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Cisco takes on AWS with cloudy desktop-as-a-service plan

Works with VMware and Citrix to deliver DaaS from your bit barn or the cloud Cisco and VMware have responded to Amazon Web Services Workspaces desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) plan with their very own offering that can be deployed to private or public clouds. The new offering blends VMware's recently-acquired Deskone with a Cisco …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Dec 2013
Cloudphysics Index

We haul big-data-sifter CloudPhysics to the testlab slab

Review Regardless of everything else going on in the life of a system administrator, the one thing we lack most is time. So what if there were a single solution to give us all the information we could ever need about our virtual infrastructure in one place? Founded with the belief that in the future all virtual infrastucture will be …
Aaron Milne, 3 Dec 2013
VMworld 2013

I dived deep into the VMware community. Here's what I found...

Sysadmin blog The VMware community is more complex than any other IT community I've studied. El Reg sysadmin blogger Phoummala Schmitt has given a fantastic look at the stark contrast between the VMware and Microsoft communities. I am going to delve into the details of the VMware community a little more thoroughly. The tweets must flow If …
Trevor Pott, 28 Nov 2013
Beer taps

Hey, Microsoft, why don't you grab a beer with us?

Opinion The IT community can be a wealth of information and support. There is always someone out there that has an opinion - good or bad - or a problem that is similar to yours. When you don’t know someone, you can bet that at least one of your contacts does. It’s like reaching out to the fifth cousin of your third uncle. I wouldn’t be …

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 ships, but still no RHEL 7 in sight

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.5 has reached general availability following a six-week beta period, making it the first minor release of RHEL 6 to ship since version 6.4 in February. As with previous RHEL 6 point-releases, the update doesn't bring any massive changes to the platform, but it does add support for a few …
Neil McAllister, 22 Nov 2013
Dell's Wyse Cloud Connect thin client on a stick

CHRISTMAS MIRACLE! Dell's Android PC on a stick to ship with Santa

Dell's Project Ophelia PC-on-a-stick will finally come to fruition “before Christmas”, staff of the newly-privatised entity told The Reg at the Dell Enterprise Forum in Melbourne today. Now known as “Wyse Cloud Connect”, Project Ophelia debuted back in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. By May rumours …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Nov 2013
Daniel Craig in Skyfall

Backing up your VMware environment? A tale of agents and three letter acronyms

Reg TV Is your VMware backup under control? No, we thought not. Virtualisation has achieved many wonderful things - but it has complicated data protection and backup, where organisations see increasing recovery times, a lack of granularity, and inconsistency between back up and disaster recovery regimes. Does this this sound like you? …
David Gordon, 15 Nov 2013
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Nutanix building elite squad of crack VMware designers

VMware's VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) certification is one of the rarest and hardest to acquire: only 124 people have ever made it through the rigorous assessment process required to attain the qualification. About 50 VDCXs work for VMware. And now four work for Nutanix, after VCDX number 66 Michael Webster, who we …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Nov 2013

Oracle pours hot, steaming Java into heterogeneous heaven

APU13 The future of heterogeneous computing, in which CPUs and GPUs transparently share memory and seamlessly share tasks, has taken another step to fruition: Oracle has joined the HSA – heterogeneous systems architecture – Foundation, with the intent of making Java fully HSA-compliant. "Our intent at Oracle ... is to make [Java] the …
Rik Myslewski, 13 Nov 2013
VMware Monster VM

VMware releases hypervisor INCEPTION tool

VMWare has released something to get your head spinning: a tool to better manage nested hypervisors. Virtzilla knows about nesting its ESXi hypervisor and says it is possible to do so inside its Fusion, Workstation and vSphere products, but also makes it plain that attempting to do so in a production environment is not just …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Nov 2013
VMware Project Octopus

Does virtualisation hamper security in your organisation?

What’s not to like about server virtualisation? You can consolidate infrastructure to save money, stand up new servers quickly and without scrabbling for hardware budget, and generally improve the flexibility of your IT environment. Past reader research studies, however, have highlighted some of the less desirable side effects …
David Gordon, 9 Nov 2013
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VMware reverses decision to kill off standalone ThinApp

VMware has reversed its decision to kill off ThinApp as a discrete product. ThinApp is an application virtualisation tool that allows software to be run from a network drive or portable storage device without first being installed on a PC. Back in March 2013 VMware announced it would continue to develop the product, but not as …
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Yellow-bellied journo dons black tie, sees flip side of VMWorld

Sysadmin blog As I write this, VMworld San Francisco 2013 is two months behind me. I went, I saw, I schmoozed, and I came away from the event unsettled. I had expected the event to be a glorification of VMware – a rich parade of the ecosystem that surrounds it and cheerleading by its users. What I found was anything but. I entered the …
Trevor Pott, 4 Nov 2013
Hadoop Elephant

VMware brings big data to vSphere standard edition

Virtualisation and Hadoop are a natural fit: who wants every node to be physical when there's computing and storage resources out there that could be put to work performing Hadoopery when you need it, then freed to do other stuff at other times? VMware noticed the potential for Hadoop on vSphere ages ago and released “Big Data …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Oct 2013
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Microsoft creates new cert to make VMware admins 'bi-lingual'

Microsoft has found another way to grab some market share from VMware's: a new certification it says is designed “to help IT pros who are VMware experts build their expertise in Microsoft virtualization.” Redmond's pitch is that IT professionals need to be “bi-lingual” when it comes to virtualisation, because while VMware does a …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Oct 2013
Close Encounters

VMware's next network virtualisation targets: ELEPHANTS and MICE

VMware's software-defined networking (SDN) Daddy Martin Casado has likened the technique to the film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, not the meteor-headed-for-earth scenario of “Armageddon”. Speaking to The Register at vForum Australia, Casado said he likes the Close Encounters analogy because SDN is already here and …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Oct 2013
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VMware sucks more customers into its virtual orbit

VMware's third quarter earnings for 2013 comfortably beat analysts' estimates, driving the virty company's share price up, though there is little evidence of major spending on the company's attempt at building an Amazon-whipping cloud. Just last quarter, the company had suffered from sludgy license revenue growth but trousered a …
Jack Clark, 21 Oct 2013
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PernixData shows off write-caching, clustering one-trick FVP pony

Virtualising server-side flash biz PernixData's CEO says its FVP VMware hypervisor flash caching software is better than VMware's own flash read cache because it has write caching and clustering, two things that VMware's gear lacks. VMware's Flash Read Cache was announced in August as virtual storage that uses server direct- …
Chris Mellor, 16 Oct 2013
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Backing up your VMware environment? Don't lose control...

Regcast Is your VMware back up under control? No, we thought not. Virtualisation has achieved many wonderful things - but it has complicated data protection and backup, where organisations see increasing recovery times, a lack of granularity, and inconsistency between back up and disaster recovery regimes. Does this this sound like you …
David Gordon, 16 Oct 2013
The Office

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
VMware bomb

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 …
Nvidia Shield

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
Scale Computing HC3 boxes

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
Scale Computing HC3 boxes

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
EMC president Pat Gelsinger

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
The PC's interior, caked in dust

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