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Startup: DreamHost Spins Out Akanda NFV Platform – More Networking Abstraction Happening

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The short version of this post is that DreamHost is spinning out a new entity to commercialize a networking tool it built for its own use. The longer version is more interesting and speaks to some big changes in the networking world as customers and vendors start to see the parallels between what server virtualization did for […]

Kemp Technologies releases their Virtual LoadMaster (VLM) application load balancer Management Pack for vCenter Operations

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KEMP Technologies recently announced the general availability of its new Virtual LoadMaster (VLM) application load balancer management pack for vCenter Operations Manager.  We are excited as this Management Pack is the second example vCenter Operations consuming, correlating and displaying load balencer data (the first was our NSX Management Pack). Many organizations use KEMP’s LoadMaster application […]

VMware refreshes software-defined data center lineup with new features

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Server virtualization stalwart VMware Inc. is following up the flurry of product announcements at its recent annual customer conference in San Francisco  with the release of strategic enhancements for a number of existing solutions that bridge vital functionality gaps in its portfolio. The company also pulled the curtains back on a brand new tool aimed […]

How network virtualization is used as a security tool

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When people think of network virtualization, the advantages that come to mind typically include faster provisioning of networks, easier management of networks and more efficient use of resources. But network virtualization can have another major benefit as well: security. VMware is one of the companies attempting to bring network virtualization into the market. Its flagship […]

VMware lays out four-part growth strategy

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As hypervisors move toward commodity status and competitors Microsoft Azure and open source KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) gain market share, VMware presented a vision of its future at the VMworld conference last week based on four initiatives: the software-defined data center (SDDC), open source including Docker, hybrid cloud, and virtualized desktops. SDDC The most obvious […]

The software-defined data center puzzle is finally clicking together

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VMware Inc. has closed the loop on the software-defined data center, according to the head of its software-defined data center unit.  Appearing on SiliconANGLE’s theCUBE at the virtualization giant’s recently concluded customer conference in San Francisco, vice president John Gilmartin made the case that the introduction of the NSX network and vSAN storage virtualization solutions […]

Gartner: VMWorld 2014 Recap – What about the applications?

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Thanks to VMWare for inviting me to attend VMWorld this year, I was looking forward to learning more about the progress on vCenter Operations Manager (especially Log Insight and Hyperic). I was also eager to learn more about NSX and the management packs around NSX which are critical to adoption. My colleagues who cover NSX […]

Introducing SoftNAS Cloud 3 for VMware

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Specific features of SoftNAS Cloud for VMware include: 1. VDP Backup Server support for high-performance on-site and off-site backup storage using any VMware server and storage combination, plus Amazon S3 for off-site cloud storage 2. vCloud Hybrid Service Real-time Backup/DR – near real-time block replication from VMware ESXi private cloud to vCHS with automatic failover […]

Dell Brings VMware NSX to Network Switches

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Dell will offer VMware’s NSX platform on its switches and a converged solution for the midmarket segment. Dell is embracing VMware’s NSX network virtualization technology as part of a larger effort with VMware to fuel the adoption of what company executives call the software-defined data center. On the first day of the VMworld 2014 show Aug. 25, […]

VMware vSphere IAAS Interoperability: Virtual SAN, NSX, OpenStack

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Just in time and right before everyone is off on a long 4th of July weekend here in the good old U.S. of A, I wanted to share an integration demo that I’ve been holding for some time now. Hopefully everyone can see the fireworks delivered by the demo as well. In this demonstration we’re showcasing the advanced […]

Chambers declares war on VMware

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Cisco CEO John Chambers has declared war on VMware. In a recent call to the financial analysts he termed VMware “enemy number 1 for Cisco” and vowed to “crush” VMware’s software-defined networking (SDN) product, NSX, in the market, said Wikibon Principal Research Contributor Stuart Miniman in a discussion on theCUBE from IBM Edge this week […]

VMware Virtual SAN Move, Explained

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VMware moves into a new market with the introduction Wednesday of Virtual SAN, which will provide a newly defined tier of storage in the datacenter. Virtual SAN combines two types of physical storage — hard drives and solid-state disks — into a virtualized pool that can be managed through the hypervisor. Managing virtualized resources is […]

HP Expands Network Virtualization Business with Shunra

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Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) announced has purchased Shunra, a a Philadelphia-based application performance engineering (APE) company and current HP partner. HP hopes the acquisition will help to expand its mobile testing capabilities for its line of Loadrunne rand Performance Center products, both of which allow users to test the efficiency of their enterprise networks. Shunra’s technology will help the company bolster its mobile capabilities […]

VMware’s Goldilocks hypervisor: Best of both worlds for security

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Straight off  his rather animated presentation on stage of the Open Networking Summit 2014 in Santa Clara, Martin Casado, Chief Architect of Networking with VMware, joined John Furrier and Stu Miniman in theCUBE, to debate the DevOps culture, the creativity, new dawn and the infancy of the ‘revolution’ in the modern data center. Referring to […]

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