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More than 200 technology companies have joined the Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA), the consortium committed to fostering the adoption of Red Hat's Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM), in the three months since it was launched. Red Hat says more than 50% of them are focused on cloud computing, and virtualization is a key component of every cloud. OVA membership is also growing significantly among companies in new global regions, including Asia-Pacific and Latin America, reportedly for the minimum investment involved. At its launch in May OVA had seven founders: BMC, Eucalyptus Systems, HP, IBM, Intel, Red Hat and SUSE. The consortium was at 65 members in June and now it's got another 134 new members for a total of 206. With one of its goals the development of best practices around KVM, work has begun on creating and publishing KVM-specific documentation. KVM cla... (more)

WebRTC Summit at Cloud Expo Agenda Announced

Click here to follow ▸@WebRTCSummit Registration for  the First International WebRTC Summit (@WebRTCSummit) is now open. WebRTC Summit will take place Nov 6-7, 2013, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication) is an open source project supported by Google, Mozilla and Opera that aims to enable browser-to-browser applications for voice calling, video chat, and P2P file sharing without plugins. Its mission is "To enable rich, high quality, RTC applications to be developed in the browser via simple Javascript APIs and HTML5." Register FREE for WebRTC Summit here ▸ WebRTC Journal ▸Home A survey by TokBox found that the WebRTC adoption rate among small organizations is growing quickly where over 25% of developers say it is important for their work. WebRTC Summit will feature two full days of technical... (more)

New ConVirt Enterprise with Hyper-V Cluster Management and Live Migration

Convirture added support for Hyper-V to its multi-virtualization, multi-cloud management software in January 2014 and got an overwhelmingly positive response. But, then it found requests started pouring in to support Hyper-V clusters because Microsoft has done such a good job of making clustering easy for its users and there is so much of it deployed. Now four months later, ConVirt software adds support for Hyper-V clusters as well as live migration. In addition, the latest release of ConVirt incorporates support for Virtual Private Clouds on Amazon EC2. There are two big benefits: providing quota management capabilities (not in the native Amazon tools); ConVirt delivers unified management of the data center and Amazon public cloud. ConVirt tackles a very complex and growing problem with a very simple solution: As data centers become more complex with multiple virtua... (more)

Your Open Source Cloud Cocktail By @MRHinkle | @CloudExpo [@CitrixCloud]

CloudOpen 2014 – Mixing Your Open Source Cloud Cocktail Here’s the presentation I gave at the Linux Foundation’s CloudOpen in Dusseldorf on October 13, 2014 titled Mixing Your Open Source Cloud Cocktail Add two parts virtualization, one part orchestration add a little networking shake and pour. Unfortunately cloud computing isn’t that easy but then again not all clouds are the same and tastes may vary. This talk will discuss how the varying open source technologies like OpenStack, Docker, LXC and others can be mixed together to make something that appeals to the needs of a wide variety of users. There’s also no problem in abstaining from building your own cloud but still benefiting from the open source tooling to maximize the benefits of the public cloud. Slide deck here ... (more)

Southern California Linux Expo(SCaLE 8x) Recap

In a time when many tradeshows are experiencing lower then normal attendance the 8th Annual Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE 8x) had record attendance this past weekend in Los Angeles. I was there exhibiting and conducting a community training day for Zenoss and was very impressed by not only the quality of the program but the enthusiasm of the attendees. Here are some of the highlights: The Mini Conferences On the Friday before the main SCaLE expo and speaking program starts many people hold mini-conferences and the SCaLE staff has been excellent at helping to organize and promote the events. I conducted a  Zenoss Community Day that Friday with phenomenal attendance and enjoyed meeting a great group of open source management users. I also peeked in on Ubucon which had a standing room only crowd of Ubuntu users. There were also quite a few other special events... (more)

