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VMware wants security industry to shrink so its ambitions fit into market

VMWORLD 2017 VMware's entered the enterprise security market and called for it to become more concentrated. The somewhat arrogant analysis comes from the top-down: CEO Pat Gelsinger's opening day keynote featured a slide full of logos most often deployed when vendors show off all of their most recognisable customers. VMware put a twist on …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Sep 2017
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China to get its very own cut-price cut-down cut of vSphere

VMworld 2017 VMware's created a special cut of vSphere just for mainland China, and another for scale-out applications. The mainland-China-only* product is called “vSphere Basic” and offers just a hypervisor, vMotion and high availability features, all sold with a single CPU licence. Data protection, vShield endpoint security, fault …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Aug 2017
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VMware-on-AWS is live, and Virtzilla is now a proper SaaS player

VMworld 2017 VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger last week introduced the company's second quarter results by saying the company has embarked on a “multi-year journey from a compute virtualization company to offer a broad portfolio of products driving efficiency and digital transformation.” And today at VMworld the company began to explain what that …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Aug 2017
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KVM plans big boosts to storage and nested virtualization

The Kernel-based Virtual Machine is making waves. Better known as “KVM”, the open source hypervisor runs Google's cloud and Cisco's using it as the hypervisor for its network function virtualization efforts. It is widely used by OpenStack users while Nutanix uses it to power the Acropolis code it hopes will see its users ditch …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Aug 2017
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VMware's desktop plan: On your command line, unleash hell!

VMware's refreshed its Workstation and Fusion desktop hypervisors, which are now in version 14 and 10 respectively. To the jaded, cynical minds strapped to The Register's virtualization desk, the most eyebrow-raising new feature is a Network Latency Simulator in Workstation. The tool lets users unleash hell on virtual networks …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Aug 2017
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Software definer wants you to befriend the 'BFC', do a bit of 'reverse virtualization'

Analysis TidalScale is building a software-defined server product. But how would that work, as it needs to run in a server and you can’t really redefine the server you are running in, can you? Its software creates virtual machines, of course, called TidalPods, and these are used to “right-size” X86 servers dynamically to application …
Chris Mellor, 18 Aug 2017

Who wants multiple virtual workstations on a GPU in a blade server?

NVIDIA's cranked up the virtual workstation caper by giving the world a new GPU that slots into blade servers, plus software to let it run multiple workstation-grade VMs. The new GPU is the TESLA P6 and uses NVIDIA's Pascal architecture, the company's current flagship. The P6 has 2,048 CUDA cores, 16 GB of memory and uses the …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Aug 2017
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Xen fixes guest privilege escape and plenty more

Xen admins, get busy: the open source hypervisor's issued fixes for bugs that range from data corruption and leakage up to privilege escalation. Let's start with CVE-2017-12137, which could let a paravirtualized (PV) guest escalate to host privilege. It's down to a mistake in memory allocation when a PV guest is launched. …
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QEMU qontemplates qleanup of old qode

Open source hypervisor QEMU is contemplating a code cleanup. The project's developers have recently pointed out that “The deprecation of features in QEMU is totally adhoc currently, with no way for the user to get a list of what is deprecated in each release.” The project therefore made an effort to properly document …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Aug 2017

Automotive Grade Linux shops for hypervisor to accelerate smart cars

The Automotive Grade Linux is shopping for a hypervisor so that in-car computers can handle lots of different jobs. The effort has previously delivered an infotainment platform that Toyota has adopted. That platform has now landed as the Automotive Grade Linux Unified Code Base (AGL UCB) 4.0, which the Linux Foundation happily …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Aug 2017
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vSphere scales up, if you're willing to ditch a switch or server

VMware's popped out the first update to vSphere 6.5 and it's unusually interesting for this sort of minor release. Scale is the headline-grabber. You can now run 50,000 VMs in a powered-on vSphere Domain, up from 30,000. That Domain can now register 70,000 VMs, up from 50,000. To wrangle all those VMs, you can now run 15 …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jul 2017
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Microsoft finally allows hosted desktops on multi-tenant hardware

Microsoft's dispensed with a licensing oddity that saw it prohibit hosted virtual desktops running on multi-tenanted hardware. Redmond's allowed virtual Windows desktops hosted in the cloud or by service providers for ages, but only if they run on dedicated hardware for each client. The effect of that policy has been service …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jul 2017
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DataGravity's mystery buyer rips off mask: It's HyTrust

