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VMware acquires Bitnami to augment multi-cloud efforts

VMware is acquiring the leading application packaging solutions provider Bitnami to expand its multi-cloud strategy.

Bitnami provides a large catalogue of click-to-deploy apps and development stack for cloud and Kubernetes environments. The company offers validated and highly secure application packages to allow developers to build new apps and services on the cloud. This helps them to deploy the apps more easily and quickly.

With its solutions, Bitnami simplifies the delivery of applications in multi-cloud. This will complement the multi-cloud strategy of VMware.

VMware allows customers to rapidly extend, migrate and protect their VMware environment to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) using VMware Cloud on AWS. The recently extended partnership with Microsoft brings VMware experience on Azure as well.

With the acquisition of Bitnami, VMware will be able to take further steps and play a major role in the application environments of customers.

“Our goal is to accelerate the application “builder’s journey” by delivering simplified ways to leverage open source software applications and frameworks; and free the “builders” to focus on building differentiated capabilities versus worrying about deployment and infrastructure,” wrote VMware in a blog post.

“We plan to do this across all clouds and formats—VMs, containers and SaaS offerings. Our goal will be to provide equivalency not abstraction across the different cloud platforms.”vmware acquires bitnami

Following the closure of the acquisition, VMware will continue to invest in the products and projects of Bitnami. On the other hand, Bitnami will allow the VMware customers to easily deploy the applications on any cloud, and in an optimal format like VMs, containers, and Kubernetes.

Also read: VMware launches Carbon Avoidance Meter to reduce environmental impact of datacenters

“Joining forces with VMware means that we will be able to both double-down on the breadth and depth of our current offering and bring Bitnami to even more clouds as well as accelerating our push into the enterprise,” wrote Bitnami in a separate blog post.


VMware launches Carbon Avoidance Meter to reduce environmental impact of datacenters

VMware has unveiled a Carbon Avoidance Meter (CAM) that will help data center operators to reduce the environmental impact of data center usage.

Announced at the RADIO (Research and Development Innovation Offsite) conference, the CAM will provide near real-time carbon scores which will determine the level of carbon footprint and energy usage.

Based on the levels of carbon footprints, the CAM will offer valuable suggestions to reduce the footprint. The scores will be calculated on the basis of telemetry data which is sent to VMware via the VMware Skyline.

VMware Carbon Avoidance Meter will also help in analyzing power consumption to learn about the amount of carbon offset credits required for the data center. Customers can also know the times in a day when they can shift workloads for utilization of more sustainable energy resources.

In addition, CAM will also allow customers to dynamically compute the load based on CPU types in near real-time, calculate loads of monitored systems, and calculate carbon footprint on the basis of data center usage in given geographies.

“An increasing reliance on technologies such as mobile and cloud computing has led to significant energy generation from data centers. To mitigate their impact on the environment, companies need to assess their contributions to climate change and implement products and services that automate and optimize this process, thereby reducing energy outputs,” said Ray O’Farrell, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, VMware.

“At VMware, we are committed to empowering our customers with the resources and tools they need to ultimately reduce environmental impact across our vast customer and partner ecosystem.”

Also read: Top 10 best data center service providers in India 2019

With CAM, VMware is taking a further step toward its 2020 ambition to create transformative technology that can power a better future for the Earth. The company has a goal to reduce carbon emissions through energy efficiency efforts and the procurement of renewable energy and carbon offsets.

VMware’s ultimate aim with the Carbon Avoidance Meter is to develop best practices for customers and set standards for data center energy reduction and green computing.

The new solution will be available to VMware Skyline customers later this year via the VMware Skyline Advisor.


Ubuntu 19.04 released with focus on open infrastructure, developer desktop, and IoT

Ubuntu 19.04 ‘Disco Dingo’ is finally here.

Canonical has released the latest version of Ubuntu with a focus on open infrastructure deployments, developer desktop, internet of things (IoT), as well as cloud to edge software distribution.

Ubuntu is a leading open source Linux distribution based on Debian, and an operating system for desktop, server, and cloud computing.

The latest version of Ubuntu will bring integrations with the main open infrastructure projects, including OpenStack, Kubernetes, and Ceph. There will be advanced life-cycle management for multi-cloud and on-premise operations.

For IoT, it will add support for AWS DeepRacer, a developer-centric model for autonomous ground vehicle community development. Along with this, Ubuntu 19.04 will also have integration with the Edge X stack and multiple smart display solutions.

