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Solus 3 ISO Refresh version brings updates to apps, theming and infrastructure

The developer community behind the leading independent operating system Solus has pushed the refreshed version of Solus— Solus 3.9999.

Solus 3 ISO Refresh brings support for a wide range of new hardware which have been released since the launch of Solus 3 in August last year.

Also coming with the refreshed version are an updated set of default applications and theming, and ability to use new Solus infrastructure.

All the editions of Solus now feature recently released Firefox 62, LibreOffice 6.1.0.3, Rhythmbox 3.4.2, and Thunderbird 60 applications. The theming with Solus 3.9999 provides a consistent look and feel for all the editions.

For applications, it now supports Adapta GTK Theme, while it supports Papirus Icon Theme for icons.

The newly added for support for Linux kernel 4.18.5 will provide users support for latest CPUs from Intel and AMD, including support for high core count CPUs.

Further, a number of modules like KVMGT, MDEV and VFIO_MDEV has been enables to support Intel GVT-g and gain improved GPU virtualization.

Changes have been made to the infrastructure, repositories and various system packages, to allow users easily take advantage of new Solus infrastructure. With the Solus 3.9999, users wouldn’t have to modify or update the infrastructure.

GNOME removable drive applet will now be enabled by default, which means that users will be able to unmount extensions without opening the default manager called Nautilus.

Moreover, the Solus GNOME Edition will now be shipped with GNOME Photos for easier photo management and editing.

Also read: Plesk acquires VPS management system SolusVM from OnApp

There are numerous new packages added to Solus 3.9999, whereas a few existing packages have been removed. List of newly added and removed packages can be accessed in this post by Solus.

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In the cloud era, Dedicated Servers remain an attractive option

You have to hand it to cloud vendors — they have incredible marketing. If you are new to infrastructure hosting, you might be forgiven for thinking that the cloud is the only option, that anything else is just so last century.

In reality, dedicated servers remain the go-to infrastructure platform for many experienced engineers. Why? Because dedicated servers are cost effective, offer unbeatable performance, and, most importantly, control.

A dedicated server is just what it sounds like: a powerful computer with on-board processors, RAM, and storage, located in a data center that provides power, cooling, and redundant connections to the Internet.

Cloud platforms use virtual servers, on top of which they layer a hypervisor, guest operating systems, and the user’s software. Dedicated servers are sometimes called bare metal servers because your operating system and software run as close to the physical hardware — the bare metal — as possible.

There are good reasons for a virtualization layer: if you want to deploy dozens of servers in seconds, you want a cloud platform. But that’s not what most server hosting customers need.

  • Cost Effective

Dedicated servers have a reputation for being expensive which isn’t entirely undeserved. On average, a dedicated server costs more than a cloud server, and the cheapest cloud servers are less expensive than the cheapest dedicated servers. But if you compare the price-to-power ratio, dedicated servers come out way ahead. A cloud server with equivalent resources to a particular dedicated server is almost certainly more expensive.

Dedicated servers provide the most bang for the buck.

  • Performance

Because dedicated server software runs close to the bare metal, there’s no virtualization overhead. Every resource is applied to your workload. Additionally, dedicated servers scale further vertically than cloud servers — if you need a really powerful server, go dedicated because you’ll pay less while benefiting from a more powerful machine.

  • Privacy and Security

Public clouds are multi-tenant hosting environments: many organizations use the same underlying hardware. Now, while that’s not necessarily a problem, cloud users have no insight into the underlying network, virtualization layer, and hosting environment. They simply don’t know how seriously the platform takes security or privacy.

  • Control

Most importantly, bare metal dedicated servers provide complete control: it’s your server and you can do whatever you want with it. Managing the server is your responsibility. It’s up to you to keep it secure. But if you know what you’re doing, that’s by far the best scenario. I can’t tell you how often I’ve commiserated with experienced system administrators as they wait for their cloud vendor to fix something that they could fix in minutes if only they had access and control.

For experienced server admins, it doesn’t get much better than an enterprise-grade dedicated server.

Also read: 5 Cloud Computing Predictions for 2018 that will define the cloud industry for good

About Guest Author-

Chris Schwarz is the CEO of Cyber Wurx, a premium colocation services provider with a world-class Data Center in Atlanta, Georgia that also specializes in Dedicated Server Hosting and VPS Hosting. Check out their hosting blog at https://cyberwurx.com/blog/.

