Flexiant readies OpenStack support with plug-in-friendly Orchestrator release

  photo: JULIADEBOER PHOTOGRAPHY SUMMARY:The British company, whose software aims to help service providers enter the cloud game, has “opened up” its platform to allow more flexibility. It’s also preparing to support OpenStack, claiming it will make service provider deployments less painful. Flexiant, a company that sells service providers software to help them start offering cloud ...

Cisco acquires storage maker

EMC alliance in jeopardy? Cisco today made a major move in the storage market with its plan to acquire Whiptail, a maker of solid state memory and data storage systems, for US$415 million. The deal, according to Cisco, will help its Unified Computing System (UCS) — a bundled solution combining networking, servers, storage and virtualisation ...

Look at virtualisation’s history for a map of its future

Learn from the history of server consolidation. There has been such dizzying change and such rapid growth when it comes to virtualisation that it makes sense to take a step back and look at its history.  If you want to get a hint as to where virtualisation may be heading, you need to look closely ...

VMware NSX brings advanced networking to virtualization: Is it enough?

VMWORLD 2013 CONFERENCE COVERAGE This article is part of an Essential Guide, our editor-selected collection of our best articles, videos and other content on this topic. Explore more in this guide: 1. – VMWORLD 2013 NEWS: READ MORE IN THIS SECTION IT pros take a critical look at VMware’s software-defined vision Networking virtualization may be a ...

VMware splits vCloud Director into vCenter, vCloud Automation Center

SAN FRANCISCO — VMware is reshuffling its cloud computing cards with a plan to split intellectual property currently in vCloud Director into new integrations with vCenter and vCloud Automation Center, the company said this week. Exact details on which features of vCloud Director (vCD) will go into which part of VMware Inc.’s vCloud Suite are not available yet, but ...

Vendors link hardware switches with VMware NSX network virtualization

VMWORLD 2013 CONFERENCE COVERAGE This article is part of an Essential Guide, our editor-selected collection of our best articles, videos and other content on this topic. Explore more in this guide: 1. – VMWORLD 2013 NEWS: READ MORE IN THIS SECTION IT pros take a critical look at VMware’s software-defined vision Networking virtualization may be a ...

Amazon and Microsoft, beware—VMware cloud is more ambitious than we thought

Desktops, disaster recovery, IaaS, and PaaS make VMware’s cloud compelling. vCloud Hybrid Service integrates with on-premises VMware deployments. VMware VMware today announced that vCloud Hybrid Service, its first public infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud, will become generally available in September. That’s no surprise, as we already knew it was slated to go live this quarter. What is surprising is ...

VMware re-virtualizes networks and storage to keep pace with the cloud

Virtualization giant makes its case as Microsoft and OpenStack gain recognition. So much hardware to virtualize, so little time. Intel Free Press SAN FRANCISCO—VMware is still the big kahuna in virtualization, and the company is hosting its annual VMworld conference this week to show off the latest shiny bits of software that businesses can buy for ...

Could VMware’s new networking product show it the way toward openness and growth?

SUMMARY:VMware’s counting on its Nicira purchase to help it take its virtualization credibility from servers to networks. The launch of an ecosystem and new features around the NSX controller show it’s getting serious. The big news out of VMworld this morning is its NSX networking controller and the ecosystem designed to support it. With the ...

A VMware-Amazon detente? A shipping VMware cloud? 4 things to look for at VMworld

photo: (c) 2013 Pinar Ozger pinar@pinarozger.com SUMMARY:Will we see an Amazon-VMware team of rivals? Actual availability of the promised vCloud Hybrid Services cloud, a clarification of VCE status? Stay tuned for VMworld news. As VMware gears up its major cloud computing onslaught and revs up its software-defined data center mantra, here’s what I’ll be listening for ...