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Server Virtualization Spotlight

Server virtualization has become near ubiquitous in the data center. From hypervisors to hybrid clouds, keep up with the latest virtualization technology trends here with news, how-tos and analysis from ServerWatch.

ClusterGX Brings Container Management to Big Data Apps

Containers have become increasingly popular for big data applications, and companies like Galactic Exchange are now emerging with tools to make those implementations considerably easier to set up and manage.

Docker Doubles Down on Microsoft Windows Server

Docker for Windows debuts alongside a new commercial support relationship with Microsoft.

Security in the World of Virtual Machines and Containers

Running an app in a VM in a public cloud may indeed be more secure than running the same app in a container, but that doesn't always mean you can sleep well at night knowing your apps and data are secure.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3 Enters Beta

Preview of Red Hat's next flagship Linux release includes performance and security improvements.

What 23,000 Attendees Took Away From VMworld 2016

NEWS ANALYSIS: Perhaps the biggest news at the conference was that IBM Cloud became the first partner to use and help sell VMware's Cross-Cloud Architecture.

VMware Expands Photon Platform for Cloud-Native Deployments

VMware's Photon Controller Linux operating system effort for containers has opened up for public consumption.

Cisco Gets Into Containers With ContainerX Acquisition

The tech vendor buys the early-stage startup, whose technology makes it easier for enterprises to manage containers across cloud and data centers.

Aqua to the Container Security Rescue?

The Israeli security startup believes it can not only deliver the security lacking in Docker, but also that there's an opportunity for containers to be made more secure than monolithic apps can ever be.

Red Hat Satellite 6.2 Adds Docker Deployment

New version of Red Hat server management tool gets into container provisioning.

ContainerX Continues to Evolve at Lightning Speed

2016 is shaping up to be the year that many innovative new container management platforms enter General Availability, ContainerX included.

Platform9 Expands from OpenStack to Kubernetes [VIDEO]

Madhura Maskasky, Co-Founder of Platform9, discusses why her firm has moved into the managed Kubernetes space.

VMware Enters the 'Tornado' Phase of Virtualization

VMware's second quarter 2016 results reveal how the company is moving beyond just vSphere.

Docker Debuts Swarm Mode and More at DockerCon

Docker Swarm Mode highlights an impressive set of announcements as Docker strives to make its container platform more convenient to set up, more secure and easier to use.

Windows Server 2016 to Launch in Early Fall

Microsoft will use its upcoming Ignite conference as a launch pad for Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016.

Kubernetes 1.3 Debuts, Advancing Cloud Orchestration

Improved scale and support for new container formats highlight latest open-source platform release.

Container Security Stepping Up to the Plate

The recent launch of Docker Security Scanning is just the latest sign that the security ecosystem around containers is getting stronger by the week.

The True Titan of the Virtualized Server and Cloud Infrastructure Sector

With much of server virtualization now operating in the cloud, one might assume VMware is the top banana in the cloud, but that isn't even close to being the case.

Docker on a Mission to Reduce Developer Deployment Friction

At Dockercon 16, Solomon Hykes explains what it takes to build a successful application.

Joyent Acquired by Samsung

Deal brings node.js, container and storage technologies to Samsung.

Microsoft Releases FreeBSD Virtual Machine Image for Azure

The new image, based on FreeBSD 10.3, is intended to help make Microsoft's Azure cloud computing platform more welcoming to virtual appliances.

HPE Discovers Docker, Expands Helion and OneView Platforms

At the first day of its Discover conference, HPE announces new strategic alliances and technologies.

Red Hat Looking to Poach from VMware with RHEV 3.6 Release?

The latest version of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) puts VMware's customer base directly in its crosshairs.

Google Introduces Support for Heterogeneous Container Clusters

Node pools will allow customers of Google Container Engine to set up multiple nodes in one cluster.

Docker Turns Three, Celebrates with Mac and Windows Launches

A key part of Docker's strategy for world domination is to woo developers, and the new Docker for Windows and Mac beta releases are its latest and biggest tactic for doing just that.

Server Virtualization Market Is Peaking: Gartner

While revenues may be up this year, fewer new software licenses are being issued.

Rancher's Container Management Solution Comes to Market

Rancher offers a pretty cool container management system that is completely open source, which certainly makes it worthy of consideration, especially if you don't exactly have money to burn.

