VMware plays nice with OpenStack, unveils a VMware-powered data-center-in-a-box

  SUMMARY:At VMworld, the virtualization giant will unveil new service that makes OpenStack more compatible with VMware tools and VMware-loaded data centers as well as a new appliance that will come stocked with (what else?) VMware software. Virtualization giant VMware plans to announce Monday that its lineup of tools for the data center will soon be compatible ...

Automation is the key to saving cash in the cloud. But how to do it?

  SUMMARY:On this week’s Structure Show, we discussed how VMware handles automation both for its customers and in its own cloud, and how a startup called Mesosphere wants to turn parts of that approach on their head by taking inspiration from Google and Twitter. We’re a month out from our Structure conference, so we took the ...

Amazon woos VMware admins (and workloads) with new portal

photo: Barb Darrow SUMMARY:Can you say hybrid cloud? AWS says its new portal will let VMware administrators manage AWS, as well as VMware, resources. Interesting. Late Friday, Amazon Web Services announced a portal that it says will make VMware admins comfortable managing workloads in the Amazon cloud. This is just the latest push by the public ...

New AWS Management Portal for vCenter

IT Managers and Administrators working within large organizations regularly tell us that they find the key AWS messages — fast and easy self-service provisioning, exchange of CAPEX for OPEX, and the potential for cost savings — to be attractive and compelling. They want to start moving into the future by experimenting with AWS, but they don’t always ...

VMware, Puppet, EMC & SAP: Better Together

If you already have orchestration and automation in place, and you’re interested in adding SAP to your already automated environment, this should get you started. If you’re already a happy user of Puppet and/or Razor, and you want to use either or both in your SAP environment, this may help you start a conversation with ...

Bracing for the OpenStack deluge

  SUMMARY:Huawei, Hitachi and Aptira are aboard as OpenStack Foundation Gold members, Cisco beefs up its OpenStack bundles and more news out of the OpenStack Summit 2013. Here they come. The OpenStack faithful are gathering in Hong Kong this week atthe OpenStack Summit, hoping to show how the open-source cloud stack has matured enough for ...

Microsoft keeps building its hybrid cloud with Windows Azure updates

  SUMMARY:A set of updates to Windows Azure include new backup services, an SDK, and a preview Hyper-V recovery manager. Microsoft continues to push out enhancements and updates to its cloud. This week it’s made Windows Azure Backup Services broadly available and announced a couple other updates including a new software development kit (SDK) that should ease debugging ...

OpenStack: is it a PaaS killer? The week in cloud

  SUMMARY:As the latest release of the open-source cloud infrastructure debuted, controversy swirled anew. Will OpenStack kill third-party PaaSes or vice versa? As the OpenStack Havana release went live last week, controversy over the viability of the open source cloud continued to swirl, this time thanks to a set of dueling blog posts. On Saturday, Simon Wardley posted a ...

Verizon launches new built-from-scratch enterprise cloud

  photo: Jordan Novet SUMMARY:New Verizon Cloud, parlaying CloudStack and Xen, promises easy movement of VMware workloads, the end of the noisy-neighbor … pretty much cloud nirvana. Now comes the hard part: winning users. Verizon isn’t the first name that comes to mind when you think of enterprise cloud, but it’s fielded respectable, mostly VMware-based ...

VMware and the one question that matters most in cloud marketing

  photo: Derrick Harris SUMMARY:James Urquhart examines the different technology concerns between developers and traditional IT buyers and how that affects their cloud-buying behavior. While VMware has a strong position right now, he argues, it might not last. I wrote in July about how cloud computing isn’t the same for every enterprise, and the true implications of ...