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VMware refuses support for its virtualization software on Azure cloud

VMware – the leading virtualization and private cloud provider, in a sudden turn of events, retaliated to Microsoft’s efforts of taking away its customers, saying that the customers running its software on Azure cloud will have to forego VMware support.

Microsoft had recently made an announcement for Azure Migrate service – an easy method of moving workloads on VMware’s hypervisors from on-premise to Azure cloud.

At that time, Corey Sanders, Director of Compute, Azure, announced the preview VMware virtualization on Azure, a bare-metal solution that runs the full VMware stack on Azure hardware, co-located with other Azure services, in association with VMware certified partners.

Senior Vice President, Product Development, Cloud Services, VMware – Ajay Patel in a blog said that no VMware-certified partner names have been mentioned nor have any partners collaborated with VMware in engineering this offering.

He also mentioned, “VMware can neither endorse nor recommend Microsoft’s Azure virtualization solution, and will not support customers that use it.

VMware believes that public cloud environments need joint engineering to run enterprise workloads and said that they cannot support an unsupported and non-engineered solution, which is not optimized for the VMware stack.

He also quoted VMware cloud on AWS and IBM cloud for VMware solutions as the recommended partner offerings.

Taking a dig at Microsoft, Patel also mentioned that Microsoft recognizing the leadership position of VMware’s offering and exploring support for VMware on Azure as a superior and necessary solution for customers over Hyper-V or native Azure Stack environments is understandable but, we do not believe this approach will offer customers a good solution to their hybrid or multi-cloud future.

Microsoft will face a tough time getting customers for their VMware virtualization on Azure, as no customer will be willing to take a non-supportive service, unless the mysterious VMware certified partner assures customers on complete support for vSphere and other wares.

It would be interesting to see what Microsoft has to say now. Stay tuned for latest updates.

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Microsoft’s new services to simplify migration of VMware workload to cloud

Microsoft recently announced new services to help enterprises move existing on-premise VMware workloads to Azure – Azure Migrate and VMware virtualization on Azure.

The new services have been designed to help developers at every stage of VMware migration to Azure.

Microsoft’s intelligent cloud gives enterprises access to supercomputing powers on pay-as-you-go basis, which makes it popular amongst both small and large enterprises. VMware, on the other hand, is a leader when it comes to virtualization.

Azure Migrate is touted as an appropriate means of moving VMware workloads to the Azure cloud. The free service will be launched on November 27th, and will be available to all the customers of Azure.

Azure migrate will support multi-server application migration unlike other cloud vendors with single server migration capabilities. It does so through discovery and assessment, migration and resource, and cost optimization. The new service will thus, discover and analyze all VMware workloads running on the private datacenters and then provide a way to migrate it to the public cloud using Azure Site Recovery service.

Microsoft also allows integration of VMware workloads with Azure services, which means customers can use their Azure services with VMware workloads without requiring any migration or deployment, enabling data management and security across cloud and on-premises. This consists of Azure Backup, Update/Configuration management, Azure Site Recovery, and Azure Security Center.

While Azure Migrate will support migration of on-premises VMware workloads to cloud, VMware virtualization on Azure is a bare metal solution that will have the capacity to run the full VMware stack on Azure hardware. Microsoft is offering this service in collaboration with VMware-certified partners and expects to make it available in the coming year.

The new services came a week before AWS’s annual conference – re: Invent, in Las Vegas. Microsoft has given another edge to its cloud service portfolio by adding these services. It is a strategic move as it will also boost Microsoft hybrid cloud services, as Azure Migrate will give customers the choice to move some, but not necessarily all their data to the cloud.

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IBM Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire CSL International For Strengthening its ‘System z’ Portfolio

Four days after closing the Softlayer acquisition, IBM today announced definitive agreement to acquire CSL International, a privately held company headquartered in Herzliya Pituach, Israel.

With the acquisition of CSL International, IBM expands its cloud virtualization capabilities, making it even easier for clients to take advantage of Linux on System z.
– Greg Lotko, IBM business line executive, System z.Greg Lotko, IBM business line executive, System z

Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

CSL Internationl provides a virtualization management technology for IBM’s zEnterprise system.

