Category: miscellaneous

Oct 02

VMware rolls back its boarders with a flash sale of vCloud Air

In a not-too-unexpected move, VMware has announced the sale of its Public Cloud division. It is well-known that vCloud Air has been struggling. In a deal expected to close in Q2 2017 they have offloaded it to French Cloud hosting provider OVH. OVH defines itself as one of the largest cloud service providers in the world, …

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Sep 27

Docker has been in an acquisitivie mood again, this time pulling in Infinit

Docker, the leading vendor in the container industry, has been dipping into its pockets again, this time to acquire French file sync company Infinit. Yep, Docker, the company whose core product is a container management and deployment technology, is acquiring a consumer file sync company. At first glance, this is an odd acquisition. Infinit is …

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May 27

A Bit of History Repeats Itself: CSC Buys HPE Technology Services Division

In 2008, HP (now part of the newly split-off HPE) bought Electronic Data Systems (EDS) for $13.9 billion, a massive amount for what at the time was one of the biggest IT services players in the market space, behind IBM. This was whilst HP’s services division languished in fifth place, behind both Accenture and Fujitsu. CSC Aquires …

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Apr 07

Cost to Build a New Virtualized Data Center

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been thinking about costs relating to a building a new virtualization-based data center. “What?” I hear you say. “Everywhere is virtualized—there is no such thing as a greenfield site anymore!” I would have said that myself, but in the last month I have come across three, one …

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Apr 05

The Godfather of NSX Leaves His Baby in Good Hands to Help Other Embryos

In a shock announcement on Wednesday, Martin Casado announced that he was leaving VMware’s Networking and Security business unit, the group that owns the NSX product, to join the venture capitalist firm Andreessen Horowitz as a general partner. Casado was co-founder and CTO of Nicira, the network company that VMware brought for $1.2 billion in 2012. This closes the …

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Feb 25

VSAN Comes of Age with Version 6.2

On February 10, 2016, VMware announced VSAN v6.2. This is the forth generation of its flagship software-defined storage (SDS) product to be released. At the time of the release, VMware announced that it has more than 3,000 customers running the products; that is quite a number. Now, to me, it is a misnomer for this to have …

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Jan 31

VMware Layoffs: Don’t Fear the Reaper

After a week of rumors, VMware has finally unleashed the Reaper. Yesterday morning as of 9 am GMT, VMware has announced layoffs in multiple business units across the globe. Read More    

Jan 27

The future of VMware Fusion and VMware Workstation

Yesterday I woke up to the following tweet: I hear rumors that @vmware workstation/fusion teams were laid off. If that is true, it is a really sad news! — Krishna Raj Raja (@esxtopGuru) January 26, 2016

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Apr 13

VMware Security Advisory:- VMSA-2015-0003.1

New advisory for you and this one looks like a beast, I mean it seems to affect every VMware product other than vSphere ESXi. But to be fair this is more of an issue with Oracle JRE than the overlaying applications stack. And relate to an issue documented in Oracle’s Critical Patch Update Advisory of …

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Apr 09

VSAN is Great, but their Licensing Sucks

On April 1st I tweeted that VSAN Makes configuring your ESXi storage so easy, I only wish iSCSI was so simple, (controller issues not withstanding) — Tom Howarth (@tom_howarth) April 1, 2015 And I still stand by this remark. Building and configuring a New VSAN is simple, even if you have to spend most of …

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