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Virtualization, Open Source Cloud and PaaS Adoption Numbers

by Abel Avram on  Oct 04, 2012

Zenoss has conducted a survey among IT operations specialists in order to evaluate virtualization, open source cloud and PaaS adoption. This article contains a digest of the survey results.

The Software-defined Datacenter Has Arrived

by Abel Avram on  Aug 30, 2012

VMware and Microsoft provide solutions for software-defined datacenters where all resources – compute, storage, availability, networking and security – are virtualized and automated. This article focuses on the latest additions: virtualized networking and security.

Network Virtualization Makes its Way to Major Cloud Software Vendors Via Acquisitions

by Daniel Rubio on  Aug 13, 2012

Recent acquisitions by Oracle and VMware accentuate the growing network virtualization market.

Presentation: Progressive Architectures at the Royal Bank of Scotland

by Michael Stal on  Jul 06, 2012 2

In their presentation posted at InfoQ systems and data architects Ben Stopford, Farzad Pezeshkpour and Mark Atwell show how RBS leveraged new technologies in their architectures while facing difficult challenges such as regulation, competition and tighter budgets. They also need to cope with stringent technical challenges, for instance with efficiency and scalability.

Linux Now Runs on Windows Azure

by Abel Avram on  Jun 09, 2012

Windows Azure now supports 4 flavors of Linux and 5 VM sizes. Microsoft embraces Linux in order to see their cloud computing platform adopted, and promises even more support for other OSes and all programming languages.

VMware's vFabric Suite Gains Automated Deployment and PostgreSQL Support

by Charles Humble on  May 15, 2012

VMware has today announced VMware vFabric Suite 5.1, adding automated deployment, enterprise open source support, and PostgreSQL capabilities, as well as an expansion to the SQLFire in-memory database.

Using Windows Server 8 to Build an IaaS Cloud

by Abel Avram on  Oct 12, 2011

Small and large enterprises will be able to create their own clouds with Windows Server 8. A Microsoft whitepaper presents the details of building such an IaaS platform with the upcoming server OS from Redmond.

Aeolus–A New Open Source Multi-cloud Management Solution

by Abel Avram on  Sep 01, 2011

Aeolus is an open source project intended to provide solutions for managing packs of virtual machines across various private and public clouds. The project has been started by Red Hat, but they do not want to own the project, inviting other companies to join forces with them in creating an open cloud management solution.

Adrian Cole Announces JClouds 1.0 Release

by Rick Hightower on  Jul 27, 2011

The goal of the new JClouds 1.0 release is to provide a common interface for managing compute nodes and storage nodes across many vendors, providers, frameworks and APIs from IaaS to PaaS, says JClouds founder Adrian Cole.

Private Cloud Roundup

by Lee Ackerman on  Jul 14, 2011

Private clouds continue to grow in popularity and offer a number of appealing benefits to an organization including higher utilization of existing server resources, improved manageability, pay as you go, and self-service. This roundup provides a high-level view of some of the key ingredients for creating a private cloud solution.

IBM Workload Deployer – Continuing Maturation of Private Cloud Appliances

by Lee Ackerman on  Jun 28, 2011 1

IBM Workload Deployer is the next generation of the IBM WebSphere CloudBurst v2.0 appliance further driving the use of patterns, templates and automation to simplify and accelerate the definition and deployment of private cloud solutions.

VMware Announces vFabric Cloud Application Platform 5, Simplifies Licensing and Deployment

by Charles Humble on  Jun 14, 2011

VMware has today announced that the next version of its vFabric cloud application platform, which it expects to ship later in the summer, will see a licensing change to a per VM model. The platform gains elastic memory for Java applications running in Spring tc Server, and a new performance monitoring tool for Spring applications running in production, based on Spring Insight.

Bloggers React To Open Virtualization Alliance Announcement

by Michael Floyd on  May 18, 2011 1

Yesterday’s announcement that a group of company’s led by Red Hat, IBM, HP and others have formed the Open Virtualization Alliance had bloggers talking. The the goal is to foster the adoption of Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM). But speculation ran high after the announcement that some member companies may be attempting to break the stranglehold VMWare and Citrix hold on the market.

OpenStack Discusses Cactus, Previews Diablo

by Michael Floyd on  Apr 25, 2011

The OpenStack project gathered late last week, and amidst the Amazon EBS debacle, held a Webinar to both elaborate on new features introduced in Cactus and describe anticipated elements of the upcoming Diablo release.

Capture the Application, not just the Screenshot with VS Lab Management

by Jenni Konrad on  Apr 20, 2011 2

Visual Studio Lab Management 2010 is a highly integrated virtualization, development, and testing tool. When testers encounter an error they can create a snapshot of the virtual environment at that moment: not just a screenshot, but the current state of the application or website and all the servers involved.

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