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Unidesk jumps into Hyper-V VDI

Unidesk is a company that's well-regarded in desktop virtualisation (VDI) circles because its layering and one-virtual-disk-for-many-guest-desktops technologies do some nice things like allowing one golden master of a virtual desktop and then delivering custom combinations of apps to individual users. That's a handy trick …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Mar 2015
Buffalo LinkStation 441D 4-bay NAS box

An uncomplicated Buffalo in SOHO: The LinkStation 441D 4-bay NAS box

Review Buffalo’s latest addition to the LinkStation family of consumer NAS boxes is the 4-bay LS441D. It’s available off-the-shelf in a number of capacities starting at 4TB and increasing in 4TB increments to 16TB. The unit I’m looking at here is the bare enclosure – the LS441DE. Out of the box all the units are set to a default RAID 5 …
Simon Crisp, 10 Mar 2015

Fine funding for SimpliVity: Firm flies high with $175m boost

Hyperconverged startup SimpliVity has scored $175m in a D-funding round, valuing it at a billion-plus dollars and taking total funding to, we think, $276m. So what’s got the VCs salivating? A big pay-out, obviously, but why? SimpliVity has developed its OmniCube, which first appeared in public view in 2012, and is "a 2U rack …
Chris Mellor, 10 Mar 2015
Windows Server 2012 R2 Powershell

Want to deploy virtual machines in a hurry? PowerShell is your friend

Sometimes you just need to do things fast. Being able to deploy new virtual machines rapidly is a necessity when you are prototyping proof of concepts, running virtual desktop deployments or when you just need to roll out new virtual machines in a lab environment. Let’s face it, unless you have written PowerShell scripts to …
Aaron Milne, 10 Mar 2015
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CoreOS goes native on vSphere and vCloud Air

VMware has announced that CoreOS is now supported natively under vSphere 5.5. What's that you say? A minor Linux distro being supported on an old version of vSphere isn't a huge deal. Stick with us here, because CoreOS last year announced Rocket, a containerisation play that very deliberately offers an alternative to Docker. …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Mar 2015
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Woah there Dot Hill, that's one seriously fat sales boom

A five year slump is over and high-end SAN maker Dot Hill is back after posting monster fourth-quarter revenues. Full year revenues still have a way to go, though, before the firm beats its 2010 high point. $69.1m was the revenue number for the fourth 2014 quarter, 17.5 per cent up on the $58.8m recorded a year ago, and 5.6 per …
Chris Mellor, 9 Mar 2015

VMware sued, accused of ripping off Linux kernel source code

Linux kernel developer Christoph Hellwig has sued VMware in Hamburg, Germany, over alleged violations of the GNU General Public License. Hellwig's suit, which is backed by New York-based advocacy group the Software Freedom Conservancy, alleges that VMware's proprietary ESXi hypervisor products use portions of the code that …
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Here's what keeps VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger awake at night

VMware has released its Form 10-K, the annual report in which entities listed in the USA are required to offer a warts-and-all account of all the things that could possibly go wrong. 10-Ks are famously detailed and follow a rigid format, so VMware's includes the “mine safety disclosures” required of all such documents (the …
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Citrix reveals next-gen Receiver and StoreFront, then buries them

Citrix has revealed, and then hidden, previews of a new version of its Receiver and Store Front applications. Receiver is the client software used to consume apps given the Xen Desktop or Xen App treatment. StoreFront is the app store into which one can place apps so that users can select which ones they'd like to access with …
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VMware makes NFV telco play by snuggling up to OpenStack

MWC 2015 VMware has clambered aboard the network function virtualisation (NFV) bandwagon with “vCloud for NFV” - and has announced that Vodafone has been in production with the software for a while. NFV is presented as a key technology for telcos as they become less tolerant of services tied to particular pieces of tin and the attendant …
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Parallels parallels Citrix, VMware with mobile app delivery slurp

VMware made its name in server virtualisation and Citrix rose to fame with application delivery technologies. Both now compete in both fields and in the emerging market for application delivery to, and management of mobile devices. Junior virtualiser Parallels, meanwhile, has concentrated on helping service providers to stand up …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Feb 2015

Microsoft's patchy patchwork extends to Virtual Machine Manager

Redmond's patchwork mess has extended to Virtual Machine manager, after a recent patch spoiled when exposed to the sun. Update Rollup 5 for Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager emerged in early February, promising security, reliability and networking improvements, plus support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Feb 2015
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$1.6bn VMware defence deal challenged by AWS, Citrix and Nutanix

Amazon Web Services, Citrix and Nutanix have protested a US government plan to sign a US$1.6bn software and support contract with VMware. Virtzilla's wares are widely used in the US military, which appears pleased with the company's products but unhappy with procurement arrangements. A Justification For Other Than Full And Equal …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Feb 2015
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Nutanix to release 'community version' of its secret software sauce

