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Xen to practice art of motor vehicle embedded development

The Xen Project has launched an “Embedded and Automotive Initiative” to take its virtualisation project under the hood. The idea seems to be that virtualisation will make life easier for those packing computing power into cars. Today, developers and auto-makers alike bemoan the fact that cars often require different systems for …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Aug 2014
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Docker kicks KVM's butt in IBM tests

IBM Research has run done a side-by-side comparison of the KVM hypervisor and containerisation enfant terrible Docker and found the latter “ equals or exceeds KVM performance in every case we tested.” Big Blue tested the two using the linear-equation solving package Linpack, the STREAM benchmark of memory bandwidth, network …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Aug 2014
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El Reg's virtualisation desk pulls out the VMworld crystal ball

VMworld 2014 kicks off in a little over a week. El Reg will be on the spot to report on the news, but our preparation for the show means that if we speculate about it next week there's a risk ninja lawyers will emerge and run us through. Today, therefore, is the day for speculation about the show and what we'll see there. The …
Simon Sharwood, 15 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

Citrix reveals product design methodology, asks YOU to use it

Citrix has revealed the internal process it uses to define new products, and wants you to have a go at using it to suggest the next versions of XenDesktop and XenApp. Detailed here and here, the company explains it gives its developers a hypothetical budget for features in a forthcoming product, then suggests they Spend the $100 …
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Vulturization: Who'd be a sysadmin today?

Podcast The Register presents the second installment of the Vulturization podcast series – listen here or from the player below. This time, your inordinately caffeinated host sits down with Dwayne Lessner of Nutanix and veteran sysadmin Phoummala Schmitt to talk about converged infrastructure, marketing hype, and the ever-increasing …
Trevor Pott, 1 Aug 2014
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VMware builds product executables on 50 Mac Minis

VMware runs a cluster of 50 Mac Minis and puts it to work preparing the executables and binaries that customers receive when they acquire the company's products. We're standing on the shoulders of William Lam's Virtually Ghetto for this story, after he delved into production uses of Mac hardware in an VMware environment. He …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jul 2014
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Cisco says network virtualisation won't pay off everywhere

Cisco has published an interesting white paper in which it appears to suggest network virtualisation can produce unpleasant and productivity-crimping consequences. “Virtualization is not a new concept but it is now being applied to network functions such as those in switches, routers, and the myriad network appliances deployed …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jul 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
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VMware counters containers with SaaSy VM disk swap

The rise and rise of Docker, plus news that Google does most everything using containers, has raised eyebrows for those who like to ponder virtualisation's future in large-scale deployments. At issue is that while server virtualisation is universally agreed to be very powerful, very useful and tremendously useful, you still end …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jul 2014

Colbert report reveals VMware's AirWatch integration plan

VMware has revealed more detailed integration plans for AirWatch, the mobile device management specialist it acquired for about an-Instagram-and-a-half last January. AirWatch will nestle in the company's end-user computing group, where it looks set to form a part of the sysadmin side of things. Here's how VMware's CTO for end- …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jul 2014
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Huawei to virtual world: Give us your desktops and no-one gets hurt

Huawei's ambitions in the virtualisation market centre on desktop virtualisation and network function virtualisation for telcos, according to the company's CTO for data centre solutions Ron Raffensperger. The Chinese company was this year's only new entrant to Gartner's Magic Quadrant for x86 virtualisation, a position that the …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jul 2014

How's VMware doing? Like a bull in a China shop, boasts virty beast

VMware revenues have risen 17 per cent on the back of the company signing several lucrative multi-year licensing agreements. The virtualization giant reported its second quarter of 2014 financials [PDF] on Tuesday, with revenues of $1.46bn and earnings-per-share of $0.81 both beating analyst expectations of $1.44bn and $0.79 …
Jack Clark, 22 Jul 2014
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Nakivo: Yet another VMware server backup biz going bananas

Thirty-month-old startup Nakivo has erupted into view as an alternative to Veeam for VMware server backup, claiming more than 3,000 customers and a triple-digit growth rate. Nakivo Backup & Replication provides VMware server backup and replication to the SMB market with disaster recovery and business continuity features. It has …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jul 2014
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VMware wants IM clients to hookup with calendars and databases

Not content with building a chatbot that lets servers tell you what ails them over instant messaging applications, VMware is also seeking a patent to let messaging tools rummage around in your calendar and suck down data from Google. The newly-published patent application, numbered 20140195621 and titled “Intelligent Chat System …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jul 2014