The move, which IBM terms as a strategic investment in the ‘System z’ portfolio, deepens company’s consolidation and cloud capabilities by offering simplified management of the virtualization environment.

The zEnterprise System enables clients to host the workloads of thousands of commodity servers on a single system for simplification, improved security and cost reduction.

CSL-WAVE software, CSL International’s key offering, helps companies monitor and manage their z/VM and Linux on System z environments with its easy-to-use interface that provides drag and drop simplicity to instantly create, discover, visualize and connect virtual servers to resources.

The combination of IBM and CSL International technologies will enable clients to manage all aspects of z/VM and Linux on System z virtualization, including CPU, memory, storage, and network resources.

The acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter of 2013.

“As clients create smarter computing environments, they are looking for ways to manage IT costs and complexity without sacrificing security or the ability to scale,” said Greg Lotko, IBM business line executive, System z.

“The response by clients to the advantages of Linux on System z have been tremendous, with the shipped capacity nearly doubling in 1Q13 year to year. With the acquisition of CSL International, IBM expands its cloud virtualization capabilities, making it even easier for clients to take advantage of Linux on System z,” he added.

Here is more information on CSL International acquisition by IBM.

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Enterhost Launches New Cloud-based IT Product Line; Streamlined Web site and Brand

Web hosting provider Enterhost today launched a new cloud-based IT product line that is aimed at providing businesses with phone (Lync 2013 Enterprise Voice) and email systems (Exchange 2013), virtualization, server and application hosting, backup, and disaster recovery.

“Our expertise in cloud technology provides a platform for hostingphone and email systems, servers and applications in the cloud, as well as offering scalable backup, disaster recovery and virtualization solutions. Together, these products enable our customers to create as virtual an office as they desire. – Kevin Valadez, co-president, Enterhost.

Enterhost has also launched a revamped brand and web site, which is being unveiled online this week. As a part of repositioning, Enterhost team has got rid of language and knowledge barriers that may impede a customer from making the right decision for his or her company.

The company has also created a mascot to support companies that need expert IT solutions but lack a resident technical expert.

“Some business owners benefit from having a human element they can relate to as they navigate the often-murky waters of making decisions around IT for their companies. We designed Tech Tom to be inclusive and straight-talking, guiding our customers to the right technology for their businesses.” said Ben Tiblets, co-president, Enterhost.

“Our goal is to provide any business, whether it has 20 desktops or 1,000, with practical, effective ways to leverage technology to compete in today’s marketplace,” he added.

With the new product line-up, applications and servers that were formerly required to run in the office can now run in the cloud.

EnterHost Cloud Services

“We are always looking at ways we can improve our offerings, and as our customers have recovered from the recent economic downtown, we realized they needed different solutions to improve their operations,” said Kevin Valadez, co-president, Enterhost.

“From small- to medium-sized businesses to our enterprise-level clientele, our customers were asking for functional products that heighten collaboration, protect assets and streamline costs,” he added.

Founded in 2000, Enterhost provides a wide range of cloud-based IT business solutions, and specializes in Windows applications for office phone and business email, as well as cloud storage, backup, disaster recovery, virtualization and colocation.

For more information, click here.

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ZNetLive Launches Enterprise Solutions; Big Data, Disaster Recovery, SaaS and more

A day after launching SSD Hosting Services, CloudNet Servers and Cloud Shared Hosting, ZNetLive today unveiled a wide range of hosting and data center solutions specially engineered for enterprises.

Designed for providing enterprise grade services capable of delivering a higher level of performance, security, scalability & availability, the solutions include Big Data, Disaster Recovery, Enterprise Hosting, Virtualization, Web Apps and SaaS, Hybrid Environments and more.

ZNetLive enterprise solutions-Big Data, Disaster Recovery, SaaS, Enterprise Hosting etc.

Our server options range from public cloud instances to enterprise class dedicated servers and our storage solutions are extremely flexible when it comes to read-write speed; thus suiting the demands of every client and delivering him the exact resources he needs as per his requirements.
– Mr. Munesh Jadoun, CEO, ZNetLive.Mr. Munesh Jadoun, CEO, ZNet.

“The volume of data that is being generated on a daily basis is huge and complex to such an extent that it is not possible to process it using on-hand database management tools or traditional data processing. ZNetLive’s customizable big data solutions are high performance, cost-effective, easy to implement, highly capable, secure and scalable,” said Mr. Munesh Jadoun, CEO, ZNetLive.

