Today finally marks the announcement of the general availability of VMware VSAN. This is VMware’s most public beta to date.
So, What Is VSAN?
VSAN is true integrated software-defined storage. It is embedded into the vKernel, it is a distributed object store, and as such, it is resource efficient. There is no requirement for an extra virtual machine on each host.
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SDN is getting a lot of hype at the moment. Coupled with its kissing cousin, network virtualization, it is all the buzz. So what exactly is it? At its most basic level, SDN is an approach to networking in which the control plane is decoupled from hardware and given over to a software controller.
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With the mobile device management (MDM) and enterprise mobility management (EMM) markets still reeling from VMware’s $1.5B purchase of competitor AirWatch, Good Technology has announced that it is purchasing BoxTone for an undisclosed amount. This is a purchase to turn heads: Good Technology is making a bold statement to the world that it, too, is here, and it can and does play in this space.
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With the sale of its x86 server division for $2.3B, IBM exits the marketplace it started in the early 1980s. Some have argued that this is a good move for IBM and tolls the death knell for the x86 server marketplace. “Well, if IBM is closing shop, surely the end is nigh. What with all that virtualization malarkey, nobody is purchasing x86-based servers anymore.” While it is true that the glory days may be behind for a company based on server hardware due to the consolidation of large numbers of compute entities on single-host servers, there is still a significant marketplace for x86 servers: according to IT Candor, over $46B in 2013. Although the server market suffered its third quarter of revenue decline, dropping 4%, actual numbers shipped increased by 2%. The plain fact is that people are still buying x86-based servers.
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What do you do with a problem like Nexenta?
Nexenta. Some of you will remember this company from two years ago. It was the darling of Silicon Valley, the fastest growing storage start-up since NetApp. It could boast double and triple-digit year-on-year growth. And so on. So, what happened?
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The announcement by VMware of their intent to acquire Airwatch an Atlanta based company in a $1.5B purchase is a very shrewd move on VMware’s part. This deal compises of $1.175B in Cash and $365M in as stated by the press release “Instalment payments and assumed unvested equity”.
Airwatch’s main value proposition was in Mobile device management, their device reach was impressive, with being able to manage; apple, symbian, blackberry, Android and Windows devices, further the ability to manage Desktops is a bonus, AirWatch together with Citrix are seen as a leaders in the EMM space and is placed in the Leaders quadrant by Gartner on their Magic quadrant graph for the market.
In one fowl swoop VMware will fill an obvious gap in their EUC proposition, answering the final questions about their commitment and dedication to the EUC market place. It also closes the gap between them and Citrix their major competitor in the EUC market in protecting the endpoint, further the Airwatch acquisition will give VMware basic capability to manage laptop devices, opening up the ability to offer BYOD management into their portfolio.
It could be argued that this purchase was reactive and as a result of IBM and Citrix moving in this space with their acquisitions of FibreLink,, MasS360 and Zenprise respectively, however I do this is a positive move on VMware’s part firming up their EUC offerings and tightening the end point security.
A quick reminder that the Yorkshire VMUG is open for Registration, our meeting is on the 30th January at the Park Plaza, Boar Lane, Leeds,
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Our agenda includes:
- Morning Workshop: vSphere Administrator Session Presented by Mike Laverick. Space is limited, and you must reserve your place in advance. Please note in your registration if you plan to attend the morning session.
- Afternoon Main Session Featuring the Following Presentations:
• PernixData Presentation: FVP Technical Overview and Success Case Study
• VMware Presentation: Technical Overview of vCenter Operations Manager – Matthew Steiner
• Veeam Presentation: Backup and Replication Technical Overview
• Ask the Experts: All Expert Panel, Featuring Mike Laverick, Matthew Steiner and Tom Howarth (More TBC.)
- Prize Giveaways
and finally join us in the hotel bar following the meeting for more networking and refreshments!
The third and final advisory released, relates to issues with SSL and the userworld.
The second Advisory of the day is an update to one released in October of last year. again the first two issues can be circumvented by the good design practice of deploying hosts on a isolated VLAN, the third requires an update of Java,
It has been a little quiet on the VMware Security Advisories lately, but today a little bit like buses along come three at once.
The first is a brand new One and addresses a number or potential vulnerabilities. two of which are circumvented by good design principles, like placing hosts on a separate protected network. the final section relates to a common MITM attack vector.