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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
The Office

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

VMware's vCloud Air to launch database DRaaS, pipe in more clouds

Exclusive VMware will add database-backup-as-a-service to its vCloud Air cloud in June, the company's veep and general manager of hybrid cloud Bill Fathers has told The Register. The service will be based on technology VMware acquired last year along with Continuent, a provider of clustering, replication and disaster recovery services for …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Apr 2015

30 – count 'em – 30 orgs sign up for Cumulus on Dell networking kit

UPDATE January 2014, Dell announced it would make it possible to run Cumulus Networks' operating system on its networking gear. 15 months later, 30 organisations have done so. As in a three followed by a zero. Worldwide. So says John McCloskey, executive director for enterprise solutions at Dell Australia and New Zealand. McCloskey's …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Apr 2015
Tintri

Tintri gets all touchy-feely with latest OS update

A Tintri OS update has added drag-and-drop storage IOPS maxima and minima per virtual machine (VM) and latency source identification, for visually confirmed granular quality of service. Extra snapshotting and management features have also been added to the mix. With Tintri OS v3.2 VM-level, admin staff can use a GUI to drag and …
Chris Mellor, 13 Apr 2015

Citrix reveals direction for cloudified XenApp, XenDesktop

If you've heard the “opex, not capex, software updates done centrally so your people can innovate, not administer, and elastic provisioning instead of licensing-for-peak-load” cloud mantra (and who hasn't), this will be a quick read because Citrix has taken that list of cloudy goodness and signalled that it will soon apply it to …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Apr 2015
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Citrix warns it will miss Q1 earnings guidance

Citrix has announced that it will not deliver the financial results it promised the markets. “Revenue for the quarter is expected to be in the range of $755 million to $760 million, below the company's guidance of $780 million to $790 million,” says in its mea culpa preliminary Q1 results released today. “Net income for the …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Apr 2015
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VMware puffs up AirWatch to join the sync 'n' social crowd

VMware's tried for years, without much success, to sell productivity apps. Now it's having another go by getting out the twine to bind three of AirWatch's offerings into a “collaboration bundle”. The bundle includes the AirWatch Content Locker, essentially a private Dropbox clone that aggregates content and adds secured access …

The VMware, Nutanix mud wrestle is hilarious, but which one is crying with fear on the inside?

Sysadmin blog So Nutanix is in yet another spat with VMware. The big ones are getting to be a yearly affair. That's great for them: these little soap operas seem amusing, but underneath it all, there are some very serious issues being hashed out. VMware wants control of our data centers. The whole stack, top to bottom. It wants to be the only …
Trevor Pott, 8 Apr 2015
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We're hyperconverged too, says Riverbed as it issues SteelFusion 4

Hyperconverged infrastructure is the buzzphrase of the moment, and Riverbed's decided it wants some of that buzz by decreeing thath the fourth iteration of its SteelFusion appliances are, indeed, hyperconverged. SteelFusion is a server and WAN optimisation box in one package. The idea is to put the smaller versions of the box at …
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VMware and Nutanix in vSphere support spat

Nutanix and VMware are fighting an ugly online battle about over how to do hyperconvergence right. VMware threw the first punch, in this post by Chuck Hollis in which he says VCE invented the hyperconverged market and that got it right the first time with its “everything in this rack and running on this rack has been tested a …
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VirtualBox v. 5.0 beta 1 spins up for desktop virty lab chuckles

Snoracle has decided the time is right to upgrade its VirtualBox desktop hypervisor. VirtualBox is a favourite among home lab types, developers and virtualisation fanbois because it is very good at running guest operating systems and has a significant price advantage over rivals like VMware Workstation and Parallels Desktop …

VMware seeks patent for VD-eye-tracking tech

Delivering a virtual desktop to a mobile device is easy to do these days, but once it lands in a mobile device the experience can be horrid. Touch screens make poor substitutes for mice and the smaller screen of a fondleslab or smartphone makes user interfaces designed for monitors unpleasant. Citrix's answer to this problem is …
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Microsoft's Project Spartan browser is HERE (unless you build apps or run VMs, that is)

Microsoft has shipped a new build of Windows 10 that offers a first look at its much-hyped Project Spartan web browser, but the software giant has cautioned that developers may want to hold off upgrading. In a Monday blog post, Redmond man Gabe Aul said Project Spartan is the main feature of Windows 10 Build 10049, which is …
Neil McAllister, 30 Mar 2015
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VMware tells partners, punters, to pay higher prices (probably)

VMware has almost certainly increased the prices it charges to partners and customers. News of the increases is dribbling out after Virtzilla wrote to users and resellers over the last few days. In this Reddit thread VMware users report price hikes of between one and five per cent. Blogger and VMware-watcher Aidan Finn on …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Mar 2015
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Xen shows off 35-piece cloudpocalypse collection

The Xen Project has fixed 35 flaws, all rated critical, for versions 4.3 and 4.4 of its flagship hypervisor. The fixes appear to correspond to flaws identified after the late February 2014 cloudpocalypse, when major cloud providers feared they would once again need to reboot substantial parts of their server fleets to keep them …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Mar 2015

Apple boots Windows 7 out of Boot Camp

The Cupertino fruit factory has decided to boot old versions of Windows out of the camp, quietly not-announcing that only Windows 8 and 10 will run on the latest flavours of the dual-boot "Boot Camp" utility that ships with this year's new Macs. The new policy means that the recently-announced MacBook Air and 13” MacBook Pro …
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US military CANCELS US$1.6 BEEELLION VMware deal

VMware's long-hoped for US$1.6bn, five-year deal with the US military has foundered, after the Defence Information Security Agency (DISA) cancelled its request for proposal "to further analyze the Government's needs." The cancellation was revealed last week in a new amendment to the RFP (PDF) The planned five-year deal between …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Mar 2015