vmware: a lot of rumors

vmware: a lot of rumors

VMware, il leader indiscusso della virtualizzazione che nel 2008 tagliò fuori i fondatori, Diane Greene, Mendel Rosenblum, per penetrare prepotentemente nel mercato del cloud computing (anche grazie alla visione di Paul Maritz), in questi giorni sta creando interessanti movimenti in rete.

1. Pare che la vmware, che ricordiamo essere figlia indipendente del colosso EMC, voglia spaccarsi per separare gli assets relativi al Cloud Computing dal resto del business della vmware, e pare che proprio Paul Moritz sarà la guida di questa spinoff, mentre pezzi grossi di EMC prenderanno il controllo della vmware.

Secondo questo altro articolo pare invece che siano del tutto infondati. D’altronde allo stato attuale sarebbe veramente complesso, quasi impossibile, e contro-produttivo separare il cloud computing dalla virtualizzazione, facendone business differenti con orientamenti differenti.

2. la vmware ha siglato oggi 23 luglio un accordo di acquisizione di nicira, dei pionieri nel software-defined networking (SDN) e leader nella network virtualization.

L’acquisizione di Nicira apporterà importanti ampliamenti al portafoglio networking e ne aumenterà di sicuro la leadership nel settore software-defined networking.

Nicira è in prima linea nel software di rete, permette la creazione dinamica delle infrastrutture virtuali di rete e servizi completamente disaccoppiati e indipendente dall’hardware fisico di rete. Nicira è già presente in grossi provider come AT&T, DreamHost, RackSpace.

Nicira è anche molto attiva nel mondo opensource, ad esempio l’ Open vSwitch, per connettere network fisici e diversi hypervisors. Pare che vmware non voglia intaccare questa attività verso il software libero.

Gustiamoci questo bel video che ci illustra le potenzialità di Nicira

Ora ci sarebbe da riflettere su questa acquisizione relativamente ai profondi legami che attualmente vmware ha con la Cisco, che fu la prima ad introdurre nella piattaforma di vmware delle appliance switch per espandere le capacità di networking native dei prodotti vmware. Il famoso Cisco Nexus 1000V che usa le vNetwork Distributed Switch API, per fornire capacità avanzate di networking alle virtual machines.

Cosa dira la Cisco in merito?

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  1. Katy 21 dicembre 2015 at 0:44

    that to me few months back. Though viseurs & spyware are a real threat in Windows 2008 Hyper-V. We had 10 Windows 2008 Server core servers running Hyper-V. They had been running around 100 production virtual machines for the past 2 and half months beautifully. We were very happy with it as we did not have to pay for it due to the fact plenty of the virtual machines are running Windows 2008 & we had Microsoft Premium support in place. The problem that came up 10 days ago, one virus were able to hit our Windows 2008 Server core servers & render them useless with automatic restart every few minutes. We had antigen in place, but somehow the virus were able to render that useless as well. Though after a hard work for 12 hours with MS Support engineers online we were able to bring our infrastructure back from backup. Though that was 12 hours unplanned downtime (not too long for bringing 100 machines back if compared to physical machines, but still a full setup is down for that long is madness), which our management is not accepting and to be honest it risked our jobs for a moment. If it happen again, then you should expect to see my CV. I believe MS Hyper-V is a beautiful product, though a special kernel not running windows & not being affected by viseurs will be great. I am sure VMware & Xen are still affected by some threats , but they are totally immune against viseurs, spyware, & trojans. In addition, it seems VMware reduced size version is even had the smallest surface attack. To be honest our management at the moment is considering if VMware cost is reasonable for at least critical virtual machines to avoid further downtime. Please don’t get me wrong, I really like Hyper-V & agree being free for Microsoft Shops like us is great. Though the virus scenario we had, I can call it a disaster and would be scared of it being repeated. We are considering a change of anti-virus solution as well. If you are going the Hyper-V route, then get my 2 cents advice of securing your Domain 0 machine as much as possible. Don’t connect it to internet. Keep it updated. Ensure that your antivirus solution is the best that you can get. Maybe even put your critical virtual machines on VMware or Xen & the rest on Hyper-V if that is affordable.Good luck & I appreciate ITComparison pointing the security point into their comparison. Its good to have people warned before hand. Although I might still disagree with them on few other points, I will rather e-mail that to them directly.

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