Thursday, 13 March 2014

Check Point joins forces with VMware to provide private cloud network security

Check Point Software Technologies is working with VMware to automate and simplify provisioning and deployment of network security in private clouds, so their protection solutions with interoperable security data center VMware infrastructure. As nowadays moves rapidly along the path of virtualization, the company says it is important for the safety of keeping up virtual environments.

Virtualization has greatly increased the speed with which applications can be deployed, and provides the benefits of mobility and agility to meet changing business needs.
Network security for virtualized environments must match the speed and ' agility through automated management and provisioning security, while allowing the seamless support for business processes and security policy exists.

Check Point Virtual Edition (VE) is a unique solution that provides comprehensive security protection and rapid spread of the security services in virtualized environments. By aligning security partners Point with VMware vSphere 5.5, organizations can benefit from a fully automated security solution for VMware virtualized environment.

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The virtual machines will be safeguarded by the width of multilayer Check Point security guards without changing the topology of the network. In addition, the interoperability solutions and VMware vCloud protection Check Point Suite enables virtual applications simplified and automated.

“As companies deploy their network infrastructure in the cloud, with the security services can be provided quickly in these virtual environments is critical, “vice president of product management at Check Point Software Technologies.

"Our collaboration with VMware enables strong protection of network security through the development of virtual environments for our customers.”

Available in Q1 2014, the new Check Point VE is only part of the overall security strategy of cloud and virtualization Check Point, which will bring greater interoperability with VMware solutions.

"VMware provides virtualization solutions through computers, networks, storage and management designed to help customers accelerate their journey to the data center, software-defined," he adds, vice president of VMware networking and security.

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" The new version of Check Point Virtual Edition , when combined with the latest version of our new vSphere or VMware virtualization platform network NSX will offer our customers a simple solution to protect, manage and automate their cloud and virtualization environments . . "

Features of the Check Point VE include:


  • Interoperability with VMware vSphere 5.1 and 5.5, vCenter Server, vCloud Suite and VMware NSX network virtualisation
  • Centralized security management for all Check Point virtual and physical security gateways
  • Inspection of Inter-VM traffic without changing network topology
  • Automated deployment and provisioning of Check Point’s VE gateways
  • Automated protection of new virtual machines
  • Use of VMware objects in Check Point policy rules
  • Constant protection of VMs, regardless of IP address changes
  • VM migration without breaking application connectivity
"Check Point is committed to providing powerful, fast implementations of virtualization security and cloud infrastructure,". "Check Point VE reports that the network security through the full range of our award-winning Software Blade Architecture."

Monday, 24 February 2014

VMware, Google, Team up to Target Corporate Chrome OS adopters

VMware and Google announced an “expanded relationship “aimed at organizations using or considering Chrome OS.

The agreement is reduced to the fact that VMware offers a HTML5 client, nicknamed Blast Horizon desktop virtualization (VDI) product. Horizon View can provide virtualized applications and desktops integer’s devices running a dedicated client or browsers that support HTML5.

Chrome was a possible target for all ages , but, End User Computing VMware cover marketing in Australia, told The Register that VMware has developed Horizon of doing business in Chrome OS " for quality assurance cycles " to ensure that the two play well together. But there was a lot of heavy lifting for this to happen.

So what is the problem actually? Enterprise adoption of Chrome OS, which is which. We know that companies like the look of and Chromeboxes Chromebooks because they are cheap to buy, look like they are going to be cheap to run, and make the cloud quickly. But companies have a lot of legacy software cannot just leave. Lots of running on Windows XP. If Chrome OS is to excite the activity, you need a story on how to make legacy applications available. And anything I can do to stop people upgrading to Windows 7, or 8 is welcome 'round mode of Mountain View. VMware does not matter what race end users, as long as it can be virtualized.

Google partnership with VMware, so make Chrome OS more interesting because it means that organizations that already have VMware VDI infrastructure are now easier to pipe these legacy applications in a shiny new Chromebook way, or only Chrome. Or the myriad of other devices can be addressed Horizon.

