billing club, point out that it's actually had this constant cloudy ka-ching thing under control since 2013 and offer advice that recommends not using its new billing scheme as your number one cost-cutting tactic. Google Cloud started charging by the second for all of its cloudy …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Sep 2017
Canonical's The Fan

Ubuntu scaling up VM addressability

Canonical is taking a shot at dealing with virtual machine address scaling problems, and reckons it can do so without resorting to software-defined network approaches. The company reckons its scheme, The Fan, gives “any cloud user 250x the number of addresses they would normally have access to in a cloud environment”. The …
Panasonic Virtual Make Up

VMware builds a magic mirror for containers and a desktop cloud

Developers like containers because they're lightweight, easy to make, fast to spawn and allow them to do the DevOps thing and improve code continuously. But developers think virtual machines are clunky. Operations people like virtual machines because they're secure, easy to manage and/or automate and are the way IT mostly gets …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jun 2015
Windows Server 2012 R2 Powershell

Want to deploy virtual machines in a hurry? PowerShell is your friend

Sometimes you just need to do things fast. Being able to deploy new virtual machines rapidly is a necessity when you are prototyping proof of concepts, running virtual desktop deployments or when you just need to roll out new virtual machines in a lab environment. Let’s face it, unless you have written PowerShell scripts to …
Aaron Milne, 10 Mar 2015
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VMware puts VDI in the woodchipper

VMWorld 2014 VMware has outlined a new way to do desktop virtualisation (VDI) that aims to greatly reduce the amount of storage required to deliver desktops from the data centre. Many current VDI arrangements require each virtual desktop to be stored as a discrete virtual disk. By the time organisations get to hundreds or thousands of such …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Aug 2014
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YOU SHALL NOT PASS! Intel, HyTrust geo-fence wandering virty servers

VMworld 2014 Intel and HyTrust have teamed up to build software that can control where in the world your virtual machines are allowed to run. The core of the collaboration is Intel's Trusted Execution Technology (TXT) – special kit that attempts to validate a machine's BIOS, hypervisor and hardware state. That's a handy trick because some …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Aug 2014
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VMware hangs with the cool kids in the Containers gang

If 2014 has a hotter infrastructure software topic than containerisation, your correspondent is yet to find it. The excitement comes from the fact that containerisation has been proved to work at colossal scale and looks to represent a lightweight and easy-to-manage alternative to virtualisation. Much discussion of …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Aug 2014
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Android to drop Dalvik VM for high-performance ART in next version

The next version of Google's Android smartphone OS may ship with a new code execution engine that improves performance and battery life, if a new report is to be believed. The current engine, Dalvik, is getting long in the tooth, and developers have long grumbled that it doesn't run their code as efficiently as it could. …
Neil McAllister, 20 Jun 2014

Symantec releases software as Amazon Machine Image

Symantec has made its new O3 cloud identity and access control suite available as an Amazon Machine Image (AMIs), the company's first foray into selling software as a hosted virtual machine. AMIs are virtual machines that are listed in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) marketplace and can be deployed to AWS' EC2 cloud computing …
Simon Sharwood, 17 May 2012

DIY virtual machines: Rigging up at home

Sysadmin blog A brief look at virtual machines for home use resulted in several requests for system specifications and configuration details. It seems some of you would like to take a go at replicating my setup. The hardware is simple. The motherboard is an ASUS P8H67-I Deluxe, with an Intel Core i5 2500 CPU, two 8GB Corsair SODIMMS and an …
Trevor Pott, 11 Jan 2012
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NComputing pushes OLPC to one side in Indian schools deal

NComputing says it has scored a major coup in India where it will provide virtualisation technology to 5,000 schools in Andhra Pradesh. The Silicon Valley firm has convinced the Indian state to opt for its range of computing products over Intel’s Classmate PC and One Laptop Per Child’s dinky XO machine. NComputing said 1.8 …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Oct 2008
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IBM, Sun, Microsoft sink differences on VMs

Corporate rivals have temporarily sunk their differences to find ways to fine-tune the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) to a variety of popular dynamic languages. Language experts from IBM, Microsoft, and others have converged on Sun Microsystems' Santa Clara campus for a three-day workshop to find ways of delivering Java-like …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Sep 2008

VMware admits 'time bomb' rolled past quality control

VMware’s CEO has blamed a chunk of leftover pre-release code for a bug that yesterday prevented virtual servers around the world from powering up when the clock hit 12 August. Despite the company carrying out quality assurance of its product, VMware failed to spot that it had released the leftover bit of time-bombed code …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Aug 2008

Fastscale puts VMware on a diet

Just a few months after de-stealthing, software maker Fastscale has updated the user interface of its flagship product and, more importantly, added a new package for managing VMware virtual servers. Fastscale stands as one of the more unique virtualization-type companies out there. It relies on a repository of OSes, …
Ashlee Vance, 27 Aug 2007

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