Lots of new container OS's out
Open-source software giant Red Hat said on Thursday that its new operating system custom made to power Linux containers is now available…
So far so good for Box
Box’s first appearance on Wall Street as a public company went off to a good start. The Los Altos company’s shares are…
Will this week be THE week?
Well that certainly took a while. — Aaron Levie (@levie) January 9, 2015 Box CEO Aaron Levie’s self-deprecating tweet on the day…
Last of the old guard?
Al Monserrat is stepping down as senior vice president of worldwide sales and service for Citrix. Monserrat joined [company]Citrix[/company] 13 years ago…
Goal: Make VDI easier
Citrix, which has led the charge for desktop virtualization, just acquired Sanbolic to help bleed out the complexity and cost that have kept…
Is now finally the time?
Box laid out the details of its long-awaited IPO and plans to raise $186.9 million with the company valued at roughly $1.5…
Wave goodbye to hardware
Networking startup Avi Networks is ready to explain just how it virtualizes networking gear so that enterprises don’t have to rely on…
Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) provides the benefits of desktop virtualization while transferring the capital investment and technical difficulty to third-party service providers.
Google continues to push hard for Chromebooks in the workplace, touting new features and a low annual price for support and management features.
News from another MBaaS: AnyPresence will use its new money to speed up releases and add better API management.
With the new Helium software, the OpenDaylight Project wants to make its version of software defined networking the de-facto standard for the tech industry.
Despite the mobile-first craze, many companies still rely on desktop-oriented Windows apps. Reddo Mobility says it can make them good mobile citizens.
The week in cloud: CloudStack partisans say their open-source cloud is not tied to Citrix; what Google’s enterprise re-do means; and Zap this.
There are big changes afoot atop Citrix’s cloud organization as Sameer Dholakia, Shannon WIlliams and Sheng Liang depart and Klaus Oestermann heads a revamped organization.
Right on cue: As Microsoft talks about low-cost Windows laptops to do battle with Chromebooks, two companies bring Windows to Chrome OS through virtual desktops in the cloud.
Security startup Bitglass will use its new funding to bolster sales and marketing worldwide for its Total Data Production product.
To protect IT systems from disaster organizations must plan, prepare, test, correct, continuously improve, and update the organization’s business continuity and disaster recover plans — and have multiple plans in place.
A Structure conference panel discussing the state of open source cloud computing agreed that open source clouds need to get easier to use, but not on much else.
The machinations in cloud have reached a fever pitch with public cloud giant Amazon pushing into the enterprise and enterprise IT giants attacking public cloud. Should make for some good conversation at Structure 2014.
After lost hours, lost money, and failed attempts to implement effective strategies, businesses must now consider whether homegrown enterprise mobility management integration is still a viable solution for the workplace.
Can the market sustain umpteen different OpenStack cloud flavors plus Eucalyptus plus CloudStack plus OpenNebula? Inquiring minds want to know.
The week in cloud: New OpenStack release will address rolling upgrades and other IT wish list items; the state of cloud adoption.
Two of the top Zenprise execs who came over to help drive Citrix’ mobility effort, are now off to places unknown.
VMware Horizon Desktop as a Service offers an array of deployment options: it can run from private or public clouds or a mix of both — provided those clouds run VMware’s stuff
If there’s customer demand and if Google and VMware deliver a credible service, there’s synergy all over the place here. And both companies could make headway vs. both Amazon and Microsoft.
Whoa, VMware proves it’s serious about enterprise mobility with its intended buyout of Airwatch.
http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/citrix-buys-framehawk-give-virtual-desktops-boost-233751 Citrix Systems(s ctrx) is buying Framehawk to boost the performance of virtual desktops and applications over wireless networks, a key issue…
Trying to bolster its desktop virtualization credibility, VMware snagged two key veteran execs from category leader Citrix. This signals that VMware is really serious about the desktop. Seriously.
Amazon Web Services desktop virtualization, real-time data streaming, and RDB Postgres support news stole the show, but there was a lot else going on at AWS re:Invent. Here are my highlights.
Updated: VMware is still focused on replicating its server virtualization power on the desktop: hence it’s buyout of Desktone.
Reuven Cohen, who founded Enomaly an early IaaS player, is now aboard at Citrix, where he will push that company’s cloud agenda.
