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VMware refuses to support its wares running in Azure

VMware has responded to Microsoft's plan to run its stack in Azure, by saying customers who choose that option will have to forego support. “This offering has been developed independent of VMware, and is neither certified nor supported by VMware,” wrote Virtzilla's senior veep for product development and cloud services Ajay …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Nov 2017
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Xen Project's plan after AWS goes KVM: Talk up embedded future

Update Fresh from the news that Amazon Web Services intends to replace its hypervisor, the Xen Project will tell the world it has a fine future in embedded applications. Publicly-posted minutes of the Project's November Advisory Board call mentioned The Register's report of Amazon Web Services documents that revealed the cloud …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Nov 2017
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Microsoft to run VMware on Azure, on bare metal. Repeat. Microsoft to run VMware on Azure.

Microsoft is to offer "the full VMware stack on Azure hardware" with the help of an as-yet-unnamed VMware partner. Redmond's announcement stated that the company has commenced a preview of "a bare-metal solution … co-located with other Azure services" and "in partnership with premier VMware-certified partners". Sources tell …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Nov 2017
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VMware open sources VR overlay for vSphere

VIDEOS VMware has open-sourced a “VR Data Center Experience” that puts a virtual reality overlay over its vSphere product, to give you a virtual view of virtual machines. The company first demonstrated this code at VMworld Europe, after it was whipped up at an earlier hackfest. The tool attempts to replicate vSphere functions as …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Nov 2017
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Citrix promises to transform by doing more of the same

Citrix's new CEO has revealed his plan for the company and it looks like more of the same. Speaking on the company's Q3 earnings call, CEO David Henshall said “to understand the context behind our strategy, you need to step back and look at the infrastructure from a customer's point of view.” “They are adopting cloud services …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Oct 2017
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VMware begins new vSphere beta, but not for a big bang upgrade

VMware has announced a new vSphere beta, but unlike its previous such efforts it's not asking you to test a new big bang release. Virtzilla's announcement says “This beta program is different from our past programs in that it is not tied to a specific version or release only.” “We are now moving to a beta program that, along …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Oct 2017
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Countdown starts for new Xen hypervisor release

The Xen Project has issued the first release candidate for version 4.10 of its hypervisor and set a testing schedule aimed at a December release. The Project has previously foreshadowed the addition of PVHv2 for interrupt routing and PCI emulation in this release. Numerous enhancements aimed at improving the hypervisor's …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Oct 2017
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Citrix endorses tool that lets vSphere manage XenServer

Citrix has endorsed a third-party product that lets you manage its XenServer virtualization stack with VMware's vCenter Server. Citrix's argument for doing so is to keep the management tools you like, but move to a better hypervisor. Cute argument, Citrix. Shame it's fanciful. Here's why. Citrix decided to stop competing in …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Oct 2017
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Be my guest, be my guest, at a hypervisor hacking fest

The Xen Project has posted advisories and patches for seven bugs, most of which let guests run denial-of-service (DoS) attacks on hosts. CVE-2017-15592 means “A malicious or buggy HVM guest may cause a hypervisor crash, resulting in a DoS affecting the entire host, or cause hypervisor memory corruption.” Privilege escalation …
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Nutanix launches VMware-to-Acropolis migration tool

Nutanix has taken another shot at VMware, this time with a virtual machine migration tool that takes VMs from ESXi to its own Acropolis hypervisor. Changing a VM's format is not rocket science, because VMs are described by metadata. Nutanix reckons “Xtract for VMs” therefore goes beyond the basics, “by automatically injecting …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Oct 2017
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Nested virtualization comes to Google's cloud

In late August 2017 The Reg's virtualization desk learned that Google was working hard to make KVM better at nested virtualization. And now we know why, as the advertising giant's cloud has just revealed a nested virtualization beta. The new offering means that you can run a virtual machine inside the virtual machines you rent …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Sep 2017
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Maxta provides nifty escape route from vSphere tax

Maxta has found a neat way to differentiate itself from the hyperconverged system pack; it can run vSphere and Red Hat Virtualization VMs simultaneously and convert between them. Hyperconverged software supplier Maxta has functionality that can migrate virtual machines from VMware ESXi to Red Hat Virtualization and run both …
Chris Mellor, 27 Sep 2017

IETF doc seeks reliable vSwitch benchmark

If you fancy wrapping your mind around the complexities that make virtual switches (vSwitches) hard to benchmark, an IETF informational RFC is worth a read. Put together by Maryam Tahhan and Billy O'Mahony of Intel (note the usual disclaimer that RFCs are the work of individuals not employers) and Al Morton of AT&T, RFC 8204 …
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VMworld schwag heist CCTV didn't work and casino wouldn't share it

The alleged theft of marketing material uncomplimentary to hyperconverged heavyweight Nutanix appears to have become a cold case. As reported by The Register at VMworld 2017, hyperconverged contender Maxta printed badges bearing the motto “You can't have it your way with Nutanix” and stored them in private areas of its stand …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Sep 2017
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Video nasty lets VMware guests run code on hosts

VMware's given vAdmins a busy Friday by disclosing three nasties to patch. One's a video nasty dubbed CVE-2017-4924 and impacts VMware ESXi, and the desktop hypervisors Workstation & Fusion. This one's “an out-of-bounds write vulnerability in SVGA driver device*” , an old virtual graphics card toolkit. The bug “may allow a …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Sep 2017
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Mostly idle at work? Microsoft Azure has some bursty VMs it'd love to sell you

Azure Microsofties have crossed their fingers - and everything else - that Redmond's new VM family will hit the sweet spot for customers with sporadic cloud computing jobs. Yesterday, Microsoft announced a new B-Series line of CPU virtual machines designed specifically for workloads that stay idle except for some "bursty" …
Andrew Silver, 12 Sep 2017
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VMware pushes NSX deeper into containers, security

VMware's released a new version of NSX-T, the version of its NSX network virtualization tool that runs in multiple environments. NSX-T's roots lie in NSX-MH, the early version of NSX VMware created not long after acquiring software-defined networking pioneer Nicira. Before VMware acquired Nicira, it made sense for the company …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Sep 2017
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Kubernetes envy? That's (ahem) virtual insanity for VMware

For all of the breathless hype that containers and cloud native get, the strange-but-true story is that enterprises still need to run servers and for that vSphere is arguably the best possible option. VMware probably understands this in its inner sanctum but, well... Kubernetes envy. Not surprisingly, then, VMware at its …
Matt Asay, 11 Sep 2017
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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
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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
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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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