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Software-Defined Datacenter Requires More Intelligent Infrastructure | #VMworld

Software-Defined Datacenter Requires More Intelligent Infrastructure | #VMworld

Hu Yoshida, VP and CTO, Hitachi Data Systems, discussed his company's relationship with VMware and software-defined data center trends with theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante, live at VMWorld 2013. "23,000 people, it's quite amazing, it shows the impact of virtualizaiton," Yoshida said, commenting on this year's edition of VMWorld. Virtualization is where the industry has to go. "We can make changes to the technology without disrupting the applications. "We've had an over ten-year relationship with VMware," Hitachi being one of the early adopters. "We are also an early design partner with them, we're not just looking for things to integrate... more »
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3 Must-See Moments : #VMworld 2013 Day Two Exclusives

VMworld 2013 Day two saw VMware pushing into the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC). Equally apparent, is what the guys were able to unpack about VMware's goal with Software Defined Networking (SDN) and the next evolution of networking. SiliconANGLE's exclusive coverage of #VMWorld 2013, both with our editorial and theCUBE, caught all of the action too. We packed in another twenty great theCUBE interviews of top executives at VMworld 2013. Here are three of the top interviews from our Day Two coverage of #VMworld 2013: 3 must-see moments from #VMworld 2013   Scaling Horizontally At Will Is Truly Cloud-style The first interview of day... more »
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Nimble Releases vSphere Reference Architecture

Nimble Storage, a high profile hybrid array vendor, unveiled a converged infrastructure reference architecture at this week’s VMworld 2013 conference. Dubbed SmartStack for Business Critical Applications, the specification combines vSphere 5.1, Nimble’s CS-Series systems and Cisco UCS blade servers to “allow IT organizations to scale as needed to respond faster to changing business needs, while lowering project risks and capital expenses.” The company argues that the architecture simplifies the configuration and management of business critical applications. SmartStack is validated to support 500-seat deployments of Exchange, SharePoint, and SQL Server, and enables users to scale compute and storage without investing in costly... more »
Delivering All the Attributes of Virtualization Platforms at Individual Server Level | #VMworld

Delivering All the Attributes of Virtualization Platforms at Individual Server Level | #VMworld

John Furrier and Dave Vellante managed to track down the who's who in the business while attending the VM World 2013 event in San Francisco. During Day two of live interviews for theCube, they interviewed George Slessman, the CEO and Product Architect of IO, "one of the hottest companies right now in the space of data center". Slessman was proud to announce "bringing the same software-enabled optimization flexibility into the physical data center assets." "Traditionally, data centers have been managed in a facility-based approach. If you want full benefit of the cloud, you have to have a data center that can... more »
VMware Moves Up the Virtualization Stack #VMworld

VMware Moves Up the Virtualization Stack #VMworld

If the question at the start of VMware 2013 Monday morning was where VMware was headed in the coming year, company CEO Pat Gelsinger has answered it: VMware is moving up the virtualization stack with tools and APIs to facilitate integration between virtualized data center environments and cloud services in a hybrid cloud architecture. While this is not really a surprise move -- hybrid cloud is a recognized major trend in enterprise computing today -- it does reinforce that trend, and it provides a direction to keep VMware ahead of its rivals technically and so maintains its premium status in... more »
People Are Both Excited and Scared About DevOps | #VMworld

People Are Both Excited and Scared About DevOps | #VMworld

John Furrier and Stu Miniman, theCube co-hosts, caught up with Scott Sanchez, Director of Strategy at Rackspace, during the second day of VM World 2013 in San Francisco. Rackspace, the founder of OpenStack, has become the service leader in cloud computing, delivering enterprise-class hybrid cloud infrastructures to businesses of all sizes around the world. "Cloud is being transformed in real-time," said Furrier, kicking off the interview by asking Sanchez to comment on the challenges developers are addressing. "The best way to put things in perspective is to state that software has become the new hardware," said Sanchez. "All the limitations that... more »
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NetApp Adds VMware Integration to Storage Software Lineup

NetApp has refreshed its software portfolio with new releases that introduce tighter VMware integration and nondisruptive migration of data for virtual machines, among other features. The storage vendor extended its Clustered Data ONTAP operating system with support for vCloud Suite 5.5, the latest version of VMware’s cloud management and monitoring platform. The integration aims to simplify large-scale migrations and give users the freedom to deploy the storage platforms of their choice. The ONTAP update is joined by Virtual Storage Console 5.0 (VSC 5.0,) the newest edition of NetApp’s vSphere management solution. VSC 5.0 includes integration with the VMware vSphere Web Client and... more »
Parallels Access Makes Your iPad More Productive for $79.99

Parallels Access Makes Your iPad More Productive for $79.99

The iPad with Retina Display sells for $499 for a 16GB version, and costs even more if you want greater storage space.  It's notthat expensive, but considering how limited the iPad is productivity wise, it might not be the most sensible investment for some.  Face facts, the iPad just isn't as handy as your computer - it’s a much more app-centric device, meaning everything looks good as long as it’s an app. But would you be interested in investing $80 to turn your iPad into something more useful for office work? Parallels believes that there are plenty who'll say yes. The company... more »
How Juniper and VMware Address the Toughest IT Challenges | #VMworld

How Juniper and VMware Address the Toughest IT Challenges | #VMworld

In their ongoing coverage of VMworld 2013, Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman spoke with both Denise Shiffman, Vice President, Product Management and Strategy at Juniper Networks and Hatem Naguib, Vice President, Networking and Security at VMware. The three discuss Juniper’s unique offerings and their integration with VMware. Naguib shares his enthusiasm for VMware’s new NSX offering, with which Juniper integrates. He says that “it’s really predicated on being able to deliver for any application,” offering the core components of networking. Shiffman explains that Juniper’s integration with NSX offers a high level of visibility as “NSX can programmatically provision the entire data... more »
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VMware Pushes into the Software-Defined Data Center at VMworld 2013

VMware has unleashed a string of new and updated products at this week’s VMworld 2013 conference in a move to realize the ambitious software-defined data center (SDDC) strategy it announced last year. Below is a comprehensive list of the releases that have been announced so far. vCloud Suite 5.5 introduces a new version of vSphere that includes automated recovery from application and operating system failure, in addition to Flash Read Cache technology that taps into server-side flash to lower latency. Other features include vSphere Big Data Extensions for deploying Hadoop on virtualized servers, support for Intel’s Xeon E5 v2 and Atom... more »

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