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Red Hat pushes out RHEL 6.4 beta bringing Hyper-V driver of Microsoft

December 28th, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Internet, Microsoft Hyper-V
 

Red Hat, the American software company that’s engaged in developing and distributing open-source software products to the enterprise community, has released a beta of its RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) for its loyal customers.  And this new beta release, which is the 4th minor release of RHEL6, the developers at Red Hat have set up drivers for Hyper-V, the hypervisor by Microsoft, into the distribution of Linux.

Red Hat pushes out RHEL 6.4 beta bringing Hyper-V driver of Microsoft

Even though the Hyper-V drivers were available for a while now, they did not meet up the requirements of the kernel developers’ until few months back. And probably this was why the Red Hat developers were unwilling to add them in Linux. In addition to Microsoft’s Hyper-V, they have also updated the ESX virtualization solution’s drivers of VMware.

Some Improvements have been made to the SSSD (System Security Services Daemon), which are designed in order to improve the interoperability of the system with Active Directory services of Microsoft. Red Hat also states that they have made improvements to the performance of the Parallel network file system (pNFS), yet the support agreement still excludes the use of the pNFS.

The release of RHEL 6.4 is expected between late January and early February 2013.

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You might need third-party tools for migrating applications to Windows 8

December 24th, 2012    Posted in Internet, Windows Server
 

Some of the IT shops that already upgraded to Windows 8 have reported running into some problems along the process, mainly with the process of migrating applications from the existing PCs into the new ones.

You might need third-party tools for migrating applications to Windows 8

To the surprise of many, these issues are not related to the much older machines that were upgraded to Windows 8. The principal analyst of Enderle Group, a research firm in Calif, Rob Enderle, stated that the majority of the applications of Windows 7 are running just well on Windows 8. Any user has the ability to install a copy of Windows 8 on their existing PC, and the brand new operating system would identify all the installed applications already installed by the user.

The problem arises for most of the IT shops when they try to move the existing applications from an older machine to a new PC that runs Windows 8, devoid of the requirement of reinstalling them.

Philip Moss, the managing partner of NTTX, an IT solutions provider based in the UK, stated that some of the Windows shops are using homebrewed application migration methods as “it’s never a one-box-fits-all approach”.

For the most part that is true; especially for the big companies that have hundreds of business-critical apps.

And many other administrators seem to turn into the application migration tools in order to get this job done.

Some of the IT shops that already upgraded to Windows 8 have reported running into some problems along the process, mainly with the process of migrating applications from the existing PCs into the new ones.

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The price increase of user CAL by Microsoft troubles IT pros

December 5th, 2012    Posted in Internet, web server news, Windows Server
 

On the 1st of December, Microsoft raised the price tag of its user CAL (client access license) by 15%, which resulted in drastically higher prices for the clients who have no other choice but to pay.

The price increase of user CAL by Microsoft troubles IT pros

The user CAL is used by companies which require its employees to access the Microsoft servers or other products via a variety of devices, including laptops, smartphones and tablets. The increase of price will not have an effect on the device client access license, which is to be used for a single device to access a Microsoft server, in spite of the number of users on the device.

Although the customers of user CAL by Microsoft seems to be very frustrated due to the unexpected price hike, they are left with little choice except to take the Microsoft’s way and pay the new increased price.

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Microsoft Releases BizTalk Server 2013 Beta

November 23rd, 2012    Posted in Internet, web server news, Windows Server
 

The accessibility to Connectivity server is going to be given through on-premise servers or Windows Azure cloud by Microsoft.

Microsoft has announced the release of the beta edition of its BizTalk Server 2013. The BizTalk Server 2013 will add support for the Visual Studio 2012, Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012.

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In addition, the company also promised the transaction integration features with the solutions from SAP, Oracle and Microsoft’s own SharePoint and Dynamics technologies. The developers will be able to leverage BizTalk Server 2013 via the Business Connectivity Services capabilities of SharePoint.

Although Microsoft previously stated that it is planning to publish the final product of BizTalk Server 2013 after 6 months from the release of Windows 8, or April, now they have stated that it would be released within the 2nd half of 2013 calendar. The ESB Toolkit will be integrated to BizTalk Server 2013.