Chalmers and Nick Sturiale aim to make Ignition a bigger VC name outside of the Bellevue-Redmond-Seattle nexus.
Larry Hawes is a Lead Analyst for Gigaom Research and the Principal and founder of Dow Brook Advisory Services, where he advises…
Flexiant targets service providers – particularly telcos – that want to become infrastructure-as-a-service wholesalers. It’s just starting to gain traction in Europe, and now it wants to push into the U.S. as well.
The private cloud world hasn’t been the same since OpenStack sucked the air out of the room. Here’s a look at the companies doing private cloud before OpenStack and how they’ve fared.
There is no question that the software-defined networking (SDN) arena is a hotbed of new ideas, well-funded startups, and established vendor SDN architectures. However, there is a significant question about how much future revenue the SDN market can create. VMware’s $1.2 billion acquisition of Nicira (an SDN startup with minimal current revenues) speaks volumes about the potential market size. Relatively small revenue streams in 2012 show that SDN needs to increase its acceptance to truly impact the broad IT market.
With the storage leader now formally aboard the OpenStack Foundation, it’s almost easier to count the IT vendors who have not climbed aboard this open-source cloud bandwagon.
Credit the BYOD boom with this one: Citrix is buying Zenprise for its mobile device management expertise. Citrix launched a new push on enterprise mobility at its Synergy conference last spring.
IT spending grew 3.6 percent between 2011 and 2012. Many factors have driven this demand for IT products and services. However, relentless global economic weakness and uncertainty have resulted in a deterioration of worldwide IT spending through the third quarter and will continue to be an anchor in the fourth quarter. Next year, 2013, can only be characterized as uncertain. We think that the looming fourth-quarter major product refreshes will provide some uplift for 2013. And if the uncertainty abates sufficiently to allow enterprises to open their wallets, there will be a real upside to 2013.
Cisco and CA are working with Citrix to support its CloudPlatform implementation of CloudStack. The news, out of Citrix Synergy in Barcelona, comes as a raft of OpenStack news hits the wire.
Dublin-based Cloud Vertical, which wants to help companies get the most bang for their cloud computing buck, now has cash and backing from the Citrix Startup Accelerator to build its business, says Cloud Vertical CEO Ed Byrne.
Buyer beware when it comes to adopting OpenStack — or any open-source cloud — according to a newly released Gartner report. Long story short: evaluate OpenStack just like you’d assess a commercial offering, cautions analyst Lydia Leong.
It’s hurry up and wait when it comes to VMware’s bid to become part of OpenStack’s inner circle. Its application for Gold membership status — along with applications from Intel and NEC — will have to wait for the next Open Stack Foundation meeting.
Nearly all the news out of VMworld 2012 shows a company in flux. With a new CEO and its core server virtualization market commoditizing, VMware continues to push into new areas — end user computing, open source — where it is not a leader.
VMware’s decision to join the OpenStack Foundation could be a huge or not-so-huge deal. Some see the move as a way to outflank Citrix, others say VMware’s Nicira, DynamicOps buys signaled a desire to at least appear more open in the era of cloud computing.
The virtualization market is a fast-moving one right now. New players are rising, acquisitions are plenty, and boatloads of announcements are expected next week at VMware’s annual VMworld show in San Francisco. And as virtualization becomes more ubiquitous, even those IT managers who haven’t yet implemented it within their data centers should be interested. With this market’s rapid growth in mind, this piece looks at some of the issues, the leading vendors, and the remaining deployment obstacles at hand.
The software-defined networking (SDN) market is expected to soar in size to $2 billion by 2016. Growth this fast may very well signify that SDN is the third epoch of computer networking, which will change everything. Large and small firms will be able to compete with established players like Cisco and Alcatel-Lucent by rapidly adding software features to low-cost merchant-silicon-based network products. And there is the promise of Stanford University’s OpenFlow protocol. This report provides the big ideas motivating a systemic change of the computer-networking industry, and it includes 10 observations and assessments that will guide readers toward open networking.
Citrix aims to remake an old steel warehouse in Raleigh, N.C. into a LEED Gold certified headquarters for its Data Sharing Product Group. The group, rooted in Citrix’s purchase of ShareFile, will also add 337 new jobs, said GM and VP Jesse Lipson.
