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The evolution of VMware's disaster recovery guidance for customers is taking it in a direction that is actually less focused on the disaster itself, and more on business continuity. That's changing the very economics of disaster recovery (DR) software, according to VMware infrastructure product manager Gaetan Castelein.
Just a very quick post to wish you an exceptionally Happy Xmas and a spectacularly happy and prosperous New Year!
Apologies for not keeping in touch more this year; I’ll endeavour to correct this in the forth coming.
Hopefully I will post more in 2012,
Warm seasonal regards
vSphere 5 includes many new features and virtual machine enhancements, the details of which can be found here. To the IT professional weighing the costs and benefits of upgrading their existing infrastructure to vSphere 5, an often important question is whether ESXi 5.0 can outperform ESXi 4.1 in the same environment. VMmark 2 is an ideal tool for answering this question with measurable results. We used VMmark 2.1.1 to see how ESXi 5.0 stacked up to ESXi 4.1 on an identically configured cluster.[read all...]
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COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Oct. 19, 2011 – Today at VMworld® 2011 Europe, Telefónica and VMware, Inc. announced a strategic partnership to deliver VMware Horizon Mobile™, enabling Telefónica customers to gain the freedom to choose a single Android device for work and personal use.
VMware Horizon Mobile will provide a simple way for IT departments to securely provision, manage and de-provision a corporate mobile workspace (phone, email, applications, data, etc.) to an employee’s Android device over-the-air, while enabling the employee to retain the privacy and control of their personal mobile environments.
VMware Horizon Mobile and Telefónica cloud solutions will enable users to gain access to a catalog of corporate approved applications and corporate data resources. Unlike other mobile solutions that require customized application development, enterprises and public organizations using VMware Horizon Mobile will be able to access and leverage the more than 250,000 applications available on the Android Market.
As a global operator, Telefónica’s expertise in mobile networks provides the ability to have a second corporate, mobile (voice and data) subscription attached to an individual’s personal mobile device. VMware Horizon Mobile isolates an individual’s personal and professional profiles at application level and supports separate work and personal telephone numbers and data services. Telefónica also plans to make the VMware Horizon Mobile Manager solution available in a cloud environment, enabling enterprises of all sizes to manage and deploy dual persona devices to their employees.
“VMware Horizon Mobile™ with our dual subscription feature and Telefónica cloud services will provide enterprises with the opportunity to manage and deliver a secure mobile environment, while providing individuals complete freedom over the personal use of the device,” said Carlos Morales, Global M2M, Cloud and Apps Director of Telefónica Digital. “In addition, the ability to provision virtual work phones via the cloud means that corporate virtual phones can be easily updated and redeployed in case of loss or theft. As a result, expenses are reduced, employees are not bothered by restrictive policies and, most importantly, the corporate environment is fully secured.”
“Inspired by the great experience they have with technology in their personal time, people want to bring the same devices and experience to work,” said Steve Herrod, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Research and Development, VMware. “Working with Telefónica, VMware can offer enterprises the freedom to embrace employee-owned devices like never before. Offering the ability to easily provision and manage a ‘virtual phone-in-a-phone’, VMware Horizon Mobile™ will be able to provide both the security and control required by the enterprise, and the freedom of choice sought by employees.”
To bring this solution to the market, both Telefónica and VMware are working with a growingecosystem of partners. Among these various partners, Samsung will offer the Samsung Galaxy SII, tested and ready for use with VMware Horizon Mobile on Telefónica wireless networks.
“As consumers increasingly bring their own mobile devices to work, we are looking for ways to implement solutions to support this trend,” said Jongshin Kim, Vice President of Media Solution Center at Samsung Electronics. We are excited to provide an option that would satisfy both individual users as well as IT professionals, using Samsung mobile devices”
Telefónica is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world in terms of market capitalisation. Its activities are centered mainly on the fixed and mobile telephony businesses with broadband as the key tool for the development of both.
The company has a significant presence in 25 countries and a customer base that amounts to 295 million accesses around the world. Telefónica has a strong presence in Spain, Europe and Latin America, where the company focuses an important part of its growth strategy.
Telefónica is a 100% listed company, with more than 1.5 million direct shareholders. Its share capital currently comprises 4.563.996.485 ordinary shares traded on the Spanish Stock Market (Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia) and on those in London, Tokyo, New York, Lima, and Buenos Aires.
VMware (NYSE: VMW) is the leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions that enable businesses to thrive in the Cloud Era. Customers rely on VMware to help them transform the way they build, deliver and consume Information Technology resources in a manner that is evolutionary and based on their specific needs. With 2010 revenues of $2.9 billion, VMware has more than 300,000 customers and 25,000 partners. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at www.vmware.com.