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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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Windows Server 2012, receives the first patches

November 16th, 2012    Posted in Internet, web server news, Windows Server
 

Two of the Patch Tuesday’s passed without any mentions about the Windows Server 2012, and Microsoft has decided end that trend in November.

Microsoft released 3 critical bulletins in this week, according to the part of the monthly updates on Patch Tuesday, promises patches for Windows Server 2012.

Windows Server 2012, receives the first patches

The Bulletin MS-075 will fix 3 vulnerabilities within the kernel-mode drivers of Windows, which might also direct to the remote code executions. The patches will deal with the issues regarding the documents, which are embedded in a malevolent TrueType font that enables an attacker to take control of the system. And the patches will also address the security issues in Windows 8.

The security expert say that it is not a surprise that patches like MS-075 are designed to address the vulnerabilities in both Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.

In addition, the MS Office suite also received an important update.

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Windows Server 2008 trying to catch up with Linux

November 15th, 2012    Posted in Internet, Microsoft Hyper-V, Windows Server
 

Windows Server 2008 can never become Linux. And it is not likely that Windows could persuade the loyal users of Linux away from the open source OS anytime soon.

Windows Server 2008 trying to catch up with Linux

However, the Server Core and PowerShell, 2 of the most “talked about” features in Windows Server 2008, have solved the long-lamenting shortcomings of Windows in a Linux-like fashion. And this is expected to ease the concerns of restless Unix administrators to migrate to Linux, stated Al Gillen, analyst of IDC (International Data Corporation).

He also stated that as Microsoft keeps working on erasing the objections (by adding features like Server Core and PowerShell), the harder it would become for the admins in the “Unixland” to claim that Microsoft’s Windows Server does not meet their requirements.

The Windows Server 2008 offers a list of improvements that makes it a much better and much more competitive product in the market, but the above 2 features are specifically introduced to fill the gaps between the functionality of Unix or Linux and Windows.

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Analysts Say that Upgrading to Windows Server 2012 Ultimately Provides Low Cost

November 8th, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Internet, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization
 

Some of the datacenter analysts state that moving existing applications and from the older versions of the Windows Server, could cost a smaller amount than trying to port those applications to the earlier versions of the Windows Server, as the new version has many improved abilities. The Program vice president, system software for International Data Corporation (IDC), Al Gillen, says that Windows Server 2012 is a non-disruptive and sequential when taken from an installed application perspective.

Analysts Say that Upgrade to Windows Server 2012 Provides Ultimately Low Cost

Gillian also believes that the best technique to get on top of Windows Server 2012 would be to deploy it in the role of the hypervisor. According to him, by that way you can benefit from the new storage management, new hypervisor and the capability of rolling your existing Windows Server 2003 applications onto the latest infrastructure. So you won’t have to struggle with typical time and costs of moving the applications from the older version of Windows Server.

Gillen also added that the fact that Microsoft is planning to put an end to extended technical support for Windows Server 2003, and also planning to discontinue mainstream technical support for Windows Server 2008 in 2015, could be one of the most intimidating factors for some users to shift to Windows Server 2012 earlier rather than later.

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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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Server virtualization – Less Hardware, More Profit

October 26th, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Internet, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization, Virtualized Data Centers
 

Says Kroll Factual Data…

The Kroll Factual Data, the Information resource for lenders, employers and property managers with more than 300 employees has offered a great example about the potential savings that businesses can gain from switching to Server virtualization. The company works on delivering credit reports, business background research, risk assessment reports, employee screenings and collecting information services for its customers. The company acquired 58 other companies within the last 5 years, and those purchases resulted in a mishmash of servers.

Kroll Factual Data switchs to hyper-v

According to Kroll Factual Data, maintaining those systems was really exhausting. And most of the time it took about two weeks for the IT staff to configure a single server. They had to move all the physical servers to the data centers at the company premises and integrate them one by one in to the old system.

However, in 2008, Kroll Factual Data decided to streamline the infrastructure of its data center. And they decided to give virtualization a try. They researched the virtualization software market, evaluated and compared the available products, and finally decided that Microsoft’s Hyper-V was the best option for them.

After switching to Hyper-V virtualization, Kroll Factual Data announced that they were saving $440,000 annually, only on their energy costs. And they have stated that, since 2008, they have been able to save millions of dollars by switching to virtualization.

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