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No, we're not sorry for Xen security SNAFUs says Ian Jackson

Open source luminary Ian Jackson has hit back at criticism of the Xen Project's security. The project last week nixed nine nasties, including a seven-year-old guest-host escape, and has patched a string of bugs this year including some that threatened to disrupt cloud services. The many bug squashed of late has seen some …
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VMware ponders VDI teleporting with swipe-between-devices patent

When Windows 10 makes it to mobile devices, one of the more interesting features will be “Continuum”, a tool that will make it possible to plug a phone into a keyboard and monitor and use it as a PC. You can already run a desktop OS on a mobile device, of course, through desktop virtualisation (VDI) software. But VDI tends to …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Oct 2015

Nutanix to float its Community Edition code into the cloud

Nutanix will shortly make its Community Edition software available in the cloud. The Reg has learned that the company will soon make it possible to implement the software in Amazon Web Services or Google Cloud Platform cloud. Nutanix sells hyperconverged server/storage/networking rigs based on Hyper-V, vSphere or its own KVM- …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Oct 2015
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Citrix's boutique virtualisation strategy is working. Mostly

Citrix has taken the unusual step of releasing some market share data that doesn't show it in a completely flattering light. Citrix more or less backed out of the mainstream server virtualisation market in 2013 and 2014. In the latter year analyst firm Gartner said the company “is no longer investing strictly to keep up with …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Oct 2015
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Dell's VMware-as-cell sell isn't going swell

VMware yesterday posted a pretty set of numbers. And today its share price fell by twenty per cent, from Tuesday's US$68.97 to a Wednesday close of $55.38 after grazing $52.91. The reason for the dip is widely held to be remarks during its earnings call about the secular move to cloud representing a wave that even VMware will …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Oct 2015
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VMware considered de-composing NSX into discrete products

VMware considered, but rejected, the idea of creating a range of network virtualisation products by breaking out subsets of functionality from its flagship NSX product. When VMware introduced NSX, it expected users would put it to work as a control plane for networks, taking over from routers' and switches' own software. …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Oct 2015
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Solidfire enters ninth circle of Dell, emerges clutching new blueprints

Solidfire has produced a networking-based reference architecture for vSphere using Dell kit. The architecture combines various suppliers' components so resellers can put together a converged system with a single SKU – a single part number, in other words – for their customers. This should simplify the ordering, deployment and …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2015
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VMware adopts cloud-first-for-new-features vSphere update plan

Future releases of vSphere will include features that have previously debuted in VMware's cloud, vCloud Air. So says Joe Baguley, a Virtzilla veep from the office of the Chief Technology Officer, who spoke to The Reg in Sydney today. VMware's thinking is that there's no bigger and uglier vSphere use case than its own cloud, …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Oct 2015

Après le Dell-uge, VMware is still partnership material

One of the selling points of the Dell/EMC deal, aka “Le Dell-uge”, was that all the component companies controlled by Dell the man will be able to cross-sell each other's stuff and cash in. That sound? Alarms going off inside all the server and cloud vendors who work with VMware but now fear nourishing a rival. The Reg's …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Oct 2015
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EMC-Dell dynamic duo: Mike's my ‘brother from another mother’ – Tucci

EMC/Dell deal Michael Dell has named one Dell exec – Rory Read – and one EMC exec – Howard Elias – to oversee deduplication of the two companies’ product lines. “Rory’s new job is he’s going to lead integration for the Dell side, reporting to me," said Michael Dell, in response to a question from the floor during an all-hands meeting to …
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2015
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VMware to chomp up Boxer, says chief techie

VMware has announced plans to acquire Boxer, "doubling down" to further integrate a broader range of easy-to-use applications within its secure data management platform. Boxer provided personal information management (PIM) and social networking solutions to enterprises. Its team is set to join VMware's AirWatch team, within …
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It's automation as usual for VMware after cash Dell-uge

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger insists the Dell cash deluge and changed ownership structure changes nothing for the company, and Virtzilla's certainly carrying on with automation as usual at its VMworld Europe gabfest in Barcelona this week. The headline announcement at the event is a refresh for the company's cloud management …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Oct 2015
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Xen 4.6 lands, complete with contributions from the NSA

Update The Xen Project has released version 4.6 of its eponymous hypervisor. The US National Security Agency's again tossed in some code but not, as we reported earlier, to deliver support for version 2.0 of the Virtual Trusted Platform Module (vTPM). That was the Xen team's error - BitDefender, not the NSA, contributed the vTPM 2.0 …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Oct 2015
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Microsoft offers sneak peak of Hyper-V containers with Win 10 nested virtualisation

Microsoft has added nested virtualisation to Windows 10 as a prelude to revealing its Hyper-V Containers technology. As we've previously explored, Hyper-V containers will be deployable by Docker. The technology will sit alongside Windows Server Containers, which will offer a more Microsoft-centric containerisation approach. …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Oct 2015
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Virtualisation blog 'of interest to Interpol'

