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VMware's GPL violation case rolls into German court

Proceedings have begun in the German case probing whether VMware's ESXi is in violation of the Gnu Public Licence The case emerged last March, when ace kernel developer Christoph Hellwig alleged that ESXi hypervisor has pinched parts of the code he wrote for the Linux kernel. That's a big no-no under version 2 of the GPL. So …

NSX Daddy Martin Casado leaves VMware to become a VC

Martin Casado is leaving VMware to join venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. That's Martin Casado the founder of Nicira, the network virtualisation company he sold to VMware for US$1.26bn back in August 2012. Casado's an enormously influential chap: he just about summoned the idea of networking virtualisation from the …
Darren Pauli, 25 Feb 2016
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QLogic: Ready to get excited about an Ethernet adapter?

Prepare to get excited about an adapter: QLogic’s multi-protocol FastLinQ 45000 Ethernet controllers use an ASIC with up to 100Gbit/s Ethernet speed, RDMA and NVMe over fabrics support to virtually abolish external storage array network latency and support network virtualisation. The ASIC’s CPU offloading and high speed …
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2016

Oracle acquires Ravello, will bake it into Big Red Cloud

Oracle has acquired Ravello, purveyor of a cloud-spanning hypervisor. Ravello de-cloaked in 2013, giving the world technology that virtualises hypervisors to make them portable. The outcome of that trick is the ability to encapsulate an app and run it just about anywhere, without having to re-tool it for a particular cloud. …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Feb 2016
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IBM tailors Swift for cloud, gets into bed with VMware, Github

Big Blue has used its IBM InterConnect conference in Las Vegas to announce cooperative deals with Apple, VMware and GitHub, as the venerable commuting giant seeks to suck in more cloudy business. "Businesses are adopting cloud-based applications to accelerate innovation, but they are still struggling to combine those cloud …
Iain Thomson, 22 Feb 2016
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Cisco to call 'last orders' on NetScaler 1000V

It looks like Cisco and Citrix are sorting through their respective record collections, with The Borg putting the Citrix-derived NetScaler 1000V products on its end-of-life list. Even in the high-turnover world of Cisco stock-keeping units (SKUs), the Citrix NetScaler 1000V has had a brief life. The two companies first …
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Citrix prepares app publishing bridge to get carriers onto NFV

Citrix thinks carriers like the idea of network function virtualisation (NFV) but aren't ready to go there in one giant leap, so is offering its own wares as able to deliver a comparable experience. There's a little bit of “when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail” to Citrix's thinking, because the company's …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Feb 2016
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Xen forgets recent patches in new maintenance release

The Xen Project has announced a new maintenance release for version 4.6.1 of its hypervisor, but along the way has admitted it forgot to add some recent patches. “Note that …. due to two oversights the fixes for both XSA-155 and XSA-162 have only been partially applied to this release,” says the announcement of the maintenance …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Feb 2016
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VMware re-issues patch after vCenter fix fails to 'completely' fix bug

There's egg on face down VMware way after the company 'fessed up that a patch it delivered last year didn't completely work. The problem the patch failed to patch is VMSA-2015-0007, a nasty that means vCenter Server possesses a remotely accessible JMX RMI service that is not securely configured. News of that problem emerged, …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Feb 2016

Big data lakes? Too many ponds, that’s the problem

In recent chats I had with end users and vendors I found a common pattern that made me think about Big Data analytics and how data is collected, organized and analysed in many organisations. This is also, I think, an explanation for the slow growth of some Big Data companies and slower than expected ROI in some Big Data …
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You can leave your hat on, warbles Rackspace to OpenStack users

Rackspace has announced private-cloud-as-a-service running Red Hat's cut of OpenStack. Rackspace's definition of “private cloud” is a little different. Most of the rest of the industry imagines the concept as pooling one's on-premises servers so that they behave more like a public cloud, complete with “give me a VM and give it …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Feb 2016
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VMware hikes vSphere prices, shrinks licence options

VMware's reduced the number of vSphere packages from six to three and increased prices for the survivors. Today, VMware offers the following cuts of vSphere: vSphere Standard vSphere Enterprise Plus vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus vSphere Enterprise vSphere with Operations Management Standard vSphere …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Feb 2016
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EVO:FAIL as VMware quietly shelves its EVO:RAIL recipe