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VMware, VMworld, VMware Horizon Mobile and VMware vSphere are registered trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdictions. The use of the word “partner” or “partnership” does not imply a legal partnership relationship between VMware and any other company.
This press release contains forward-looking statements including, among other things, statements regarding the expected features and benefits VMware Horizon Mobile for users, These forward-looking statements are subject to the safe harbor provisions created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors, including but not limited to: (i) adverse changes in general economic or market conditions; (ii) delays or reductions in consumer or information technology spending; (iii) competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures, industry consolidation, entry of new competitors into the virtualization market, and new product and marketing initiatives by our competitors; (iv) our customers’ ability to develop, and to transition to, new products and computing strategies such as cloud computing; (v) the uncertainty of customer acceptance of emerging technology; (vi) rapid technological and market changes in virtualization software and platforms for cloud and desktop computing; (vii) changes to product development timelines; (viii) VMware’s ability to protect its proprietary technology; and (ix) VMware’s ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees.. These forward looking statements are based on current expectations and are subject to uncertainties and changes in condition, significance, value and effect as well as other risks detailed in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K that we may file from time to time, which could cause actual results to vary from expectations. VMware assumes no obligation to, and does not currently intend to, update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release.
VMware has become aware of some ESXi 4.0 hosts experiencing a purple screen after vCenter Server is upgraded to 5.0read the original KB (follow for further update)
The Knowledgebase Team has prepared KB article: ESXi 4.0 Update 2 hosts may experience a purple screen after vCenter Server is upgraded to 5.0 (2007269) and an alert has been placed on the Support page to alert customers of this issue.
This Knowledge Base article will be updated if new information becomes available (you can subscribe to rss feeds on individual KB articles for this purpose). If you have been affected by this, please read the KB.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. If you know how to spread the word to your friends and colleagues, please do so.
With SRM 5 we introduced a new alternative for replication of virtual machines called "vSphere Replication" or "VR" for short. There has been some excellent conversation about VR generated by presentations at VMworld and the release of SRM on the 15th of September.
We've also received a lot of questions about the details of VR, and thought this would be an excellent venue and opportunity to give you some more detail on how it actually works behind the scenes to protect your VMs.
Those of you using VMware View have probably already seen this post about the potential of data loss if you do not follow the specific instructions in the KB article when upgrading from View 4.x
We have another equally important piece of information you also want to be fully aware of.Customers that are upgrading their vSphere environment to 5.0 need to understand that VMware View 4.x is not supported in vSphere 5.0. View 5.0 is however, backwards compatible to several older versions of vSphere. It is then necessary to upgrade your View infrastructure first, before vSphere.
Please consult KB vSphere 5.x does not support View Manager 4.x (2006216) for details on this matter.
With the next release of Windows Server operating system, Microsoft has conquered one of the thorniest problems in virtualisation: moving an operational virtual machine (VM) across a wide area network (WAN).Read all... (and send lots of comments :)... I'm curious about it )
Microsoft unveiled this new feature at the recent Microsoft BUILD conference in Anaheim, California. It will be available in Microsoft's Hyper-V version 3 hypervisor, included in Microsoft's next server operating system, Windows Server 8.
[...] The technology "marks a point where Microsoft will ship the first real formidable challenger to VMware vSphere," Wolf said.[...]
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[...] They've built on Vblocks -- and other technologies from V,C and E -- to offer up an extremely well-positioned service: the Harris Trusted Enterprise Cloud. Their proposition was simple: the Harris cloud has the foundation to be more secure and more trusted than anything most enterprise IT organizations could do themselves.
Since its announcement, I've always wanted to know more about the details: what made it different, and who were the key people behind the offering.
This week, I was fortunate enough to have an extended conversation with Wyatt Starnes, VP of Advanced Concepts at Harris' Cyber Integrated Solutions division.
By the way, I think Wyatt has me beat in the Cool Job Title competition.
Wyatt is not only one of the lead actors in this story, he's a wealth of compelling insight. [...]
We are very excited to announce VMware Horizon Mobile Manager (HMM) at VMworld 2011. HMM is a product that will allow enterprise IT administrators to create, provision, monitor and manage a corporate phone that will be running on an employee-owned smart phone. In this blog, I will provide context for this product, highlight some of its key capabilities and tie HMM back to our vision for the post-PC era.