VMware is committed to pack everything so that users of the facility or its partners can build applications on Chrome as-a -service- systems and desktop -as- a-service stack will also be able to target Chrome. Virtzilla gains a new idea to sell to your existing customers and a reason to talk about Horizon View with Chrome OS adopters. Google gets better corporate history.

There is a little wrinkle here: Google is a tool available for Chrome Remote Desktop that could well be a target for decent tubes in a virtualized operating system instance. Google has chosen to work with VMware VDI is probably a game more eggs in baskets , but could also lead to the reluctance of the Chocolate Factory to develop this tool for the service beyond its current role as a friendly - a - have characteristics free remote . ®

Thursday, 23 January 2014

EMC to Lean on VMware for Public Cloud

Instead of launching its own public cloud ladder, storage giant EMC has decided to resell cloud its subsidiary VMware, Network World has learned.

Despite being one of the largest companies in the IT companies, EMC was not seen as an important market for public cloud player.

However, the company now plans to resell private, public and hybrid cloud VMware in an attempt to take on the industry giants like Amazon Web Services (AWS). Option cloud products preferred to sell EMC VMware, EMC will continue to sell even more options for service providers as well.

VMware is a publicly traded company and a subsidiary of EMC since it was acquired in 2003.
VMware has made aggressive moves in the market for cloud computing in the last year - particularly the fall launch of hybrid vCloud (VCHS) service, which is a platform of public cloud computing that aims to compete with AWS. In the private cloud, VMware vCloud Suite virtualization software uses vSphere (ESX hypervisor - based) and vCloud Automation Center ( vCAC ) as the basis for the ' private cloud installations .

As part of this new agreement between EMC and VMware - details of which were shared with employees, but still advertised - VMware vCloud Service Hybrid (VCHS) is a privileged partner of EMC to the public cloud. EMC is also expected to provide a storage solution -as- a-service in VCHS, including backup object, file, block and options database file. The measure aims to position EMC and VMware in AWS, in an attempt to counter the success of Amazon is in the market for public cloud.
EMC and VMware have declined to comment.

The motion is significant for a number of reasons. First, it is one of the clearest illustrations of stories in the public cloud EMC. EMC Atmos , which is its platform cloud storage based on objects and Syncplicity , a file sharing service that competes with Dropbox and Box . But for the faithful EMC customers looking to explore a strategy for broader cloud will soon have a recommended direction of how to achieve that using VMware technology.

The move is also a boost to plans recently launched public cloud from VMware, who are struggling to get traction in the market against the likes of AWS , Microsoft , Google , Rackspace , Verizon and others.

The measure should not be a surprise given the relationship EMC VMware though. Beyond the financial contribution of 80% reported that maintains EMC VMware, the two companies will partner on several other fronts, as described in the EMC website. But, EMC and VMware have so far been important partners in the public cloud. EMC’s profile on the website of its cloud services providers partner of EMC, VMware is listed as a partner, “gold " , a step below the status of shareholder highest platinum level held by CSC , Rackspace , AT & T and Verizon Terremark.

The company had sales of complementary report, however, says Stuart Miniman , an observer from the industry and cloud Wikibon analyst . Customers who purchase the software infrastructure of EMC and VMware. But, says sales of EMC VMware products as a parent is selling Girl Scout cookies for her son. "Of course, EMC wants people to use cloud services for VMware," he says. EMC seeks to maintain sales in its group of companies, if possible, he says.

A problem with the backup EMC VMware public cloud, he says, might be what you mean by the other partners of EMC, including offering products in the cloud.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Big data analytics star in VMware vCenter Log Insight 1.5 update

Over the past 10 years, server virtualization has become a key to reduce the carbon component of the modern data center hardware . However, this has not diminished during this process of consolidation is the amount of data created on a daily basis of the devices, physical servers , virtual machines and operating systems and applications that live in each of these cases. In most cases , data has become enlarged .

 As virtualization administrators have been forced to diversify their areas of convenience original management server, storage, network and desktop management also , the next technological leap for these people, then , comes in the form of large volumes of data and analysis . As in other areas of the world of server virtualization , companies like VMware are making an app for that , in order to make the transition easier .

