Jun 232014
 
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Ubuntu closes Ubuntu One service, Skylabel has released an Open-Source version of the Amazon S3 service, VMware could ‘crush’ Citrix Systems in VDI, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 is available, VMware Horizon View Version 6 made available on June 19, 2014!


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Jun 232014
 

Ubuntu closes Ubuntu One service, Skylabel has released an Open-Source version of the Amazon S3 service, VMware could ‘crush’ Citrix Systems in VDI, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 is available, VMware Horizon View Version 6 made available on June 19, 2014!


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Jun 192014
 

The downloads for the full release of VMware Horizon View Version 6 will be available tonight (June 19, 2014) at 8:00 PM EST! This release is a “game-changer” for VMware, and is highly anticipated! Check out your “MyVMware” account this evening!

Jun 112014
 

The latest version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux is out! Check out the new features (especially the inclusion of Docker technology!)

Announcing the General Availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7!

Red Hat Custoemr Portal Announcement – “Red Hat is pleased to announce the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, available today on the Red Hat Customer Portal. Built to meet modern datacenter demands as well as next-generation IT requirements, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 lays the foundation for the open hybrid cloud and serves enterprise workloads across converged infrastructures.

While providing the agility, flexibility and stability to meet new requirements head-on without increasing complexity, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 also delivers military-grade security, mission-critical reliability, and the performance and ease-of-use capabilities to efficiently manage and run your environment.

Key Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 features include:

  • Lightweight, portable Docker containers run applications at near bare-metal speed providing isolation and leveraging SELinux for increased security.
  • Improved filesystem enhancements including a default XFS filesystem that supports up to 500TB, improvements to NFS 4 adding extended attributes with SELinux labels, and LVM supporting whole volume snapshots with rollback.
  • Improved interoprability with Microsoft Active Directory domains, allowing Red Hat Enterprise Linux clients to integrate more easily within heterogeneous datacenters.
  • Centralized management of processes, services, security, and other resources using systemd allowing enhanced, granular control of your system.
  • Performance tool utilities such as TUNA, Thermostat, and Performance Co-Pilot to allow you to monitor, measure, and resolve application problems.
  • New management tools like OpenLMI help to create uniformity and standardized administration across systems by managing storage, network, and high-availability resources.
  • Refined control over system subscriptions allows you to set support priority, audit systems reliably, and see how you’re using your subscriptions at a glance.

Along with the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, we’re making improvements to ensure that customers have a better product experience in our Customer Portal.”

May 302014
 

Lately it seems the Citrix has been making all the wrong moves. With Citrix XenApp 7.5 they have left the IMA architecture that has been such a staple of solid application delivery, in order to merge it with their FMA architecture that their XenDesktop product architecture is based on. In short, what this means, is that your Citrix XenApp farm will no longer be highly available, but is rather extremely dependent on the SQL Server database that maintains all the information that the Farm is running on. While in the older Citrix 6.5 version, all the information concerning the farm necessary to operate normally is cached locally on all the Citrix XenApp servers. This allows a situation in which the database could be unavailable, and it will not affect the overall Citrix XenApp farm for some time.

There are also several features that have been removed from the new Citrix 7.5 version, making it unlikely that some businesses will switch to the new version. Couple this with the fact that Citrix keeps closing down features, and software, and being wishy-washy with regard to whether they’re going to have a web interface, no longer have a web interface, move you to a different kind of interface… in short, they just can’t make up their minds. They seem to have no strategic direction, or design, in mind for their future.

Some pundits even believe that they are shopping around for a buyer, and some have even mentioned Microsoft as a potential buyer.

Now, along comes this article from Investors.com that says that VMware could “mow down” Citrix in the desktop arena.

VMware Could ‘Mow Down’ Citrix Systems In Desktop

Pete Barlas – Investor’s.com – “VMware can ‘mow down’ rival Citrix Systems in the desktop virtualization market.

So concludes Mark Murphy, a Piper Jaffray analyst, who on Thursday raised his rating on VMware (NYSE:VMW) stock from neutral to outperform, saying that VMware could get the upper hand in its duel with Citrix Systems (NASDAQ:CTXS) in desktop virtualization after some key Citrix executives left to join VMware. Murphy also cites stronger-than-expected bookings in the current quarter and better-than-expected product adoption by customers.

VMware stock was up nearly 3% in early-afternoon trading in the stock market today. Citrix stock was up 1%.

VMware is the No. 1 provider of virtualization software, which allows companies to save money on hardware using multiple operating systems on one server. Citrix has been a leader in bringing virtualization to desktop PCs.

