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David Brent's office to host VMware's hybrid cloud

VMware has made good in its promise to bring its vCloud Hybrid Service (VCHS) to blighty, announcing that Slough will be the site for its first European service. The Register understands VMware has not built its own bit barn in that fair city, but will instead reside within Savvis' local facility. Savvis is in the process of …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Oct 2013
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Acronis receives Parallels-o-gram, reveals cloudy backup platform

Acronis' integration with sibling company Parallels is gathering pace, after the former today announced a cloud storage service. Both Acronis and Parallels were founded by Serguei Beloussov, who back in September told The Reg he planned a backup-as-a-service product that would meld technology from the two companies. That …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Oct 2013
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VMware offers free certification exams for failures

VMware has made a new offer: fail one of its certifications and it will spring for another exam at the low, low, price of zero units of currency, provided your home currency is the Australian or New Zealand Dollars, the Indian Rupee, Japanese Yen or Korean Won. Spotted by blogger Aravind Sivaraman and detailed here (PDF), the …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Oct 2013
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VMware vSAN test pilots: Don't panic but there's a chance of DATA LOSS

VMware's vSAN isn't just giving storage appliance vendors a lot to worry about: it's also giving users plenty to consider because it erases data under some circumstances. Panic not, gentle readers: the tool is in beta and Virtzilla's engineers are onto the problem. But the problem is out there, and VMware has been kind enough to …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Sep 2013
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Parallels pledges roll-back fix after silent 'trojan' freebie install triggers punter outrage

Parallels has promised to change the registration process of its virtualisation software for Macs after users complained that the technology introduced a "trojan-like" update functionality, intended to push a six month freebie trial of its new Access product. The release of Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac, the latest version of the …
John Leyden, 11 Sep 2013

Microsoft's VDI deals make Windows Server cheapest desktop OS

Microsoft's licensing policies for virtual desktops (VDI) include two anomalies that make it cheaper to provide Windows Server to end users. Those hoping to adopt desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) have problems because hosting companies cannot rent out Windows licences and must serve desktops from dedicated hardware. Hosting …
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VMware's latest trick: Virtual gyroscopes and compasses

File this one in the folder you use to contemplate the mysteries of marketing, because just a week after schlepping around 20,000 people to San Francisco and bundling them all into a room to hear about its latest and greatest wares, VMware has released three new products. The three are the garden variety and professional cut of …
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Sysadmins hail Windows Server 2012 R2's killer ... clipboard?

TechEd Australia Tens of thousands of words have already been written about Microsoft's purchase of Nokia, and as far as The Register can tell, none of them are getting read by the hordes of sysadmins and developers that descended on the Gold Coast for TechEd. Mergers and acquisitions aren't the sort of thing that gets an audience to interrupt a …
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BYOD is boring - how about working on a games console instead?

Some grumble that the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) concept deserves to be called Spend Your Own Money in recognition of the cost of providing a computer hitting workers' hip pockets instead of employers'. Such grumbles may be less sustainable now that NVIDIA's $US299 SHIELD portable gaming console can run Windows applications. …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Aug 2013
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Scale Computing bares teeth at VMware, reveals more SCRIBE details

Scale Computing is going to use its new SCRIBE object store to replace the GPFS element in its HC3 converged server/storage/virtualisation systems. SCRIBE was announced yesterday by Scale Computing. The Register has today received more information about whether it would be sold as stand-alone software or be integrated into the …
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2013
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Scale Computing's SCRIBE vows to lob virty storage kit into the bin

Start-up storage shindig Scale Computing has crafted SCRIBE, an object store directly accessible by a hypervisor that replaces physical storage arrays and virtual ones (VSAs) like VMware's own vSAN. SCRIBE, says Scale, is an architecture for expanding hyper-convergence to a complete, distributed software-defined environment. It …
Chris Mellor, 28 Aug 2013
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VMware CEO Gelsinger: How we'll beat Amazon Web Services

VMworld 2013 Podcast VMware is at a crossroads. Few doubt the benefits it has brought to the data centre, or even to smaller organisations who appreciate how virtualisation helps to simplify operations of a more modest server fleet. But the technology world is also fascinated by the public cloud, which offers fast and cheap access to servers on …
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Telstra in VMware's sights for hybrid cloud delivery

VMworld 2013 VMware will approach existing members of its VMware Service Providers Program (VSPP) as it extends its vCloud Hybrid Service (VCHS), CEO Pat Gelsinger said today. And in Australia that means Telstra is likely to receive an invitation to get into the VMware hybrid cloud business. Speaking exclusively to The Register at the …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Aug 2013
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Marc Andreessen, Pat Gelsinger in verbal VMworld brawl

VMworld 2013 VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger and graphical-browser-inventor-turned-venture-capitalist Marc Andreessen have engaged in a feisty debate at Vmworld 2013, during which the pair clashed on a number of topics. Speaking in a session titled “The Data Center is Dead, Long Live the Data Center”, Andreessen asserted that no-one in their right …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Aug 2013