Data management platform DataGravity has been bought by HyTrust which has also pulled in a $36 million funding round. DataGravity was sold last week and its CTO David Siles told us: "We're all very excited, along with our new colleagues." HyTrust is a well-funded software business focusing on VMware/cloud security, compliance …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jul 2017
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Not that scary or that hard: Two decades of VLANS

Sysadmin blog Next year will see the 20th anniversary of IEEE 802.1Q, the standard that defines the tagged VLAN for Ethernet networks. Despite it being two decades since modern VLANs started being used in anger a significant number of systems administrators remain afraid of them. Unfortunately, the time is upon us where VLANs are becoming a …
Trevor Pott, 30 Jun 2017
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Can VMware exploit its VRealize refresh?

Sysadmin blog VMware's VRealize suite for management and orchestration recently received its bi-annual refresh for hybrid-cloud wranglers. The vRealize brand is at the core of VMware's cloud play. It's also a meaningless bit of marketing jibber-jabber that VMware slaps in front of a swatch of products that share no connection whatsoever. …
Trevor Pott, 30 Jun 2017
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VMware prepping NSX-as-a-service running from the public cloud

The content catalog for VMware's VMworld 2017 gabfest has appeared and as usual offers a few hints about announcements at the show and the company's future plans. Perhaps most interesting are the sessions pertaining to VMware's partnership with Amazon Web Services. One is titled “VMware NSXaaS - Secure Native Workloads in AWS …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jun 2017
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VMware's security product to emerge in Q3 as 'App Defence'

VMware's long-expected security product will emerge in Q3 under the name “App Defence”, according to senior veep and GM for networking security Jeff Jennings. Virtzilla has pondered a security play since at least 2013 when NSX Daddy Martin Casado and RSA people started talking about how their respective disciplines - security …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jun 2017
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Cross? Us? Nah, we're just going hard on hybrids, says VMware

VMware's forthcoming “Cross-Cloud Architecture” will be its big effort to manage workloads and resources across any on-premises or cloudy stack. But it's not due to debut for a month or three and when it lands will embrace Virtzilla vRealize range of management and orchestration products. And as it happens that range has just …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Jun 2017
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Xen warns of nine embargo-worthy bugs

The Xen Project has announced nine – as in 3^2 – embargo-worthy bugs. Details of the problems, with fixes for all, will be revealed on June 20. Xen's security policy sees it announce the existence of bugs two weeks before it releases patches to the world. But detailed news of the bugs is revealed to big Xen users, which makes …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Jun 2017

The Linux cloud swap that spells trouble for Microsoft and VMware

Just occasionally, you get it right. Six years ago, I called containers "every sysadmin's dream," and look at them now. Even the Linux Foundation's annual bash has been renamed from "LinuxCon + CloudOpen + Embedded Linux Conference" to "LinuxCon + ContainerCon". Why? Because since virtualization has been enterprise IT's …
Liam Proven, 01 Jun 2017
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SpaceX spin-out plans to put virtual machines in orbit

Virtualization admins asked to explain what they do for a living may finally have something cooler than server consolidation to tell their kids, thanks to space upstart Vector deciding it's a good idea to create software-defined satellites that lift a hypervisor into orbit. Vector is building small rockets capable of lifting …
Simon Sharwood, 02 May 2017
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No middle ground, no compromise: VMware blocks Cisco's SDN play

VMware's recent decision to block third-party virtual switches on its platform could put a serious crimp in, among others, Cisco's plans for Software-Defined Networking (SDN). What does this move mean for customers who don't buy into VMware's NSX vision, but prefer the more hardware-centric SDN exemplified by Cisco's ACI? To …
Trevor Pott, 20 Apr 2017
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Release the hounds! Xen 4.9's first RC is out and wants testing

The Xen Project's wheeled out the first release candidate of Xen 4.9 and reckons it will be ready to launch in the first week of June 2017. Release candidate 1 of the new version emerged last Thursday and the release schedule calls for successors to follow on April 21st, April 28th, May 5th and May 12th. Test days for each …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Apr 2017

vCenter's phone-home 'customer improvement' feature opened remote code execution hole

Ever worried that software phoning home application performance data so vendors can learn from real-world users might become an attack vector? If so, your nightmare just came true: VMware's vCenter has just that problem, thanks to its use of the Adobe-derived open source BlazeDS messaging tool to process messages. VMware's …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Apr 2017
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Code-sharing leads to widespread bug sharing that black-hats can track