In his report, Murphy says VMware’s new Horizon Suite 6.0 software and its $1.54 billion acquisition of AirWatch, a mobile devices management services company, are creating an opportunity to ‘knock Citrix out of the ring.’

‘Partners suggest that with VMware’s new Horizon Suite 6.0 and the AirWatch acquisition, VMware has ‘closed the gap’ with Citrix from a functionality standpoint’ and is ‘absolutely’ starting to take share from Citrix, he wrote.

In January, VMware hired Bob Schultz as the chief strategy lead for its end-user computing leadership team. Schultz had been a Citrix group vice president and general manager of desktop and applications.

VMware also appointed Sumit Dhawan to lead its desktop business. Before joining VMware, Dhawan served as group vice president and general manger for enterprise mobility at Citrix.

‘VMware’s opportunity to mow down Citrix is more tangible than investors realize based upon product parity and recent talent flow from Citrix to VMware,’ Murphy wrote.

While its recent Q1 results beat views, VMware’s total license bookings rose less than 10%, down from the mid-teens to the high teens in the prior two quarters.

But Murphy sees ample evidence for a turnaround.

‘We see a solid set up for a Q2 bookings rebound and more powerful multiyear product drivers than VMware has enjoyed in quite some time,’ he wrote. ‘Investors may have to favorably revise their opinion of VMware’s management offerings, as our latest reseller survey shows adoption rates moving to their highest level ever.’”

May 022014
 

A company called Skylabel has released an open-source version of the Amazon S3 service which can be installed in a data center and be used just like Amazon S3 with the same tools such as Dragondisk, etc. Both source code and binary packages are available for download.

They have a quick start guide which will get you started very quickly, they claim you can be up in minutes!

LibreS3 Information

Apr 132014
 

I received this notice from Ubuntu today:

“Hi,

We are writing to you to notify you that we will be shutting down the Ubuntu One file services, effective 1 June 2014. This email gives information about the closure and what you should expect during the shutdown process.

As of today, it will no longer be possible to purchase storage or music from the Ubuntu One store. The Ubuntu One file services apps in the Ubuntu, Google, and Apple stores will be updated appropriately.

As always, your content belongs to you. You can simply download your files onto your PC or an external hard drive. While the service will stop as of 1 June, you will have an additional two months (until 31 July 2014) to collect all of your content. After that date, all remaining content will be deleted.

If you have an active annual subscription, the unused portion of your fees will be refunded. The refund amount will be calculated from today’s announcement.

We know you have come to rely on Ubuntu One, and we apologise for the inconvenience this closure may cause. We’ve always been inspired by the support, feedback and enthusiasm of our users and want to thank you for the support you’ve shown for Ubuntu One. We hope that you’ll continue to support us as together we bring a revolutionary experience to new devices.

The Ubuntu One team”

The market is shaking out on Cloud Services, and it is getting harder to go up against the “big boys” like DropBox, and Amazon!

Apr 122014
 
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Lot’s of BIG announcements in this show. Citrix XenApp 7.5 is now available! Ulteo releases Ulteo OVD 4.0! VMware announces Horizon View 6! What will the ability of VMware Horizon 6 to provide XenApp apps in their portal mean to current Citrix customers?


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Apr 122014
 

Lot’s of BIG announcements in this show. Citrix XenApp 7.5 is now available! Ulteo releases Ulteo OVD 4.0! VMware announces Horizon View 6! What will the ability of VMware Horizon 6 to provide XenApp apps in their portal mean to current Citrix customers?


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Apr 112014
 

This week VMware announced VMware Horizon View 6. I noticed that all their presenters are simply shortening it down to “Horizon 6.” I find that very interesting! Are they getting away from the use of the term “View?” I guess time will tell.

Essentially, the big news is that VMware is taking a stab at the market that currently Citrix has locked up, and that is individual published applications, particularly via the web based portal type interface. If you’re familiar with VMware Horizon View and their HTML 5 client for View, then you’re familiar with the “Blast” interface. Apparently, Horizon 6 is built using this technology, that will allow icons to appear on a web portal interface and make applications available using View technology. One interesting note: you can also publish your Citrix published apps via this same interface! That was smart!

Their goal is to have desktop and application virtualization using a single platform. They also want to centralize management for physical virtual and BYOD devices in the data center.

There are several excellent videos available on YouTube from VMware concerning VMware Horizon View version 6. Here are three embedded videos that I would recommend for a good overview of their announcements this week.

The CEO of VMware, Pat Gelsinger, introduces VMware Horizon View Verison 6:

This video is targeted toward resellers of VMware Horizon View, but has good infomation for customers, as well:

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VMware Horizion View 6 Technical Overview:

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