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Thin client market gets even thinner, down seven per cent in a year

Thin client sales have dipped 6.9 per cent in a year, to just 5.08 million, according to the abacus-shufflers at analyst firm IDC, which says 5.454m devices shipped in 2014. The firm thinks the dip is attributable to economic factors, rather than a loss of interest in thin clients or desktop virtualisation (VDI). Lower public …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Mar 2016

Oracle plays virtual catch-up with new VM release

Oracle's released a new version of its virtualisation stack that catches up to its rivals, but also shows that Big Red's off the pace in this market. Oracle VM 3.4, emitted in the shadow of Easter, finally brings storage live migration into Big Red's virtual world, thereby making it possible to change the storage device on …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Mar 2016
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Docker goes native with Windows, Mac beta

Docker has decided the time is right for native desktop versions of its eponymous wares. The idea is to simplify what Docker's developer relations director Mano Marks says (video below) is a “dependency hell” created by the multi-layer installation currently required – installing Docker Toolbox, then installing Docker Machine …
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Disaggregated hyper-convergence thinks storage outside the box

If you thought hyper-convergence is all about putting everything in one box, think again: some users are now asking for disaggregated hyper-convergence that sees the storage put back out on the network. So says Michael Hay, Hitachi Data Systems' (HDS') veep and chief engineer, who tells The Register he's seeing customers who …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Mar 2016
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If Jack Sprat ran an IT department

Moving to thin clients can save you capital and maintenance costs. It’s a brave IT manager that will do it all at once, though. Giving up PCs for smaller devices with simpler specifications represents a big change for administrators, and there may be kinks to work out. In any case, users don’t like disruption, so it’s best to …
Danny Bradbury, 22 Mar 2016
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Lenovo gets friendly with hyper-converged vendors, and not just one or two...

Whomever it needs to partner with to sell a server inside a hyper-converged appliance, Lenovo seems eager to partner with them, dancing with virtually every hyper-converged body. In the UK we’ve been reminded by a Lenovo staffer of the following hyper-converged and software-defined storage alliances: Nutanix as a Lenovo part …
Chris Mellor, 18 Mar 2016
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vAdmins vJoice! vSphere finally gets a modern web client

VMware's popped out its second update to vSphere 6.0 and addressed a long-time vAdmin gripe by adding a new web interface that doesn't rely on old-school plugins. The new VMware Host Client is an all HTML-5 affair. The new code is derived from a “Fling” VMware posted a few weeks back (Flings are useful-but-unsupported code …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Mar 2016
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VMware vRealizes that vRealize has XSS bugs on Linux

A tricky Tuesday for VMware's vRealize products, which have received the first maintenance release for version 7 and also become the subject of a security alert. Let's do the alert first, as it explains that several vRealize products have a pair of cross-site-scripting bugs that could compromise a user's workstation. The mess …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Mar 2016
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Lenovo pulls back duvet – oh em gee, it's Maxta

China's Lenovo has picked Maxta software to build a hybrid flash/disk hyper-converged infrastructure appliance (HCIA) for the Chinese market. Maxta and Lenovo have a strategic partnership and have developed the appliance over "many months of joint development and customization to meet the needs of [Chinese] customers." The …
Chris Mellor, 15 Mar 2016

Domo arigato, Mr ROBO: HPE hyper-converge box lunges at mid-size biz

As expected, HPE has announced a ProLiant DL380-based hyper-converged system; one that is for remote and branch offices (ROBO) and mid-sized businesses. The HC 380 converges DL380 compute and DAS, StoreVirtual storage software, vSphere hypervisor, GUI, and networking to provide an all-in-one scale-out system. It has five " …
Chris Mellor, 15 Mar 2016
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VMware VSAN to gain Nimble-style analytics and cloud-native APIs

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then VMware has just told the world that Nimble Storage is a really great company. Virtzilla has signalled an intention to give its VSAN software-defined storage code the backing of an analytics service that Nimble Storage has had since day dot. Nimble's secret sauce is called “ …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Mar 2016
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Cisco plans routers that are servers, or vice-versa, with KVM aboard

Cisco will shortly announce enhancements to its integrated service routers that will make it hard to know if they're a networking appliance or a server. Or a hybrid of both. Cisco already offers the UCS E-series servers, small form factor machines that can plug into devices like the 4000-series integrated service routers. …
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HPE targets Nutanix, squeezes into hyperconvergence suit

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise has Nutanix in its sights, with a hyper-converged server due this month. HPE’s chief executive Meg Whitman has revealed a ProLiant-based virtualisation server is coming, which she claimed would be easier and cheaper to use than Nutanix. HPE is taking on some familiar old names including Cisco, Dell …
Gavin Clarke, 4 Mar 2016

Worried by VMware's executive exodus? Dell should be

“To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune,” Oscar Wilde is reputed to have said, before adding “to lose both looks like carelessness.” What, then, to say of VMware? In recent weeks has lost a chief financial officer Johnathan Chadwick, the brains behind its NSX network virtualisation product Martin Casado, and now …

