Posts Tagged ‘VMware’

VMware Vs. Microsoft: The Next Chapter

4 February 2013 – VMware’s fourth-quarter earnings, reported Jan. 28, set a record and came in ahead of analyst expectations. The next day, its stock, which had been trading at $99.10 just before the announcement, took a stunning hit, losing 20% of its value within a short time after the opening of trading.  Several analysts had predicted VMware’s fourth-quarter earnings would disappoint because the market for virtualization products was nearly saturated and Microsoft was moving in to steal the customer base.

VMware has led a somewhat charmed life with investors up to this point. It’s been presumed to be the leader of a business with a lot of potential growth. Instead, VMware came up with a conservative forecast of new license sales, a key indicator of its prospects, of 8-11% for the first quarter of 2013, as well as slower overall sales in the first half.
On the third day, its stock began to recover. Some investors clearly thought that VMware, under a new CEO and having just lost its CTO, was laying off employees as foretaste of things to … Read more

Well played, EMC

17 July 2012 – As expected, EMC shuffled the deck today. It named COO Pat Gelsinger as the new VMware CEO, replacing Paul Maritz who has moved into a new role as EMC’s chief strategist.  It had been reported that Maritz was out as VMware’s CEO and was being considered as a replacement for EMC CEO Joe Tucci, who is expected to retire by the end of next year.  Maritz was a candidate to lead Cloud Foundry, the successful open-source platform as a service (PaaS) that has the potential to become a core part of EMC’s core cloud offering.  It has been reported that Cloud Foundry will be spun out as a subsidiary of EMC. VMware is a subsidiary of EMC.

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Free webcast: Introduction to Virtualization — for you e-discovery mavens

21 February 2012 –  If you attended LegalTech 2012 a few weeks ago, you had the opportunity to discuss with several vendors the e-discovery issues involving virtual servers, desktops and storage, or see some of the brilliant off-the-floor presentations (as always at LegalTech there is more happening away from the event than at the event).

We first learned about the issues and became involved in learning the technology waaaaaay back in the old days … 2008 … when Autonomy’s ZANTAZ division incorporated into its e-discovery software the functionality of finding information stored in virtual environments.

The functionality came in the form of a module that could search multiple virtual file servers running a number of operating systems, freeing up IT shops from doing the work manually. It’s development was a no-brainer:  given the “extreme” type of rulings that were coming out of the e-discovery realm … court orders that a company preserve its RAM data … virtualized information had to be factored into a company’s efforts to comply with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure concerning electronically stored information.  Through … Read more

One on One: Paul Maritz, VMware Chief Executive


7 February 2012 – Paul Maritz has been chief executive of VMware since July 2008. VMware’s server virtualization has made possible a vast consolidation of the computer business toward commodity chips and open-source software. It was also critical in the shift to “cloud” computing. A native of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Mr. Maritz joined Intel in 1981. From 1986 to 2000 he was at Microsoft serving on its executive committee and overseeing Microsoft’s expansion into client-server corporate computing. He then founded a computing company which in 2008 was acquired by EMC, which also owns VMware.

For an interview with Mr. Maritz conducted by the New York Times click here.… Read more

VMware promises 250 jobs in Cork, Ireland

16 September 2011 – Cloud computing firm VMware is to create 250 jobs in Ballincollig in Cork over the next three years.  The plans for the new jobs were announced by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton at the opening of a new office this morning.

The company already employs over 550 people at two sites.

It said most of the new jobs will be for high value customer support and sales specialists.  Mr Bruton said: “Today’s announcement by VMware is great news for Cork and shows that we are on the right track.  “However we must do more, and I have a plan for a series of measures across a range of sectors, including cloud computing, to hit ambitious targets and get people back to work.”

VMware senior vice president Maurizio Carli praised the group’s existing Irish employees.  Mr Carli said: “The availability of the required skill-sets and languages in Ireland, along with the strong work ethic and solutions-orientated approach of the campus, has proved to be invaluable for our business.”… Read more

VMware: Cloud Era Needs “Real-Time” Applications

6 September 2011 – VMware laid out its vision for cloud computing last week at its VMworld event. VMware CEO Paul Maritz described the cloud computing era as one that will be defined mostly by new data fabrics and real-time applications.  The cloud era is more than timeshare rediscovered or another passing trend, Maritz said. Instead, the cloud era represents the next major interaction “between the consumerization of IT on one hand, and traditional enterprise IT on the other.” A new synthesis that will redefine IT will emerge over the coming decade.