LAS VEGAS, NV., September 1, 2011 - Yesterday at VMworld® 2011, Liquidware Labs, the leader in desktop transformation solutions, announced that ProfileUnity with FlexApp was named a finalist in the Best New Technology category at the Best of VMworld 2011 awards. Sponsored and conducted by TechTarget Inc. (NASDAQ: TTGT), the Best of VMworld awards received more than 200 submissions from companies competing across eight categories.
[...] So VMware, listen up: We’re open to working with you guys.. Let’s embrace coopetition! We consider your creation of the vSphere for Desktops license as an official invitation to the dance, so please consider this our nod & curtsey. [...]
Project Octopus will enable users to access files from any device and share them with people both inside (other colleagues) and outside (vendors, customers, partners) their companies in a completely safe and secure way. Additionally, IT leaders will have control to apply access and security policies and, intelligently manage data that is old or out of date.Read all...
[...] There is no more AAM agent like in vSphere 4.1. Instead, there has been a new agent introduced which is named FDM – Fault Domain Manager. The Primary/Secondary concept with 5 primary nodes which has been known in vSphere 4, is gone. You no longer needs to worry not to loose all those 5 primary nodes at the same time …. and loose the HA functionality for the rest of the cluster. Now there is only one agent in the cluster which plays the role of Master. The agent is called FDM – Fault Domain Manager. One host takes the role of Master. The other agents on other hosts plays only roles as a Slaves, and can became Masters in case the master fails. [...]
[...] The per-virtual-machine (VM) pricing model has become standard for VMware products including vCenter Operations and vCloud Director. But some VMware shops don't like this pricing system, because it uses a flat price across all VMs, no matter the size of the VM -- and of course not all VMs are created equal. [...]read all the article
[...]Let's talk about Deduplication first. As we've all known for some time, a Best Practice of ours is to stuff as many VM's as you can into a single Datastore [volume] in order to get the highest returns on deduplication. Users can see as high as 80%+ space returned (I know, I was one of them, and did) on their VM's by collectively placing them in the same container with no performance penalty for doing so. Moving data [i.e. vmdk's] between volumes will "un-dedupe" that data being moved, and you will have to re-run the original deduplication scan on that new volume in order to re-coop those savings after the move.[...]
Unveiling VMware vSphere 5 -- http://www.vmware.com/cloud-infrastructure/ VMware CTO Steve Herrod discusses the launch of VMware vSphere 5 and the comprehensive cloud infrastructure suite that will strengthen the infrastructure foundation for the cloud computing era.
here's the link to the complete document
With the modification to vSphere licensing, we accomplish two objectives:
• Free customers from restrictive hardware-based entitlements
• Align the vSphere licensing model with IT as a service
To understand reasons for the change, we should first examine the legacy vSphere model. vSphere 4.x is licensed on a per-physical processor (CPU) basis with limits on:
• The number of physical cores per CPU
• Physical RAM capacity per server
Significant innovations in hardware design—such as CPUs with ever-larger number of cores, high-density memory chips, solidstate drives and hyperthreading—were causing the hardware limits in vSphere 4.x licensing to become outdated. In the 36 months since the release of vSphere 4.0, multicore capacity of x86 CPUs grew from 2–4 cores per CPU to 8–12 per CPU. Processor manufacturers have announced plans to introduce CPUs that will exceed 12 cores.
CPU manufacturers have introduced or plan to introduce technologies—such as hyperthreading—that work at the subcore level and increase processing power by improving parallelization of computations. Similar growth and innovation trends are also happening on the memory side, with RAM chip density growing from 4GB per DIMM to 8GB and 16GB per DIMM and new types of memory technologies—such as solid-state-drive (SSD)—becoming mainstream. This innovation trend in server hardware technologies is rapidly making the hardware restrictions of vSphere 4.x licenses outdated posing difficulties for customers to plan future investments in infrastructure and virtualization.
Moreover, vSphere 4.x licensing did not reflect the fact that vSphere excels at pooling physical hardware resources across the entire datacenter and presenting them as a single, unified, shared infrastructure—an innovation that is one of the core pillars of cloud infrastructure. The hardware-based licensing model of vSphere 4.x made it difficult for customers to transition to the usage-based cost and chargeback models that characterize cloud computing and IT-as-a-Service.
As seismically active as Japan is, it would seem a functional requirement of vSphere designs to encompass DR/BC planning, so I was surprised to find out that we were one of the few companies in Japan implementing SRM in a production capacity when we started the project about 2 years ago. I suspect that the infancy of production VMware deployments here has some influence on this.
The idea grew out of a tweet from of BlueShift. Weaver picked up on the idea and brought it to life. It’s amazing how the Kinect has spurred the imagination of so many technologists. Sometimes real life is stranger and cooler than you expect