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While you pretended to work, Cloud operators fixed two Xen bugs

While lots of the world was easing in to a new year of work in the week of January 4th, big cloud concerns running customer-facing Xen rigs were probably patching two new bugs in the hypervisor. The Xen Project's policy is to let big cloud operators and others on a pre-disclosure list know about bugs two weeks before the rest …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 2016
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Citrix names former Microsoft exec Kirill Tatarinov prez and CEO

Citrix has appointed former Microsoft exec Kirill Tatarinov President and chief executive officer. Tatarinov spent over eight years as President, Executive Vice President, Corporate Vice President Microsoft Business Solutions Division, overseeing Microsoft's Dynamics CRM and ERP businesses. His LinkedIn profile also records …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 2016
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CommVault creeps into Nutanix’s hallowed Acropolis citadel

CommVault has added Nutanix Acropolis hypervisor support to its existing vSphere and Hyper-V support on Nutanix's products. Nutanix makes a family of HCIAs. These are hyper-converged infrastructure appliances, combining compute, storage and networking hardware and software in a single product. It builds its own products and …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2016
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Bridgeworks reveals VMware-like tech for TCP/IP cable virty'ing

Feature Bridgeworks has found way to improve wide area TCP/IP transmission of large, streamed files that compensates for packet loss, radically improving the performance of NetApp SnapMirror and SnapVault which are hobbled by packet loss. It’s been working on the technology to virtualise a TCP/IP connection for several years. Here’s …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2016
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Photon taster: Flirting with VMware's CoreOS gambit

There's growing interest in VMware’s Photon. Essentially, Photon lets highly optimised Docker containers into VMware Land. One of the great things about deploying Docker is that it can take mere seconds to spin up a new instance. Photon can be thought of as a competitor to CoreOS and similar offerings. What is different about …
Stuart Burns, 15 Jan 2016
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VMware UK and Ireland lands SAP industries chief

Virtualization giant VMware’s UK and Ireland operation has bagged a new managing director – from SAP. The German giant’s director of industries and UK and Ireland executive board member David Phull has emerged as VMware UK&I vice president and general manager. Phull had been with SAP since December 2010 but left the head-of- …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Jan 2016

Er, what sort of Docker experience were you expecting?

Docker has cited an explosion in job postings looking for Docker experience as a reason for techies to get hands-on with its containerization platform. In a blog post, the containerization vendor’s Mano Marks cited a chart from job-listings site Indeed that shows a sharp increase in Docker-focused job postings worldwide. …
Joe Fay, 13 Jan 2016
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As easy as 'Citrix123' – hacker claims he popped Citrix's CMS

A Russian hacker claims he broke into systems run by Citrix, and gained access to potentially a huge number of customers. The binary buster known as "W0rm" exploited weak credentials – the username press@citrix.com and the password Citrix123 – to get into the content management system that powers Citrix's websites. W0rm …
Team Register, 13 Jan 2016
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Microsoft kicks VMware right in its weakest, cloudiest spot

Microsoft has flicked the switch on an enhanced version of its Azure Site Recovery (ASR) for VMware customers. ASR is pretty simple in concept: the service allows you to replicate virtual machines into Azure, update them and then run the VMs in Azure as a disaster recovery option. You pay US$54 a month per instance stored in …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jan 2016

Citrix buys System Center control freak, sells CloudPlatform

Citrix has offloaded its CloudPlatform products to Accelerite, bought Comtrade's System Center Operations Manager management packs and tweaked some of its software. The sale first: Accelerite is a subsidiary of India's Persistent Systems, a software-developer-for-hire that created Accelerite to sell products instead of …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jan 2016

Patch now: VMware Tools for Windows root holes fixed in update

VMware sysadmins, get patching: the virtualisation outfit has released updates to its ESXi, Fusion, Player and Workstation software to block out a privilege-escalation vulnerability. The patch applies to VMware Windows Workstation versions before 11.1.2, Player and Fusion versions prior to 7.1.2, and various ESXi versions …
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You want to migrate how much data?

Sooner or later, you’re going to have to move some of your data. Perhaps you’re moving to a hybrid cloud model, and need to move some offsite. Maybe it’s already out there in a third-party’s infrastructure, and the contract isn’t working out as you’d planned. Or perchance you’re being smart and replicating between two …
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2015 was VMware's Year of Living Dangerously

Server virtualisation just works, so most IT shops do it. And in the decade since it rose to prominence VMware has ruled the roost. But 2015 was VMware's year of living dangerously. At first glance, things look fine for Virtzilla: vSphere 6.0 emerged to applause and swift adoption. Dollars rolled in through the door. A …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Dec 2015
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Xen Project blunder blows own embargo with premature bug report

The Xen Project has reported a new bug, XSA-169, that means “A malicious guest could cause repeated logging to the hypervisor console, leading to a Denial of Service attack.” The fix is simple – running only paravirtualised guests – but the bug is a big blunder for another reason. Xen is very widely used by big cloud …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Dec 2015