The company said that over 2,000 independent software publishers distribute their apps to Linux desktops, appliances and cloud virtual machines (VMs) via the snap store. This is an increase of around 30% since October 2018.

For developers, Canonical has added Microsoft Visual Studio Code to the set of tools published as snaps. Developers will be able to install multiple instances of the same snap for CI/CD, testing or phased rollouts.

If Ubuntu is installed on VMware, the open-vm-tools for bi-directional clipboard will get installed automatically.

Users of Ubuntu who upgrade to v19.04 will also get GNOME 3.32. It comes with higher frame rates, icons that load faster, smoother animations, and faster loading for CPU and GPU.

Also read: GitLab puts power of Kubernetes in developer workflow with extended integration

It is worth noting that Ubuntu 19.04 is a standard release which will be supported for next nine months.

“The open-source-first on Ubuntu movement in telco, finance, and media has spread to other sectors. From the public cloud to the private data center to the edge appliance or cluster, open source has become the reference for efficiency and innovation,” said Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical.

“Ubuntu 19.04 includes the leading projects to underpin that transition, and the developer tooling to accelerate the applications for those domains”

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Acronis rolls out major update to its enterprise backup solution

Acronis is rolling out a major update to its enterprise backup solution—Acronis Backup, by extending its scalability, adding physical data shipping, improved user experience, support for more languages, etc.

Acronis Backup 12.5 Update 4, the latest update, brings several new features to the customers. First, they will be able to send encrypted backups of all the data to an Acronis data center on a hard drive.

Second, the number of devices that can be managed from a single management server has been increased. Customers can now manage up to 8,000 devices using an easy-to-use web interface and save on infrastructure resources.

Third, the company has improved the active protection in its backup solution. It can now detect crypto-mining malware and protect network folders mapped as local drives.

Fourth, customers can now convert backup files into VM files, which they can run on VMware Workstation and Microsoft Hyper-V.

Fifth, there is a new comment feature that can be used to organize devices by adding comments to protected machines, and then group or filter them using keywords.

Sixth, Acronis Backup now also has a new Performance and backup window for setting up backup window settings easily and reduce the impact on running systems.

Seventh, the latest release will add support for more operating systems and hypervisors. These include:

  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2019
  • Windows Server 2019 with Hyper-V
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2019
  • VMware vSphere 6.7 update 1
  • Citrix XenServer 7.6
  • RHEL 7.6
  • Ubuntu 18.10
  • Fedora 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
  • Debian 9.5, 9.6
  • Windows XP SP1 (x64), SP2 (x64), (x86)

Lastly, the company has added seven new languages to the user interface (UI). These include Bulgarian, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Serbian, Malay, and Indonesian.

Also read: 97% of enterprises perform data backup at least once a year: Acronis’ World Backup Day survey

“This is by far the largest Acronis Backup update to date. We listened to our users and brought the features that they requested. Acronis Backup is the most secure backup in the market, which is why it is trusted by more than 500,000 businesses worldwide,” said Patrick Hurley, Vice President & General Manager, Americas at Acronis.

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Azure IoT Edge now supports virtual machines

Microsoft is growing support for Intelligent Edge with the availability of Azure IoT Edge on virtual machines (VMs). The tech giant aims to create an open and strong ecosystem and provide users choices in deploying their edge solution.

Azure IoT Edge is a solution that brings cloud intelligence to the edge and allows users to act on data in real-time. Microsoft had made it generally available last year in June, and also open sourced the service on GitHub. This allows users to make changes to code and go for an open container approach for deploying Microsoft and third-party services across edge devices.

With the recent announcement, customers will be able to run Azure IoT Edge on a VM using a supported operating system. Although it will support most of the operating systems that can run containers, Microsoft said that all of them are not equally supported.

“While this works for multiple virtualization technologies, VMware has simplified the deployment process of Azure IoT Edge to VMs using VMware vSphere. Additionally, vSphere 6.7 and later provide passthrough support for Trusted Platform Module (TPM), allowing Azure IoT Edge to maintain its industry leading security framework by leveraging the hardware root of trust,” explained Chipalo Street, Principal Program Manager, Azure IoT, in a blog post.

Further, the tech giant said that the family of host OS should always match the family of guest OS used inside a module’s container. What this means is that customers will be allowed to run Linux containers on Linux only, and Windows containers on Windows.

Azure IoT Edge will run on a wide range of hardware, including microcontroller units (MCUs) that run Azure Sphere, and cloud and edge experience powered by Azure Stack.

