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Accenture and Microsoft launch new hybrid cloud platform to accelerate enterprise-wide adoption | News Center

Accenture and Microsoft launch new hybrid cloud platform to accelerate enterprise-wide adoption: NEW YORK and ... http://t.co/MbOUNXkKfu
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Jan. 21 Webinar: Learn How DreamHost Replaced VMware NSX With an Open Source Solution From Akanda, Chef, and Cumulus Networks

Jan. 21 Webinar: Learn How DreamHost Replaced VMware NSX With an Open Source Solution From Akanda, Chef, and Cumulus Networks | Up in the air ... | Scoop.it
Learn How DreamHost Replaced VMware NSX With an Open Source Solution From Akanda, Chef, and Cumulus Networks. Press release distribution provided by EIN News
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Nice story, and a new product in my "watchlist" to dig about. But always remember to put context on so bold claims : what is the use case? what are business requirements? Compare apples to apples. I doubt that regular enterprise workloads that a common system integrator run into daily basis would be a good candidate with the mentioned lineup.
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Alcatel-Lucent Teams With Red Hat, Advantech & 6WIND for vRAN | Light Reading

Alcatel-Lucent Teams With Red Hat, Advantech & 6WIND for vRAN | Light Reading | Up in the air ... | Scoop.it
Alcatel-Lucent signs agreements with Red Hat, Advantech and 6WIND to accelerate delivery of virtualized radio access networks.
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Fortinet Joins VMware NSX Ecosystem

Fortinet Joins VMware NSX Ecosystem | Up in the air ... | Scoop.it
Enterprise security solution provider Fortinet (FTNT) is the latest company to join VMware’s NSX partner ecosystem, giving the company access to the company’s network virtualization software. The announcement coincides with the release of Fortinet’s FortiGate-VMX firewall appliance, which offers additional security for vSphere and NSX–managed software-defined data centers (SDDC).
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Finally, the "dream" that started with vShield and it's 3rd party plugin capability, is taking-off with major Networking/Security firms embracing, but under NSX's umbrella.

 

It may be just a sign of security industry's maturity toward virtualization platforms. Back 5 years ago, when vShield APIs where made available, the default behavior was to be defensive at all things "virtual", or at best making available a "dumb" version of existing physical appliances.

 

Indeed, the little "virtual" box were disrupting the wealthy "hardware" box business.

 

Seeing Palo Alto, Checkpoint, McAfee and likes hopping in the NSX wagon will definitely accelerate our journey to NFV.

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EMC & VMware To Combine Cloud Capabilities Into Virtustream | StorageReview.com - Storage Reviews

EMC & VMware To Combine Cloud Capabilities Into Virtustream | StorageReview.com - Storage Reviews | Up in the air ... | Scoop.it
EMC Corporation and VMware Inc. announced that they would be combining their respective cloud capabilities (including the existing Virtustream cloud offerings) to form a new cloud services business under the Virtustream brand. The new Virtustream cloud services will be jointly owned 50:50 by both VMware and EMC and the current CEO of Virtustream, Rodney Rodgers, will remain in his position. Both parties are finalizing a definitive agreement for the transaction.
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It's basically the Pivotal strategy applied to another business area : cloud. We will not talk about a spin-off as Virtustream company already exist (with his own products & value), but it's the same state of mind : group some asset together and out of the parent compagny, to stay focussed on your goal.

 

I guess that with all this rumbling around vCloud Director this last three years, we can definitely forget the "promised" vCD to vRA migration tool ...

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HP is officially shutting down its Helion public cloud in January 2016

HP is officially shutting down its Helion public cloud in January 2016 | Up in the air ... | Scoop.it
HP today announced that on Jan. 31, 2016, it will stop offering its public cloud for running companies' applications.
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Mark Templeton To Step Down as Citrix CEO -- Virtualization Review

Mark Templeton To Step Down as Citrix CEO -- Virtualization Review | Up in the air ... | Scoop.it
His seat on the board of directors will be given to an activist investor.
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Seems that Elliott Management is moving forward to the next step of his plan for Citrix. Being on the board of so many IT companies, perfect to lay down a "one big company" strategy.
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Cisco Acquires Neohapsis: A Sign of the Times