Nutanix is months away from releasing a free, “community” version of the secret software sauce that turns its collections of storage and servers into hyperconverged spin up VMs almost before you know it beasts. CEO Dheeraj Pandey yesterday told The Register development work on the version is under way and will be released in …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Feb 2015

Fro-Xen no longer: Xen project plans shorter dev process

The new release manager for version 4.6 of the open source Xen Hypervisor has proposed changes to the project's development process that he hopes will speed things up. Citrix employee Wei Liu, who has scored the gig of ushering the next version into the world, has explained the new plan in a post, presentation and mail in which …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Feb 2015
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VMware creates network function virtualisation team

VMware will create a new team dedicated to what it calls “networks functions virtualisation” (NFV). News of the initiative slipped into a canned statement about a pair of promotions at Virtzilla. The newly-titled ones are Sanjay Mirchandani, now corporate senior veep in addition to his role as leader of VMware's Asia-Pacific and …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Feb 2015

You're too NSX-y for this straitjacket

EMC's recently-reintegrated hyperconverged storage arm VCE yesterday announced a new “VCE Foundation for Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud”. It's not colossally different from the outfit's current vBlocks, save that it brings VMware's NSX network virtualisation, vRealize management code and EMC's ViPR software-defined-storage …
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Oracle tosses its Linux into Docker's repository

Oracle sometimes seems to be a bit miffed by enthusiasm for Linux container darling Docker because its own Solaris “Zones” have done containers for ages. Big Red also knows in its heart of hearts that Solaris isn't for everyone, but reckons its own Linux is for anyone who fancies robust, well-supported Torvalds-spawn. And given …
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SAN-tastic? VMware blesses StorMagic's skinny ROBO HA

StorMagic has a two-server virtual SAN product which VMware is now endorsing as the best virtual SAN for remote office/branch office environments – instead of its own vSAN software - where the customer needs a two-server set-up. SvSAN provides high-availability and bullet-proof simplicity with two servers instead of the three …
Chris Mellor, 5 Feb 2015
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Veeam proclaims VICTORY in Symantec patent spat

Virtualisation management outfit Veeam is claiming twin victories today. One is notional: the company reported its full 2014 results today and proudly proclaimed that it has hauled a billion dollars through its doors since opening them for business in 2007. $288m of that haul landed during FY 2014, in the form of new licence …
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vSphere 6.0 is BADASS. Not that I've played with it or anything. Ahem

Sysadmin blog VMware has officially launched vSphere 6.0, and I can say without reservation that it is a truly excellent release. I have spent much of the past year expressing skepticism about VMware; face-first exposure to the darker, more political aspects of the organisation had caused me to lose faith in the company. So good is vSphere 6 …
Trevor Pott, 4 Feb 2015

VMware acquires Immidio to personalise mobile stuff

VMware has acquired Immidio, a vendor of “user environment management” (UEM) products that deliver desktops to any device, and will fold it into a wider Workspace Environment Management (WEM) effort. Virtzilla's cooking up this new batch of acronym soup because it's decided that the application and desktop delivery caper is …

Tintri smooching VMware’s VVOLs, vIO and vROPs

Tintri loves its hybrid arrays working with VMware and is enthusiastically supporing VMware’s latest vSphere version 6 announcements. In this vSphere 6 love-fest Tintri’s VMstore hybrid arrays; Support vSphere v6.0 Support the VVOL (Virtual Volumes) APIs Integrate with the vROPs management tool suite Supports VMware …
Chris Mellor, 3 Feb 2015
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The joy of six: VMware ecstatic after finally emitting new vSphere

As expected, VMware has released vSphere 6, and as anticipated the company has also released its OpenStack distribution. But it also surprised with a new version of VSAN and the release of Project Fargo. Virtzilla's also given itself a new mantra - OneCloud - to describe its ambition to manage on-premises infrastructure, what …
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YOU COMPLETE ME: Google and VMware in cloudy embrace

Google and VMware have forged a cloudy alliance that will see several of the former's services made available through the latter's vCloud Air service. Google Cloud Storage; the BigQuery analytics and big data service; Cloud Datastore; and Cloud DNS will all be “tightly integrated” into vCloud Air. The announcement about the …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jan 2015
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VMware cracks US$6bn for the year, says SaaS will slow growth

VMware today used its Q4 2014 earnings call to warn its revenue growth will slow because it's doing so well in the cloud. The overall picture is rosy for VMware, which announced a US$1,703 million quarter and $6.03 billion dollar year, up 15 per cent and 16 per cent respectively on the corresponding periods from 2013. Other …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jan 2015
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VDI is heading for a minor DAAS-aster

Desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) services are getting good enough, fast enough, that organisations need to consider them as an alternative to desktop virtualisation (VDI). So says analyst tribe Gartner in a new emission, Is DaaS Ready for the Enterprise?, in which it answers in the affirmative, certainly for low-end applications, but …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jan 2015
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Shipping News: Docker 1.5rc1 arrives in port … NOW!