Citrix releases tech preview of next XenServer

In Gartner's recently-released Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure the analyst firm said Citrix “ … is no longer investing strictly to keep up with market leaders VMware and Microsoft for traditional server virtualization.” Gartner might not be that far off the mark, because Citrix has just released “ …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jul 2014
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Virty server bones thrown: Gartner mages see Microsoft rising

Gartner’s server virtualisation magic quadrant shows virtualisation juggernaut VMware sitting at the top of the pack for the fifth year running, with Citrix down in the niche player dumps along with Red Hat. There are just two suppliers in the leader’s quadrant: VMware and Microsoft. Oracle is the only challenger and that by a …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jul 2014
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Why is VMware hiring data center gurus in JAPAN? It doesn't take a vExpert to work it out...

Public clouds need to be global, so VMware is shortly going to open an Asian hub for its vCloud Hybrid Service, judging by job postings seen by The Register. The virtualization company is preparing to announce a new data center location for its vCHS cloud, we understand, and it looks set to put down roots in Kyushu, Japan, based …
Jack Clark, 8 Jul 2014
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Docker, schmocker: HUAWEI is the new virtualisation challenger

Huawei has been added to Gartner's Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure. The Chinese vendor is the only new entity mentioned in this year's document, and the analyst firm rates its “FusionSphere” hypervisor “An up-and-coming product in emerging markets”. The Chinese company can point to “hundreds of …
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Ding, ding! Round two with our VDI experts – put your Qs to the panel

Webinar Join us for the second live webinar in our VDI in the real world series as we explore the complexities of user virtualization with our expert panel. Building a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is much more than lashing together systems to handle the workload: user virtualization is of increasing importance, especially as VDI …
Trevor Pott, 7 Jul 2014
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Oracle targets Windows workloads with virtualisation manager update

Oracle VM has received an upgrade that makes the free tool better at managing Windows virtual machines and handling SPARC workloads. Oracle's VM Server for x86 is free, but Big O isn't exactly throwing the kitchen sink at the product as evidenced by the fact it this week it released version 3.3, more than two years after January …
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VSANs choking on VMware's recommended components

VMware has changed the recipe for its virtual storage area networks after some components it recommended were found out as not being up to the job. Virtzilla's notification of the change says it is being made because some “low-end IO controllers” it once recommended “offer very low IO throughput”. So low, in fact, that “the …
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Who wants to strap on a helmet and crash test vSphere?

VMware has issued an invitation to join a “private beta community” to test future versions of vSphere. The company says participants “can expect to download, install, and test vSphere Beta software in your environment” and then to explain “how you use vSphere in real-world conditions and with real-world test cases”. Those who …

VMware's desktop push heads for casualty ward, in a good way

VMware's march towards your palm, your lap and your desk has advanced again. Virtzilla recently released Horizon 6 , its much-ballyhooed end-user computing suite. Announced in April, the code is now generally available. VMware thinks it has something entirely new in Horizon 6. While the company knows it will be compared to …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jun 2014
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VMware ends free SUSE for vSphere customers offer

VMware has posted an End of Availability Announcement for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES). Virtzilla used to hand full, and fully-supported, SLES licences to some vSphere buyers. As Vmware's page describing the offering states, the licences came “complete with patches and updates”. Those don't come free: SUSE's support …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jun 2014

Unisys makes a tilt at converged infrastructure and containerisation

Unisys is the latest iron-monger to make a run at converged infrastructure, or something that looks an awful lot like it. The company walked away from proprietary silicon nigh-on a decade ago, concentrating on x86-powered “ClearPath” big iron instead. Last year, the company unveiled the first of a new range of servers named “ …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jun 2014
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VMware versus Nutanix: With Dell charging in, it's time to end the war

Sysadmin blog 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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How farsighted is Microsoft's Azure RemoteApp?

Microsoft is stepping on more vendor toes. At the TechEd North America 2014 keynote in May, the company announced the preview release of Azure RemoteApp, which appears to be a direct competitor – at least in part – to Citrix's virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution. Running an application on any device sounds like it …
Adam Fowler, 19 Jun 2014
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VMWorld content catalog hints at slow AirWatch integration

VMware has released the content catalogue for VMworld San Francisco, and it offers a hint or three about what the company might announce at the event. Perhaps the most tantalisingly-named session is titled Preview the Latest Release from AirWatch. "Previewing" suggests, at least to us, that you should rule out a major launch …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jun 2014
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Hey, VMware. You've got competition – from a Belgian upstart

Belgian startup incubator CloudFounders has an open source project to provide an networked object storage backend to VMware or KVM virtual machines using a VSAN-like Open vStorage Router (OSR). OSR is a VMware VM, or runs on bare metal in a KVM server, and it scales out by having OSR run on additional virtualised servers linked …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jun 2014

VMware puts a price on NSX and tells partners to open fire

VMware's NSX network virtualisation software has been added to the company's price list, a small-but-important milestone that sees the product available to resellers for the first time. Virtzilla announced NSX last August and released it in October of the same year, but until now has only sold it direct to customers. VMware …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jun 2014

Do you really have to slash and burn to upgrade your storage?