 If you are not familiar with it, Log Insight is the VMware solution for log management and analysis of dynamic hybrid cloud environments . And ' able to analyze large amounts of log data generated unstructured machine , which allows for greater visibility across the enterprise . Provides research and analyze data in real-time interactive significantly so that users can identify and analyze the data , and then use that intelligence to proactively service levels and operational efficiency in the use environments.Common dynamic hybrid cloud includes the cases for product safety and compliance audit and monitoring and troubleshooting vSphere and other servers, storage and network devices.

Earlier this month , VMware launched vCenter Log Insight 1.5. Most of the work in this version was to make a product more enterprise-ready . For example , VMware has added support for authentication to Microsoft Active Directory to facilitate integration in a corporate environment . This eliminates the need for multiple usernames / passwords and allows seamless integration into identity management architecture pre- existing organization.

 Some of the interesting new features in version 1.5 include:

  • Significant query performance improvements by optimizing the execution of common queries
  • New analytics function: Unique count (ucount)
  • Better integration with VMware vSphere and vCenter Operations Manager
  • User interface for upgrading from previous versions of Log Insight through Administration UI
  • User interface for syslog configuration of ESXi hosts
  • Easier user deployment types with installation guidance on what capacity each one provides during installation
  • Improved health monitoring of the Log Insight Virtual Appliance 
In a prediction of the end - of - year, Paul Strong, who helps run the Office of VMware CTO , said that we have to use machine learning and big data to infer the structure, along with the good and misbehavior. Strong went on to say:

Machine learning is at the heart of vCenter Operations Manager, and data logging techniques to assess Insight uses log files large . One of the things you would expect to see the whole industry in general, in 2014 is the increased use of these techniques and their connection with the provisioning engine to enable automated, driven policy closed circuit feedback to the levels of service management applications.

That's where VMware vCenter Orchestrator come into play .

For this technology to continue its expansion in 2014 , Insight login process data from other devices that fit within the framework of the management of data going through the server and in other areas, such as storage devices and other network hardware manufacturers. Capturing such data system advanced learning and future use cases Strong speaks in a true light.

But there is good news! With version 1.5 of Insight Log, the expansion of knowledge that is already in progress. One of the most interesting features of this new version has been designed around the idea of ​​a thing called " content packs " .VMware Forte said target is to be able to collect all the operational data center data, both structured and unstructured . To further this goal, the improvement of the contents of the package Insight Log vCenter 1.5 allows you to produce charts, alerts and dashboards for specific user records . The company also introduced new features to facilitate the exchange of content packages through organizations and communities .

The first set of predefined content packages is now available. Within the Download Center Company community, VMware offers 12 accessible to the public the contents of the package , free of charge that can be downloaded and added Insight session . Beyond support for VMware vSphere , and VMware vCenter Operations Manager Horizon View, other applications of suppliers who have already made the list include Cisco UCS , EMC VMAX , EMC VNX , Data Cable ExtraHop , HyTrust Appliance , NetApp Data ONTAP , NetFlow logic Puppet Company , Vision and VCE intelligent operations .

VMware sought to build a better mousetrap that can help administrators analyze and make sense of data centers recorded, but certainly not alone in this, nor is it the first. The market may feel a bit ' full of products from companies like Loggly , LogRhythm , SolarWinds , Splunk and Sumo Logic now available. But VMware 's voice stands out , if only because of the tight integration with VMware Insight Log vSphere and vCenter Operations Manager.

 And we can not serve huge hit with VMware partners and the community is based . We anticipate that these content packages will continue to grow and evolve.

 Since this is a product of VMware , virtualization giant may also choose to sell Login Insight with sales of its other products, or you can throw in for free for a period of time , which could help drive adoption its application of its competitors - at least in a VMware environment .


Monday, 6 January 2014

VMware poaches Top Citrix desktop Virtualization Talent

VMware has hired two Citrix execs to drive its desktop virtualization push — and let’s face it: if you want to bolster your desktop virtualization story, Citrix is the place to go hunting for talent.
The details: VMware named Bob Schultz, formerly group VP and GM of desktop and applications for Citrix, as it’s new “chief strategy lead” for VMware’s End User Computing (EUC) group, EVP and GM of that unit

And perhaps even more important, VMware snagged from Citrix to lead VMware’s desktop business organization overseeing “strategy, product portfolio and engineering.” He spent 16 years at Citrix; where he was most recently group VP and GM for enterprise mobility. VMware also promoted insider Kit Colbert to be CTO of the unit.

