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Keeping it Simple: Infrastructure as Code

July 25, 2014 |

Let’s start by introducing Simple. They are introducing a new way to do banking, and manage your finances. So why are we talking about them here at Virtualization Software? Well, that’s because Simple doesn’t just aim to simplify banking, they … Read More

Stopping the Bleeding with CloudPhysics

July 25, 2014 |

You’ve seen the logo above lots in the news over the course of the last year. One of the very interesting thing about the Heartbleed vulnerability was the incredible breadth of its effect. It was estimated that over 70% of … Read More

Red Hat Unveils Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 5

July 8, 2014 |

OpenStack continues to draw attention, and Red Hat has announced the latest in their Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform with version 5 of the suite. This marks a good day for the long time OpenStack advocates, and shows that … Read More

Welcome VMware to the Jersey Shore: vCHS Opens a New Jersey Data Center

July 7, 2014 |

This is definitely not the reality show that you would expect, but it is a strong move by VMware to continue to expand their vCloud Hybrid Service footprint by opening up their latest data center in the North-East region.

As … Read More

Bursting on the Cheap: AWS Launches New Low Cost Burstable EC2 Offering

July 7, 2014 |

The inherent advantage of the cloud deployment methodology is that it leverages elastic resources that can be consumed on-demand, through a self-service portal. There are two key ingredients to that formula which are the first two.

Elastic Burst

While as … Read More

VMware NSX, VSAN, and OpenStack

July 4, 2014 |

Interoperability is a pretty important feature as we see more work being done on multi-hypervisor, multi-product environments. VMware has done some good work to ensure that they are looking ahead to bring these disparate environments closer together.

NSX, VSAN and … Read More

Puppet on Azure? Absolutely!

July 4, 2014 |

We’ve talked about Puppet automation here, and as I am a fan of cloud environments it is really nice to see the great Puppet and Azure integration. But the real fun is being able to host your Puppet infrastructure inside … Read More

HP Releases OpenStack Reference Architecture: 15 Pages of OpenStack Goodness!

July 4, 2014 |

Many companies produce reference architectures as a way to provide specific guidance on how to deploy infrastructure and applications. By using reference architecture designs from a vendor, we know down to the part number what a working, supported design can … Read More

VMware Updates NSX Platform: NSX 6.0.5 for vSphere Now Available

July 3, 2014 |

Fans of the VMware NSX platform are going to be pleased as we see the latest iteration of the network virtualization platform from virtualization software maker VMware. As we see the point release update hit the web site, there are … Read More

I’m Over Here Now: Moving Azure Services to a New Region

July 2, 2014 |

The cloud is touted as the final destination for many application environments, but while we imagine that we can just put the content and data into the cloud, there are valid reasons why data locality and geo-location will come into play … Read More

CoreOS Announces Series A Funding and Lots More!

July 2, 2014 |

As a fan of great open source projects, I was very keenly watching the CoreOS team as they have down some great work to produce and develop a new Linux offering that will inevitably become a strong part of many … Read More

Public Beta? Yes Please! VMware Opens The Door on vSphere Beta Program

July 1, 2014 |

Have you ever wanted to take part in the process of shaping the next version of a vendor’s software offering? Now is our chance as VMware customers to do just that! VMware has opened up its beta program to customers … Read More

A Little More Docker, A Lot More Disruption

July 1, 2014 |

Docker continues to get lots of attention on it as we watch the product and surrounding ecosystem grow more every day. There are many lessons being learned inside the Docker camp, as well as by those who are starting to … Read More

F5 Goes Hourly: New Pricing Model for AWS

June 30, 2014 |

More and more vendors are seeing the value of moving to hourly pricing which is aligning to practices that cloud providers have latched on to for some time. Virtual machine instances have long been available for hourly consumption which is … Read More

The Bits and Bytes of Traffic Shaping in VMware

June 30, 2014 |

Remember when we first learned that bits and bytes are based on 1024, not 1000? Sometimes we can get confused when talking about managing bandwidth in “megs” but it is megabits, and also that a while we use a 1000 … Read More

What Makes a Great Cloud Automation Tool?

June 27, 2014 |

When evaluating tools for automation, we typically look at them through the eyes of a systems administrator. It is important that we use a more broad set of criteria to evaluate an automation suite though, because more options are becoming … Read More

MongoDB Coming to a Cloud Near You

June 26, 2014 |

The MongoDB team has set the ball rolling to launch their popular NoSQL platform into the Microsoft Azure and Google cloud platforms. This is a powerful move for the company that marks another way that they are leading over many … Read More

Enterprises Are Saying They Like Their Clouds Private

June 25, 2014 |

As cloud punditry continues to rise up in the big conversation about the “race to zero” on pricing, and who should be using who’s API, the real conversation about enterprise cloud adoption is happening in the board room, and the … Read More

The Cloud is Not Perfect: Microsoft Exchange Online Suffers Big Outage

June 25, 2014 |

In a world where we are striving for the elusive Five 9 (99.999%) uptime, the idea of a 9 hour outage to a cloud service provider is something that doesn’t sit well with many people. Imagine how Microsoft feels as … Read More

CloudPhysics: Big Analytics, Big Announcement!

June 24, 2014 |

CloudPhysics has been a great story to watch as they’ve grown their groundbreaking data center analytics offering into a phenomenal product. Marrying the big data pool of analytics from data centers around the world and a simplified, intuitive interface, they … Read More