VMware vSphere Version 6.0 Has Been Officially Released!

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The long awaited, and anticipated VMware vSphere Version 6.0 is out! Prepare for the new features, changes, and, of course, new certification courses! vSphere 6 Now Available Virtualization Review - By: Keith Ward - "The latest version of the VMware Inc. flagship product, vSphere 6, is available as of today. It's the first major update of vSphere since version 5.5, which came out about three years ago. At the time of the vSphere 6 announcement on Feb. 2, CEO Pat Gelsinger said it was the biggest release ever. It includes more than 650 new features, many of which revolve around increased scalability. Those upgrades will make vSphere more cloud-ready, which is a major push for VMware. Some of the most important updates include a doubling of the amount of virtual…
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VMware Sued for Linux License Issue

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I am sure VMware will respond to this, but it will be expensive to fight in court! VMware sued for failure to comply with Linux license ZDNet - By: Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols - "In 2007, top Linux contributor Christoph Hellwig accused VMware of using Linux as the basis for the VMware ESX bare-metal hypervisor, an essential part of VMware's cloud offerings. Years went by and the Software Freedom Conservancy, a non-profit organization that promotes open-source software, claims to have negotiated with VMware for the company to release ESX's code, and its successor ESXi. That way, argued the Software Freedom Conservancy, these programs would legally comply with Linux's Gnu General Public License version 2 (GPLv2). VMware refused in 2014. Now, Hellweg and the Software Freedom Conservancy are suing VMware in the…
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Docker Competitor for Windows Server

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A Docker competitor? Sounds interesting. I have always said that this was the future! Docker Competitor Puts Windows Server Into Containers Virtualization Review - By: Jeffrey Schwartz - "Containers are a hot technology, and the one currently burning brightest is Docker; it's the default starting point for admins considering using containers in their enterprise. But as with any new tech with a lot of buzz, contenders spring up almost immediately. That's happening in the Windows world. A little-known startup that offers data protection and SQL Server migration tools today released what it calls the first native container management platform for Windows Server, and claims it can move workloads between virtual machines (VMs) and cloud architectures. DH2i's DX Enterprise encapsulates Windows Server application instances into containers, removing the association between the…
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The Future of Virtualization

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This is an interesting article about the future of virtualization. Check it out! Interesting Times Ahead in the Server Virtualization World ServerWatch - By: Paul Rubens - "VMware is the 800 pound gorilla in the world of server virtualization, dominating the market with more than 50% market share, according to Gartner's Server Virtualization Tracker from last year. And it's not been averse to flexing its muscles and splashing the cash over the last few years: VMware shelled out a whopping $1.54 billion for mobile device manager AirWatch, Virtually Speaking $1.26 billion for software-defined networking company Nicira, and an undisclosed but no doubt substantial sum for desktop-as-a-service company Desktone. VMware itself was bought by EMC in 2003 for what looks today like a steal: a mere trifling $624 million. But at…
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VMware Acquires Immidio Flex

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I have used the Open Source version of Flex on Citrix XenApp. It is pretty cool. What the Immidio Purchase Means for VMware Horizon Customers Virtualization Review - By: Sean Massey - "On Feb. 3, VMware Inc. announced it had acquired Immidio, a user profile management company based out of the Netherlands. Immidio's two main products are Flex+, an agent-based user profile management solution, and AppScriber, an enterprise app store. Immidio describes Flex+ as a workspace virtualization solution that provides customization of end-user devices and applications. The settings can be dynamically applied to a user session based on a number of criteria such as Windows version and IP address. It supports both the desktop and server versions of Windows, including Remote Desktop sessions. VMware has previously attempted to address user…
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Citrix Acquires Sanbolic

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Citrix adds storage to their portfolio. Citrix snaps up Sanbolic to ease desktop virtualization GigaOm - By: Barb Darrow - "Citrix, which has led the charge for desktop virtualization, just acquired Sanbolic to help bleed out the complexity and cost that have kept virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) from broader adoption. Terms were not announced. Desktop virtualization separates what runs on a computer desktop from the physical computer itself so management, updates and patches can be more easily accomplished by a central administrator. Sanbolic, of Waltham, Mass., specializes in software defined storage which works with a wide array of existing storage hardware. It was already a close Citrix partner; Citrix said 200 of its existing XenDesktop XenApp customers already use Sanbolic in house to attain high-availability and to manage infrastructure across…
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Fedora 21 Looks Cool for Cloud Users

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Cloud developers will love this new Fedora! 6 new things Fedora 21 brings to the open source cloud OpenSource.com - By: Jason Baker - "When Fedora 21 finally hit release last month, I was excited and ready to go. By the end of the day, I had every desktop machine I own up and running on the new version, and I was enjoying playing with the latest version of some of my favorite open source software which was packaged inside. But what next? The desktop edition of Fedora 21 was just one of three “flavors” of Fedora. What do the other two hold, and what do they mean for Fedora outside of the workstation? A flavor just for cloud So what is this flavor thing? For the newest release, the…
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VirtZine #48 – Video – “Alternative Virtualization Platforms!”

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Dr. Bill discusses alternative hypervisors, and specialized Linux distros for virtualization, including a demo of Proxmox VE 3.3. Also, CoreOS, a slimmed-down Linux distro for creation of many OS instances. oVirt manages VMs with an easy web interface. (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/-S2x1rULX38
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VirtZine #48 – Audio – “Alternative Virtualization Platforms!”

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Dr. Bill discusses alternative hypervisors, and specialized Linux distros for virtualization, including a demo of Proxmox VE 3.3. Also, CoreOS, a slimmed-down Linux distro for creation of many OS instances. oVirt manages VMs with an easy web interface. (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/-S2x1rULX38
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oVirt – Open Your Virtual Datacenter!

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oVirt is a Linux distro that you can install on bare-metal hardware and provide a platformn for virtualizing your systems! oVirt Distro [youtube]http://youtu.be/C4gayV6dYK4[/youtube] "oVirt manages virtual machines, storage and virtualized networks. oVirt is a virtualization platform with an easy-to-use web interface. oVirt is powered by the Open Source you know - KVM on Linux. Choice of stand-alone Hypervisor or install-on-top of your existing Linux installation High availability Live migration Load balancing Web-based management interface Self-hosted engine iSCSI, FC, NFS, and local storage Enhanced security: SELinux and Mandatory Access Control for VMs and hypervisor Scalability: up to 64 vCPU and 2TB vRAM per guest Memory overcommit support (Kernel Samepage Merging) Developer SDK for ovirt-engine, written in Python"
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