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  • Microsoft Open-Sources the UEFI Core Used by Surface Devices and Hyper-V

    Project Mu aims to make it easier for developers to quickly create and frequently update the firmware of their devices, enabling Project Mu devices to adopt a Firmware as a Service (FaaS) evolution model. Project Mu contains the same code leveraged in several of products, including the Microsoft Surface and Hyper-V, Microsoft says.

  • Android Emulator Now Supports AMD Hardware Acceleration and Hyper-V on Windows

    The latest release of the Android Emulator for Windows aims thus to boost its performance when running on AMD processors or a Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor by bringing support for hardware accelerated enhancements that were previously only available for Intel processors.

  • Microsoft Releases More Azure Stack Details, Available September

    At the recent Microsoft Inspire partner conference, Microsoft announced Azure Stack is now available for order and will ship as soon as September. Azure Stack is a private cloud implementation of Microsoft’s public Azure cloud. Unlike other private cloud providers, Microsoft is offering Azure Stack as a consumption-based service, similar to its public cloud counterpart.

  • Microsoft and Docker Preview Windows Server Containers

    It is now possible to run Windows-specific software inside containers. Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3 is the first Windows release to support this technology. Windows Server Containers offer very similar capabilities to Linux containers, but in the context of the Windows ecosystem. Docker also released its own technical preview that showcases how it's able to manage Windows containers.

  • VENOM Vulnerability Threatens Several Major VM Hosts

    Users of the popular virtual machine tools Xen, KVM, VirtualBox, and QEMU are urged to patch their systems as soon as possible due to a newly found bug that exposes flaws in the code providing virtual floppy disk support. The VENOM vulnerability affects all operating systems that are hosting these environments.

  • Does the Cloud Need Server Virtualization?

    Simeon Simeonov wrote an essay on the latest strategy of VMWare in the wake of the SpringSource Acquisition 12 months ago. He contends that if Server Virtualization was a key enabler of Cloud Computing, it's days might be counted as VMware CTO Steve Herrod explains “We are committed to making Spring the best language for cloud applications, even if that cloud is not based on VMware vSphere.”

  • Red Hat and Microsoft Get Together in the Virtualization Arena

    Red Hat has announced an agreement with Microsoft to support each other’s guests on their virtualization servers including coordinated technical support.

  • Citrix Changes the Virtualization Market by Giving XenServer for Free

    After buying XenSource 18 months ago for half a billion USD, Citrix offers their last version of the XenServer “free of charge to any user for unlimited production deployment”. This move will certainly have a significant impact on the virtualization market in the cloud computing era that has begun.

  • Article: Virtualization and Security

    While virtualization provides many benefits, security can not be a forgotten concept in its application. A new InfoQ article examines this relationship in detail.

  • PowerShell Management Library for Hyper-V Posted on CodePlex

    James O'Neill from Microsoft has posted the PowerShell Management Library for Hyper-V Beta 0.9 on CodePlex. The library currently contains 66 functions used to manage the virtual machines running in Hyper-V.

  • Microsoft Unleashes Hyper-V to the Virtualization Masses

    Today Microsoft released Hyper-V, their entry into the bare metal hypervisor virtualization space. Hyper-V supports 32/64 bit operating systems including SUSE Linux 10.