UPDATE VMware employee William Lam appears to have been denied entry to Europe. Lam touched down in Paris en route to VMworld Europe in Barcelona, but soon after landing Tweeted the following. *sigh* Apparently Interpol has an interest in virtuallyGhetto, not the good kind :( There's chance I might not make #VMworld — William Lam (@ …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Oct 2015

Sanbolic smoke ball was no mere puff: Citrix preps new Melio release

Citrix says it's ready to let customers loose on its software-defined storage play. Citrix's ambitions in the field emerged last January, when it slurped storage virtualiser Sanbolic. Since then the company's said precious little about Sanbolic, all the while looking a little shambolic as it endured missed quarters, management …
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By the numbers: The virtualisation options for private cloud hopefuls

VMware, Hyper-V ... XenServer? When it comes to virtualisation, these are the three most frequently cited options. And this would have been OK in the days before cloud, when virtualisation was “just” something for the boys and girls down in the sysadmin branch of the IT department cared about. Now we do have cloud, and private …
Tom Baines, 5 Oct 2015
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Microsoft pitches Azure at HPC, visualisation loads

Microsoft is lobbing a bunch of GPUs into its Azure cloud to try and attract HPC-type workloads. The GPU-enabled VM option was one of two additions to the Azure lineup at its AzureCon conference – the other is Azure DV2, based on Intel's Haswell processor. The GPU option, Azure N, targets remote visualisation and “compute …

Patch NOW: VMware vCenter, ESXi can be pwned via your network

VMware is urging users of its vCenter Server and ESXi software to install its latest patches to plug vulnerabilities that can allow remote-code execution and denial of service. The vCenter flaw was first spotted by Doug McLeod of Edinburgh-based security consultancy 7 Elements toward the beginning of the year, and the …
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How do you like your PC, fat or thin?

Managing the desktop estate hurts the head and the wallet, so why don't people use thin clients? For some users it's the obvious choice, made simple for admins by virtualisation software. The overall cost model can look pretty attractive too, especially when operational and security costs are considered. Sure, thin clients …
David Gordon, 30 Sep 2015

ONOS moves out of lab with Drake release

ONOS is pitching high availability and scale-out capabilities in the latest iteration of its SDN operating system. The Drake release, available for download now, comes at a time where ONOS participants are letting the architecture escape from laboratories and into their live networks, according to ONOS Labs' Ram Appalaraju. …
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VMware SMASH! Bad ESXi 6.0 bork-bug getting 'aggressive' fix

VMware has found, and is trying hard to fix, a nasty bug in ESXi 6.0. Issue 2124669, causes “ESXi 6.0 host network connectivity' to be “lost randomly.” Once the connectivity is lost, “ESXi enters into a non-responding state and becomes unmanageable until reboot.” Forget about re-connecting to networks until you reboot, but …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Sep 2015
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Another week, another vSphere update

VMware's updated vSphere again, this time with a refresh for version 5.5. Virtzilla last week announced the first update to vSphere 6.0 and expects that release will be the catalyst for users of vSphere 5.5 to upgrade. But as CEO Pat Gelsinger told us at VMworld 2015, vSphere's so good that VMware customers aren't in a hurry …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2015
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Nexenta catches micro-services bug, slings its Edge into containers

Nexenta is supporting containerised servers by having its NexentaEdge product nodes run as microservices along with application microservices on any scale-out Linux server cluster. NexentaEdge is scale-out block and object storage. Containers are a more efficient form of server virtualisation, having thinner "wrappers" than …
Chris Mellor, 16 Sep 2015
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Citrix reveals 'USB redirection to cloud' plans to vaporise desktop peripherals

Citrix is working on something it calls “ USB redirection to cloud” that will allow input devices on local devices to work on virtual desktops. Over the last year, everyone in the remote/virtual/as-a-service desktop business has been talking up their ability to virtualise the graphics-heavy apps that some users wield. It's …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Sep 2015
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vSphere Update 1 dribbles out in multiple downloads

VMware's released the various bits of software that together add up to the first update to vSphere 6.0 that we foreshadowed last week. ESXi 6.0 Update 1 adds stretched clusters and authentication for stretched clusters. The vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering (VAIO) have also arrived and give vAdmins the chance to “create software …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Sep 2015
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Panzura plants file system atop VMware's vCloud Air

VMware's vCloud Air now has a file system layered on top of it, courtesy of cloud storage and data protection specialist Panzura. This latest cloud service from VMware is an object storage in the cloud service using either parent EMC's ViPR with the ECS object storage product underneath, or Google's cloud. Panzura provides on …
Chris Mellor, 10 Sep 2015
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Breaking up EMC is a dumb idea, says VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger

Interview “From the EMC board room,” says VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger, “you can see the carnage of the minicomputer industry.” “Wang, Digital, Data General. You can see their buildings from EMC's headquarters.” That view, Gelsinger told The Register, means “we know how this whole story played out.” And because he and the EMC board have …
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HP learns to walk and chew virtual gum at the same time

