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SoftNAS Releases NAS Virtual Appliance

December 21st, 2012    Posted in cloud hosting, Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization

The Virtual storage application that converts the existing hardware of users into safe data storage systems…

SoftNAS Releases NAS Virtual Appliance

All businesses need reliable and secure data storage, yet not everyone can pay the heavy price of dedicated NAS (network attached storage) devices. So the best option for small and medium sized businesses is to go “virtual”.

So SoftNAS, the self titled virtual storage software for VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V and Amazon EC2, from Houston, Texas based SoftNAS is going to be very good news for all the small to medium sized business owners. The software makes it possible for companies to pass by the high price of dedicated NAS hardware.

The company described the SoftNAS platform as a cloud-based, software-deployed virtual storage application, which makes use of the hardware that companies already own in order to securely store their mission-critical data.

In addition to Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware ESXi and vSphere, SoftNAS also runs on cloud environments such as Amazon EC2, stated the company.

In a press conference, Bill Hood, the CEO of SoftNAS, stated that the company’s technology would help level the playing fields for small and medium sized businesses, and big IT organizations that has huge file storage requirements.

While the beta version of SoftNAS can be downloaded through their website right now, the public commercial version will hit the markets in February 2013.

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ScienceLogic Makes Updates to Its Private Cloud Management Platform

December 19th, 2012    Posted in cloud hosting, Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, Virtualized Data Centers

ScienceLogic, the software and service vendor which offers IT infrastructure management and monitoring systems that simplifies data center and cloud management for service providers and corporations, has made a new update to their cloud and data center management platform in order to offer the IT project managers with multitenant and real-time insight, control and visibility above the numerous private cloud environments that they are currently running or going to be running in the future.

ScienceLogic Makes Updates to Its Private Cloud Management Platform

The new platform has been developed as a method to offer the IT project managers with combined monitoring elements for the integrated stacks such as VCE Vblock, FlexPod and also the diverse underlying technologies like Microsoft Hyper-V, Xen, NetApp, EMC and, Cisco UCS, which are specifically developed to set up private clouds within enterprise IT environments. ScienceLogic has built the new platform focusing on cloud and data center management, especially to manage heterogeneous and dynamic computing environments.

The key feature updates in the new ScienceLogic product consist of:

* Dynamic visualization of the infrastructure components of Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware, EMC, Xen, NetApp, and Cisco UCS concurrently and clustered logically according to function, customer or service.

* Automated correlation of the availability and health issues of the infrastructure across the hybrid or private cloud.

* Added support for Vblock and FlexPod stacks.


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Dell acquires Boomi

November 20th, 2012    Posted in cloud hosting, Internet, web server news

Dell has obtained the SaaS (Software as a Service) integration company Boomi.

The Boomi AtomSphere allows the users to connect any combination of Cloud, SaaS, or On-Premise applications with no software, no appliances, and no coding.

Dell acquires Boomi

Neither parties disclosed the terms and conditions of the acquisition. However, Dell, the technology solutions, services and support provider, stated that the deal is expected to help the businesses employ and enjoy the total value of the cloud computing technology.

The SaaS (Software as a Service) application integration platform of Boomi can transfer data between on-premises and cloud-based applications without software or appliances.

The CEO of Boomi, Bob Moul, stated that the acquisition will make it possible to scale the products of Boomi on a global platform.

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Microsoft attempts ‘kitchen sink’ approach for Windows Server 2012 update

November 6th, 2012    Posted in cloud hosting, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization, Virtualized Data Centers, web server news, Windows Server

IT professionals say that Microsoft could have printed “includes the kitchen sink” in the product packaging of Windows Server 2012.

According to them, Microsoft has packed much more important core abilities straight into this particular edition of their flagship OS, by a broad margin, when compared to almost any prior incarnation. A number of these abilities strengthen not just fundamental operating system features but also are developed to serve as foundations for Microsoft’s virtualization, storage and cloud techniques. And Microsoft also has a number of rapacious rivals in each one of those markets.

Microsoft attempts 'kitchen sink' approach for Windows Server 2012 update

However, it is yet to be seen if this raft of brand new technologies and features (more than 300 in number) could persuade Microsoft corporate clients to maneuver out from the cozy limits associated with Windows Server 2008 R2 and into Windows Server 2012 anytime soon. While some are all ready to upgrade their servers to Windows Server 2012, some others are stating that they are still in the process of upgrading their servers into Windows Server 2008 R2.