The stage was set for a lively debate between public cloud rivals at GigaOM’s Structure conference. OpenStack co-founder Chris Kemp challenged his Citrix and Eucalyptus on their “closed” cloud implementations and embrace of Amazon Web Services’ API, which he compared to the Walmart of infrastructure.
Desktop virtualization and cloud computing vendor Citrix Systems is expanding into the mobile infrastructure market, announcing on Thursday it plans to acquire mobile traffic optimization company Bytemobile. The companies didn’t disclose the terms of the deal, but they expect it to close in the third quarter.
For the last two, three maybe more years, various pundits have said that the year of desktop virtualization is just around the corner. And each year, they were wrong. Still, we gotta ask, will 2012 be the year of desktop virtualization?
Amid all the OpenStack news this week, there is a feeling in some quarters that two years after Rackspace and NASA launched this attempt to counter Amazon Web Services and VMware, it may be too late for the effort to take hold.
OpenStack filled in some important checkmarks this week by adding IBM and Red Hat to its roster of corporate backers. Eighteen companies are slated to become members of the evolving OpenStack Foundation which is expected to come online in the third quarter.
Hewlett-Packard is putting more of its chips on OpenStack as a key foundation for its upcoming public, private and hybrid cloud implementations. HP says its Converged Cloud will amalgamate existing HP technologies and OpenStack so applications can be managed uniformly across cloud types.
In the wake of CloudStack’s announcement, Cloudscaling’s CTO, Randy Bias, takes issue with its claims of “AWS compatibility” and “true Amazon-style architecture.” According to Bias, “no one should be under the illusion that CloudStack is more AWS/Amazon compatible than any other open source cloud software.”
Now that at least some of the smoke has cleared from the blockbuster news that Citrix is putting its CloudStack technology into the Apache process to compete with former partner OpenStack, here are 5 takeaways emerging from the latest cloud kerfuffle.
It looks like OpenStack won’t have the open-source cloud spotlight to itself anymore. Citrix has released the CloudStack software it acquired along with Cloud.com to the Apache Software Foundation, creating a competitive option to the OpenStack project of which Citrix was an early member.
Three powerful, fast-moving trends are altering the landscape for business information technology (IT) managers and their staff: cloud computing, mobile computing and the consumerization…
It seems like every cloud storage company really, really want to be the Dropbox of the enterprise when it grows up. It’ s easy to see why. Dropbox, which now claims 50 million users, is the sweetheart of the cloud storage, file-share-and-sync world.
A group of tech companies led by IBM and including CA, Cisco, Citrix, EMC, NetApp, Red Hat, SAP — is throwing its weight behind a proposed standard to assure that applications can move between clouds. Amazon, RackSpace, Microsoft? They’re not on board, at least not yet.
Citrix Systems has partnered with Cotendo to introduce a product to add more speed and security to enterprise applications that need remote availability with LAN-like reliability. The NetScaler CloudConnector, which the companies announced today, combines the Citrix NetScaler infrastructure with Cotendo’s web and mobile acceleration services.
A little over a week after releasing its App Player for Windows software that lets computer users run Android apps, BlueStacks now says that it has raised a strategic investment from AMD and Citrix Systems along with funding from existing investors.
As the OpenStack project moves into its second year and more companies evaluate the open-source cloud technology, prospective users have some requests. Documentation, for one. A longer-term roadmap, for another. A more formal process for submitting and receiving feedback, for yet another.
Former NASA CTO Chris Kemp left his post in the spring to pursue a startup venture, and on Wednesday morning he introduced his new company, Nebula. It’s selling an OpenStack-based appliance for managing scale-out cloud deployments, and is backed by premier talent and investors.
On Tuesday Dell announced a reference architecture, open-source software and services offering designed to make deploying an OpenStack-based cloud as easy as following directions. Called the Dell OpenStack Cloud solution, the collection of tools shows that OpenStack will be a driving force in the private-cloud space.
[OpenStack] looks not only like an open-source alternative to Amazon Web Services and VMware vCloud in the public Infrastructure as a Service space,…
OpenStack, the open-source cloud-computing software project founded by Rackspace and NASA, launched a year ago today. It has been a busy year for the project, which appears to have grown much faster than even its founders expected it would, and it’s only picking up steam.
The sport of mixed martial arts combines the multiple disciplines of wrestling, boxing, and jiu jitsu into one combat sport. The cloud battle between VMware and Citrix is a metaphor for two highly trained MMA fighters stepping into the ring after a two-year training camp.
