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Komprise aims to kill data sprawl with virtualising software

Rubrik, Primary Data, Formation Data Systems, and Hedvig: all startups that want to provide a virtualising data abstraction layer above and across multiple storage silos to make storage access and management easier. Now you can add Komprise to this list. None have done it, yet. All are led by founding teams with track records …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jun 2015
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 …
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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
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Joyent and Umbongo union jilts VM at cloud altar

Canonical has partnered with Joyent to spin up Ubuntu clouds minus the virtualisation. The firms are today expected to announce a version of Ubuntu certified to run with Joyent’s Triton Elastic Container Infrastructure. Triton, released this week, lets you run software built specifically for containers like Docker where Linux …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Jun 2015
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VMware doubles the VM count for EVO: RAIL systems

VMware has pumped up the power of its hyper-converged EVO: RAIL nodes with more memory and storage, so they can run twice as many VMs. As detailed in a VMware blog, the latest node options look like this: Dual 6, 8, 10 or 12 core Intel Haswell or Ivy Bridge CPUs per node 128GB to 512GB of memory per node, up from 192GB VMware …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jun 2015
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VMware's got SaaS – and you – surrounded with SSOaaS

VMware's ever-expanding end-user computing and cloud portfolios have embiggened, again, with the advent of a new single sign-on product called VMware Identity Manager. Stay awake there, you at the back. Yes, you the one rolling your eyes because single sign-on's been done to death a hundred different ways, some of them by VMware …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jun 2015
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Veeam-ing all the way to the bank: No IPO for these VM replicants

Comment At a UK temple to old tech, the London Science Museum, storage firm Veeam introduced its new tech, promising replication of VM images to the cloud – and El Reg quizzed two top Veeamers about the company. V9.0 of Veeam’s Availability Suite will add Cloud Connect Replication for Service Providers, using SSL, and be generally …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jun 2015
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Catalogic gets Dockerised with NetApp and VMware support

Catalogic has hustled out a flagship product update extending its copy data management to all VMware and NetApp ONTAP environments and supporting Docker. Copy Data Management (CDM) aims to save disk space by identifying duplicate and unwanted copies of data and helping you get rid of them. It also helps build automated data copy …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jun 2015
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Microsoft to Linux users: Explain yourself

Microsoft wants to get better at monitoring Linux. Don't pinch yourself – this isn't some weird dream. Redmond on Tuesday took the covers off a new Linux VM monitoring tool. “A significant number of Virtual Machines on Azure today are running Linux workloads,” writes Khailid Mouss, a senior program manager for the Azure Compute …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Jun 2015

Prelude to Foundation: Startup FDS builds next silo-melding platform

What we need is an all-singing, all-dancing, virtualising storage foundation that is software-defined, crafted for hyper-scale, offers file, block and object access and embraces the cloud. Yeah baby! What we need is what startup Formation Data Systems is developing: Foundation XV. Co-founder and CEO Mark Lewis has blogged: I …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jun 2015
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Nutanix hyper-converges upwards with bells, whistles and KVM

Comment In the name of server and storage efficiency, Nutanix has added KVM hypervisor support, erasure coding and new management to its hyper-converged systems, and promised VVOL-type integration, container and file-serving support. The aim is evidently to increase scale-out X86 server node, storage and admin efficiency, and top-level …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jun 2015
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VMware unleashes Linux on the (virtual) desktop

VMware's released Horizon 6 for Linux, thereby making it possible to deliver virtual Linux desktops. And there the story ends because, as we all know, there's so much Linux on the desktop that it occasionally manages to get a whole 1.91 per cent of the market and desktop virtualisation is generally figured to be about five to …

VMware hypervisor escape via serial port? VMware hypervisor escape via serial port.

VMware has advised of two security flaws that impact its desktop products. VMware's desktop hypervisors Workstation and Fusion, plus the Player app that runs pre-packaged virtual machines, all have “an input validation issue on an RPC command” that could allow a denial-of-service of the guest operating System (32-bit) or a …
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Virty servers' independence promise has been betrayed

Server virtualisation in its current state is pretty much done. The market is mature and critical tier one workloads are absolutely at home on tier one virtualised platforms such as VMware and HyperV. Virtualisation tends to be a very useful technology in larger organisations for what most administrators would say are the wrong …
Stuart Burns, 8 Jun 2015

Federation promises to bring your storage under control

As virtualisation brings IT consolidation back onto the agenda, storage federation is being touted by many as the best way to impose discipline on infrastructures that have grown unwieldy. So what can it offer that storage virtualisation or a global file system cannot, and is it time for us all to join the federation? Storage …
Bryan Betts, 3 Jun 2015
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VirtualBox 5.0 beta four graduates to become first release candidate

Snoracle's new version of desktop hypervisor VirtualBox has progressed sufficiently well that it's decided the revised tool is out of beta and into release candidate status. VirtualBox is a developer favourite because, unlike rival desktop hypervisors from VMware and Parallels, it is free. Oracle's kept the tool alive and well- …