Eugene Lee, the senior systems administrator of a big bank in the Charlotte, North Carolina, stated that, although upgrading to Windows Server 2012 looks like a pretty exciting proposition, it is necessary to think about not only what his next server Operating System requirements are, but also the requirements of the virtualization and cloud strategies. He also stated that he would stay with the Windows Server 2008 until he investigates how the new version (Windows Server 2012) would operate with non-Windows applications and environments.

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Global Cloud Virtualization Software Market 2011-2015

October 31st, 2012    Posted in cloud hosting, Hyper-V, Internet, virtualization

According to the forecasts by analysts at TechNavio, the actionable, competitive, strategic, and customer intelligence related market research report provider, the Global Cloud Virtualization Software market will grow at 14.98% CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate), during the period from 2011 to 2015.

Microsoft Corp. with its Hyper-V

According to them, one of the main factors for this growth rate is the need to build platform-independent computing solutions. It is also said that the Global Cloud Virtualization Software market is also having a much focus on green cloud computing. It seems that the only challenge that might cause a challenge to the growth of the Global Cloud Virtualization Software market is the growing security concerns on the subject of cloud computing.

TechNavio claims that the newly released report regarding the Global Cloud Virtualization Software Market 2011-2015 has been arranged based on a thorough analysis of the Global Cloud Virtualization Software market, with inputs from many experts in the industry. The report covers the EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) region, APAC (Asia-Pacific) region, and the Americas.

According to the report, the key vendors who are currently dominating the Global Cloud Virtualization Software market include Microsoft Corp. with its Hyper-V, Citrix Systems Inc., VMware Inc., and IBM Corp. The other vendors that share a small portion of the market are Parallels, Amazon, Red Hat Inc., and Oracle Corp.

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CommVault to Integrate Modern Data Management with Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V

October 24th, 2012    Posted in cloud hosting, Hyper-V, Internet, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization, Windows Server

CommVault, the data and information management software focused on mid-range and enterprise-level environments, has announced that its Simpana 9 software, which is built from the ground up on a unifying code base and a single platform that enables the protection, management and search of data across physical, virtual or cloud environments, would be totally integrated with Microsoft’s Cloud OS, which includes Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and also Windows Azure. The company says that this is expected to help the organizations to scale and manage the dynamic requirements of their business-critical applications as quickly as possible.

Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V with Simpana-9

CommVault has had about 10 years of interoperability and alliance with a various Microsoft server platforms. The Simpana software is also targeting to enable easy and quick migration to Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V. The software also benefits from latest improvements in the areas of data protection and automation.

Windows Server 2012 with the CommVault’s Simpana 9 Interoperability

  • - Can Perform live VM migrations across a data center, and between Windows Azure cloud and a data center by using the virtual machine backup and restore options in Simpana software.
  • - Simpana allows its users to use Windows Azure cloud as an alternative to tape-based and a retention tier, which enables secure, long-term and cost-effective storage.
  • - Microsoft and CommVault are planning to demonstrate how Simpana 9 software will make it trouble-free and easy to perform upgrades to Windows Server 2012 and migrating to Windows Server Hyper-V, during the Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2012 (November 12 to 15) and at the Cloud OS Signature Event Series in Las Vegas.
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2X Software Releases their First Cloud Software Solution for Hyper-V by Microsoft

October 15th, 2012    Posted in cloud hosting, Hyper-V, Internet, Microsoft Hyper-V

On September 5th, 2012, 2X Software, one of the global leaders of virtual desktop and application delivery, cloud computing & remote access solutions, announced the Version 10.5 release of its 2X ApplicationServer XG, which has won multiple awards. With the release of the new version, 2X Software became the first company to offer VDI (Virtual Desktop Management) and Application Delivery, along with full Thin Client Management integration within a single software package. In addition, the new release also includes features like Second Level Authentication (enabled by the Integration of Radius), RAW printing, URL Redirection Blacklist and Support for the Microsoft Hyper-V Cluster.

2X Software's Cloud Software Solution for Microsoft Hyper-V

Furthermore, the customers who wish to purchase the version 10.5 of 2X ApplicationServer XG will also get an option to buy 2X ClientManager Module. This will upgrade them to 2X ApplicationServer XG 10.5 PLUS.

With 2X ClientManager, administrators have the ability to manage the user connections in a centralized manner. 2X software also stated that, they were planning to include the options to manage mobile devices to the ClientManager in the future.

The pricing of 2X ApplicationServer XG version 10.5 will start at $1,190. This pricing would be applicable for the small business version. And the pricing of the new 2X ClientManager Module will start at $450 per 10 clients.