“Our server options range from public cloud instances to enterprise class dedicated servers and our storage solutions are extremely flexible when it comes to read-write speed; thus suiting the demands of every client and delivering him the exact resources he needs as per his requirements,” he added.

Customers can order engineered servers with hardware configurations and OS optimizations specifically for MongoDB. Providing best-practices MongoDB deployment, these servers have been developed in partnership with 10gen.

ZNetLive’s Disaster Recovery solutions provide global load balancing; geographically diverse DNS routing and hot swap backups to assuage the risk of any potential downtime.

“Our state-of the-art network storage eliminates all single points of failure and provides a restoration path for your mission-critical data,” said Miss Ruchita Gupta, Assistant Vice President, ZNetLive.

Along with disaster recovery, ZNetLive’s Enterprise hosting, SMB hosting, Application servers and Software-as-a-Service solutions are available in three plans-Basic, Advanced and Premium.

ZNetLive’s Hybrid Hosting solutions can be used for Cloud Bursting, Application Development and Corporate Virtual Desktop Deployment.

ZNetLive Hybrid Hosting Solutions.

Our state-of the-art network storage eliminates all single points of failure and provides a restoration path for your mission-critical data.
– Ruchita Gupta, AVP, ZNetLive.

“We employ virtualization with in a dedicated environment to create customers’ own private solution that optimizes their technology resources and delivers a high level of scalability without any compromise on stability, cost, or efficiency,” said Mr. Jadoun.

ZNetLive’s virtualization services can reduce capital expenditures and energy costs by Hardware consolidation, reduce errors by OS standardization, improve time-to-market by rapid provisioning, reduce staffing costs by automation and improve availability, recovery, and flexibility by portability. They’re ideal for Private cloud, Disaster recovery, Business continuity, Maintenance windows, Load Balancing, Abstraction layer, Development and testing, Patching, Security and Thin client.

ZNetLive Virtualization Services

To view complete list of new solutions being offered by ZNetLive, please click here.

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VMware To Buy Storage Hypervisor Software Developer Virsto

VMware, Inc. , the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, has  announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Virsto® Software, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based provider of software that optimizes storage performance and utilization in virtual environments. This is the third major acquisition of 2013 after NOVACAP and Management acquired Host.net and SupraNet Communications acquired Mad City Broadband early January.

We are excited to combine forces with VMware to provide customers a more cost-effective, efficient, and agile storage architecture. – Mark Davis, CEO, Virsto.

“VMware is committed to continuing to deliver software innovations that bring significant efficiencies to our customers while simplifying infrastructure and IT,” said John Gilmartin, vice president of storage and availability, VMware. “We believe that the acquisition of Virsto will accelerate our development of storage technologies, allowing our customers to greatly improve the efficiency and performance of storage in virtual infrastructure.”

Organizations are looking for solutions to address the increasing complexity and cost of storage within virtual and cloud environments, particularly for virtual desktop infrastructures (VDI), large software development and test centers and to support business-critical applications.  Virsto provides breakthrough storage optimization technologies that improve storage performance and utilization in these environments. When implemented within a VDI, Virsto can reduce the cost of storage per desktop by as much as 70 percent.

As part of its strategy to deliver the software-defined datacenter, VMware continues to invest and innovate to extend the benefits of virtualization to every domain in the datacenter – compute, network, storage and the associated security and availability services.  VMware has been at the forefront of innovations to storage in virtual environments, and the acquisition of Virsto will expand VMware’s storage portfolio, which includes the storage virtualization and management capabilities of VMware vSphere® and the VMware vSphere Storage Appliance™. In addition, EMC Corporation plans to license the Virsto technology, extending the cooperative efforts between the two companies in storage architectures.

“VMware and Virsto share a highly aligned vision to remove complexity and increase efficiencies through virtualization,” said Mark Davis, CEO, Virsto.  “We are excited to combine forces with VMware to provide customers a more cost-effective, efficient, and agile storage architecture.”

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The acquisition is scheduled to close in the first quarter of 2013 subject to customary closing conditions.