HyTrust pockets more dough, ready to expand virty platform coverage

A month ago, HyTrust, a maker of policy management and access control software for VMware virtual infrastructure, pocketed $12m in its third round of venture funding, with VMware and CIA sugar daddy In-Q-Tel both stuffing the company's pockets. But others wanted to get in on the action, so HyTrust decide to take the money and …
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VMware goes after biz critical apps with vSphere 5.5

VMworld 2013 Server virtualization juggernaut VMware has been talking about the software-defined data center (SSDC) for so long that you have to stop and remember that all of the software that enables this strategy is not actually available. But at VMworld 2013 this week in San Francisco, Virtzilla will be rolling out some major pieces of …
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HotLink rolls VMware virty servers out to the Amazon cloud

The latest product from server virtualization control freak upstart HotLink, called DR Express, was borne out of the company's need to have better disaster recovery for its own internal development cluster. And now, HotLink is ready to take it to the VMware masses. HotLink uncloaked from stealth mode two years ago with a product …
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Gartner to VMware: Rock out with your socket out

VMworld 2013 The wizards at Gartner have penned a pre-VMworld suggestion to VMware: go back to being teenage rebels. Research veep Chris Wolf likens VMware to a band at a crossroads: does it essentially give up and resign itself to playing greatest hits tours to a dwindling base of fans, or try to once again turn the world on its head? Wolf …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Aug 2013
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Sysadmins: Be the hand up the backside at PuppetConf, VMworld

Sysadmin blog It's nearly the end of August, which means time to sign up for PuppetConf and VMworld San Francisco is nearly up. El Reg will be covering both events. Dance Puppet, dance The user communities for VMware and PuppetLabs overlap significantly and the companies have been cosying up recently. VMware shooed away other investors …
Trevor Pott, 19 Aug 2013

Ravello Systems arm cloud wranglers with hypervisor lasso

Cloud wrangler Ravello Systems has announced the general availability of its "cloud hypervisor" technology. The startup announced on Wednesday that after an extended beta it has polished the underlay and buffed the connectors of its hypervisor to a state fit for choosy enterprises. Ravello's technology lets admins lasso …
Jack Clark, 14 Aug 2013

EMC's ViPR sinks fangs into LUN aggregation

Can ViPR - EMC's virtual data management package - really aggregate logical storage units across different devices? EMC's new storage virtualisation and management layer of software, ViPR, is interposed between server applications and arrays like VMAX. If it cannot aggregate LUNS across the drive arrays underneath it then this …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jul 2013
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These old PCs want some VDI loving. But what about the server?

Readers' corner A request from The Register Forums where David Dawson writes: This is a question for a potential project I'm about to embark on. There's a charity that I have some association with, they've got around 30 windows desktops that are fast approaching the end of their working life. They have to use windows for various reasons, but …
Drew Cullen, 20 Jul 2013

Virtualisation extremist? Put down that cable and step away slowly

Virtualisation is everywhere, particularly the data centre, and that's a good thing - if used wisely. Virtualisation can help you milk the greatest possible performance (and hence maximum value) from the physical gear. Running multiple virtual servers on top of a physical server platform allows you to minimise wasted CPU and RAM …
Dave Cartwright, 17 Jul 2013
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Sun sets on Oracle VDI products

Oracle has let it be known that the sun will soon set forever on desktop virtualisation (VDI) products including some it acquired from Sun. After an internal support document bearing the news made it into the public eye, the company has blogged to confirm a raft of Sun-derived VDI kit will soon be pining for the fjords. Big Red …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jul 2013

HyTrust trousers $13m from VMware and CIA sugar daddy In-Q-Tel

Business is booming at HyTrust, a maker of policy management and access control software for VMware virtual infrastructure, and whistleblower system admin Edward Snowden, who revealed the National Security Agency's web-spying PRISM project, is doing his inadvertent part to pump it up even further. "The Snowden breach at the NSA …
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Red Hat ships shiny new KVM and OpenStack software

Analysis When Red Hat launched its commercialized version of the OpenStack cloud control freak in June, along with an update to its supported version of the KVM hypervisor, the one thing it did not do was provide pricing for the support contracts for this code. But when the software was made generally available for production use on …
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Citrix lets Microsoft Azure spew virtual desktops from the heavens

Will companies want to host virtual PCs in the cloud? Microsoft and Citrix Systems think so. For a certain set of PC users – even those accessing traditional Windows PC applications from a tablet or smartphone that is not running Windows – not only is a physical PC not a necessity, but neither is a data center serving up virtual …

Xen hypervisor gets tech preview support for ARM processors

The Xen Project, which is now part of the Linux Foundation and which is responsible for extending the open source virtualization hypervisor formerly controlled by Citrix Systems, has updated Xen with a new 4.3 release that brings it to ARM processors. In a blog post, George Dunlap, a senior engineer at Citrix Systems in charge …
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Virtual brownfields: Microsoft's push to woo the VMware masses

