A New Cloud Computing Certification Announced

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A new cert is being made available by CompTIA for Cloud Computing expertise. New Cloud Computing Credential Announced "Downers Grove, Ill., and Rotterdam, Netherlands — Nov. 28 CompTIA — a provider of vendor-neutral skills certifications for the global IT workforce — and ITpreneurs — a provider of competence development products for IT best practices — announced they are collaborating on a new cloud computing skills credential. The CompTIA Cloud Essentials exam, scheduled for availability in December, will validate knowledge and understanding of cloud computing principles and concepts, including what cloud computing means from a business and technical perspective and what’s involved in moving to and governing the cloud. 'The value and benefits of cloud computing are quickly becoming apparent to organizations of every shape and size, from the largest enterprise…
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VMware Cloud Management Tools

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VMware is expanding their Cloud tools to get ready for the next "wave" of Cloud Computing adoption. VMware Expands Cloud Management "As increasing numbers of enterprises begin to make the move toward the cloud, the need for automation and management is becoming increasingly important. For virtualization vendor VMware, their vCenter software is the cornerstone of virtualization management. Today VMware is expanding vCenter, with a new vCenter Operations Suite that combines virtualization and management features for cloud deployments. 'We're trying to build management into the system, as enterprises can no longer think of management as a separate piece for virtualization and cloud,' Rob Smoot, Director of Product Marketing in the Management group at VMware told InternetNews.com. Smoot explained that the new vCenter Operations Management Suite 5.0 release integrates performance, capacity and…
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Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization

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Speaking of Open Source solutions for Virtualization and Cloud Computing... Red Hat has a new Beta out for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization. Check out Richard WM Jones posts for more details on the Beta. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 Beta Available Red Hat has just announced the availability of its Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) 3.0 public beta. This release, open to all, brings an updated KVM hypervisor based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and scales to 128 logical CPUs and 2TB of memory for host machines. With the latest beta, Red hat has updated its RHEV Manager application to a Java app running on JBoss. RHEV 3.0 now has a 'power user portal' that allows users to provision VMs and define VM templates. Another important addition to RHEV…
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VMware Workstation 8.0.1 is Out… And, It Is A Great Staging Tool!

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I saw a Tweet today that VMware Workstation V8.0.1 is out. A free upgrade to licensed users. This article makes it clear that Workstation is a great tool for developing systems before you move them into production. VMware Workstation: The perfect staging tool. "Did you ever find a tool that you really like and realize that you can’t live without it? That’s how I am with VMware Workstation (WS). And, version 8 is the latest and greatest version yet. WS is the perfect staging tool for me because I can install just about any operating system (OS) into it and work with that VM as if it were installed onto bare metal. I’m very impressed and excited about WS like never before. You see, like many of you, I have…
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The Cloud Will Continue To Be Open

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Cloud Computing is based, primarily, on Open Source tools, this article makes the case that it will continue to remain the case! The Cloud Will Be Open Source And Ubiquitous "Cloud is an architecture. When you architect servers with virtualization, distributed computing and the ability to handle big data, so a single Web site or job can take power of the whole system when needed, that's a cloud. Salesforce.com (CRM) (whatever you may think of it) is not a cloud. It is Software as a Service (SaaS), something that can result from a cloud architecture but does not require a cloud. The same can be said for Apple's (AAPL) iCloud. It too is SaaS, which could come from a cloud or from a standard enterprise set-up. What we have learned…
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“Secured Cloud” from Phoenix NAP

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I got a note in advance of their morning announcement... so I held it until this morning first thing... but, this looks interesting! It is a public offering of a package called "Secured Cloud," which combines Enterprise-class technologies to offer Cloud-based virtual services. "Phoenix NAP Releases New Public Cloud Solution Phoenix, AZ, November 17, 2011 – Phoenix NAP®, a full service data center, premier infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider and primary network access point (NAP), announced today that its latest service offering – Secured Cloud – is ready to accept sign-ups. 'We are very excited to release Secured Cloud to market,' said Ian McClarty, president of Phoenix NAP. 'This public cloud offering we believe is unlike many other solutions in that it combines true enterprise-grade technologies on the back-end with a user…
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VirtZine Netcast #14 – Audio – “Ubuntu, ThinApp App Factory, GM moves to The Cloud”

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Ubuntu Linux chosen by HP, Ubuntu Version 11.10 positioned for The Cloud, new email services from Amazon, interesting comments on Groupwise email vs. The Cloud, making ThinApp easy - ThinApp App Factory, General Motors moves to Google Apps and Gmail! (Click on the buttons below to Stream the Netcast in your "format of choice")  Download M4V  Download WebM  Download MP3 ("Right-Click" on the "Download" link under the format buttonand choose "Save link as..." to save the file locally on your PC) Subscribe to Our Video (M4V) RSS Feed Subscribe to Our Audio (MP3) RSS Feed http://www.virtzine.com/category/netcast/feed/ http://www.virtzine.com/category/audio/feed/ Also available on YouTube: http://youtu.be/mtHsnHOaQgQ
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VirtZine Netcast #14 – Video – “Ubuntu, ThinApp App Factory, GM moves to The Cloud”

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Ubuntu Linux chosen by HP, Ubuntu Version 11.10 positioned for The Cloud, new email services from Amazon, interesting comments on Groupwise email vs. The Cloud, making ThinApp easy - ThinApp App Factory, General Motors moves to Google Apps and Gmail! (Click on the buttons below to Stream the Netcast in your "format of choice")  Download M4V  Download WebM  Download MP3 ("Right-Click" on the "Download" link under the format buttonand choose "Save link as..." to save the file locally on your PC) Subscribe to Our Video (M4V) RSS Feed Subscribe to Our Audio (MP3) RSS Feed http://www.virtzine.com/category/netcast/feed/ http://www.virtzine.com/category/audio/feed/ Also available on YouTube: http://youtu.be/mtHsnHOaQgQ
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General Motors Makes the Move to Google Apps!

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Google Gmail and Google apps are Cloud Based software as a service (SAAS), and it seems that major companies like GM are switching to them to save money! Given the cost of deploying Microsoft Office in a large enterprise, who can blame them? Report: General Motors To Switch from Lotus Notes to Google Apps "According to a report published Friday by The Wall Street Journal, Google has inked a deal with General Motors Corp. to move the automaker's 100,000 employees to the cloud-based Google Apps suite. If the agreement goes through, Google Apps would replace the in-house version of IBM Lotus Notes that GM currently uses. However, the WSJ report said, Google must meet certain requirements before GM decides to deploy Google Apps. GM has neither confirmed nor denied that…
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Making ThinApp Easy! VMware ThinApp App Factory!

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I LOVE ThinApp, at least it's potentional! I think all it needs is tools like this to bring it to teh forefront of application delivery and virtualization. This MAY be a gamechanger! What Is VMware Thin App Factory? "If I was to summarize it in a few words, I would say it this way: VMware ThinApp Factory is the P2V for applications. The idea behind the ThinApp Factory is simplifying the application virtualization process -- specifically, the annoying, cumbersome and somewhat complicated sequencing process. ThinApp Factory is dubbed to be an appliance that you install in your VMware infrastructure. You can then point an installed application or an MSI package to this appliance and it will "auto-magically" spin up the right VM with the right operating system based on a…
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