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VMware Expands Cloud Partnership with IBM to Include Desktop Services

VMware Expands Cloud Partnership with IBM to Include Desktop Services | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
VMware (VMW) Horizon Air customers can utilize the company’s cloud-hosted desktop and application services through the IBM Cloud.
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The news marks the latest development in VMware and IBM’s decade-long collaboration
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Life after virtualization: More data center tech for less

Life after virtualization: More data center tech for less | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
VMware’s vSphere 6 release marks the end of one chapter of the virtualization story, but another has already begun
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The features and functions available to server admins at this point in time are simply stunning to behold

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Sydney Clutterbuck's curator insight, March 25, 2015 6:12 PM

Paul Venezia shares his thoughts on the development of network visualization and the history of SDN platforms, also explaining how VMWare came to be one of the biggest visualization giants with the release of the VMware vSphere 6. The Author also touches on revolutionary (for its time) forms of server visualization and para- virtualization.

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Cloud Computing Wars 2015 - Google, Microsoft, Docker, Sphere 3D And VMware

Cloud Computing Wars 2015 - Google, Microsoft, Docker, Sphere 3D And VMware | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud computing has gradually entered the second phase of the product life cycle. Naturally, several players have established strong reputations and economies of scale. Although companies with innovative technologies and supe
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Docker is an open platform for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications. Consisting of Docker Engine, a portable, lightweight runtime and packaging tool, and Docker Hub, a cloud service for sharing applications and automating workflows, Docker enables apps to be quickly assembled from components and eliminates the friction between development, QA, and production environments.

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Riordan Kelly's curator insight, March 29, 2015 5:37 AM

Google and Microsoft are two heavyweight fighting for the title of world heavyweight cloud champion. The effects of this bought will be felt by all the players in the market. Finding the right fighter to back will make of break many fortunes. 

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Review: Dell's 13G PowerEdge R730xd, a workhorse server with a kick

Review: Dell's 13G PowerEdge R730xd, a workhorse server with a kick | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Hardware improvements, rich storage options, and plenty of room for expansion add up to a very fast, flexible 2U workhorse
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It's not uncommon for the next generation of servers to track new releases of Intel's processors. Intel's latest Haswell processor coupled with DDR4 memory bring more speed and lower power requirements in the same 2U form factor. My review unit came equipped with 64GB of DDR4 RAM and two Intel Xeon E5-2690 v3 processors, which run at 2.6GHz.

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VMware Launches Partners’ Program for vCloud Air Cloud Computing Platform

VMware Launches Partners’ Program for vCloud Air Cloud Computing Platform | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
This was announced by VMware, the virtualization giant in the domain of cloud computing business on Thursday, September 25, 2014 that it has started a business
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The ‘vCloud Air’ cloud computing based partners’ program focuses on the ‘Independent Software Vendors’ to smoothly migrate their application on the vCloud Air platform.
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SUSE Launches Cloud4, Latest Version of Cloud Computing Platform Based on OpenStack Icehouse Release

SUSE Launches Cloud4, Latest Version of Cloud Computing Platform Based on OpenStack Icehouse Release | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The Cloud4 platform will support multi-hypervisor cloud computing ecosystems with automated high availability (HA) capabilities.
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The statement of the company further maintained that, “SUSE Cloud now includes advanced VMware capabilities for image management and support for VMware Virtual SAN .........

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Cloud Automation: Even Cattle Need Care

Cloud Automation: Even Cattle Need Care | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Managing virtual machines in the cloud doesn't mean interpreting the pets vs. cattle meme literally. It requires automating systems and processes to care for the herd.
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Keep in mind that many organizations still have a fair number of stateful applications that don't work with the "kill it and spawn a new one" mentality, so caring for the application isn't optional -- it's a necessity.

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What is it with cloud computing? Engage VM, disengage brain?

What is it with cloud computing? Engage VM, disengage brain? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Nine bits of advice from our man Trevor
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Public cloud computing is marketed as a free pass to disable your brain, but that's a blatant lie. I don't care what your company does in the cloud, you still need a proper systems administrator – an IT operations specialist – to keep it all in line.
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Why the private cloud has stalled

Why the private cloud has stalled | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The idea of pouring the benefits of the cloud into your own data center has been around for at least five years. Here's why it's taking a while
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The word from the latest OpenStack conference is that adoption appears to have slowed, in part because OpenStack remains a moving target. ....

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Report: Virtual Desktop's Influence Growing in Enterprise

Report: Virtual Desktop's Influence Growing in Enterprise | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The recent Global Hosted Virtual Desktop Market 2014-2018 report has found that the cloud computing market is expected to continue to grow over the next several years, with a predicted CAGR of 63.7 for the period between 2013 and 2018.
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A new report from Research and Markets confirmed the importance of cloud computing to the industry

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Why virtualisation isn't enough in cloud computing

Why virtualisation isn't enough in cloud computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
On its own, virtualisation does not lend itself to creating sufficient visibility about the multiple applications and services running at any one time.
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.... virtualisation is not all that you need. Other tools, such as the ones mentioned in this article, are required to ensure the smooth server and datacentre operation and performance.

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2014 Will Be A Big Year For Desktop-as-a-Service

2014 Will Be A Big Year For Desktop-as-a-Service | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Scott Davis, CTO for VMware’s End User Computing B.U. shares his vision for technology in 2014.

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2014 will be a big year for Desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) aka Windows-as-a-Service.