Also read: Microsoft pushes preview of Open Enclave integration with IoT Edge

Microsoft has designed the solution to meet demands of customers in every scenario. For example, home appliance makers can use Azure Sphere certified chips in their products to make sure that their operations are secure, textile producers can detect weaving defects by adding industrialized PCs running Azure IoT Edge to their production lines.


Google now validates enterprise mobility management solutions under Android Enterprise Recommended program

Google is welcoming the leading Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) providers to its Android Enterprise Recommended program, so that enterprises can confidently choose the Android enterprise devices and services.

The Android Enterprise Recommended program was launched in February last year. Google validates the Android devices and services on the basis of a set of specifications for hardware, deployment, security updates, and user experience. If the devices and services built by vendors meet these requirements, Google lists them under the program.

After validation, these devices and services are recommended by Google to enterprises.  The aim of this program is to help enterprises find the devices and services that met necessary enterprise needs.

Android Enterprise Recommended program for Enterprise Mobility Management will include BlackBerry, Google Cloud, I3 Systems, IBM, Microsoft, MobileIron, Softbank, SOTI, and VMware.

“Since we’ve collaborated closely with EMM partners over the years, we understand what it takes to demonstrate excellence in this area. With this program, we’re recognizing partners who provide the most comprehensive technical solutions and have knowledgeable teams focused on modern Android security and management,” wrote Will Ro, Head of Android Enterprise Partnerships, Management and Security, in a blog post.

Android Enterprise Recommended EMMs will enable experience across multiple Android Enterprise management sets, and provide advanced security and management feature. The program will also demonstrate documentation and guides that comes with best practices for Android Enterprise set-up and configuration.

Google will provide training to vendors across sales, technical pre-sales and deployment support.

Also read: Google secures DNS traffic with DNS-over-TLS support for its public DNS

With this program, Google is raising the bar of excellence, so that enterprises globally can get the best equipped devices and applications for Android.

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Secura announces cloud-based disaster recovery solution enabled by VMware vCloud Availability

Secura is delighted to announce Cloud DR, a disaster recovery as a service solution which leverages VMware vCloud Availability, one of the latest cloud technology advancements from VMware, a leading innovator in enterprise software.

Secura’s Cloud DR solution offers simple, cost-effective Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) for VMware-based platforms, as either a bolt-on service to customers of Secura’s Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) or any organizations with VMware infrastructure on its site or in a data center.

Built around VMware vCloud Availability, Cloud DR offers native disaster recovery protection for any VMware workloads with near instant recovery of protected virtual machines at the click of a button.

Cloud DR can be entirely self-provisioned and managed using VMware solutions, VMware vCenter and vSphere Replication, and customers can configure Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO) settings, access non-disruptive sandbox testing on demand and manage replication, migration and failover.

“We’re really excited to have worked with VMware to offer this innovative cloud-based Disaster Recovery as a Service to customers in the UK,” said Secura CTO, Dan Nichols.

“Our Cloud DR solution makes it simple for businesses of any size to employ native, robust VMware-based disaster recovery services in a cost-effective way that does not require significant upfront investment.”

Secura’s Cloud DR service removes the need to purchase additional hardware or software, connecting any VMware-based platform to robust disaster recovery on Secura’s own VPC infrastructure.

Easy online management, metered storage and usage-based costs make it cost effective and simple to implement enterprise-level disaster recovery.

Also read: Secura Partners with HyTrust to Offer Robust Virtual Machine Level Data Encryption as a Service

“We are committed to delivering innovative solutions to our customers to accelerate their digital transformations,” said Alanzo Blackstock, Director, UKI Partner Organization at VMware.

“The opportunity to work with Secura in the UK on its Cloud DR solution, leveraging the latest VMware vCloud Availability technology, will enable Secura to offer simple, cost-effective cloud-based disaster recovery services that seamlessly support their customers’ environments.”

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Pivotal Container Service updated with Kubernetes 1.10 and more enterprise features

VMware and Pivotal announced updates to their jointly developed solution Pivotal Container Service (PKS). The latest version of PKS (PKS 1.1) include new features which are aimed at developer productivity, management and operations, networking and security, and high availability.

Pivotal Container Service is a purpose-built software container solution that helps organizations to simplify the deployment and management of Kubernetes clusters.

To improve developer productivity, PKS 1.1 supports Kubernetes 1.10 which comes with a set of features spanning storage, node and resource management, as well as programmability and security.

It has now been integrated with VMware’s vRealize Log Insight for better log management and analytics. Enterprises can gain visibility into core layers of the container platform to better analyze the logs.