Applications have changed over the years. Maritz said the “canonical applications” of the mainframe era were around automated bookkeeping. In the client-server world, the canonical applications were CRM, e-commerce, integrated ERP systems and non-real-time analytics, all built around relational databases, the web, and IT networks. In the cloud era, he expects a big pool of computing from the consumer space will impact the enterprise space, giving rise to a new set of canonical applications.

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VMware breaks into mobile

30 August 2011 -VMware is demonstrating its interest in getting enterprise access onto mobile phones and tablets with its latest offerings.  According to a recent press release from the company, “Project AppBlast will provide the universal delivery of any application, including Windows-based applications, to any device supporting HTML5, enabling instant remote access to applications without the heavy footprint of the underlying operating system. Project Octopus will leverage data sync technology from VMware Zimbra and Mozy to enable enterprise-grade collaboration and information/data sharing. Additionally, Project Octopus will offer easy integration with VMware Horizon, VMware View and Project AppBlast to create a secure enterprise cloud service. These two projects promise to dramatically simplify the access and sharing of information across people and mobile devices, contributing to the Connected Enterprise.”

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How To Integrate Cloud Computing Into Service Offerings

1 August 2011 – If you listened to the pundits, the benefits of cloud cross numerous dimensions including cost, agility, scalability and availability – which ultimately drive business benefits for your customers. The common wisdom is that the “how” and “where” of the cloud is generally irrelevant to the user of the cloud resources, so the fact is that businesses want to consume cloud services like they have come to expect in their personal lives. IT teams are looking for ways to optimize that delivery while maintaining control. The growing expectations in ease of use, availability, cost and much more from the business unit raises the bar in terms of delivery from IT. That is where the solution providers, consultants, MSPs and other channel experts can help.

According to Gartner, “Cloud computing is just topping the peak, and private cloud computing is still rising.” It’s fairly early in the hype cycle and there are still many unanswered questions about cloud. In addition, the various layers of the xaaS stack are constantly in flux, so you need to be flexible in … Read more

What’s a Cloud Play?

28 July 2011 – Fact is, enterprise computing and cloud computing are different beasts. Cloud computing is a very specific technology which combines distributed computing, virtualization, and shared network storage into a single system that can deliver its power to any single application which needs it. Google spent much of the last decade scaling its data centers to make them clouds. The race is now on to commercialize the technology, and the tools used to create it.

When a vendor just delivers this basic capability, that is infrastructure as a service. Amazon is an IaaS play. When a vendor also delivers tools for building applications within this infrastructure, that’s platform as a service. Microsoft pushes Azure as a PaaS play.

A few software companies are now trying to “productize” the cloud, with software “stacks” which imitate what these clouds can do. These are the truest of the cloud plays.Thus VMWare, Citrix, Rackspace and RedHat are cloud plays.

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The cloud computing market grows up

12 July 2011 – From James Staten of Forbes Magazine:

“Mark this date. While it isn’t an anniversary of anything significant in the past, it is a day where our beloved cloud computing market showed significant signs of maturing. Major announcements by VMware, Citrix, and Microsoft all signaled significant progress in making cloud platforms (Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS)) more enterprise ready and consumable by I&O professionals.

* VMware updates its cloud stack. The server virtualization leader announced version 5 of its venerable hypervisor and version 1.5 of vCloud Director, its IaaS platform atop vSphere. Key enhancements to vCloud include more hardening of its security and resource allocation policy capabilities that address secure multi tenancy concerns and elimination of the “noisy neighbor” problem, respectively. It also doubled the total capacity of VMs service providers can put in a single cloud to 20,000. VMware also resurrected a key feature from its now defunct Lab Manager — linked clones. This key capability for driving operational efficiency lets you deploy new VMs from the image library and … Read more