IGEL adds VDI Clients for Open-Source SPICE and VMware View

Reading, UK, October 12, 2010: German thin client manufacturer, IGEL Technology, today became the first company in its sector to integrate the open-source software client SPICE into its Linux operating system for its Universal Desktop thin client range. With the SPICE client, IGEL customers who already use Linux at their server level can now provision high-performance virtual desktops with different guest systems. For instance, SPICE can be deployed within the Red Hat® Enterprise Virtualization for Desktops solution in order to virtualize Microsoft® Windows® 7 Professional, Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional or Red Hat Enterprise Linux. In addition to SPICE, IGEL's latest update to its Linux operating system also includes the brand-new software client for VDI solutions VMware View™ 4.5, which in addition to being compatible with Windows® 7 also offers improved W... (more)

Red Hat and IBM Spearhead Open Source Virtualization for the Enterprise

Red Hat, Inc. and IBM have announced that they have joined hands to expand the open source KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) ecosystem through joint solutions targeting the enterprise. They plan on pooling their resources together to develop cloud management interfaces and virtualization management APIs that will address cloud, datacenter automation, virtual storage and networking, virtualization security and virtual appliance management. They also intend to cultivate a community of users among third-party virtualization vendors. The APIs will be used in their respective management products, including Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager, IBM Director and Tivoli software. The Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization is built on KVM and is touted as a less expensive open source alternative to proprietary virtualization products like VMware's vSphere. It allows for b... (more)

KVM-Pumping Alliance Formed

There is now such a thing as the Open Virtualization Alliance, formed by Red Hat, IBM, Intel, HP, SUSE, Eucalyptus and BMC, to push the adoption of KVM, the Kernel-based Virtual Machine embedded in the Linux kernel that Red Hat's basing its virtualization on. And since Red Hat, KVM's biggest champion, sees VMware as its biggest problem, one would imagine this is an anti-VMware coalition in the name of open source but at the expense of Xen and Citrix. The consortium is supposed to fan interoperability, accelerate the expansion of an ecosystem of third-party solutions around KVM and retell happy end-user stories. It's also supposed to provide education, best practices and technical advice. It's positioned as a complement to the open source communities managing the development of the KVM hypervisor and associated management capabilities. KVM hosts Linux and Windows v... (more)

Big Data and Virtualization – Where the Twain Shall Meet

Big Data and virtualization are the two biggest revolutions underway in enterprise datacenters today. In the coming three to five years, they will unquestionably change the face of datacenters as we know them. Interestingly, both phenomena have been going on in parallel with little to no intersection or impact on one another. That is about to change, as the waves intersect and create a massive cadence to shake enterprise IT. This article explores how the frontiers of Big Data and virtualization are about to meet, irreversibly changing each other's fate along the way. Over the course of the next few years, they will become one massive flow that can't be traced back to two disparate epicenters of change. That is how interesting, yet predictable, this saga will be. The Great Public-Private Divide Hadoop, the biggest player in Big Data, is 100 percent virtualized when run... (more)

Three News Ways to Reduce Data Center Power Use with Virtualization

Scaling back power needs in the data center is a noble ideal, but it’s something that very few organizations have truly been able to achieve. The fact of the matter is that increasing demand for service and capacity outpaces most of the greening efforts (and efficiency interventions like virtualization) that we can muster. There are more reasons to reduce your data center’s power consumption than just saving the planet, too. There are financial incentives to doing so that have little or nothing to do with fossil fuel conservation or the ozone layer. Part of the problem is that each data center is highly individualized. You can make changes to the cooling system efficiency, you can invest in advanced power distribution grids that ration power as it’s needed, and you can make a number of energy-saving procedural changes. Unfortunately, these methods may or may not p... (more)

Convirture Releases New Versions of Virtualization and Cloud Software

Convirture has released updates to its ConVirt Enterprise and ConVirt Enterprise Cloud software that is used by organizations worldwide to manage virtual and cloud infrastructures based on KVM and Xen hypervisors. The updates to ConVirt Enterprise and ConVirt Enterprise Cloud include additional features that enable IT managers to effectively manage their virtual data centers, as well as usability enhancements that make the software even easier to deploy and use. In addition to virtual machine management, ConVirt Enterprise provides advanced automation features including high availability, dynamic workload management, and backup and restore. ConVirt Enterprise Cloud delivers public, private, and hybrid cloud management, side-by-side with traditional virtualized infrastructure management. "Customers worldwide have deployed ConVirt Enterprise and ConVirt Enterprise ... (more)