“In PKS 1.1, Log Insight integration is centrally managed with Operations Manager. It allows SSL encryption of log data in transit, as well as log limiting/throttling to prevent overflow or loss of data to the Log Insight endpoint,” wrote Narayan Mandaleeka, a group product line manager at VMware, in a blog post.

Pivotal Container Service 1.1 will allow developers to deploy Kubernetes nodes on a separate subnet, so that they can easily deploy security policies and secure the clusters from one another.

Furthermore, developers can also create node networks on an independent IP Block from Pod Networks. It will increase the flexibility and provide independence of network topology choices between Kubernetes node networks and pod networks.

For high availability, PKS new version provides support for multiple availability zones (AZs). The multi-AZ support will improve the availability of clusters by evenly spreading cluster nodes across multiple zones. Hence, in case any AZ faces downtime, the workloads can work seamlessly without interruption.

Also read: VMware paves way for edge computing with new NFV platform

Additionally, PKS 1.1 is integrated with VMware’s Wavefront, and VMware’s open-source Harbor container registry (Harbor 1.5). Operators can deploy PKS behind a secure HTTP/HTTPS proxy, which will help them meet the security requirements of Kubernetes production deployments.

It is now generally available.

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Dell contemplating ‘reverse merger’ with VMware to go public  

Dell Technologies, the company which currently owns 80% share of VMware, might sell itself to VMware in a massive reverse-merger deal, and could emerge out as a public company.

According to the sources, the deal is not yet finalized. But if it happens, this reverse merger will supposedly be the biggest deal in tech industry ever. The plan of reverse-merging will help Dell to raise cash and reduce its substantial debt of around $50 billion, as per Bloomberg.

Dell had gone private in 2013, when it partnered with Silver Lake on a leveraged buyout. The partnership had helped Dell become a bigger hardware and software supplier for corporate data centers, avoiding the investor scrutiny that a public company has to face.

In 2015, Dell acquired EMC, the storage-technology provider, for $67 billion, but business model of Dell went under threat because enterprises started moving to cloud, like Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services.

Dell could follow a more traditional initial public offering, but the reverse merger may help the company avoid a new public offering. However, the reverse merger is not the only option for Dell. It might also buy the remaining 20% stake of VMware.

When the word about reverse merger deal spread, VMware’s stock fell sharply by 8.5%.

“Dell is also considering a public share sale for its Pivotal Software Inc. cloud-computing venture. Dell met with bankers last year to discuss that possibility and was told the company could fetch a valuation of $5 billion to $7 billion” said one of the people to Bloomberg, who asked not to be identified.

Also read: New Gartner report identifies HPE and Dell EMC leaders in the server revenue and shipment market

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VMware teams up with NxtGen for scalable and secure cloud environments 

The industry-leading virtualization software company, VMware, has partnered with NxtGen, the emerging leader in the datacenter and cloud services space, to help enterprises decrease time to market, reduce capex and development costs, with new solutions across public cloud and on-premise data centers.

As part of the alliance, the companies will deliver new solutions as part of the NxtGen Infinite Datacenter, provided from NxtGen’s Mumbai and Bengaluru data centers.

“Service providers like NxtGen can leverage VMware technology to help customers from decreased time to market, reduced capital expenditure and lowered development costs to stay competitive,” said Arun Parameswaran, Managing Director, VMware India.

With the growth in business needs and use cases, the enterprises go for multiple public and private cloud services along with the on-premise datacenter. It makes the IT infrastructure complex, and issues related to management and security arise.

NxtGen Infinite Datacenter provides the ability to integrate the internal and external environments of enterprise data. It makes it easy for enterprises to implement a private cloud on premise, and further move to hybrid cloud as well.

VMware will extend the datacenter expertise of NxtGen through its VMware NSX. Using NxtGen’s VMware NSX, the enterprises who run workloads on on-premise infrastructure, will be able to run the workloads into a public cloud as well, in case the demand arises.

“We look forward to continuing to strengthen NxtGen’s vision of an ‘Infinite Data Center’ through our partnership with VMware,” said AS Rajgopal, CEO, NxtGen.

Additionally, the integration also provides security, load-balancing, as well as Disaster-as-a-Service (DaaS) capabilities. VMware protects its software and virtual machines using App Defense.

VMware’s partnership with NxtGen will also promote hybrid cloud adoption.

Also read: VMware enhances its hybrid cloud platform with new cloud management and container networking capabilities

Last year, it had partnered with Amazon Web Services to launch VMware Cloud on AWS, which helped customers enjoy the cloud computing benefits without shelling out anything extra for any data center management software of VMware.

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