Cisco Acquires Neohapsis:  A Sign of the Times | Up in the air ... | Scoop.it
Yesterday, Cisco Systems announced the acquisition of Neohapsis, a Chicago-based security consulting and services firm. Now Cisco’s forte is in moving bits from source to destination and inspecting packets to enforce security rules and policies. So why is an equipment manufacturer buying a cybersecurity body shop? Several reasons: 1. Security skills are in short supply. ESG research indicates that 25% of organizations have a problematic shortage of IT security skills and this isn’t likely to change anytime soon. 2. Network security is getting more difficult. Aside from a general lack of security skills, CISOs are also being asked to make security decisions for mobile computing, cloud applications, and software-defined networks. This is heady and esoteric stuff! Large organizations need help securing leading-edge technology initiatives sooner rather than later. 3. Enterprises are building plans for an integrated infosec architecture. Large organizations don’t want to buy more one-off threat management point tools from a potpourri of vendors. Clearly Cisco sees Neohapsis as a way to bolster its resources and capitalize on growing security services opportunities. Cisco may also be playing some defense here. Dell, HP, IBM, and Symantec are bundling security services and products into big enterprise deals. With Neohapsis, Cisco has some additional bench strength to play in these lucrative opportunities.
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Microsoft’s Azure Is Starting to Close the Gap With Amazon’s Cloud Service

Microsoft’s Azure Is Starting to Close the Gap With Amazon’s Cloud Service | Up in the air ... | Scoop.it
Azure signs up more than 10,000 customers weekly, almost half of which are startups and software vendors
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Dell to Ship Open Switches with Midokura’s OpenStack SDN | Data Center Knowledge

Dell to Ship Open Switches with Midokura’s OpenStack SDN | Data Center Knowledge | Up in the air ... | Scoop.it
Dell and Cumulus Networks have initiated a Software Defined Network startup called Midokura into their open and disaggregated data center network alliance. Midokura has an overlay network virtualization solution for OpenStack that will now be available together with Dell’s commodity hardware and the Linux-based network operating system by Cumulus. Dell’s first foray into the world of disaggregation between network hardware and software occurred in January, when it announced it would offer the Cumulus OS as an alternative to its own Dell OS software on two of its top-of-rack data center switches. In April, Dell added a third network OS option –the Switch Light Operating System by Big Switch Networks. OpenStack SDN Built for Multitenancy Midokura’s SDN solution is called Enterprise MidoNet. It is based on an open source SDN project the company started earlier this year, Midokura CEO Dan Dumitriu said. Its strength is in its multitenant capabilities. The virtual network overlay, which runs on servers and network switches, logically separates applications in a private cloud environment or users in public clouds. The software uses network switches to do what they do best – reliably move packets. All network management functions are done at the edge of the network on x86 severs. The solution uses Dell switches running Cumulus for non-virtualized workloads that have to stay on physical hardware. In addition to OpenStack, Dell supports cloud architectures by VMware and Microsoft. The company works closely on OpenStack with Red Hat. There are two Dell switches that can be used with Cumulus or Big Switch network OS software: the 10 Gig S48 and the 40 Gig S6000. The company is working to add a 1 Gig product to the open network portfolio in the first quarter of next year, Burns said.
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This is Dell's strategy for SDN, and his answer to Cisco's ACI : Sell hardware, OEM or whitebox, nevermind , and partner to get the software : here Cumulus for the switch OS and Midokura for SDN which have been recently open-sourced. Same strategy on servers and hyperconvergence, when you look at EVO:Rail & Nutanix partnership. In the meantime, this will maybe give a better exposure to Midokura through Dell's channel.
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Four no-bull insights into Docker's next steps

Four no-bull insights into Docker's next steps | Up in the air ... | Scoop.it
It's been a wild week for the app container technology; here's what to keep in mind about its near-future evolution
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EVO:RAIL and NetApp - And then there was 9...