Cisco's gone soft: Networking giant tries to wean IT bods off boxes

Cisco Partner Summit Cisco is continuing in its efforts to escape the world of the network appliance with a trio of tools aimed at managing virtualized systems and cloud services. The networking giant said that it would be bolstering its application policy infrastructure controller (APIC) platform with a new set of automation tools dubbed APIC-EM …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Mar 2016

VMware licence changes put users on upgrade treadmill

VMware's recent vSphere licensing changes are upsetting some users. Virtzilla's changes mean the vSphere Enterprise package goes away, replaced by the vSphere Enterprise Plus. As the name implies, the second package has more stuff in it: you get big data extensions, support for GPUs, a distributed switch and lots more vFun. …
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VMware second-in-command quits for venture cap land

Amid a flurry of senior personnel changes, VMware is parting with a long serving exec that joined when it was a fledgling virty biz. President and chief operations officer Carl Eschenbach is set to head out of the door marked exit, staff were told today in an internal memo. The company confirmed to us he is quitting …
Paul Kunert, 1 Mar 2016
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VMware's GPL violation case rolls into German court

Proceedings have begun in the German case probing whether VMware's ESXi is in violation of the Gnu Public Licence The case emerged last March, when ace kernel developer Christoph Hellwig alleged that ESXi hypervisor has pinched parts of the code he wrote for the Linux kernel. That's a big no-no under version 2 of the GPL. So …

NSX Daddy Martin Casado leaves VMware to become a VC

Martin Casado is leaving VMware to join venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. That's Martin Casado the founder of Nicira, the network virtualisation company he sold to VMware for US$1.26bn back in August 2012. Casado's an enormously influential chap: he just about summoned the idea of networking virtualisation from the …
Darren Pauli, 25 Feb 2016
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QLogic: Ready to get excited about an Ethernet adapter?

Prepare to get excited about an adapter: QLogic’s multi-protocol FastLinQ 45000 Ethernet controllers use an ASIC with up to 100Gbit/s Ethernet speed, RDMA and NVMe over fabrics support to virtually abolish external storage array network latency and support network virtualisation. The ASIC’s CPU offloading and high speed …
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2016

Oracle acquires Ravello, will bake it into Big Red Cloud

Oracle has acquired Ravello, purveyor of a cloud-spanning hypervisor. Ravello de-cloaked in 2013, giving the world technology that virtualises hypervisors to make them portable. The outcome of that trick is the ability to encapsulate an app and run it just about anywhere, without having to re-tool it for a particular cloud. …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Feb 2016
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IBM tailors Swift for cloud, gets into bed with VMware, Github

Big Blue has used its IBM InterConnect conference in Las Vegas to announce cooperative deals with Apple, VMware and GitHub, as the venerable commuting giant seeks to suck in more cloudy business. "Businesses are adopting cloud-based applications to accelerate innovation, but they are still struggling to combine those cloud …
Iain Thomson, 22 Feb 2016
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Cisco to call 'last orders' on NetScaler 1000V

It looks like Cisco and Citrix are sorting through their respective record collections, with The Borg putting the Citrix-derived NetScaler 1000V products on its end-of-life list. Even in the high-turnover world of Cisco stock-keeping units (SKUs), the Citrix NetScaler 1000V has had a brief life. The two companies first …
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Citrix prepares app publishing bridge to get carriers onto NFV

Citrix thinks carriers like the idea of network function virtualisation (NFV) but aren't ready to go there in one giant leap, so is offering its own wares as able to deliver a comparable experience. There's a little bit of “when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail” to Citrix's thinking, because the company's …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Feb 2016
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Xen forgets recent patches in new maintenance release

The Xen Project has announced a new maintenance release for version 4.6.1 of its hypervisor, but along the way has admitted it forgot to add some recent patches. “Note that …. due to two oversights the fixes for both XSA-155 and XSA-162 have only been partially applied to this release,” says the announcement of the maintenance …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Feb 2016
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VMware re-issues patch after vCenter fix fails to 'completely' fix bug

There's egg on face down VMware way after the company 'fessed up that a patch it delivered last year didn't completely work. The problem the patch failed to patch is VMSA-2015-0007, a nasty that means vCenter Server possesses a remotely accessible JMX RMI service that is not securely configured. News of that problem emerged, …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Feb 2016

Big data lakes? Too many ponds, that’s the problem

In recent chats I had with end users and vendors I found a common pattern that made me think about Big Data analytics and how data is collected, organized and analysed in many organisations. This is also, I think, an explanation for the slow growth of some Big Data companies and slower than expected ROI in some Big Data …
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You can leave your hat on, warbles Rackspace to OpenStack users

Rackspace has announced private-cloud-as-a-service running Red Hat's cut of OpenStack. Rackspace's definition of “private cloud” is a little different. Most of the rest of the industry imagines the concept as pooling one's on-premises servers so that they behave more like a public cloud, complete with “give me a VM and give it …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Feb 2016
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VMware hikes vSphere prices, shrinks licence options