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VMware adds Hyper-V support to vCloud Suite

October 12th, 2012    Posted in cloud hosting, Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization

Back in August, VMware announced its new vCloud Suite for the first time. However, after only 2 months, the company is already updating their new platform with a brand new vCloud Automation Center component and also adding enhancements to a number of others. The company also announced that the vCloud Suite is now capable of managing infrastructure built on Hyper-V hypervisors by Microsoft.

VMware adds Hyper-V support to vCloud Suite

The vCloud Suite 5.1 was introduced at San Francisco, at the VMworld event. However, at the European VMworld event that took place in Barcelona, Spain, the company introduced vCloud Automation Center 5.1. vCloud Automation Center 5.1 is a self-service provisioning portal built for the end users, which has the ability to operate across both public and private clouds. This includes third party clouds like Amazon Web Services.

The new component is primarily based on a technology, which VMware gained through DynamicOps, when they acquired the company in July. It is believed to enable the customers to speed up the provisioning new resources, simply by offering a new policy-driven automated approvals process.

Stephen Herrod, the chief technology officer at VMware, stated, “For the very first time, you are able to manage many other hypervisors. And you can do it all from just one place. And the support for Microsoft’s Hyper-V is coming first”.

According to VMware, the updated new cloud management tools will be available sometime later within this quarter. It will be available as part of the new VMware vCloud Suite.

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OpenStack Folsom Released with Hyper-V Support and Network Automation

October 8th, 2012    Posted in cloud hosting, Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization

Virtualized Networking and Block Storage gets added to the cloud platform

OpenStack, the Open Source cloud computing platform is releasing the 6th version of their platform “Folsom”, with added software-defined networking features.

The people who are working in the project have stated that the new release in improved the stability and usability of the underlying code. According to them, the amount of contributors working on the project has also increased from 65%. The new Folsom release will also add 185 new features, and most of them will be in the area of virtual networking.


The brand new networking feature is code-named as Quantum. The feature will support Open vSwitch, standard Linux bridge networking, the Ryu open source network OS, NEC and Nicira through a new plug-in architecture. Because of this, the platform will be able to benefit from the SDN virtual networking.

In addition, the new Folsom release will also include updates to API quotas, IP address management, SNAT (Secure Network Address Translation), floating IPs and control Layer 2 networking.

The enhanced compute feature of the release is code named as Nova. The feature will help make it much easier for the operators to configure huge pools of VMs.

The executive director of OpenStack Foundation, Jonathan Bryce stated that the project is now moving at a faster rate than ever before.

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Office 365 vs. Office 2013 Pricing: What is the Difference?

October 3rd, 2012    Posted in cloud hosting, Internet, Uncategorized


As Microsoft announced the pricing of Office 365 and Office 2013 (along with the launch of windows 8 OS and Windows Server 2012) consumers might wind up confused between the two new cloud and desktop services offered by Microsoft. However, it seems that the road Microsoft is taking will ultimately lead to the cloud service, Office 365.

Office 2013 is seen as the successor to MS Office 2010. However, it seems that Microsoft has muddled up the discussion just a little bit by mixing up in chatter about MS Office 365. Most of the channel partners already know that Office 365 supports Exchange Online, Lync Online, SharePoint Online and many other cloud services. However, Office 365 also features desktop productivity functionalities.

Below is a sampling of the pricing, product lineup and subscription services of Microsoft’s Office suite:

Office 365 vs. Office 2013

Office 365 Home Premium:

Office 365 Home Premium can be used in up to 5 PCs or Macs with a single subscription. The package primarily includes PowerPoint, Word, Access, Excel, OneNote, Outlook and Publisher. In addition, it also includes various plugins for Skype and 20 GB on SkyDrive (the cloud storage). Updates are free.

Price: $8.33 per month or $99.99 annually

Office 365 Small Business Premium:

This is specially designed for the businesses with less than 10 employees. Each user will get PowerPoint, Word, Outlook, Excel, OneNote, Access, and Lync plus Publisher. It will also offer many features involving online meetings, Outlook, website hosting. In addition, each user will be able to roam between up to five PCs or Macs.

Price: $12.50 per user per month

Office 365 vs. Office 2013

Traditional Office 2013 (Single User License):

Office Home and Student 2013 will include PowerPoint, Word, OneNote, and Excel.

Price: $139.99

Office Home and Business 2013 will include all of the apps included in Office Home and Student plus Outlook.

Price: $219.99

Office Professional 2013 will include Publisher and Access, in addition to all the apps in Office Home and Business.

Price: $399.99

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