The consensus is in particular, is a huge loss from the Citrix perspective. “This is a big deal and has caused a ton of issues between Citrix and VMware,” said one former Citrix executive. The talent war between Citrix and VMware reminds him of a similar long-running recruiting contest between Google and Microsoft a few years back.” the former exec wrote, “is a long-time Citrix guy and ran a bunch of the things that shaped the XenApp business and the new XenMobile business.” 


Another Citrix watcher concurred that exit is a shocker,one of Citrix CEO Mark Templeton’s most trusted senior leaders.

“He brings considerable experience to VMware. I also think that VMware wants to make a statement, considering that they grouped– along with Kit’s promotion – into the same announcement. To me, the message from VMware is ‘End user computing is a serious business for us, and we’re so serious about it that we just hired two senior executives away from our top competitor.’ “

This source said the arrivals of these key hires also speak well for leadership. Poonen joined VMware last summer from SAP.

VMware seeks to diversify from server virtualization

VMware leads the world in server virtualization but has struggled in its desktop virtualization efforts where it lags Citrix’ XenDesktop. If you’re going to attack a market, it definitely makes sense to poach execs from the incumbent leader.

In what appeared to be a pre-emptive move, Citrix announced a new arrival of its own on Monday morning, naming group vice president and general manager for desktop virtualization —  presumably Schultz’s replacement., who will oversee XenDesktop and XenApp, spent more than a decade at Microsoft before serving as CEO of InstallFree, a company acquired by Watchdox, according to his LinkedIn profile.

The year of desktop virtualization: Are we there yet?

Desktop virtualization is one such technology whose time is coming. Widespread adoption has been hampered by the expense. Set desktop virtualization is complex and requires a lot of storage space for one thing and , depending on the application , there may be performance shots . Most significant is that it can take a long time to realize cost savings compared to desktop virtualization server virtualization in which companies see near immediate return on your hardware. On the other hand , the benefits of desktop virtualization are doing desktop support , bug fixes and upgrades easier and faster within an organization .

While VMware and Citrix snipe at each other , but should also pay attention to a new player in town . In November , Amazon Web Services has come out of nowhere to announce their workspaces Desktop- as-a -Service that could be very , um disruptive , for these players , as long as it works as advertised .

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Taking VMware vSphere 5.5 for a Spin

VMware has introduced their latest VMworld earlier this year, and one of the biggest announcements was for the latest version of vSphere basic offer of the company, v5.5 . Let's look at what the latest version has to offer, as well as cover some of the new auxiliary connected with vSphere .

VMware vSphere 5.5 includes an update to version 10 hardware version of the virtual machine . Improvements in version 10.0 includes added support for the LSI SAS controller , the new CPU architectures and a new Advanced Host Controller Interface ( AHCI ) . Support SATA AHCI adds a new virtual controller with the ability to connect up to 30 devices per controller and four controllers to virtual machines.

Do the math - that adds up to a whopping 120 disk drives can connect to a single virtual machine !Another highlight of the show was a focus on VMworld flash , as well as a cluster of cache available to accelerate a number of different functions and VM as a new product key VSAN . vSphere Flash Cache is now available as part of the vSphere 5.5 version of the product is available and VSAN

Features

vCenter Server is the tip of the management tool and take a more important role with version 5.5 . You will need at least one instance of vCenter Server running to perform many of the management functions .

While much of this functionality was available in the standalone client vCenter version 5.1, all that has changed with version 5.5. The latest version of vCenter Server Appliance (VSA ) has been updated to increase its capabilities with support for up to 100 hosts and 3,000 virtual machines. That's up to 5 hosts and 50 virtual machines in the previous version.

vSphere replication adds the ability to perform the restore point in time. Previous versions of vSphere uses a redo log to contain changed blocks from the source as an intermediate step before physically write the snapshot on the destination disk. Once the process is complete , the redo log was discarded.
This two-step process was holding a " last known good snapshot " available in the event of data corruption during the replication process.