EVO:RAIL and NetApp - And then there was 9... | Up in the air ... | Scoop.it
I’m pleased to say that NetApp have become the 9th Qualified EVO:RAIL Partner (QEP) to join the group. Like with a lot of the other EVO:RAIL partners, NetApp have agreed to add-value and differentiate themselves in the market place. So you might have seen that Dell and SuperMicro have partnered with Nexenta to provide their software on top of EVO:RAIL. Whereas HP have a bundle which includes their StorVirtual VSA. Whilst EMC have yet to release their EVO:RAIL, Chad Sakac on his virtualgeek blog has indicated that they are likely to include Recover Point and Avarmar Backup functionality. In the case of NetApp they will be bundling along side the EVO:RAIL their own storage. This is physically a separate 2U NTAP FAS appliance which will be bundled with a NetAPP branded EVO:RAIL appliance that is based on vSphere and Virtual SAN – total footprint of both appliances in a rack is 4U. The NTAP FAS unit will ideally connect into the same TOR switch that the NTAP branded EVO:RAIL appliance will connect into. NTAP and the channel may also decide/choose to bundle in a TOR switch. EVO:RAIL will expose a link and launch capability that NTAP can leverage (as well as other QEPs) from within the EVO:RAIL DCM Engine to rapidly deploy/configure/integrate the NTAP FAS unit with the NTAP branded EVO:RAIL appliance.
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VMware's approach to hyper-convergence is becoming really interesting. The choice to "only" define an OEM program, with some rules and standards to be compliant, then letting the partners to differentiate them self, lead to some really nice results like this one. If you ask me, one major caveat one HCI platforms is the intrinsic need to align storage growth with compute growth. Smart partnerships like this solve the problem, and go further integrating with the EVO engine to really simplify the integration and management of the traditional storage unit. It's like having a "Cloupia light" to handle your HCI and its ecosystem!
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Are Legacy Vendors Pulling OpenStack in the Wrong Direction? | Data Center Knowledge

Piston CEO says the project has become fragmented and may be losing sight of the ball.

 

Over the past couple of years, OpenStack has turned from a small skunkworks effort to build Amazon Web Services-like clouds but open source into a movement backed by some of the IT industry’s biggest legacy vendors. It’s not uncommon nowadays to hear that OpenStack has become the de facto standard for building cloud infrastructure.


Morrisroe believes the open source project’s original mission was to help companies build clouds like the ones Amazon has built: web-scale, hyper-converged, running on cheap commodity hardware. But now that the likes of Cisco, HP, and IBM have gotten into it, they’ve been busy building OpenStack plug-ins for their proprietary hardware, diluting the focus on that homogeneous web-scale future.

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This article summarize quite well all the enthusiasm by the IT Industry around OpenStack. It's not that Opensource suddenly become the way-to-go and they are throwing their IP away for free and start working hand-on-hand to make a better world ...

 

It's just about being sure that they can position their dope on this market too :-)

 

For me, it's fine too. Since they contribute on the project and tend to make it more versatile.

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Shakeup at Citrix continues: CloudStack products sold off

Shakeup at Citrix continues: CloudStack products sold off | Up in the air ... | Scoop.it
Months after bowing to investor pressure and spinning out its GoTo family of collaboration products, Citrix announced today that it is selling its two CloudStack infrastructure management products to Persistent Systems.
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Okay. Elliott Management follow his butcher plan and cut one more (great) part out of Citrix. True : GoTo & CloudPlatform/Portal were really underperforming regarding their potential value. Citrix did not got the fair mind share. True : Maybe Citrix will be now more focused again on his core business during this tuff time. For sure : Citrix is getting leaner and a potential acquisition would be eased with less portfolio overlapping. Cisco, what are you waiting for? They have the ADC and a strong Virtualization portfolio. Your (good) OpenStack play isn't enough to catchup with Dell/EMC merger. Plus, you already let SolidFire go away ... ;-)
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Red Hat releases Ansible Tower 2.4 :: Editor's Blog at WRAL TechWire

Red Hat releases Ansible Tower 2.4 :: Editor's Blog at WRAL TechWire | Up in the air ... | Scoop.it
New release from Red Hat's Ansible team delivers authentication options for enterprise customers and government organizations.
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Redhat keep his focus : rapidly transforming Ansible from a configuration management tool to a complete and integrated framework.

 

First round include authentication (OAuth, SAML & Radius) and mutli-tenant essential features (session limits, etc), and the obvious integration in the RedHat Ecosystem (CloudForms, Satellite).

