VMware Virtual SAN 6.5: Further Lowering TCO for Hyper-Converged Infrastructures

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VMware continues to rapidly update its industry-leading hyper-converged solution with Virtual SAN 6.5 -- its fifth product release in less than three years. The new release will improve total cost of ownership (TCO) savings an additional 50 percent by adding support for containers and physical workloads, unveiling iSCSI support, eliminating networking hardware costs from two-node Remote Office/Branch Office (ROBO) configurations, and adding all-flash hardware support to Virtual SAN Standard Edition. VMware Virtual SAN 6.5 will deliver: iSCSI Support - will enable Virtual SAN storage to be presented as an iSCSI target for external physical workloads including clustered applications such as Microsoft SQL Server with Failover Clustering on a limited number of physical servers. Containers Support - Virtual SAN will provide persistent data layer for containerized applications via VMware vSphere Integrated…
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Coming Soon… VMware vSphere 6.5: Next Gen Infrastructure for Modern Applications

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VMware vSphere 6.5 will feature a simplified customer experience through increased automation and management capabilities, comprehensive built-in security, and support for new application types including containers. With these new capabilities, VMware vSphere 6.5 offers customers a universal application platform that supports traditional and modern applications -- spanning 3D graphics, Big Data, cloud-native, containerized machine learning and Software as a Service -- to run any application anywhere. The new release will feature: VMware vCenter ServerĀ® Appliance - will deliver a simplified building block for vSphere environments offering an easy to deploy and manage approach that reduces operational complexity by embedding key functionality into a single virtual appliance. The appliance will offer customers simplified patching, upgrading, backup and recovery, high availability and more, including a 2x increase in both scale and performance…
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VirtZine #51 – Video – “Virtualization News and a Raspberry Pi Citrix Client!”

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Dell buys EMC For $67B, Citrix scales back and spins off GoTo lineup, containers come to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2016, Citrix, Raspberry Pi2 & ThinLinx: High-res graphics client for $50! (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 Feed http://www.virtzine.com/category/netcast/feed Subscribe to Our Audio Feed http://www.virtzine.com/category/audio/feed Also available on YouTube: http://youtu.be/jOpjANMT2-4
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VirtZine #51 – Audio – “Virtualization News and a Raspberry Pi Citrix Client!”

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Dell buys EMC For $67B, Citrix scales back and spins off GoTo lineup, containers come to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2016, Citrix, Raspberry Pi2 & ThinLinx: High-res graphics client for $50! (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 Feed http://www.virtzine.com/category/netcast/feed Subscribe to Our Audio Feed http://www.virtzine.com/category/audio/feed Also available on YouTube: http://youtu.be/jOpjANMT2-4
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A Citrix VDI Client for $50.00?!?

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Can you imagine a high resolution client for Citrix VDI that only costs $15.00? Well, they have done it! Citrix, Raspberry Pi2 & ThinLinx: High-res Graphics Client for $50! Citrix Blog - Allen Furmanski - "These days, we're all being challenged to do more with less. People are increasingly working with high-res graphics, full-frame videos and real-time audio with their business apps, while most IT budgets are shrinking. The capabilities of cost-effective thin clients and re-purposed PC solutions have continued to evolve and help keep pace with this challenge. Why we want to support the Raspberry Pi2 With the explosion of new, low-cost devices like the Raspberry Pi, Arduinos and Onion Omega, at Citrix we are continuously working on ways to support these devices. A Raspberry Pi2 costs just $35…
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Containers for Microsoft Hyper-V

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Containers are the future, and now, Microsoft has added it to Windows Server 2016. Containers Come to Hyper-V Virtualization Review - By: Jeffrey Schwartz - "Although Docker has a large lead in container use and hype, challengers crop up nearly every day. Add to that the newest offering from Microsoft, built around its core hypervisor, Hyper-V. Yesterday, Microsoft released Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4, providing a first look at Hyper-V containers, an additional deployment option for those looking to create multitenant environments. Hyper-V containers offer a higher level of isolation, which offers better security, according to Microsoft. It's available for download now along with the new System Center 2016 Technical Preview 4. In addition to the debut of Hyper-V containers, Microsoft has issued improvements to Windows Server containers and…
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Citrix Scales Back!

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Dropping XenServer, getting rid of the "GoTo" products... and laying some folks off. Ouch! Citrix Spins Off GoTo Lineup, Announces Layoffs Virtualization Review - By: Keith Ward - Citrix, which has been struggling for years to find a viable way forward in the current IT era, announced that it's lopping off its "GoTo" product lineup along with about 1,000 employees, as it retrenches and restructures. GoTo Somewhere Else Citrix said in a press release that it was spinning off the products -- which include GoToAssist, GoToMeeting, GoToMyPC, GoToTraining, GoToWebinar, Grasshopper and OpenVoice -- to 'focus on its strategic solutions for secure and reliable delivery of applications and data.' Citrix said those products amount to about $600 million in revenue. Given that Citrix revenues for all of 2014 were $3.14 billion,…
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Dell Buys EMC for $67 Billion!

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And, EMC owns VMware! What does this mean? Dell Buys EMC For $67B In Largest Deal In Tech History TechCrunch - By: Ron Miller - "In the largest tech deal in history by far*, Dell and partners MSD Partners and Silver Lake agreed to buy EMC today for $67 billion or $33.15 a share. This is way over the $27 price being rumored last week, and makes the deal far larger than the $37 billion that Avago paid for Broadcom just last May. What makes this deal even more interesting is that Dell, with a valuation of around $25 billion, was by far the smaller fish at approximately half the size of EMC. The biggest part of EMC by far is VMware, which was included in the deal and will…
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VirtZine #50 – Video – “Container Computing, and Other News”

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Get ready for containers! Virtualize your AD Domain Controllers, Enterprise computing and Docker, Microsoft Hyper/V increases market share as Citrix market falls, VMware still king, Citrix CEO Mark Templeton to retire, will VMware buy EMC? (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 Feed http://www.virtzine.com/category/netcast/feed Subscribe to Our Audio Feed http://www.virtzine.com/category/audio/feed Also available on YouTube: http://youtu.be/Xbrl6bYC1_0
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