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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VirtZine #52 – Video – “VMware New Technologies Announced!”

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Coming soon: VMware vSphere 6.5, VMware continues to update its industry-leading hyper-converged solution with Virtual SAN 6.5, VMware vRealize: out-of-the-box support for Azure and Containers, Announcing VMware Cloud for Amazon AWS! (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/0fF_HIFCyfU
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VirtZine #52 – Audio – “VMware New Technologies Announced!”

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Coming soon: VMware vSphere 6.5, VMware continues to update its industry-leading hyper-converged solution with Virtual SAN 6.5, VMware vRealize: out-of-the-box support for Azure and Containers, Announcing VMware Cloud for Amazon AWS! (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/0fF_HIFCyfU
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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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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 Server® 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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