The virtualisation war is heating up. With Server 2012 Microsoft is at last bringing a viable platform to the table and Server 2012 R2 looks set to eclipse that. You will get different numbers depending on who you talk to but the general consensus is that Microsoft has managed to grab about one quarter of all new installs. It …
Trevor Pott, 8 Jul 2013

Citrix open sources XenServer hypervisor to chase clouds

The XenServer hypervisor is going back to its open source roots, now that Citrix Systems has decided to let go of the code behind its commercial-grade variant of the Xen server virtualization tool. Xen came out of Cambridge University by storm a decade ago, spawning XenSource to offer tech support for the product. For a while in …

VMware preps Project Serengeti Hadoop virtualizer for biz bods

Hadoop Summit When you are a server virtualization company, as VMware is, there is no workload that you don't think can't – or shouldn't – be abstracted away from its underlying bare metal, and thereby made more malleable and portable. In this regard, Hadoop is just another thing for VMware to wrap itself around - perhaps make a little money …
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CTO's man at VMware whistles an 'appy tune

VMware's chief technology officer, global field, Paul Strong, says the company's next frontier is simplifying management of applications. Strong came to VMware three years after stints at eBay and Sun. Speaking to The Reg in Sydney today, Strong said his role means ensuring innovation doesn't happen in an “ivory tower” but …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Jun 2013
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HP, Dell stack up back-end iron for XenDesktop 7 virty PCs

Companies whose staffers work from tablets and smartphones don't have to buy Microsoft's Surface tablets or Windows Phones to enable them to use the firm's Windows applications. Businesses can instead slice up a bunch of servers into virtual PCs and stream them out to workers' fondleslabs or smartphones using either VMware View …

Citrix halfway to Avalon with XenDesktop 7 desktop and app virtualizer

Citrix Systems is just as eager to cloudify its installed base of customers as is VMware. And so it has taken one step closer to accomplishing that goal with the launch of XenDesktop 7 at its Synergy customer and partner event in Anaheim. Both companies have vast installed bases: VMware has 500,000 customers with around 38 …
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Verizon starts selling VMware's split personality phones

VMware has notched up a significant achievement in its quest to reduce its dependence on server virtualisation - by striking a partnership with Verizon Enterprise that gives its BYOD-ware Horizon Suite a better chance of finding its way into users' hands. VMware is mad for what it calls end-user computing, largely because growth …
Simon Sharwood, 16 May 2013

So you've got a nice virtual desktop stack – wait, here comes DaaS Boot

Storage supplier GreenBytes has teamed up with desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) provider Desktone to dedupe virtual desktop data and accelerate its delivery to employees' machines. Desktone provisions and boots virtual desktops from its cloud through partners such as Dell and Fujitsu. Customers can treat their entire virtual desktop …
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2013
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EMC, VMware dangle axe over 1,804 workers around the planet

In the week of EMC's self-congratulatory EMC World extravaganza in Las Vegas, the storage giant revealed it will slash 1,004 jobs. The cuts will be felt worldwide in the company's Information Storage, RSA Information Security and Information Intelligence divisions, according to EMC. The redundancies will cost the biz $80m. This …
Chris Mellor, 7 May 2013

Dell tweaks Foglight virty management to control freak VDI, storage

Quest Software ate Vizioncore and VKernel, and Dell bought Quest. Now their products have to be rationalized, so in conjunction with the launch of what would have been a rev of the VKernel Operations Suite, Dell has decided to put the Foglight brand on its server, storage, and network monitoring and management tools, and thus …
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AWS says private clouds are vaporware

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Adam Selipsky has told an event in Sydney, Australia, that private clouds aren't really clouds. There's an element of “of course he would say that, wouldn't he” about Selipsky's remarks, which were made at an AWS Summit at which he preached to the choir by reciting AWS' well-worn mantra about low …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Apr 2013
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You got your Tintri hat, beermat and cat: But what does it all mean?

Hands-on Virtual storage upstart Tintri is a great example of a company I would never normally care about: when it comes to storage area networks (SANs) these folks are building the data vault equivalent of Falcon 9 rockets while I'm scraping together spare change for a Vespa. If you have an astounding offering that is aimed at a …
Trevor Pott, 23 Apr 2013

What'll we do tonight, Kieran? Same thing we do every night, Tintri....

Hybrid VM-aware array upstart Tintri is adding array-side, per-VM replication in a version 2.0 VMstore product software release, hoping to enjoy the success established storage player NetApp has had in purpose-built storage systems for virtual machines. CEO Kieran Harty says Tintri has been having phenomenal quarters, replacing …
Chris Mellor, 8 Apr 2013
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Virty market share race reaches the bend and heeeeere comes Oracle

Think virtualisation and it's hard not to think VMware. And Microsoft, which Gartner's vice president and distinguished analyst Thomas Bittman yesterday said has around 19 or 20 per cent of the market, compared to VMware's 75 per cent or so. Oracle, Parallels, Citrix and Red Hat scrap over the rest of the market, but Bittman …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Mar 2013