HP's decision to bail out of VMware's EVO:RAIL hyper-converged happiness project wasn't due to any dissatisfaction with the product. Instead, HP decided it could not ask its salesforce and channel to wrap their heads around EVO:RAIL and its own StorVirtual-based hyper-converged products, so chose to go it alone. So said Raghu …
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CloudRouter now live

The collaborative open-source CloudRouter project has come out of beta. The production release of the project is announced in this PDF. CloudRouter has two network operating system flavours – CentOS 7.1 with Java 1.8, or Fedora 22. It ships with ONOS 1.2 Cardinal and OpenDaylight Lithium, and supports Docker, CoreOS, Rkt, OSv …

Work has started on VMware's secret security disruptor

Late in 2014, VMware's network virtualisation guru Martin Casado suggested that his next move after getting network virtualisation up and running as a business might be to try a new approach to enterprise security. Casado, who is credited with inventing OpenFlow and led Nicira, the company that morphed into VMware's NSX …

vAdmins facing DUAL vSphere upgrades

VMworld 2015 Brace yourself, vAdmins: the first major update for vSphere 6.0 is coming, probably in late September, and a more major update is in the works. vSphere 6.0 debuted in March 2015 after a lengthy beta process. VMware has this week proclaimed it the most successful vSphere release ever, in terms of take-up rate. But we've been …
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Windows admin added to Puppet Enterprise

Puppet Labs has noticed the deep, dark secret of enterprise IT: that there's still lots of Microsoft Windows out there that could do with a bit of automation. The company has announced a couple of new members of its "Puppet Supported" module collection, one to draw DSC (Desired State Configuration) into the orbit of Puppet …
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VMware bids to bust out of servers and onto Windows desktops

VMworld 2015 VMware's trying to put itself into the Windows desktop management business with its AirWatch mobile device management and identity management products. AirWatch is best known as a way to manage and deploy apps to mobile devices, based on user profiles that determine what users are allowed to run and/or the resources they are …
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New Xen bug uses security feature to destroy security

Xen has revealed details of bug CVE-2015-6654, which it warned about a couple of weeks back. The good news is that this one is rather less nasty than the string of guest/host escapes it's reported lately thanks largely to leaks in QEMU. Another nice piece of news is that this time around the problem's also only on ARM- …
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AMD rattles Nvidia's cage with hardware-based GPU virtualization

VMworld 2015 AMD has used the VMworld conference in San Francisco this week to take wraps off a new, hardware-based GPU virtualization tech for virtualized workstations. Known as the AMD Multiuser GPU, the chipmaker claims it can allow up to 15 virtualized desktops to share a single graphics processor without any loss of performance. The …
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Native hypervisor coming to OpenBSD

OpenBSD kernel developer Mike Larkin has let it be known he's working on a native hypervisor for the operating system, with the OpenBSD Foundation's support. Larkin's posted news of the effort, writing that it's needed because “choosing to port an existing vmm just didn't make a whole lot of sense.” “For example, I've been …

VMware eyes hyperconverged model for private clouds

VMworld 2015 With VMware planting its flag in the burgeoning hyperconverged market in a four-way deal with Cumulus Networks, Dell, and Quanta Cloud Technology, The Register speaks to Cumulus. The integration, announced today at VMworld 2015, marks a “validation” for Cumulus, according to VP of business Reza Malekzadeh, as well as opening …

Hypervisors are sooo 2005. For hip containers, you need a 'Microvisor'

VMworld 2015 VMware has created a new hypervisor and a new variant of its flagship vSphere product, both aimed at containerised computing and “cloud-native apps.” “Photon Machine” is the name for a new, stripped-back version of ESX that's being cast as a “microvisor”. The Machine is designed to host virtual machines running Photon OS, the …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Aug 2015
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Hands on with Windows Server 2016 Containers

First Look Microsoft has released Technical Preview 3 of Windows Server 2016, including the first public release of Windows Server Containers, perhaps the most interesting new feature. A container is a type of virtual machine (VM) that shares more resources than a traditional VM. “For efficiency, many of the OS files, directories and …
Tim Anderson, 31 Aug 2015
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NVIDIA reveals GPUs for blade servers, Linux desktop support

VMworld 2015 NVIDIA has announced the second version of its Grid desktop virtualisation software, complete with a pair of GPUs for blade servers. NVIDIA is pitching GRID as a hardware offering tuned to the needs of graphically-demanding desktop virtualisation (VDI) workloads. If that sounds a bit exotic, consider environments like the …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Aug 2015
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VMware appoints development chief as new CTO

Imagine for a moment that you're a top-tier enterprise vendor and a week before your big annual conference, the one at which you try to impress the pants off the world, your chief technology officer (CTO) departs. They guy had about a zillion meetings lined up, with all sorts of important folks you were counting on impressing …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Aug 2015