Whether it’s new storage architectures, software defined networking (SDN) or cloud computing, the assumption is you start with bucket-loads of cash and either a slash 'n' burn approach to your existing set-up or develop a green field site into which you can install the latest all-singing, all-dancing technology. But what if this …
Bryan Betts, 11 Jun 2014
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VMware to offer converged compute and storage hardware

Update VMware looks like it is about to start selling hardware. The idea seems outrageous given the company has spent the last year talking up software-defined data centres, and the last decade suggesting that any application or physical appliance can and should be bundled up into a virtual machine running on an utterly anodyne server …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Jun 2014

Watch this: Managing user experience with UE V 2 0

Video Youtube Video Microsoft User Experience Virtualivation (UE-V) 2.0 captures and centralizes application settings and Windows operating system settings for the user. These settings are then applied to the different computers that are accessed by users. The different computers include desktop computers, laptop computers, and …
David Gordon, 7 Jun 2014
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VMware kills control freak protector, says 'big plans' for HA afoot

VMware has announced it will stop selling vCenter Heartbeat, a product that offers added management and high availability features for its vSphere cloudy control freak. News that the product reached “end of availability” earlier in the week was unexpected but doesn't leave a worrying gap in VMware's offerings. That's because it …
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Telefonica, Netronome jump into the NFV mosh-pit

Yet more ants are flocking to the Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) picnic, with announcements of tie-ups and reference designs from Telefonica and Netronome. Telefonica is jumping in with both feet, with a canned announcement of a project with Red Hat and Intel. That project aims to create “a virtual infrastructure …
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You can take VMware off the desktop but you can't take the desktop ...

VMware released its first product in 1999, in the form of the desktop virtualisation product Workstation. Today, the company is a sprawling global concern that is trying to get control of the world's data centres. But it is still fond of desktop virtualisation and still in touch with the community that appreciates it, so much so …
Simon Sharwood, 23 May 2014

Watch this! A webinar about Extended Hyper V Replica

Video Youtube Video In this 90-minute webinar, QA's Paul Gregory examines the advanced features introduced within Hyper-V Replica in Windows Server 2012 R2. Strictly one for techies! The Register is broadcasting a bunch of online sessions recorded at QA's Tech Week in April 2014. No registration is required to watch the recordings …
David Gordon, 22 May 2014

VMware reveals plan for pay-as-you-go hybrid cloud and hybrid NSX

VMware has let some senior folks from its vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) off the leash and into the wilds of a Reddit Ask Me anything (AMA) session, and they've spilled a few nuggets about future directions for the hybrid cloud offering. Answers in the AMA came from Mathew Lodge, the second person hired to work on vCHS, plus …
Simon Sharwood, 21 May 2014

Oracle buys desktop software virtualiser GreenBytes

Oracle is buying desktop software virtualiser GreenBytes, which uses ZFS technology, for an undisclosed sum. GreenBytes VDI software is based on ZFS and includes its own, highly rated deduplication engine and replication. It can run on flash hardware and, originally, GreenBytes sold a VDI flash appliance but got out if hardware …
Chris Mellor, 16 May 2014

VMware poaches Citrix man to further end user computing ambitions

VMware's ongoing attempt to grow an end-user computing business went up a level yesterday, as the company announced the poaching of Citrix's veep for the Indian sub-continent Sanjay Deshmukh. Deshmukh will become Virtzilla's head of end user computing for the Asia Pacific and Japan, an important post given more than half of …
Simon Sharwood, 14 May 2014
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Licensing changes mean Redmond's IoT plan brings cheap VDI

Microsoft has just posted some advice on how to do Windows desktop virtualisation (VDI) on the cheap. Redmond is infamous for insisting that if you use a thin client to run virtual desktops, you'll have to send it $US100 a year for the privilege. That charge is called the Virtual Desktop Access licence and comes over and above …