Developers' enthusiasm for sharing code saves their colleagues' time, but also means they share security bugs they haven't noticed. And that means a smart attacker could follow who's shared what with whom to trawl the Web for vulnerabilities. That sobering idea comes from a group of German researchers with help from Trend …
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Hypervisor kid Jeff Ready: Converged to the core, and NO VMware

Profile Scale Computing CEO Jeff Ready reckons its hyperconverged HC3 software is better than anyone else's because it's integrated into the hypervisor's core and not just another VM. Ready briefed El Reg at a March meeting in London. Scale's HC3 product does not use VMware, being centred on KVM instead. Because storage access is …
Chris Mellor, 13 Apr 2017

VMware to end support for third-party virtual switches

UPDATE VMware's let vSphere users know that it will end support for third-party virtual switches. Virtual switches let you handle traffic generated by virtual machines. They've been a part of vSphere for years, because it just makes sense to have a virtual switch connect VMs rather than send traffic out of a host, into a physical …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Mar 2017
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UKFast opens trapdoor under prices, thumbs nose at AWS

Cloudy British hosting biz UKFast has dropped its prices for cloudy Openstack hosting, it says, taking a pop at AWS as it does so. The price drop is for UKFast’s eCloud Flex platform, and the company says it has cut its prices by up to 44 per cent. A variety of discounts are available for bulk purchases, including 30 per cent …
Gareth Corfield, 30 Mar 2017
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VMware, Citrix to have a crack at desktops on docked smartphones

VMware's going to have a crack at delivering desktops through smartphones. The new Samsung Galaxy S8, launched today, features new software called “DeX” that, when the phone is plugged into a dock of the same name, allows the phone to connect to mouse, keyboard and monitor. When the phone is docked, DeX can also offer what The …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Mar 2017
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It's ESXi time for critical VMware patches

VMware's reported three bugs that probably deserve your urgent attention. The three are lumped under bulletin VMSA-2017-0006, but there's four CVE's to consider. The first bug is a heap buffer overflow and uninitialized stack memory usage in SVGA that impacts VMware's ESXi, Workstation and Fusion products. “These issues may …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Mar 2017
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Citrix reveals full Xen combo will be cheaper than Xen lite for Azure

Citrix has revealed a little more about XenApp Essentials, its replacement for the Azure Remoteapp application publishing service that Microsoft killed off last year. We wrote about this product just yesterday, because its sibling XenDesktop essentials appeared unheralded. XenApp Essentials had been promised for delivery in …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Mar 2017
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It's patchin' time for devs using Virtzilla's desktop hypervisors

Time to patch your desktop hypervisors, folks: VMware Workstation and Fusion have a pair of problems apiece. The first landed last week in the form of a merely “important” patch for Workstation that fixed a problem whereby loading a .DLL could escalate privileges. Updating to version 12.5.3 sorted that one out. But you may …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Mar 2017
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Cisco brags of industry-best hyperconverged performance

Cisco's HyperFlex hyperconverged products can support more than twice the number of VMs than other HCI systems while maintaining high performance, according to tests by ESG [PDF]. ESG testing used HCIBench, using Oracle's Vdbench tool, with the HCI products running virtual machines. It tells us the extensive testing "was …
Chris Mellor, 07 Mar 2017

VMware bumps certification exam prices, one by $2700

Updated VMware's bumped up the price of its certification exams, with the price of the MBA-grade VCDX certification more than tripling. The cost of sitting for the VMware Certified Associate has risen from US$120 to $150. A VMware Certified Professional will now cost you $250, up from $225 and the VMware Certified Advanced …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Mar 2017

vSphere user? You need to care about VMware's telco plans for a bit

VMware has launched the second version of its Network Function Virtualization suite as it hopes to convince telcos to go down the same software-defined route its offered other data centres. And in so doing the company is infusing its core products with telco-grade features it thinks will be widely applicable. Like just about …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Mar 2017
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Citrix releases first ever XenServer Long Term Service Release

Updates to commercial hypervisors are like buses: none for ages and then two come along at once! How else can we explain that late last week XenServer 7.1 and ESXi 6.0 Update 3 both landed late last week? Citrix first, because while XenServer 7.1 sounds like nothing notable it is in fact the company's first ever Long Term …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Feb 2017

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