Red Hat Acquires CoreOS

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Red Hat acquires CoreOS. Red Hat Looks to Solidify Container-Based Platform Presence with Acquisition of CoreOS Virtualization Review - By: Wendy Hernandez - "Red Hat Inc. this week announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire enterprise-ready Kubernetes platform and container-native solutions provider CoreOS for the reported purchase price of $250 million. As the creator of Tectonic, the Kubernetes-based platform 'that provides automated operations [and] enables portability across private and public cloud providers,' the container registry Quay and the lightweight Linux distribution Container Linux, CoreOS has contributed to a number of open source technologies that support containerized applications. Red Hat is looking to complement its container-based offerings with these capabilities to offer hybrid cloud platforms to a broader audience. 'The next era of technology is being driven by…
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Do You Have “Zombie” VMs?

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Have you done an internal audit of your datacenter lately? A third of virtual servers are zombies ComputerWorld - By: Patrick Thibodeau - "New research finds that 25% of all physical servers -- and 30% of all virtual servers -- are comatose. These are systems that have no activity in the last six months. The problem with comatose, or zombie, physical servers is well known. Past studies have routinely put the number of undead enterprise physical servers in the 20% to 30% range. But this latest research looked at virtual servers as well, and they may represent a significant cost to IT departments. That's because users may be paying licensing fees on their virtual servers, as well as on the software they support, said the researchers. Comatose servers, both virtual…
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Cloud Provider Rankings

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Which Cloud Provider do YOU use? Cloud providers ranking 2018: How AWS, Microsoft, Google Cloud Platform, IBM Cloud, Oracle, Alibaba stack up ZDNet - By: Larry Dignan - "Choosing the right public cloud provider is becoming an increasingly nuanced discussion that goes well beyond scale. We all know the large cloud players--AWS, Google Cloud Platform, IBM Cloud and Microsoft Azure--but stacking them up depends on your enterprise's needs. Here's a crack at stacking up the cloud providers and how Oracle and Alibaba are edging into the game based on annual run rates. First, a few things to note: This list of public cloud providers revolves around the service providers that offer software-, platform- and infrastructure-as-a-service offerings. There are many more cloud providers that specialize in some part of the enterprise…
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Lessons From the “Wannacry” Debacle!

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The ransomeware attack called "Wannacry" has effectively shut down many businesses, and cost tons of money. What can we learn from this attack? The Fallout and Lessons from WannaCry Virtualization Review - By Trevor Pott - "On May 12, 2017, a new strain of ransomware called WannaCry began circling the globe. This ransomware attack has proven to be efficient and effective, earning WannaCry worldwide media coverage. Unfortunately, attempts to explain the details of the attack have not always been accurate. My touchstone for discussing media inaccuracies is The New York Times article 'Hackers Hit Dozens of Countries Exploiting Stolen N.S.A. Tool.' In this article, The New York Times tries to convey the complexity of the WannaCry ransomware event to a non-technical audience. The New York Times is one of the…
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Security Issues in Virtualization

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Security is more important than ever today; is a virtual environment more secure? Security Shortcomings Remain Strong in the World of Virtualization Serverwatch - By: Paul Rubens - Virtual machines (VMs) offer better isolation than containers: it's one of those 'known facts' that most people never question, and one that server virtualization fans (and vendors) use as a key point in their arguments in favor of VMs and against containers. It's probably a fair point to make, because an application running in a virtual machine is isolated from apps running in other virtual machines on the same host, and indeed from much of the host itself. It's also true that applications running in containers are additionally isolated from applications running in other containers on the same container host, and indeed…
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6600 to be Laid Off at Cisco

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Many businesses use Cisco Networking and Servers, with their UCS technology, so this impacts virtualization in the Enterprise. Cisco Ups Layoffs to 6,600 After Big Forecast Miss Talkin' Cloud - By: Aldrin Brown - "Cisco Systems said it would lay off 1,100 more employees than anticipated after reporting on Wednesday it expects to miss its fourth-quarter revenue target by as much as 6 percent, year over year. The world's largest network gear manufacturer had already announced 5,500 job cuts in August of 2016. Cisco now plans to shed a total of 6,600 jobs as the company comes off its sixth straight quarter of declining revenue, amid a pivot from a focus on hardware to software products. 'I am pleased with the progress we are making on the multi-year transformation of…
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VMware Desktop-as-a-Service on Microsoft Azure

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VMware will now offer DAAS on Microsoft Azure. VMware To Offer Desktop-as-a-Service Infrastructure on Microsoft Azure Virtualization Review - By: Keith Ward - "VMware, which last year announced a deal to integrate its infrastructure with Amazon's public cloud, has entered into a deal with Amazon's main competitor, Microsoft. This time it's for delivery of virtualized desktops and apps on the Azure public cloud. The announcement, which came as a surprise to many in the industry, means that VMware's Horizon Cloud Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) infrastructure can be delivered via Azure. It will be called 'VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure.' VMware's press release announcing the deal quoted IDC's Robert Young on the biggest potential benefit for VMware: 'The addition of a major cloud platform such as Microsoft Azure has the potential to…
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Announcement: VMware Cloud on AWS!

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Currently in Technology Preview, VMware Cloud on AWS will be a new solution that makes it easy for customers to run VMware workloads on the AWS Cloud. VMware Cloud on AWS is the only VMware-delivered, sold and supported service available on a leading public cloud. Customers will be able to use VMware’s virtualization and management software to seamlessly deploy and manage VMware workloads across all of their on-premises and AWS environments. This new offering will allow customers to leverage their existing investments in VMware skillsets and tooling to quickly and seamlessly take advantage of the flexibility and economics of the AWS Cloud. Official Announcement of VMware Cloud on AWS [youtube]https://youtu.be/8GoX9h_gD3M[/youtube] Demo of VMware Cloud on AWS [youtube]https://youtu.be/CUm9iRhQZJE[/youtube]
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VMware vRealize: Enhances Ease of Use with Out-of-the-Box Support for Azure and Containers

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VMware today introduced a number of updates to its cloud management platform with significant enhancements to vRealize Automation and vRealize Log Insight™. To better address the needs of developers and IT teams, VMware vRealize Automation 7.2 will introduce out-of-the box support for Microsoft Azure as well as new container management capabilities. With this new release, the ability of IT and DevOps practitioners to use unified service blueprints to simplify the delivery of integrated multi-tier applications with application-centric networking and security will be extended to Microsoft Azure, as well as currently supported clouds including Amazon Web Services (AWS), VMware vCloud® Air™ and the vCloud Air Network™. VMware vRealize Automation 7.2 support for containers will enable developers and application teams to accelerate application delivery. The latest release will feature Admiral™, a highly…
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