VMware Earnings Indicate There's More Room for Growth

First-quarter net income was $161 million, down from $196 million a year ago. Total revenue was $1.6 billion, which was up 6 percent.

Docker Datacenter Drives Container Management a Giant Leap Forward

With Docker Datacenter (DDC) and other container management tools evolving, the list of good reasons for enterprises to hold back from utilizing containers has gotten considerably smaller.

Installing and Activating Hyper-V Linux Integration Services

Learn how to install and activate Hyper-V Integration Services for Linux to help improve the performance of Hyper-V VMs running on Linux distributions.

VMware Shifting Focus in Preparation for Life Under Dell

Just how different will server virtualization pioneer VMware look in the aftermath of Dell becoming its new master?

Docker Goes Native for Windows and Mac

Docker Inc. moves away from relying on VirtualBox to take an operating system approach for containers, embracing Apple Xhyve and Microsoft Hyper-V.

Going In-Depth with and Getting Ready for Windows Server 2016

Since the reveal of Tech Preview 4, the anticipation and excitement surrounding Windows Server 2016 is growing throughout the IT world. Discover what the new server operating system has to offer and how to prepare for its arrival.

Unikernels Highlight How Docker Is Much More than Just Containers

If all goes according to plan you'll soon be able to use the Docker platform to easily manage and run unikernel applications just as if they were apps running in Docker containers.

Docker Datacenter Suite Advances Production Container Technology

Docker isn't just for hobbyist developers and early adopters anymore. Docker Inc. takes the wraps off a new commercial platform that enables containers as a service (CaaS).

IBM, VMware Team to Advance Hybrid Cloud Adoption

IBM's new VMware partnership makes it easier to create and deploy VMware-based clouds tapping into IBM's cloud infrastructure.

Streamlining Admin Tasks with SCVMM PowerShell Commands

Microsoft's System Center Virtual Machine Manager includes its own set of handy PowerShell commands for facilitating interactions with VMs, Hyper-V hosts and more.

Comparing Virtualization and Hypervisor Tech Across Vendors

While the thought of sifting through stacks of details about all the server virtualization and hypervisor products currently on the market can be quite daunting, fortunately help isn't far away.

CoreOS Launches Docker Rival Rkt 1.0

After more than a year of development, the container runtime gets a stable, production-ready 1.0 release.

Docker 1.10 Designed to Bolster Container Security

The upcoming Docker 1.10 open-source container engine will include a default seccomp profile, providing improved security controls.

Application Containers Gain Traction Among IT Pros

The Robin Systems survey indicated 81 percent of respondents expect their companies to increase the investment in container-based technology.

VMware Trims Staff as It Enters Fiscal 2016

Among the layoffs are the entire U.S.-based VMware Fusion and Workstation teams.

New VMware CIO Offers Insight Into Company's 2016 Plans

PART 2:  VMware Senior Vice President and CIO Bask Iyer describes market strategy for the world's largest virtualization software maker.

New VMware CIO Explains Approach to Containers

PART 1: Bask Iyer leads VMware's global information and technology organization, managing critical technology systems that support its worldwide business operations.

The CoreOS Science of Securing Container Infrastructure

Alex Polvi has a history of casting aspersions on the security of the Docker container ecosystem, and now his company is taking a giant step towards making container infrastructure more secure.

Top 10 Virtualization Technology Companies for 2016

Containers may be stealing the headlines these days, but server virtualization software technology still dominates the data center. Check out ten virtualization vendors that deliver the best virtualization software solutions today.

Dell Acquisition Clouding VMware's Future Prospects

VMware finds itself in a somewhat precarious and rather unexpected position as the proposed acquisition by Dell hasn't progressed quite as smoothly as hoped.

Installing and Using Microsoft Azure PowerShell Version 1.0

While you can use previous versions of Azure PowerShell cmdlets to interact with Azure resources, there are several key benefits offered in the new Azure PowerShell 1.0.

SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 SP1 Advances Docker Container Support

New service pack update debuts with Portus project for Docker container registry management.

The New Kid on the Container Management Block

While there are other container management platforms gaining attention, none currently offers everything ContainerX does. Will the startup be successful in its aim of becoming the vSphere of containers?

VMware Backs Out of Virtustream Joint Venture Deal With EMC

The proposal to create a jointly owned cloud services business drew the ire of VMware investors worried it would further erode the company's stock.

