Release: VMware vCloud Suite 5.1

Yesterday, onstage at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco, VMware announced its first comprehensive solution to deliver a software-defined datacenter: VMware vCloud Suite 5.1. The goal of a software-defined datacenter is to abstract all hardware resources, pool them into aggregate capacity to facilitate automation of applications and services deployment. Today at VMworld®, VMware and its partners are taking a bold step toward simplifying IT, offering customers everything they need to build, operate Read more [...]

Paper: What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.1

This paper is particularly appropriate for this week, enriched with the VMworld 2012 in San Francisco. The document summarizes the new features and enhancements introduced with release 5.1 of vSphere: Compute • Larger virtual machines: up to 64 vCPUs and 1TB vRAM • New virtual machine format: with CPU performance counters and virtual shared graphics acceleration Storage • Flexible, space-efficient storage for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) Network • vSphere Distributed Switch: Read more [...]

Pure Storage announces integration of ZeroSnap and VMware vCenter Web Client Plugin into FlashArray

Pure Storage is introducing ZeroSnap and a vCenter web client plugin for its product for Server and desktop virtualization: FlashArray. The new release of the product woud be directed to fulfil a set of networked storage needs for companies who want to leverage flash memory for their performance-critical application. The new addition of ZeroSnap in Pure Storage FlashArray would permit to take a thousand of indipendent snapshots per minute with minimal overhead, it would not require planning and Read more [...]

Release: VMware Workstation 9

Today VMware, together with the release of Fusion 5.0, releasedversion 9 of its desktop virtualization platform Workstation. The main feature is, of course, the advanced support for Windows 8 and the new web interface that grants access to virtual machine on any device with a modern browser. Other features that can be summarized are: Support for encrypted virtual machines that require a runtime password and another password to change virtual machine settings Semplified VMs transfer to Read more [...]

Release: VMware Fusion 5.0

Today VMware released version 5.0 of its desktop virtualization platform for Apple Mac: Fusion. This release is obviously designed to integrate with the last Apple OS,Mountain Lion, introducing the support for AirPlay Mirroring andNotification Center. The press release claims more than 70 new features, more relevant are the support for OS X Mountain Lion in a virtual machine and the optimization for the brand new Microsoft Windows 8. Other features that can be summarized are: Support Read more [...]

Comparison: vSphere 5 versus Hyper-V 3.0

While both Microsoft and VMware are working hard to convince existing and potential customers on why they should buy their products, it’s hard to find non-biased comparisons nowadays comparing the features of the current VMware hypervisor vSphere 5 and the just released Hyper-V 3.0 part of Windows Server 2012. Marcel van den Berg has written a series of blog post making that comparison. And we recommend people who want to make the comparison to read these series of articles in order to get Read more [...]

VMware plans to abandon vRAM Licensing

Yesterday CRN reported that, according to their sources “familiar with VMware’s plans“, VMware is going to discontinue vRAM licensing program with the introduction of vSphere 5.1. Abandoning the vRAM entitlement (that proved to be very unpopular among the community) for its previous CPU-based licensing model, VMware will keep vSphere competitive against the new release of Hyper-V 3 enriched with several enterprise-class features. A lot of customers feel like they are being nickel-and-dimed Read more [...]

VMware Offers vCloud “Test-Drive” with New Evaluation Service

On August 15th, vCloud, the cloud computing initiative from VMware announced to offer a vCloud Service Evaluation which allows customers to “test-drive” a cloud built on the VMware platform. The idea of VMware is that the vCloud Service Evaluation would give to potential VMware customers the chances to “test drive” a cloud built on the VMware vCloud platform and to existing clients to evaluate vCloud features, as well as support for apps and virtual machines that VMware customers already Read more [...]

Release: VMware vCenter Server 5.0 Update 1b

Yesterday VMware announced the availability of a new update for vCenter Server 5.0 just about a month after the release of the update 1a. This is mainly a patch release to solve some bugs that have been documented in the past versions. Version 1b basically replaces the previous one and then the improvements introduced in this update are nearly the same: vCenter Server 5.0 Update 1b introduces support for the following vCenter Database: Oracle 11g Enterprise Edition, Standard Edition, Standard Read more [...]

VMware acquires Log Insight

Yesterday Pattern Insight, a company located in Mountain View, CA and specialized in data mining and search platforms, announced to have reached an agreement with VMware to sell its Log Insight product together with its team and technology. Log Insight is an analytics and log management platform that has the ability to analyze large amounts of machine-generated data in real time. It is used for operational analytics in traditional data center and cloud environments. It has the ability to discover Read more [...]