EMC beefs up its stake in VCE, buys out majority of Cisco’s share
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EMC has announced it is to merge data centre biz VCE into its main organisation, buying out all but 10% of Cisco’s stake in the company.
The news comes weeks after EMC announced the buy of open cloud provider Cloudscaling, and can be seen as an advancement of the ménage a trois-esque relationship between EMC, VMware and Cisco in ownership of VCE.
The converged infrastructure (CI) provider was originally set up as a joint venture between EMC, VMware and Cisco in order...
VMworld 2014 recap: SDDC, EUC and hybrid cloud
By Chris Ward, CTO
Another year, another VMworld in the books. It was a great event this year with some key announcements and updates. First, some interesting stats:
The top 3 strategic priorities for VMware remain unchanged (Software Defined Datacenter/Enterprise, End User Computing, and Hybrid Cloud). Some interesting numbers presented included on premise infrastructure is increasing at a rate of 4% year over year while off premise (primarily SaaS and IaaS) is growing at 25% year over year. ...
VMware to offer additional public cloud services
VMware’s annual confab, VMworld, takes place in San Francisco this year. At that conference, VMware is expected to release additions to its public cloud infrastructure vCHS in efforts to differentiate its business model from other providers.
Although vCHS has been around for less than a year, the infrastructure has received mixed reviews. Some administrators seem to love the way it integrates into VMware’s vCenter while others note the lack of features and functionality found within the interface....
VMware opens up second UK data centre, sees customer demand
Virtualisation bod VMware has opened up a second UK data centre, with a new site in Chessington, London, adding to the current data centre in Slough.
The move is evidently designed to represent UK and EMEA customers who want quicker access to their data, and comes a few months after VMware launched its hybrid disaster recovery service (vCHS), which provides a continuously available recovery platform if a data centre goes down.
Gavin Jackson, general manager and VP cloud services EMEA, said: “Our...
VMware jumps in with disaster recovery service for hybrid cloud set
Virtualisation giant VMware has announced ‘VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery’, a service which provides a continuously available recovery site if a VMware data centre hits the skids.
The system, which promises an RPO (recovery point objective) of 15 minutes, offers 1 terabyte of storage from a minimum pricing point of $835 a month, with the service available in all five of VMware’s vCloud Hybrid Service data centres in the US and UK.
The overall effect is that VMware has...
5 ways CIOs should measure the cloud
The choice to move to cloud is becoming clearer every day. But the choices within that decision are becoming more fraught as the marketplace develops and a wider selection of delivery models and platforms.
The onus is also increasingly falling on CIOs to be the chief decision makers with regards to how cloud should fit within the organization.
Here are a few measures for how to best determine what cloud will be best for your business.
The component pieces of the cloud provider’s technology need...
Rackspace gets back into bed with VMware for hybrid offering
Rackspace Hosting has announced a new offering for its Managed Virtualisation Service hosting a VMware environment, entitled ‘Dedicated VMware vCenter Server’.
This is an interesting change, given how Rackspace’s most recent focus has been on OpenStack technologies instead of VMware.
Currently, the Managed Virtualisation service offers partial accessibility to vCenter’s features, but not full management capabilities. The theory, according to Rackspace, is that the dedicated environment...
Best and worst performing cloud computing stocks in 2013
Cloud computing stocks continue to show wide variation in performance throughout the first half of this year.
Ten of the twenty companies in the Cloud Computing Stock Index delivered returns to shareholders with NetSuite leading with a 37.30% share gain, delivering $13,730 on $10,000 invested on January 2, 2013.
To more fully define the stock performance of these companies, I’ve added Earnings Per Share (EPS), Price/Earnings Ratio, Year-To-Date (YTD) Total Gains or Loss, Annualized Gain or Loss, and Total Dollar...
Five ways VMware’s vCloud hybrid service takes your data centre to the cloud
5. The hybrid...
VMware sees software defined data centre as the future for IT as a service
Microsoft, Oracle, SAP: Demystifying cloud vendors
Cisco courts Parallels and “desktop virtualisation” in the cloud
Parallels is a global firm reputed in offering cloud service enablement, hosting and desktop visualisation. The company was founded in 1999 and currently boasts of over 900 employees spanning across the globe- North America, Asia and Europe.
To capitalise on Parallels' success story, Cisco, the global networking giant, of recent has made an equity investment of $11 million to the desktop virtualisation firm. The investment was done through Almaz Capital Partners.
According to Hilton Romanski,...
VMware begins a new phase in its evolution
By Roy Illsley, Principal Analyst, IT Software
VMware has been the force behind many of the server infrastructure virtualisation transformations that have taken place in the data centre over the last decade.
The infrastructure virtualization market is now reaching maturity, with about 50% of x86 data centres now virtualised, and VMware needed to extend its solutions to expand beyond server virtualization.
At VMWorld 2012 Europe, more than 8,000 delegates witnessed the shift in emphasis as VMware’s new...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...