Rackspace looks further to the cloud after strong results

Rackspace has announced that they are incorporating their commitment to open source cloud into their official company branding.

The hosting provider is using the tagline “the open cloud company” as part of its logo, reaffirming their belief in the cloud.

This comes after their strong second quarter results for 2012, which included a yearly increase of 29% on net revenue, up to $319 million (£204.1m), up 5.9% from the previous quarter.

Rackspace’s net income grew 43% year on year to...

By James Bourne, 09 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: OpenSource, Public, VMware.

For VMware and Nicira, software trumps hardware

By David Krozier, Principal Analyst, Network Infrastructure Practice

On July 23 VMware, the server virtualisation powerhouse, agreed to acquire software-defined networking pioneer Nicira for $1.26bn; both parties expect the transaction to close in 2012.

VMware, a subsidiary of EMC, expects the acquisition to advance its progress towards programmatic control of virtualised compute, storage, and network resources – what it calls software-defined data centres.

Although Nicira’s current annual...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 31 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Forecasts, M&A, Virtualisation, VMware.

Don’t expect big changes from VMware’s new CEO

By Tim Stammers, Senior Analyst, Infrastructure, Ovum.

Paul Maritz, CEO of EMC subsidiary VMware, is to be replaced by Pat Gelsinger, who is currently president and COO of all of EMC’s business other than VMware. The swap will happen in September, when Maritz will move in the opposite direction to become EMC chief strategist.

The move does not signal immediate or major changes at VMware. While the company faces increasing competition, its dominant position in the server virtualization market is not under...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 23 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Virtualisation, VMware.

VMware grabs Wanova for their end-user portfolio

Virtualisation experts VMware have acquired turnkey desktop cloud providers Wanova to further bolster their end-user portfolio.   

VMware will hope to fully utilise Wanova’s Mirage system, which centralises image management of both physical and virtual desktops and splits the desktop image into logical layers, to entail seamless transition between endpoints.

The financial details of the deal remain undisclosed.

VMware...

By James Bourne, 23 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Virtualisation, VMware.

IT Chasms, Gaps, and A New World Order

I went to dinner last night with my pal, EMC big wig Rich Napolitano, and a startup he knows called Plexxi.  I’ve known Rich for many years since his startup Pirus (acquired by Sun for way too much money, god bless them).

Now Plexxi is still in stealth mode so I won’t unwrap them yet, but suffice to say they are entering the world that I love – an enormously disruptive ($$) market ripe for inevitable change (the networking space) because of powerful, long-term secular trends (that they...

By Steve Duplessie, 13 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Storage, Virtualisation, VMware.

Every 6 seconds a new virtual machine “cloud” is born

IT business leaders turn on one VMware virtual machine every six seconds, that's faster than the rate of babies born in the United States: 1 every 8 seconds.

A virtual machine of course is the kernel of cloud computing, a device enabling SMEs to deploy virtual resources in the cloud using a utility pricing model from Virtual Internet.  A range of enterprise cloud offerings are powered by VMware software in the Virtual Internet Datacentre, which are...

By VI, 12 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Infographic, Virtualisation, VMware.

When Bad Resource Pools Happen to Good People

There are no lack of articles on the subject of VMware resource pools and shares, yet I am constantly amazed by how frequently they are misused. This isn’t just a problem in the SMB either. Resource pool abuse is an equal opportunity virtual infrastructure killer and I feel the need to dredge up the tired topic again in the hope of reaching at least one more vSphere administrator.

Resource pools can be a very powerful tool that helps an organization achieve very aggressive CPU and Memory utilization.  Properly...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 05 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, VMware.

Developing Clouds in the Forecast

These days it seems like everyone has their head in the cloud. At least from an interest level that is. When it comes to actually using the cloud, they’re not necessarily ready for a real cloud deployment. The conversation usually goes something like this:

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“Do you support...

By Arthur Hicken, 15 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Enterprise, Private, VMware.

MITEL Cloud Anyware – Cloud BCP

I wrote the blog ‘Cloud Anyware‘ after learning about MITEL’s virtualized UC infrastructure.

Working with VMware they’ve virtualized the core technologies of telephony, meaning that rather than having dusty old phone switches you could now run your telephony as an estate of Virtual Machines, presenting the opportunity to leverage VM tools to enhance their deployment,...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 01 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Virtualisation, VMware.