The week before Xmas ... not a creature was stirring – except Nutanix finally filing for its IPO

Some big news in the hyper-converged storage world today amid the pre-Christmas lull. How can we say this? Nutanix? Noo-tanix? Nutan-icks? Either way, the hyper-converged storage upstart has finally filed the necessary paperwork to get its stock-market debut underway. The San Jose-based biz today gave US financial watchdog …
Chris Williams, 23 Dec 2015

VMware, Xen issue urgent patches

VMware has let it be known that its vRealize Orchestrator, vRealize Operations, vCenter Operations and vCenter Application Discovery Manager products all need fixing to harden them against “a critical deserialization vulnerability”. The flaw involves “Apache Commons-collections and a specially constructed chain of classes” and …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Dec 2015
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Walking away from VirtuStream is the right thing for VMware to do

News that VMware has bailed from VirtuStream, the hybrid cloud joint venture it struck with EMC, should come as a relief to VMware users and those contemplating its cloudy offerings. VMware knows it won't ever reach the scale of Amazon Web Services, Azure or Google's cloud. It instead positioned itself as hybrid cloud provider …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Dec 2015

VMware backs out of Virtustream business

In a curt statement to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) 8K filing today, VMware killed the Virtustream venture it had proposed with parent EMC. The statement, by VMware CFO, COO, and EVP Jonathan Chadwick, said "VMware announced that it will not be participating in the formation of the Virtustream Cloud Services …
Chris Mellor, 14 Dec 2015
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VDI comes to the Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is now a threat to thin clients. Citrix has been fooling around with the Pi as a desktop virtualisation (VDI) target for a while, even releasing a prototype Citrix Receiver for the little computers. That effort was in early 2014. Citrix has since decided it was inefficient to put a lot of effort into creating …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Dec 2015
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HPE has stabbed VMware in the front with converged Azure boxen

Comment Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) today beamed Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in for a video chat at its Discover conference, and in so doing basically stabbed VMware in the front. Nadella appeared at the conference to talk up the cloudy collaboration between the two, which over a week has grown from a pledge that Azure would …
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Hyper-V sets VM created date to 1601, in the reign of Good Queen Bess

Virtualisation mavens have been reminded that Microsoft’s Hyper-V has a bug that occasionally resets the “created” date of virtual machines to the year 1601. That's 1601 as in during the reign of Queen Elizabeth the first. Which we feel compelled to point out was quite a few years before the server was invented. The bug's …
Darren Pauli, 29 Nov 2015
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ESXi's been borking VM backup and there's no fix yet

Update VMware has reported a nasty bug that means virtual machine backups may not work. The problem hits virtual machine backups that use Changed Block Tracking (CBT)in ESXi. “The CBT API call QueryDiskChangedAreas() … can sometimes return incorrect changed sectors, which results in inconsistent incremental virtual machine backups,” …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Nov 2015
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OpenBSD's native hypervisor emerges

The native OpenBSD hypervisor promised in September has emerged. Kernel dev Mike Larking has posted news of the hypervisor, but hosed down expectations along the way. “An early rough cut of the vmm subsystem is now in the tree,” he wrote. “This includes both the kernel parts and userland parts.” “I'm not going to explain all …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Nov 2015

VMware warns of info leaks flowing from Apache-Adobe mess

VMware has warned users of its vCenter, vCloud Director and Horizon products that they need to patch a flaw in Flex BlazeDS. The flaw, CVE-2015-3269, means Apache Flex BlazeDS “allows remote attackers to read arbitrary files via an AMF message containing an XML external entity declaration in conjunction with an entity …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Nov 2015
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VMware open sources its Photon container control freak

VMware's pursuit of the container caper has taken another turn, with the open-sourcing of its Photon Controller. Back at VMworld in August, Virtzilla announced “Photon Platform”, a containerisation effort comprising a stripped back Linux called “Photon OS”, a lightweight version of the ESX hypervisor called “Photon Machine” …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Nov 2015
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Hypervisor headaches: Hosts hosed by x86 exception bugs

Various hypervisors and operating systems are scrambling to patch around an x86 bug that lets an admin-level guest crash the underlying CPU, causing a denial-of-service to anyone else on the same machine. The issue, described here, is that with some x86 CPUs, an attacker with kernel-mode code execution privileges on a guest …

How much do containers thrash VMs in power usage? Thiiiis much

Ericsson researcher Roberto Morabito has compared the power consumption requirements of virtual machines and containers, and found the latter more economical. Power Consumption of Virtualization Technologies: an Empirical Investigation put Xen, KVM, Docker and LXC through their paces on a series of tasks and measured how many …
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How can it possibly be time to patch Xen again?

Hot on the heels of dumping a hot, steaming pile of patches on its users, the Xen project has squeezed out a maintenance release. Xen 4.5.2 hit the intertubes on Thursday, bringing with it 74 fixes and improvements, plus another five QEMU repairs. Xen folk say “We recommend that all users of the 4.5 stable series update to …
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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