About Virsto
Virsto® Software Corporation changes the economics of storage in virtualized environments by improving utilization, increasing performance, and accelerating VM storage provisioning. Virsto reduces the cost and complexity of storage for VDI, test and development, business-critical application virtualization, cloud computing and other virtualization initiatives. Founded in 2007, Virsto is backed by leading Silicon Valley venture firms. For more information, visit www.virsto.com.

About VMware
VMware is the leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions that enable businesses to thrive in the Cloud Era. Customers rely on VMware to help them transform the way they build, deliver and consume Information Technology resources in a manner that is evolutionary and based on their specific needs. With 2012 revenues of $4.61 billion, VMware has more than 480,000 customers and 55,000 partners. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at www.vmware.com.

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Networking and Knowledge Transfer at the world’s biggest hosting and cloud fair WHD.global in March in Germany

Cologne, February 4, 2013. Where people are normally screaming on roller coaster rides, everyone will be talking about server hardware, data centers, virtualization and anti-spam solutions: From March 19-21, 2013 the biggest B2B event for the hosting and cloud industry, WHD.global ( World Hosting Days), is taking place at the Europa-Park theme park in Rust, Germany. More than 4,200 international experts visited the event in 2012 and about 100 exhibitors introduced their latest solutions.

In the relaxed atmosphere of a theme park the WHD visitors experience an outstanding mixture of business, information, networking and fun. That is because the concept includes an industry exhibition and talks held by hosting pioneers as well as lavishly organized social events. In addition the attendees may dare some roller coaster rides during the breaks.

Renowned companies like Verisign and Dell as Diamond-Plus Partners are among the exhibitors at the hosting.FAIR. But also many other well-known brands-HP, OnApp, Parallels and about 100 more-will welcome the visitors at their fair booths. Important masterminds of the hosting world will be speaking on the main stage called main.FORUM, for example Ditlev Bredahl (CEO, OnApp), Birger Steen (CEO, Parallels), Nicholas Ellis (Sr. VP Global Service Providers, CA Technologies), Peyman Blumstengel (Sr. Manager of Business Development, Samsung) and Raimund Genes (CTO, Trend Micro).

It is now possible for all interested members of the hosting and internet industry to register online at www.worldhostingdays.com. On request many exhibitors and media partners will be happy to give out promo codes for free attendance. Otherwise a standard ticket costs € 349 and a VIP ticket including many exclusive privileges costs € 999. The tickets comprise entrance to the event on all three days, first-class catering and an extensive framework program.

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Citrix Slashes the Costs of Virtual Desktops

DAILYHOSTNEWS, October 27, 2011 – Citrix has announced that it is opening up its recently acquired ShareFile data cloud to create an extensible platform for sharing business data across a wide range of apps, devices and services. The announcement was made yesterday at Citrix Synergy- the conference where cloud computing, networking and virtualization meet.

The company’s new “Follow-Me-Data Fabric” will make it easy for third-party developers and vendors to incorporate common data services like search, share, sync, secure and remote wipe into their solutions through a set of open APIs. Taking a platform approach will also make it easier to create dynamic mesh-ups that extend secure data sharing services to both new and existing apps. This will ensure that user data can be accessed easily and securely from millions of business and consumer devices.

Citrix also announced the first two products in its own portfolio that will be integrated into this open data fabric, Citrix Receiver, the company’s universal software client, and Citrix GoToMeeting, the award-winning collaboration solution.

Jesse Lipson, Vice President and General Manager, Data Sharing product group at Citrix said in his remarks, “It is gratifying to see how we are immediately leveraging the ShareFile technology in the Citrix product line to enable the Follow-Me-Data vision of anywhere, anytime access to data and collaboration. With the three key components of applications, data and collaboration, we are able to deliver on the personal cloud concept for millions of users.”

Also read: Top Data Center in Singapore

Citrix Ready ISV Partners Can Leverage Follow-Me-Data for their Solutions. The company is also extending the Follow-Me-Data capabilities to Citrix Ready software and application partners. As customers and partners build on the Follow-Me-Data platform, they will be able to easily add follow-me-data services to their products, leveraging the data that other apps store there, and instantly inheriting all the management, mobility and scalability that are in the Citrix ShareFile infrastructure.

About Citrix
Citrix Systems is a leading provider of virtual computing solutions that help people work and play from anywhere on any device. More than 250,000 enterprises rely on Citrix to create better ways for people, IT and business to work through virtual meetings, desktops and datacenters.
Website: www.citrix.com

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