Docker 1.5rc1 is upon us and should be ready to slide down the slipway in the first week of February. Announced in a newsgroup – as is proper – the new version is billed by developer Arnaud Porterie as containing “many major features”. Among those additions are IPv6 support for the Docker daemon, memory use limits for …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jan 2015
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Oh what a tangled cloud we weave

The cloud caper's getting more competitive, with four of the industry's bigger players jostling in new and fun ways. Let's start with the AWS vs. Microsoft action, a tale that begins in October last year when the former released a plugin for the latter's System Centre control freak that allowed it to reach out and manage virtual …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jan 2015

Network virty comes to VMware's cloud

VMware's made some tweaks to its vCloud Air public cloud. The biggie is the addition of network virtualisation. VMware looks to have baked just about all of its NSX network virtualisation platform into its cloud, so users get very fine-grained control over how data flows among virtual machines. Presumably this spans private …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 2015
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It's a very freaky cloud, the kind you don't take home to mother

Imagine for a moment you're a sysadmin that's embraced VMware for server virtualisation, so you have a fleet of well-used servers and the ability to dial them up and down as required. But you haven't gone all-in with the vCloud Suite, perhaps because of cost concerns or perhaps you don't have the chops to handle it. If that's …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 2015
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VMware wins cool reception for two-CPU eval software

VMware has kicked off a new program that looks like it will make it easier to build home labs. Mostly. The new EVALExperienence program is pretty simple: cough up the US$200 required to become a member of the VMware user group (VMUG) Advantage program and you'll find yourself able to download and run vCenter Server, vSphere with …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jan 2015
Citrix X1 mouse

Citrix goes into the mouse business

Citrix is getting into the mouse business. The company threw a Summit this week where it shoved new versions of XenServer and XenMobile out the door. It also revealed the “X1”, a mouse that works with its Citrix Receiver app. Receiver is the client needed to access applications and/or desktops groomed by XenApp or XenDesktop. …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jan 2015

Xen accelerates ARM server race with version 4.5

Version 4.5 of the Xen hypervisor is upon us. Those responsible for the new release are chuffed to report they've packed a couple of dozen big new features in this time around, doubling the 4.4 release's count. And there's more to come: some useful stuff couldn't be squeezed into this release. But before we get to those …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jan 2015
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VMware finds new post-paranoia RAM-saving tricks

VMware is rejigging the way it shares memory among virtual machines, after turning off Transparent Page Sharing (TPS) because academics identified insecurities in the technology. TPS allows virtual machines to make more efficient use of RAM, so that more VMs can run on a host. But as VMware acknowledged in December 2014, “recent …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jan 2015

XenServer takes half a step forward, none towards hybrid cloud

Citrix has released XenServer 6.5 and, as foreshadowed with the July 2014 preview named “Creedence”, has focussed on its own application delivery strengths and the needs of cloud operators rather than the wider enterprise computing market. Citrix isn't spinning it that way: it reckons the new 64-bit kernel, addition of Intel's …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jan 2015
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OVS to add virtual networking to code-base

The Open vSwitch (OVS) community has announced that it's adding virtual networking to its project. As explained in this post, the Open Virtual Networking (OVN) project is designed to provide a “lightweight control plane” to support familiar virtual networking abstractions – in particular, Layer 2/3 networking only, so as not to …
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Docker's just a bit dodgy, but ready for rollout says Gartner

Analyst outfit Gartner has assessed Docker's security – and found the containerisation tool is sound but immature. Gartner's report, Security Properties of Containers Managed by Docker, published last week, finds “Linux containers are mature enough to be used as private and public PaaS” but “disappoint when it comes to secure …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jan 2015
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Cloud Backup stew in Docker container? Check – Asigra

Quick as a flash, Asigra has added Docker container support to its Cloud Backup product. Traditional virtualised servers have applications running in a virtual machine (VM or virtual server) with a guest operating system. Multiple VMs have multiple copies of guest VMs, which is wasteful of server memory and processor resources …
Chris Mellor, 7 Jan 2015
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VMware planning 'biggest launch' on Feb 2

VMware looks to be launching its long awaited sixth version of vSphere on February 2nd. The Reg is in receipt of a “hold the date” for a February 2nd event. We're also aware of chatter among the VMware faithful that those involved in the vSphere 6 beta are being asked to prepare themselves for “our biggest launch event to date“ …
News team, 5 Jan 2015

VMware says anyone - not just EMC - can play with its best bits

Ever since VMware launched the virtual storage appliance back in 2011, observers have wondered if the company’s storage efforts hurt its parent EMC’s business. Such pondering became more intense when VMware launched VSAN earlier this year, as the software-defined storage product is a direct competitor for some EMC arrays, in …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Dec 2014
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IBM and Red Hat power up for virtualisation on Power systems

Red Hat has announced that its Enterprise Virtualization product now works on IBM's Power systems. The move's not a colossal surprise: last week Red Hat revealed a beta of Red Hat Linux 7.1 and it included a version running on IBM's recently-revealed POWER8 platform. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Power is a KVM-derived …
Darren Pauli, 17 Dec 2014