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Private Cloud Wars: OS Wars, The Sequel

Private Cloud Wars: OS Wars, The Sequel | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
You can't put a layer on something and call it new, as we learned in the OS wars of old. Are we doomed to repeat the battles of the past?
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Very interesting article and certainly worth a read. But it is rather too early to suggest that the players on this list will dominate their respective markets. There is a lot of money involved and those with deepest pockets tend to prevail in the end. Of course, only time will tell.

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Docker finally puts its security best practices on paper

Docker finally puts its security best practices on paper | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Docker and others have collaborated on codifying a long-overdue list of security best practices
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The benchmark, a 118-page document available as a free download, describes a set of best practices for deploying Docker containers in production.

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First look: VMware vSphere 6 keeps its edge

First look: VMware vSphere 6 keeps its edge | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
With welcome improvements to key features, as well as the bundling of backup and recovery, the leading virtualization platform doesn't disappoint
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With useful improvements to a number of key features, as well as the bundling of functions such as backup and recovery that were previously available separately, vSphere 6 is a worthy addition to the vSphere line.

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Sydney Clutterbuck's curator insight, March 25, 2015 6:14 PM

In this article Paul Venezia exhibits VMware’s newest virtualisation platform; the vSphere 6. During past and present VMware has had a firm grip on virtualization. Now, with the release of the vSphere 6 and its latest features such as back-up, recovery, Vmotion and a suite of other features VMware has found another way to distinguish itself. 

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What is the new stack?

What is the new stack? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Docker and other container technologies will eventually provide a new software-based foundation for enterprise computing
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Containers are much lighter weight than VMs and enable applications to be packaged and moved with ease, without the hassle of conventional installation.

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VMware Launches vCloud Air Data Center in Germany

VMware Launches vCloud Air Data Center in Germany | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Cloud and virtualization Relevant Products/Services software Relevant Products/Services provider VMware opened its three-day VMworld Europe 2014 trade show with a flurry of announcements.

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.. the biggest news was the opening of a new data Relevant Products/Services center in Germany as part of the ongoing expansion of vCloud Air, the service formerly known as vCloud Hybrid Cloud Services.

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VMware Adds Apps Deployment Features with CloudVolumes Buy | Cloud Computing Mergers and Acquisitions content from Talkin' Cloud

VMware Adds Apps Deployment Features with CloudVolumes Buy | Cloud Computing Mergers and Acquisitions content from Talkin' Cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
VMware has acquired CloudVolumes, which will provide VMware's customers with a simpler way to deploy native applications on its cloud.
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The CloudVolumes technology will also enable VMware to build real-time application delivery across its three technology focus areas, including .......

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‘Cloud Computing Is The Fifth Wave’

‘Cloud Computing Is The Fifth Wave’ | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The VMware CEO sees India playing a key role in the firm’s success in terms of talent supply and increasingly as a market
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..... Let me tell you that 92 per cent of cloud is on-premise (private cloud), while the public cloud market is growing faster. Gartner forecasts that by 2020 on-premise will be 77 per cent. You can move workloads to Amazon, but can you move it back to your data centre? While the public cloud market may attract attention, all the action is in the private and hybrid cloud. Amazon hasn’t been able to crack the code for enterprise.

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INFOGRAPHIC: 2014 Digital Business Survey

INFOGRAPHIC: 2014 Digital Business Survey | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Digital Business - We've found an interesting infographic covering the 2014 Digital Business Survey at Informationweek that uncovers some of the reasons
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The infographic primarily takes a closer look at the differences between smaller and larger based companies.

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INFOGRAPHIC: The State Of Converged Infrastructure

INFOGRAPHIC: The State Of Converged Infrastructure | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Converged Infrastructure - The results of Zenoss’ annual State of Converged Infrastructure Study are in: Converged infrastructure has become mainstream
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Infographic is provided courtesy of Zenoss

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10 game changers in cloud computing

10 game changers in cloud computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
While many companies have played significant roles in the development of cloud computing these ten companies that really got the ball rolling.
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Some of the industry leaders and their estimated net worth. Pretty impressive!

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VMware Announces Its New Version of Hybrid Cloud Computing Management Tool at Zero Cost

VMware Announces Its New Version of Hybrid Cloud Computing Management Tool at Zero Cost | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Hybrid Cloud Computing Management Tool – vCloud Connector Tool – version 2.6 would help the cloud hosting providers with an option to manage the services more freely without spending any money.
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This tool provides an interface between private and public cloud management platform to manage multiple resources and capabilities such as – viewing the workloads on any type of cloud and to shuffle them about.

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India Cloud Opportunities Reignite in 2014

India Cloud Opportunities Reignite in 2014 | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Investment and spending on cloud computing in India is poised to rebound this year after a confluence of factors that stalled growth in 2013.
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Yet a flagging currency, political uncertainty and lack of strong support from India’s largest technology companies have hampered cloud adoption.

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Cloud Computing, Legacy Vendors And The Only Reality That Matters

Cloud Computing, Legacy Vendors And The Only Reality That Matters | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The cloud community had a chuckle this morning at an interview in which Saar Gillai, SVP of converged cloud at Hewlett-Packard suggested that organizations should be careful of using Amazon Web Services (AWS) since it's a "legacy cloud." Now apart...
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.... Is AWS legacy? Absolutely not, it’s out-innovating all comers in most directions. Is HP’s cloud a dead duck with no chance for success? Absolutely not, it’s got a solid value proposition and story to tell, and this story doesn’t (or shouldn’t) include calling the competitors “legacy”....

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