 

It's a way for RedHat to cut dependance from other frameworks (chef/puppet/salt) which will ultimately end by being acquired by someone too, and compete with rivals : mainly Ubuntu's JuJu.

 

IT is consolidating ... in every single space. Welcome back to the Full Stack vendors ERA (IBM, SUN, Oracle, you name it)

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Nutanix summons China's Lenovo dragon to magic up hardware

Nutanix summons China's Lenovo dragon to magic up hardware | Up in the air ... | Scoop.it

Nutanix has scored Lenovo as a hardware manufacturer for its hyperconverged system software, effectively wedging its foot in China's front door. A family of Lenovo-built hyperconverged appliances will be aimed at nearly all workloads, including enterprise applications, databases, virtualized desktops, and big data analytics, with improved efficiency and scalability. Deal gives hyperconverged upstart PRC creds

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Can we see one of the first effects of the Dell/EMC merger? My thoughts : Nutanix see his short future being less than shiny in the Dell house, with EMC joining (with ScaleIO, quanta server based white marking, and EVO:Rail Engine).

So I see this move from Nutanix to be a preemptive action to be less dependent to Dell.

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Introducing Scale-out Backup Repository, coming in v9

Introducing Scale-out Backup Repository, coming in v9 | Up in the air ... | Scoop.it
A scale-out repository, coming in Veeam Availability Suite v9, groups multiple repositories into a single entity and use it as a target for any backup job.
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Despite using the actual trendy buzzword aka "scale-out" ("virtual" is near to be vintage now and "cloud" should become totally cheesy soon), I should admit that this feature is maybe THE killer-feature of Veeam B&R v9.

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SolarWinds Going Private In $4.5 Billion Deal | StorageReview.com - Storage Reviews

SolarWinds Going Private In $4.5 Billion Deal | StorageReview.com - Storage Reviews | Up in the air ... | Scoop.it
Continuing on with the October theme of acquisitions, today SolarWinds announced that the private equity firms Silver Lake Partners and Thoma Bravo would acquire it. The deal is valued at $4.5 billion. The two firms state that they will pay shareholders $60.10 which is 44% over its closing price on October 8th.
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Red Hat buys Ansible to bolster its developer toolset - Fortune

Red Hat buys Ansible to bolster its developer toolset - Fortune | Up in the air ... | Scoop.it
Red Hat is buying Ansible, a company backing the open-source Ansibleworks devops toolset, reportedly for $100 million.
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How much time to see Chef or Puppet acquired too? Salt being more confidential (but not less powerful) is maybe a wise choice to build on ...
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SolidFire adds data protection and Cisco/OpenStack to all-flash arrays

SolidFire adds data protection and Cisco/OpenStack to all-flash arrays | Up in the air ... | Scoop.it
All-flash array maker goes for enterprise market with added data protection features and adds Cisco UCS-based reference architecture for OpenStack cloud environments

 

The Oxygen OS upgrade is focused on data protection. Continuous data protection (CDP) is already present and allows a slow trickle of changed data between sites, but this release adds more traditional replication – synchronous and asynchronous – with a scheduling and retention manager.

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When Agile Dev meet Software Defined Storage ... Seeing this smooth pace of major OS release (with key new features each time) is impressive.

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Pigs Fly And VMware Vaults Into The Top-3 OpenStack Vendors - Content Loop