There’s little doubt that VMware will continue to maintain its lead as a virtualization supplier in the short run, but doing so…
Citrix CTO, Simon Crosby, today explained how enterprise workers will use the public cloud even if it breaks the rules. And the “cloud in your pocket” on a smartphone is changing the I.T. segment faster than anything else. He has a solution for the security though.
Simon Crosby is leaving his post as data center and virtualization CTO at Citrix Systems to launch a new company called Bromium that will utilize virtualization technology to tackle cloud computing security. The company raised $9.2 million from Andreessen Horowitz, Ignition Partners and Lightspeed Venture Partners.
VirtualWorks, a Boca-Raton, Fla.-based startup from Citrix Systems founder Ed Iacobucci, has raised $8.5 million from Florida’s New World Angels investment group to tackle the problem of corporate data dispersed across servers, devices and clouds. It could also help with data portability between clouds.
Citrix today announced the first commercial distribution of the open source OpenStack cloud-computing software, which Citrix ix calling Project Olympus. It’s a bold move to announce an OpenStack distribution so early into the project’s existence, but Citrix must to something to combat bitter rival VMware.
Rackspace has added virtual desktops to its collection of cloud services, a move that could prove very lucrative as the worlds of cloud computing and next-generation mobile devices converge. The new offering, called Hosted Virtual Desktop, pairs Citrix’s XenApp and XenDesktop products with Rackspace infrastructure.
In five short years, cloud computing has gone from being a quaint technology to a major catchphrase. Amazon and others are now moving at Internet speed, trying to offer better security, faster networking, more compliance and a host of other products that are attempting to meet the demands of startups, consumers and enterprises alike. On GigaOM’s Structure channel, we cover the gear and software that comprises the cloud, the services and the people who are changing the industry. Now for the first time, we’ve decided to condense that knowledge into the Structure 50, a list of the 50 companies that are influencing how the cloud and infrastructure evolves. All of these players, big or small, have people, technology or strategies that will help shape the way the cloud market is developing and where it will eventually end up. Companies mentioned in this report include Amazon, Rackspace, Cloudera, China Telecom and SeaMicro. For a full list of companies, and to see the Structure 50 as one full report, sign up for a free trial.
Thanks to a partnership that’s been announced today with Citrix Online, Skype users will later this year get web conferencing functionality. By making use of Citrix’s popular GoToMeeting conferencing product, Skype users will be able to easily quickly set up online meetings.
Citrix’s popular remote access tool GoToMyPC is now available for the iPad , with a new app that lets users access files, programs and network resources on desktop Macs or PCs from their tablets, and can can remotely connect via 3G or Wi-Fi networks.
As the world transitions through a “work shift” with remote workers increasingly collaborating online, success will be defined by the companies that can adapt to the new realities, according to Brett Caine, president of Citrix Online at the GigaOM Net:Work conference.
Any way you slice it, cloud providers and vendors are doing alright. Microsoft won its big NYC deal, rPath got $7 million, IBM is selling customers on mainframe clouds, pharma firms are snatching up cloud resources and Citrix’s cloud business is growing by the quarter.
As broadband erases the boundaries between places and time zones, companies can take advantage of remote workers and virtual teams, but two new surveys show that many organizations aren’t, and generally it’s not because they don’t have the tools, but because they don’t have the mindset.
Citrix’s web conferencing products (GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar and GoToTraining) will have integrated HD conferencing, the company announced at its Citrix Synergy conference today. The HD technology, allows up to six simultaneous conferencing streams at a resolution with a total maximum resolution of 1920 x 960.
Internal clouds are real and they’re here, but many efforts are still in their early days. The problem is that transitioning to a cloud-enabled environment can involve large degrees of technical, cultural and budgetary evolution, and it is of utmost importance that organizations deploy the right solution.
With this in mind, customers need to consider many things, and we profiled numerous solutions and companies to create a guide for deploying the right cloud solution to the right enterprise. We examined cloud application platforms, hypervisor-based clouds, internal infrastructure-as-a-service clouds, and high-performance computing clouds, in addition to looking at hybrid cloud solutions and underlying server architecture. Companies profiled include Appistry, Red Hat, Microsoft, VMware and CA Technologies, among others.