Azure: Opting for ARM or the Classic Way of Doing Things?

While Microsoft has introduced a new way to manage Azure resources, there are several key reasons you might not want to utilize the Azure Resource Manager, at least not yet.

How to Secure Containers Is Still Subject to Debate

NEWS ANALYSIS: Experts agree that security is paramount when it comes to containers. Yet how to properly secure containers is still a matter of some debate.

What's Missing from the Open Container Initiative? [VIDEO]

Alex Polvi, CEO of CoreOS, discusses what's wrong and what's right with the Open Container Initiative.

CoreOS Plots a Course Forward for Containers

CoreOS CTO details the roadmap for containers and why his company is still adamant about creating a standard for container application images.

Global Server Revenues Grow in the Third Quarter

IDC and Gartner provide reason for continued optimism in the server market.

The OCI Signals a Change in Containerization Strategy

Docker and CoreOS may have shifted their containerization strategies in agreeing to work together on the Open Container Initiative, but does that mean the two rivals have suddenly become BFFs?

CoreOS Enables ISE to Use Containers for Options Trading

Bare metal servers across New York, New Jersey and Chicago now use CoreOS to enable over 150 million messages a second.

Manipulating Azure Storage Accounts Using Storage PowerShell cmdlets

The Microsoft Azure dev team has provided six PowerShell cmdlets that can be useful when working with Azure storage accounts from the command line.

VMware Takes the Wraps Off vRealize Automation and vRealize Business

In the wake of Dell's proposed acquisition of EMC, it's simply business as usual for VMware -- for the moment at least.

Microsoft Previews Hyper-V Containers for Windows Server 2016

Wondering how Hyper-V containers work in Microsoft's upcoming server software release? Intrepid administrators and developers can get an early look today.

Docker Reaches Across Universes at Dockercon EU

At Dockercon EU, the myriad ways that Docker is being used in this world and beyond were on display.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Embraces Docker

VIDEO: Hewlett Packard Enterprise VP Omri Gazitt discusses DockerCon EU news and why containers are the path to platform-as-a-service (PaaS).

Why Docker Is One of the Most Talked-About Technologies

Docker Inc. founder Solomon Hykes explains how Docker container virtualization has become one of the hottest technologies on the planet.

Google Kubernetes Container Orchestration System Gaining Steam

Anything that fosters the development of Kubernetes is probably good news for the container community, and the fruits of collaboration are rapidly becoming evident.

VMware Covering Its Container Bases for Both the Short and Long Term

While VMware already has a container solution in place, the company's hoping its longer-term solution will help if and when containerization becomes more important than virtualization.

Oracle Puts OpenStack into Docker Containers

New approach is aimed to make it easier to install a cloud.

Containers Not Dealing a Death Blow to Public Clouds Anytime Soon

There's plenty of life left in public clouds, as the major public cloud providers are still going strong and have been busy coming out with some interesting new and cheaper offerings.

The Future of the EMC Federation

VMware has moved far beyond what it was when acquired by EMC in 2004, creating questions for VMware's future as well as that of EMC and the EMC Federation.

A Tale of Two Containers

It's never been easier to get started with containers. You can roll your own using Docker sources or try a packaged offering from Microsoft or VMware.

When Virtualized Infrastructure Comes at an Added Cost

While server virtualization certainly offers many great benefits, when it comes to security there are potentially expensive drawbacks to consider.

An Azure Lexicon for Working with Virtual Machines in Microsoft Azure

Creating and using Azure virtual machines in the public cloud involves knowing and understanding a variety of defined Azure terms and components.

Why Docker Needs OpenStack

VIDEO: Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical, discusses the need for private cloud and why virtualization alone is not enough.

VMworld 2015: Is VMware Trying to Do Too Much, Too Fast?

NEWS ANALYSIS: VMworld 2015 was, more than anything, the year of software-defined data centers, storage and containers.

Mark Shuttleworth Details Ubuntu 15.10 Highlights [VIDEO]

Shuttleworth explains how the .deb packaging format remains in place, even in a world where Ubuntu is embracing Snappy.

Docker's DCT Delivers Digital Signing for Security

Docker 1.8 arrives with key new features that show Docker in particular and the container landscape in general are getting more and more mature every month.

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