WOODEN computer chips reveal humanity's cyber elf future

Boffins have developed a biodegradable semiconductor chip made almost entirely of wood in an effort to alleviate the environmental burden of electronic devices. Technicians from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture Forest Products Laboratory (FPL), have demonstrated the …
Container meltdown

Docker Hub images buggy and vulnerable, say researchers

Docker Hub users are playing Russian Roulette with Heartbleed, Poodle and Shellshock, according to an analysis of a bunch of images by newly-launched outfit BanyanOps. The outfit is using the research to bring itself out of stealth-mode, apparently: the company only Tweeted “Hello World” on May 1. Its claim, blogged here, is …
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VMware doubles node count for EVO:RAIL hyperconvergenceware

VMware has released a new version 1.2 of its EVO:RAIL software that turns servers from third parties into hyperconverged screamers. The headline change is a doubling in scale. Version 1.0 of EVO:RAIL could handle four appliances in a cluster and 16 nodes overall. That's now eight appliances in a cluster and 32 nodes overall. …
Simon Sharwood, 22 May 2015
Container meltdown

Intel wants containers to be alone again, naturally

Intel's taken its turn trying to advance containerisation technology by announcing a new approach to container security. Chipzilla'ss new idea is called “Clear containers”, which rely on the VT-x extensions in its chippery to enhance security and scalability. VT-x adds virtualisation support to silicon, the better to let CPUs …
Simon Sharwood, 21 May 2015
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Odin (formerly Parallels) bets big on Docker and OpenStack

Junior virtualiser Parallels has split into two companies. One company retains the Parallels name and will continue to sell desktop hypervisors for the Mac. The other is called Odin, a reflection of CEO Berger Steen's Norwegian heritage but a brand he says was chosen because it represents wisdom and longevity. Odin gets the …
Simon Sharwood, 21 May 2015
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VMware: Our DaaS is is so large it now covers Japan, Australia

VMware has announced that its Horizon Air desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) and application-delivery-as-a-service (AdaaS) offerings will shortly become available from its Japanese and Australian bit barns. Virtzilla reckons this expansion of its DaaS-print makes it “the most geographically distributed … provider in the industry.” …
Simon Sharwood, 20 May 2015
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Oracle releases antidote for VENOM vulnerability

Oracle has released patches for its virtualisation software to crimp the VENOM vulnerability that allows attackers to break out of virtual machines to attack hosts. The company follows a host of others including KVM and Xen which have patched the buffer overflow bug. VMware, Microsoft, and Bochs are immune to the problem. …
Darren Pauli, 19 May 2015
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SDN to bring new round of internecine office wars to IT shops

Software-defined networking (SDN) will give IT teams a new reason for internecine conflict, as those looking to build automated, software-defined data centres come up against the hard-headed trust nobody pragmatism of security teams. So says Gartner's Eric Ahlm, a research director at the analyst firm, who today delivered a …
Simon Sharwood, 19 May 2015
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VMware blasts bad backup bug in ESXi 6.0

VMware has issued a patch for a “severe” problem in ESXi 6.0. How severe? Plenty severe: VMs might not backup or power on if you “upgrade to or install ESXi 6.0.x. Other symptoms include an inability to expand the size of a virtual disk or to take “virtual machine quiesced snapshots.” To implement the patch you'll need to …
Simon Sharwood, 15 May 2015
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Citrix reveals its Workspace Cloud ADaaS play

Citrix has kicked off its Synergy shindig with a preview of its new Citrix Workspace Cloud, an application and desktop delivery tool it's billing as “a new control plane that merges the worlds of on-premises and cloud, allowing IT managers to create secure, mobile workspaces that include desktops, applications and data from …
Simon Sharwood, 13 May 2015
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There's a BIG problem with Microsoft's VDI rules

If you’re talking virtual desktop infrastructure (or VDI) there are a few options – VMware Horizon View, Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, even smaller players like 2X Software – but chances are you’re going to plump for the biggest hitter, the company which has been doing it for the longest. You guessed it, I’m talking about …
Tom Baines, 12 May 2015
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'It's the Enzo the world as we know it and VDI feel fine' is VMware's new desktop tune

On Tuesday, Citrix kicks off its annual Synergy conference. So on Monday, VMware put out an announcement about its own end-user computing goodies. That announcement is called “Project Enzo” and is billed as offering “unified management of on-premises and cloud-based virtual workspace services”. What's a virtual workspace? That's …
Simon Sharwood, 12 May 2015
The Citrix X1 Mouse

Rodent rescue reckoned as remedy for cursor crisis cruelling BYOD

Citrix will next week release a mouse. The company floated the idea back in January when it released a “limited edition” X1 Mouse. The thinking behind the mouse, then and now, is that lots of organisations want to pipe Windows apps into iPads and the like, but it's hard to use a GUI designed for a mouse with your finger. …

VMware pulls putrid patch for ESXi 5.5

VMware has recalled a recent patch because that sees virtual machines using VMware NSX for vSphere 6.x or Cisco Nexus 1000v unable to communicate across their hosts. That's a jolly bad thing for all manner of reasons, so VMware says it has “removed the Patch Release ESXi550-201504002 from the Download Repository and is working …
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Is Nutanix's secret hypervisor 'PROJECT ACROPOLIS'?