Pigs Fly And VMware Vaults Into The Top-3 OpenStack Vendors - Content Loop | Up in the air ... | Scoop.it
OpenStack can make for strange bedfellows. If any one vendor served as the proprietary bogeyman to motivate the creation of an open source private cloud stack, it’s VMware. For more than a decade, the virtualization giant owned the core infrastructure of Global 2000 data centers, only to have the industry fight back in 2010 with the non-profit OpenStack Foundation. As the industry rallied around open-source OpenStack, proprietary VMware looked to be reeling. That was then. This is now. Renski: I can’t speak for VMware, but I can assure you that from our perspective as the largest standalone OpenStack vendor, we take VMware very seriously. They recognize that their sophisticated customer base wants to get more value out of their investments in VMware while also wanting the flexibility of working with alternative open source cloud solutions like OpenStack. Every infrastructure vendor does “OpenStack something” today. I separate those vendors into two buckets: ones who have a real OpenStack strategy backed by an engineering investment and ones who use OpenStack as a checkmark in their marketing story. BR: I’ll concede that, powered by the KVM hypervisor, OpenStack indirectly competes with ESXi. But it’s important to remember that cloud infrastructure has two very different use cases. One is the systems administrator use case. Systems administrators want to manage process, policy and security while provisioning infrastructure to their internal customers. Historically, both VMware and Red Hat designed their solutions with the systems administrator use case as their focus–VMware with vCenter and Red Hat with RHEL Virtualization. The other is the developer use case. Developers don’t want to deal with the systems administrators or processes; they want direct, self-service access to their infrastructure. BR: Actually, I think VMware will overtake Red Hat in OpenStack sales in 2015. In fact, I doubt Red Hat will manage to stay in the top three in OpenStack revenues and workloads managed next year. Mirantis is seeing great customer traction, and we aim to keep the lead (grins). I predict we will be followed by HP and VMware. Yes, VMware. How has VMware vaulted into the top ranks so quickly? The main reason OpenStack is so popular is because it enables one to leverage existing infrastructure investments. For example, if you already have storage from NetApp, a load balancer from A10 and vCenter licenses, you can layer OpenStack right on top and have yourself a cloud. This works great for Mirantis because we have no ulterior infrastructure agenda. It poses a problem for vendors who have to compete with existing infrastructure investments. Enterprises invested a lot more in VMware infrastructure than they did in RHEL. They will have no reason to switch to “RHEL Integrated OpenStack” when it functions as a rip-and-replace of VMware with no less lock-in. VMware Integrated OpenStack will be a shoo-in.
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Interesting insight from Mirantis about OpenStack market evolution, and the key role granted to vmware.
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NewsFactor Tech News - Mobile Edition

NewsFactor Tech News - Mobile Edition | Up in the air ... | Scoop.it
It’s official. The Cloud Foundry Foundation has launched as an independent, nonprofit foundation to manage the global open standards for platform-as-a-service (PaaS) technology. The foundation will be managed as a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project and will be governed by a team of open source experts from founding Platinum Members EMC, HP, IBM, Intel, Pivotal, SAP, and VMware. Larry Carvalho, PaaS research manager at market research firm IDC, said, “The announcement of the Cloud Foundry Foundation aims to improve transparency and speed technical innovation of the open source platform.” The Cloud Foundry Foundation is still innovating, rolling out a new approach to open source development dubbed Dojo. Dojo aims to offer developers a fast track for commit rights, which can take over a year to gain in major projects.
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Citrix adds cloud storage startup to its arsenal - South Florida Business Journal

Miami investor Faquiry Diaz Cala is chairman of mxHero, whose tools aim to help businesses organize and save emails more efficiently.
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Add this news to the recent RightSignature acquisition, and you will get a picture of where Citrix is trying bring his ShareFile platform.
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Accenture and Microsoft launch new hybrid cloud platform to accelerate enterprise-wide adoption | News Center

Accenture and Microsoft launch new hybrid cloud platform to accelerate enterprise-wide adoption: NEW YORK and ... http://t.co/MbOUNXkKfu
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EMC CEO Tucci: VMware Could Be Spun Off Very Quickly - Page: 1 | CRN

EMC CEO Tucci: VMware Could Be Spun Off Very Quickly - Page: 1 | CRN | Up in the air ... | Scoop.it

EMC's Joe Tucci said EMC prefers to keep its controlling stake in VMware, but could easily spin off VMware if needed.


EMC's board of directors is very focused on shareholder value and would make a decision about the future of VMware based on what is best for shareholders and the company, Tucci told investors at the conference.


Even so, Tucci said, EMC still sees its current structure, which includes a majority equity stake in VMware, as a key competitive advantage whether in fierce competition against rivals such as IBM or in co-opetition with Cisco.

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Here again ... rumors about EMC potentially spinning off VMware. This time, J.Tucci is far less categoric about this possibility. In fact, he even say that he would do what the shareholders would like!

 

Never say never Joe :-)

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