תגית: Virtualization

Microsoft's Cloud Platform System (CPS) vs. the World (VMware EVO:Rails and Amazon)

More bigs news from Microsoft – Microsoft's Cloud Platform System (CPS) –  (I call it Azure Cloud "Private Edition") –  a joint announcement from Microsoft and Dell, which offers a bundle including Dell Racks with expandble computing, storage and networking, running a private Azure cloud (on premise) that should look and work the same as Microsoft's public Azure offering.

You can create multiple tenants to represent different groups, organizations or sub-companies and lauch Windows and Linux instances. You can expand the hardware to support hundreds or thousands of VMs.

In continuation for its future Docker based Windows containers support for Windows Server and Azure, it looks like Microsoft is on a roll. This time, looks like its Cloud Platform System offering goes head to head with VMware's EVO:Rail offering, announced just few weeks ago in the VMware World 2014 conference. This is also an in-direct competition with Amazon's offerings, which could have a hit-run with customers massively using Microsoft's technologies.

This might also be a nice fresh innovative-direction for Dell, and certainly shows it is working hard to create new interesting offertings, which makes you wonder, what else is coming next.

Now its time to look deeper into the new system, maybe try and download the Windows Azure Pack and see how it can be used on your current hardware

What do you think?

Docker based Windows containers support for Windows Server and Azure

That's it. Docker won over Windows containerization as well!

Microsoft just announced it will add to its support for Linux VMs running Docker Linux Containers, support of Docker engine inside Windows Server and Windows Azure, to support native Windows containers,

More info here: Docker based Windows containers

This means you will be able to develop and support your Windows Apps within a slim agile-to-maintain container. What happens to licensing is one question, and what happens to security is definitely another worthy question.

Docker containers to rock CoreOS

Check out the "Docker" new slim Linux containers technology, now at the center of CoreOS

CoreOS is an easily scalable SaaS / MSP targeted Linux variant, now available on Google Compute engine as well.

Each Docker container includes a complete App / Service with all its Data Structures, similar to Ca Technology 3Tera.

http://infoworld.com/t/application-virtualization/coreos-uses-docker-put-linux-diet-242218

Going to check it out soon…

VMware vSphere 5.5 cool new features

Here is my pick of the VMware vSphere 5.5 cool new features:

1. Support of ~52 TB on a single vmdk allows big storage VMs, closer to real server capacities
2. The vCenter appliance now supports up to 100 hosts and 3000 VMs with the internal DB takes it into SMB plus size or moderate Development shops level
3. Official support of latest 4 virtual hardware versions reduce the need to upgrade VMware tools component, when new vSphere version ships, hence less reboots for VMs
4. Utilizing better reliable memory section in a hardware, leverages the protection for the more critical parts of the ESX hypervisor. This adds to the overall stability of the virtual VMware based data center.
5.latency issues in the hypervisor are addressed in new, easy to configure settings.
6. vSAN (beta) included in the core vSphere aiming to address the massive need for low-cost storage for VDI deployments. It allows defining VM storage needs in terms of speed, reliability, caching, raid level and other operational factors. vSAN then dynamically assigns the VM resources off the storage pools it had found avail with those capabilities. vSAN turns any local disk on any commodity ESX hardware into a part of the aggregate vSAN based datastore.

P.S

Here are some VMware vSphere 5.1 Cool features I did not have time to post about until now…They are still great!

Voma – VMFS on disk meta data analyzer finally! Checks for file system errors but does not fix them yet

New sparse disk efficient can reclaim unused guest (!!) disk space – Only for sc sparse disks and VMware View machines

Storage I/O control turned on by default to get more I/O info about VMs and assist storage DRS mechanism

You now get SSO (Single Sign On) server which you can hook to multiple Microsoft Active Directory domains as well as vCenter servers. Once you authenticate, the SSO server provides your VI Client with a certificate, it can later use to authenticate all the VMware v5.1 solutions

That's the last time vi Client has a non web version

The new web client option has a new 'pause' feature allowing you stop a wizard walk through saving its data and state to continue later on as you do other actions first. Very nice time saver!

Third party plugins need update to fit the new server-based / web GUI client

That's it for now folks! What features did you like the best?