VMware's reduced the number of vSphere packages from six to three and increased prices for the survivors. Today, VMware offers the following cuts of vSphere: vSphere Standard vSphere Enterprise Plus vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus vSphere Enterprise vSphere with Operations Management Standard vSphere …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Feb 2016
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EVO:FAIL as VMware quietly shelves its EVO:RAIL recipe

VMware launched VSAN 6.2 yesterday, proclaiming it as the company's new hyperconverged software – and repeating the claim that VSAN adoption makes it number one in the hyperconverged market. Which is all well and good, save for the fact there's one thing missing: namely, EVO:RAIL, the software-defined recipe for roll-your-own …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Feb 2016
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VMware adds dedupe tool to VSAN penknife: You don't need no steenkin' array

VMware has updated VSAN, its virtual SAN software, to version 6.2, adding data protection stuff to catch up with Nutanix and Simplivity hyper-converged infrastructure appliances. VSAN combines the direct-attached storage in vSphere server nodes to create an aggregated and shared storage resource called a virtual SAN, doing …
Chris Mellor, 10 Feb 2016
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Intel's Wind River preps server to deliver VMs into home routers

Intel is starting to deliver on its vision of x86-powered modem/routers in the home , as its Wind River subsidiary releases a server dedicated to delivery of functions to virtual customer premises equipment (CPE). The new offering is aimed at telcos, who for years have struggled to get customers to buy more than carriage. …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Feb 2016
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VMware finally gets all its end-user computing ideas together as one

VMware has taken the wraps off what looks like the culmination of several years building an end-user computing business. Workspace ONE is the name of the new product, an odd choice given that arch-rival Citrix offers Workspace Suite and Workspace Cloud. The similarity doesn't end there. Both companies now offer different …
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Nokia kicks off pre-MWC race with tech show-and-tell

And then there were four: the Big Five mobile network vendors are reduced to a quartet, though Cisco will be hoping that its new alliance with Ericsson will admit it to the inner circle, while Samsung and NEC remain hopeful of harnessing virtualisation to improve their radio access network (RAN) business. But the fight is …
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VMware kicks off new vSphere beta test

VMware is looking for people to indulge in some beta testing for a new version of vSphere. An expression of interest page has appeared and VMware's community of anointed “vExperts” has also been asked to sign up. Just what's in the beta isn't being revealed, but VMware's asking testers to move fast. Those engaged for the test …

Swiss rolls into HPE: Micro-Veeam clone Trilead gobbled

HPE has bought Switzerland-based Trilead, according to Trilead's home page. Trilead's VM Explorer is a backup product for VMware's ESXi and Microsoft Hyper-V users. It comes in Free, Pro (£520.00 / US$790), and Enterprise (£990.00 / US$1,460) editions. The latest release introduced automatic backup testing, cloud backup, a …
Chris Mellor, 5 Feb 2016

Rkt container runtime leaves the launchpad

CoreOS has decided that rkt, its open source container, is fit for production purposes and therefore ready to fly as version 1.0. Rkt is an alternative to Docker's file format and runtime that, as we wrote at its launch, tries to knock off Docker's rough edges with special attention to security while making it possible to run …
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Parallels opens new Windows with app virtualistion upgrade

Early in 2015, junior virtualiser Parallels acquired a remote application delivery company called 2X software. This week, 2X's assets have landed in the 15th and newest version of Parallels' Remote Application Server. Combining the two products means Remote Application Server is now far better at delivering apps and desktops …
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A virtual phone inside a virtual cloud desktop is now an actual thing

Amazon Web Services has tweaked its Workspaces cloudy virtual desktops service, adding the ability to voice-over-internet-protocol (VoIP) software. The company says it's now possible to take audio from whatever client device you use to run Workspaces' client app, then pipe it Skype, Lync or WebEx running on the cloudy virtual …
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A tech conference without corporate yadda yadda? Yes, it exists

Dozens of conferences ask you to take a day out of your busy schedule, then don't do much more than bore you with derivative disruption-speak delivered by suits. VMware User Group (VMUG) Conferences are different, because VMware's users pick the content and look for material that interests real IT pros. So instead of a day …
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'VxRail' looks like EMC's next-gen hyper-converged appliance

EMC and VMware are making more noise about a hyper-converged launch this month. The Register's virtualisation desk is willing to go out on a limb and say that among the announcements will be a hardware product called VxRail. Here's our logic. EMC used its annual results call to reveal it has new hyper-converged kit on the way …
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What’s new in Hyper-V in Windows Server 2016?

Microsoft is busy reshaping Windows server for the cloud era, and the Hyper-V hypervisor is changing accordingly. The first release of Hyper-V was with Windows Server 2008. It was a solid and reliable product from the beginning, but with limited features compared to its competition, especially VMware. The technology is …
Tim Anderson, 29 Jan 2016