The Reg's pursuit of Nutanix's rumoured hypervisor has turned up some leads about something called “Project Acropolis”. We were recently told by a Nutanix partner to think about Athenian buildings. A little searching later, up popped “Acropolis” in a Nutanix community thread, where it is billed as a manager for KVM virtual …
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VCE now competing with VMware

VCE, the converged infrastructure lovechild of Cisco, EMC and VMware, is starting to get into interesting competitive tangles. The company's founding proposition was that it sells stacks-in-a-box comprised entirely of kit from Cisco and EMC, plus VMware software. Cisco's since reduced itself to a silent partner in the company, …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Apr 2015

Zoom in on HDS' Hyper Scale-out Platform kit

The Hitachi Hyper Scale-Out Platform – announced on Tuesday – is a single system for ingesting, accessing and analyzing big data-type information. Its architecture differs from typical Hadoop systems in that it avoids NameNode resource contention. The hardware in the 2U rack-enclosure HSP 400 node is this: Two Intel Xeon E5- …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2015
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2016 might just be the year of Linux on the (virtual) desktop

Come November, some “pundit” will declare that next year is the year of Linux on the desktop. This November, expect a twist on that prediction, as 2016 could just perhaps conceivably be the year of virtual Linux desktops now that Citrix has taken kit capable of delivering it into Beta. That kit is called the “Linux Virtual …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Apr 2015
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Wikibon takes Fusion-io founder's FaME to logical conclusion

The Wikibon consultancy has taken an idea put forward by Fusion-io founder David Flynn and formulated a flash-as-memory-extension concept (FaME). The concept involves getting rid of external IO for IO-bound applications by running them and their data entirely in logical memory. Instead of having data stored on disk, which is …
Chris Mellor, 27 Apr 2015
Virtual Machine Manager Update Rollup 6

Microsoft adds Azure VM controls to Virtual Machine Manager

Microsoft's about to issue a new Update Rollup for System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM). Update Rollups are badly-named these days, because Redmond now slips in small features to the products that get a rollup when the packages land on the last Tuesday of a calendar quarter's first month. This week, VMM users are slated …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Apr 2015
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VMware makes vSphere licences portable to crimp EVO:RAIL costs

VMware has announced what it's calling a “vSphere Loyalty Program” that allows vSphere users to “apply their licenses to the purchase of VMware EVO:RAIL appliances from our nine Qualified EVO:RAIL Partners.” The program's pretty simple: if you have vSphere licences and buy an EVO:RAIL rig, VMware will let you move those licences …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Apr 2015
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If hypervisor is commodity, why is VMware still on top?

The hypervisor is a commodity. VMware's ESXi, Microsoft's Hyper-V and the open-source community's Xen and KVM are all right and proper tools for virtualising workloads. Does that mean we should all stampede away from expensive proprietary hypervisors and dine on the open-source freebies? This being IT, the answer is "it depends …
Trevor Pott, 23 Apr 2015
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Excessively fat virtual worlds – come on, it's your guilty secret

Now that virtualisation is seen as a robust and mature technology, managers and administrators are looking to reduce server deployment and management costs further. One area of potential cost reduction is reclaiming unused or under-utilised infrastructure capacity. Most virtual estates that have grown organically over the years …
Stuart Burns, 22 Apr 2015
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VMware's growth plans are ripening nicely

VMware's posted another set of good-looking numbers, with the company's first quarter results for 2015 exceeding expectations. The company hauled US$1.51bn through the door in the year's first three months and produced non-GAAP net income of $196m. The first number is an 11 per cent improvement on 2014's first quarter, but …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Apr 2015
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Chrome 42 breaks vSphere web client thanks to ye olde NPAPI

One of the most-derided features of vSphere was its web client. We say “was”, because VMware made a point of improving it in vSphere 6.0. vAdmins are generally pretty pleased with those new arrangements, but now have cause to be a bit miffed if they use Google's Chrome browser because it breaks the vSphere Client Integration …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Apr 2015
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Ravello unravels mystery of ESXi on AWS, Google

Ravello Systems, a purveyor of cloud hypervisors, has created a way to run VMware's ESXi in clouds from Amazon Web Services or Google. Does that sound nutty given that VMware itself and plenty of other cloud/managed services providers will happily give you a Virtzilla environment? Yes and no. Yes, because it seems like rather a …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Apr 2015