With technology changing so fast and mobile enterprises often moving slow, it’s easy to be a revision or two behind. Here we examine current and on-the-horizon solutions you might want to watch for, so your mobile workforce so can do more with less in a wider range of locations.
It’s taken a full year and upward of $700 million in acquisitions, but CA Technologies (yes, it’s a new moniker) finally delivered on its cloud-computing strategy with several major product announcements. The Cloud-Connected Management Suite — the centerpiece of CA’s announcements — leverages pieces of technology it acquired from Cassatt, Oblicore, NetQoS, 3Tera and Nimsoft over the last year, as well as, no doubt, large amounts of internal innovation within CA.
However, the Cloud-Connected suite merely manages services within what’s available; it’s the infrastructure-management products that are responsible for creating and controlling an organization’s IT infrastructure. Therefore, CA also released a new suite of products designed to optimize management of virtualized environments by making them more cloud-like.
With these new products, CA has set the bar for how management software must act within cloud-connected organizations: it must recognize resources of all types, understand that some services will be hosted elsewhere, and somehow enable users to make sense of it all.
Zoho today announced support for Facebook Connect, which means you can now access its entire suite of applications using your Facebook account. If you don’t already have a Zoho account, then you can sign up with your Facebook ID.
In the weekly iPhone roundup there’s actually a good reason to reconsider the iPad if it looks like a meager performer upon first glance. Virtualization software on a large display could meet the needs of those wanting a full-fledged operating system.
Every so often, computing architecture swings from centralized to distributed and then back again. It started with centralized mainframes, which gave way to distributed client/server systems, which in turn were displaced by centralized SaaS models and cloud computing. History has shown us that not much can stop this slow tectonic oscillation between central and distributed, not even the cloud, which is slowly dissipating across the Internet and its connected devices.
I recently wrote “How to Carry Your Office on a Stick,” which showcased the best ways to install portable applications on a…
3-D virtual world applications for enterprise use will grow into an industry earning $8 billion to $10 billion in annual revenue by…
VMware (s vmw) today said it’s agreed to buy SpringSource, maker of an open-source platform for Java developers, in a cash-and-stock deal…
Oracle (s ORCL) today said it would buy Virtual Iron, a startup that has built a suite of virtualization software based on…
VMware just announced a major refresh of its server virtualization product line, renamed vSphere4. VMware vSphere 4 aims to aggregate and manage large pools of infrastructure — processors, memory, storage and networking — as a seamless, flexible and dynamic operating environment. As the company’s biggest announcement in almost three years, vSphere4 marks a big step forward. This note examines the primary objectives of the relaunch, as well as the implications for VMware’s market position relative to competitors Microsoft and Citrix.
For most Twitterers, it’s safe to say that the environmental impact of tweeting what you had for dinner ranks quite below top…
Do-it-all media software Boxee just got a new update that should have Apple (s aapl) users jumping for joy. It incorporates elements…
Today Cisco (s csc0) announced its much awaited data center play with what it calls its Unified Computing System. Om does a…
Tomorrow’s Election Day, which means this is the last day of the campaign and a fine time for retrospection. You probably don’t…
With a flurry of announcements in recent weeks, Amazon (s AMZN) has extended its cloud computing lead. The beta label’s gone. It…
With VMware and Citrix both pushing into the data center with their virtualization products, I had the chance to chat with Simon…
As the VMworld conference kicks off in Las Vegas, expect to see virtualization try to hook its star to cloud computing much…
Today the organization behind the popular Xen open-source hypervisor announced the latest release of its virtualization software. It’s smaller, has better power…
Citrix CTO Simon Crosby wants his company to be the dominant player in the virtualization market. Part of his strategy involves Microsoft’s Hyper-V hypervisor, while part of its revolves around services that “play nicely with others.”
After today’s launch of Microsoft’s server virtualization hypervisor, Citrix, which bought virtualization company XenSource last year, may be asking itself some hard…
Virtualization superstar VMware said today it would purchase Israeli startup B-hive Networks for an undisclosed amount. The B-hive team will form the…
The tail wagging the dog on outlandish valuations of Web 2.0 companies are corporate buyers and investors. But free-spending strategic buyers are showing signs of coming to their senses, so valuations may be coming down.
Years ago, Stephen Dukker helped to disrupt the personal computing industry when the company he founded, eMachines, started selling PCs for $400…