VMware launched VSAN 6.2 yesterday, proclaiming it as the company's new hyperconverged software – and repeating the claim that VSAN adoption makes it number one in the hyperconverged market. Which is all well and good, save for the fact there's one thing missing: namely, EVO:RAIL, the software-defined recipe for roll-your-own …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Feb 2016
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VMware adds dedupe tool to VSAN penknife: You don't need no steenkin' array

VMware has updated VSAN, its virtual SAN software, to version 6.2, adding data protection stuff to catch up with Nutanix and Simplivity hyper-converged infrastructure appliances. VSAN combines the direct-attached storage in vSphere server nodes to create an aggregated and shared storage resource called a virtual SAN, doing …
Chris Mellor, 10 Feb 2016
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Intel's Wind River preps server to deliver VMs into home routers

Intel is starting to deliver on its vision of x86-powered modem/routers in the home , as its Wind River subsidiary releases a server dedicated to delivery of functions to virtual customer premises equipment (CPE). The new offering is aimed at telcos, who for years have struggled to get customers to buy more than carriage. …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Feb 2016
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VMware finally gets all its end-user computing ideas together as one

VMware has taken the wraps off what looks like the culmination of several years building an end-user computing business. Workspace ONE is the name of the new product, an odd choice given that arch-rival Citrix offers Workspace Suite and Workspace Cloud. The similarity doesn't end there. Both companies now offer different …
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Nokia kicks off pre-MWC race with tech show-and-tell

And then there were four: the Big Five mobile network vendors are reduced to a quartet, though Cisco will be hoping that its new alliance with Ericsson will admit it to the inner circle, while Samsung and NEC remain hopeful of harnessing virtualisation to improve their radio access network (RAN) business. But the fight is …
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VMware kicks off new vSphere beta test

VMware is looking for people to indulge in some beta testing for a new version of vSphere. An expression of interest page has appeared and VMware's community of anointed “vExperts” has also been asked to sign up. Just what's in the beta isn't being revealed, but VMware's asking testers to move fast. Those engaged for the test …

Swiss rolls into HPE: Micro-Veeam clone Trilead gobbled

HPE has bought Switzerland-based Trilead, according to Trilead's home page. Trilead's VM Explorer is a backup product for VMware's ESXi and Microsoft Hyper-V users. It comes in Free, Pro (£520.00 / US$790), and Enterprise (£990.00 / US$1,460) editions. The latest release introduced automatic backup testing, cloud backup, a …
Chris Mellor, 5 Feb 2016

Rkt container runtime leaves the launchpad

CoreOS has decided that rkt, its open source container, is fit for production purposes and therefore ready to fly as version 1.0. Rkt is an alternative to Docker's file format and runtime that, as we wrote at its launch, tries to knock off Docker's rough edges with special attention to security while making it possible to run …
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Parallels opens new Windows with app virtualistion upgrade

Early in 2015, junior virtualiser Parallels acquired a remote application delivery company called 2X software. This week, 2X's assets have landed in the 15th and newest version of Parallels' Remote Application Server. Combining the two products means Remote Application Server is now far better at delivering apps and desktops …
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A virtual phone inside a virtual cloud desktop is now an actual thing

Amazon Web Services has tweaked its Workspaces cloudy virtual desktops service, adding the ability to voice-over-internet-protocol (VoIP) software. The company says it's now possible to take audio from whatever client device you use to run Workspaces' client app, then pipe it Skype, Lync or WebEx running on the cloudy virtual …
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'VxRail' looks like EMC's next-gen hyper-converged appliance

EMC and VMware are making more noise about a hyper-converged launch this month. The Register's virtualisation desk is willing to go out on a limb and say that among the announcements will be a hardware product called VxRail. Here's our logic. EMC used its annual results call to reveal it has new hyper-converged kit on the way …
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What’s new in Hyper-V in Windows Server 2016?