 In version 5.5, these redo logs are maintained and periodically removed .By default, the system maintains a snapshot in time and provides an interface to select a specific snapshot point in time restore . A new ( IGMP) conservation policy multipoint - in-Time includes a number of user-configurable parameters to specify how often they occur and how many replicas to maintain.

Performance

One of the great innovations of version 5.5 is vSphere Flash Cache Lee. Architecturally, is linked to the kernel, ie the control of the flash Read cache occurs at a very low level.
This new resource is consumed and managed in the same way as the CPU and memory in older versions of vSphere. Functionally, it can be used as swap space for a Linux virtual machine or disk cache read operations to speed up I / O. Figure 1 shows that the resource is configured from vSphere client on the settings page for a single virtual machine.

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VMware vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) has been enhanced to include a new and simpler unmap command. This feature requires a storage array with unmap support and now works to reclaim the space used not dead specify the block size increases and against all at once. These two improvements to solve a problem previously occurred due to a mismatch between the host and the storage system with respect to the reporting of free space on the datastore provisioning.

VMware NSX

In the space of network VMware is a completely new product called NSX. In a very high standard NSX is the implementation of VMware technology (SDN) acquired with the acquisition of software-defined networking Nicira.

This product is aimed directly to service providers and large enterprises with complex networks. STT uses protocols to encapsulate and tunnel traffic VXLAN and does so using a virtual switch in the nucleus. All that adds up to a flexible network architecture and high performance to support very large networks.

Management

The days of the entire Windows program are quickly coming to an end. vSphere 5.5 includes an installer for the Windows client, but does not support all the new features. For example, you can not change the configuration of a hardware version of the virtual machine running the vSphere Client 10 (see Figure 2).

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That said, you will find a number of improvements for both the vCenter Server Appliance (VSA) and vSphere Web Client (VSC). The vSphere Web Client has been much improved and now includes drag and drop functionality, built-in filter for object selection based on specific criteria, and some recent materials list to quickly navigate to commonly used items.

To access all the features, you must install the plug-in integration VMware client. Currently this is only for Windows users. You need the plug-in for a variety of functions, including access to the client console, load the template file and VMware.

Once you have installed this plug-in you should have everything you need to manage the 'entire vSphere infrastructure. Figure 3 shows the new Recent Items drop-down list for quick access to frequently used items. The latest version of vSphere Web Client is agile and easy to navigate.

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Bottom Line

VMware continues to deliver incremental improvements to its flagship line with new features like the NSX, vSphere Flash Cache and Read VSAN. Remains to be seen whether the change to a Web management interface to customers flying long run. However, there are many improvements and new features to make this version worth a look.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

VMware is making a big bet on hybrid cloud technologies

Recently launched VMware vCloud service enables large enterprises to manage infrastructure facilities "hybrid" data in hand, part of the public cloud cloud.

We met Matthew Lodge , senior vice president of product management and product marketing cloud services for VMware , to found more about vCloud , which oversees .
The approach is new in VMware cloud, which has long dominated the server virtualization in the data center ,but has ventured into a territory expanding cloud - until now.

"Our strategy has changed really focus on three things ," said Lodge in this video, filmed at the recent conference CloudBeat VentureBeat. These three things are:

Centers " software-defined data , which not only servers , but all data center resources as easily as a configurable cloud are available .


The hybrid cloud , as many large companies want to start realizing the benefits of public cloud services , but do not have the luxury of leaving system.Mobility legacy , since the transition to mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets is the big trend that is driving the change to cloud services .

"We're seeing a lot more interest in the hybrid cloud," " Many customers want to switch to the hybrid cloud , because they see that both public cloud and what they have in their data centers will be co - existing for many years come. "


It is calculated to provide businesses with maximum flexibility and freedom approach."Most of our customers are moving toward hybrid cloud agility because it gives you. " Is not necessarily a cost savings "

He also talks about how hybrid vCloud Service Cloud Foundry supports Pivotal in its two versions of proprietary and open source gives customers maximum flexibility to create cloud applications - independent , and stop running applications on any service provider in the cloud they want.