Microsoft is busy reshaping Windows server for the cloud era, and the Hyper-V hypervisor is changing accordingly. The first release of Hyper-V was with Windows Server 2008. It was a solid and reliable product from the beginning, but with limited features compared to its competition, especially VMware. The technology is …
Tim Anderson, 29 Jan 2016
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New Xen maintenance release ends active version 4.4 development

Can it really be time to update Xen again? Yes it can, because the Xen Project has announced a new maintenance release, version 4.4.4, that ticks off a list of 70 fixes and improvements, plus another five qemu quirks. Xen's had a rough time of it lately, with several severe bugs demanding attention. A few security-related …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jan 2016
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Reg readers speak out on Thin Client technology

Survey Results Managing PC estates is a time-consuming, expensive and thankless task. Better provisioning and management tools can obviously help, but implementing one or more of the various forms of desktop virtualisation available nowadays may also be beneficial. The virtualisation option, and particularly the use of hardware-based thin …
Dale Vile, 28 Jan 2016

Puppet master investors tug on Citrix as 'wind turns'

Puppet master-cum activist investor Elliot Management appears to be pulling virtualisation vendor Citrix's strings in the right direction… for shareholders if not for some staff. Elliott Management upped its stake in Citrix last summer and made it known it wasn’t happy about the state of the business or share price, and …
Paul Kunert, 28 Jan 2016
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EMC Federation to reveal new hyper-hyper converged appliances

EMC, VMware and VCE will soon announce a new range of hyper-converged appliances that EMC II CEO David Goulden says are game-changers. “For the last several months EMC and VMware partnered very closely to develop a new next-generation hyper-converged appliance family that uniquely leverages technology from EMC, VMware and VCE …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jan 2016

This EMC is bereft of expansion, it is formerly increasing ... it is ex-growth

Analysis EMC is now an ex-growth stock. It pulled out its traditional hard-selling fourth quarter, but it achieved 0.7 per cent less than the year-ago quarter. Full-year results, published on Wednesday, were ahead in the annual compare by just 1 per cent. It's been a hard year for the world's number one storage supplier. Fourth …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2016

VMware axes Fusion and Workstation US devs

VMware has fired the US-based development teams that worked on its Fusion and Workstation desktop hypervisors, the products that gave the company its start. News of the layoffs made it onto Twitter, of course, and has also reached a blog by former VMware team member Christian Hammond. Thelayoff.com also features former and …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jan 2016
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VMware says vSphere in decline, new multi-cloud plan will ensure growth

VMware is setting itself up for life after vSphere, outlining a new multi-cloud strategy and insisting its newer products are all growing nicely. It also said it will scale back its vCloud Air cloud service, and fire about 800 staff as it moves people into areas likely to fuel growth. VMware execs used today's Q4 2015 and FY …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jan 2016
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Citrix kills Sydney research lab, vows to focus on 'core products'

Citrix has closed its research lab in Sydney, Australia. News of the closure appeared on Twitter, where missives like those below from lab staffers Jeff Muir and Donovan Hackett were spotted by virtualization whisperer Brian Madden. El Reg asked Citrix why it closed the facility. A Citrix spokesperson said: "We made the …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jan 2016
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Move vSphere VMs to XenServer? Citrix thinks someone wants it

Would anyone move VMs from VMware to Citrix? XenServer's made it easier with a w technical preview of XenServer, probably for version 7.0. This is the second such release since version 6.5 gave the world so much joy last January. In line with Citrix's plan to make XenServer a terrific environment for its own wares, and mostly …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jan 2016
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OpenStack abandons AWS challenge dreams, makes eyes at telcos

OpenStack, once seen as the open alternative to Amazon’s AWS, is positioning itself as virtualized telecoms middleware. The open-source project has rolled out a white paper championing Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) with backing from the big dogs of telecoms. The report calls on developers to get involved with and help …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Jan 2016

Docker bags unikernel gurus – now you can be just like Linus Torvalds

Analysis Linux container biz Docker has bought Unikernel Systems, a startup in Cambridge, UK, that's doing interesting things with roll-your-own operating systems. Rather than build an application on top of an OS, with the unikernel approach, you build your own tiny operating system customized for your application. It's quite a coup …
Chris Williams, 21 Jan 2016
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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