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Pano Logic System 4 has made big changes in its design and hardware configuration, making it more cost and space effective than ever before. It has created a new ergonomic standard in the market, and has shed almost all the hardware extras, stripping it off the look and characteristics of your common desktop PC. It has ports for the keyboard, monitor, mouse as well as USB connections. This design in itself makes it one of the most cost effective desktop structures. Without the need of PC components from hardware, the Pano Logic is a piece of the art in the data-centre desktop world.

Pano System 4 comes integrated with Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware View and Citrix XenDesktop environments. These additions allow the system to connect with Desktop Virtual Machines (DVMs) that are formed by using virtualization platforms along with users logged on through Pano Logic System 4. The Pano System is perfect for medium and large business entities where desktop computers never need more than two monitors since the second generation Pano Logic System can currently handle only 2 monitors.

Released on January 12, at a cost of $386 per device, the Pano System 4 is affordable. Pano System contains all the required connection and server licenses for running the devices as well as a year of software support and maintenance. For an additional price of $20 every year, you could get more options with respect to extended software maintenance. You can also receive combined software maintenance and support for a price of $49 per year. The free of cost, web-only support system is available for all Pano Logic Systems.

When it comes to the form factor of the Pano System, there are barely any competitors now in the market. However, the closest competition can be considered to be the thin desktop clients. When the hardware of these desktops and the Pano System is compared, the first difference that can be noticed is the size constraints in the former. The space saved by the Pano System can be utilized by companies to place important connection lines and secure communication options.

The Pano System cannot create DVMs by itself, and requires software such as the Lab’s VMware View 4.5 virtual-desktop environment. The Pano Manager and the integration device can identify the VMware Virtual Center server, the desktops that would be used by the Pano System desktop as well as the Microsoft Active Directory.

Android™ app from VMware® separates business and pleasure

VMware at the Barcelona World Mobile released a solution to separate the use of an Android enabled smartphone into separate entities that would not overlap. This mobile virtualization solution will help people to have separate profiles on the same Android enabled smartphone for both work and personal usage. The technology was unveiled on the LG Optimus Black phone by VMware’s Chief Technology Officer Stephen Herrod. The main thought behind this solution is that employees have the free choice to buy any mobile they wish and the mobile virtualization technology from VMware will enable corporate IT departments to securely manage sensitive information on these smartphones with enterprise level accredited security and safety. According to VMware’s Chief Technology Officer Stephen Herrod they want to move forward into a world where its not the company that is providing you with a phone and you have the choice and freedom of buying what you like and bring it to work and VMware will enable you to use it in an enterprise-safe way.

It is not possible to download the application after the cell phone has been bought, so manufacturers will be required to pre-load the software in the Android enabled smartphone. VMware is currently working with their partners LG to have the software pre-loaded into the phones. And when it is bought by an employee he can get his IT department to load an application in it using the management console and configure it appear on the homescreen of the phone touching which launches the enterprise version of the smartphone. The IT administrator can configure the device in accordance with the companies policies and thus provide differently ranked employees with different capabilities and access options. The administrator can in accordance with the security issues may block usage of several features like the camera, GPS, Bluetooth, cut/copy options (to ensure sensitive files are not  copied into the users personal files). Also the option to remote wipe clean the device is also available with the administrator. The enterprise will also have the option of insuring that any secure calls and voice over IP calls from the PBX have different alert tones than the ones coming from their personal side.

Many other options like Dual SIM option is also available so that the employee can have different personal and work accounts thus reducing the volume of data traffic for both the separate accounts. VMware is planning that the mobile virtualization app preloaded on the phone be for free however enterprises will have to pay per user for the administrator’s management software. The software is scheduled to undergo trials this year and will be soon available for users. However availability of the handsets with the software pre-installed is yet to be known. This is a wonderful attempt by VMware to cash in on the Android boom and make a mark for itself on the mobile app market.

VMware® launches VCenter Operations

It is always considered to be a good idea if instead of competing with other companies in primitive ways, one can take up a strategy of innovation and invention so that it can attract more and more customers who would be keen on buying the product. Hence, one of the most effective strategies, which is often being implemented by most of the companies in order to gain an upper hand on the supply of a particular product in the market is to continuously improve and innovate new products. In the way of providing the best amount of satisfaction to the customers in the recent days it was seen that most of the companies who were aiming to capture a major chunk of the market are slowly tending to capture the market by launching innovative products and services.

Recently VMware had launched the VShpere cloud operating system and after the arrival of the OS in the market, it became instantly famous with most of the business houses. The reason was that the OS was quite professional in its approach and other OS in the market lacked in several features. VSphere has now become quite famous among the users of this OS and most of the business houses who are now a day looking for some professional and secured OS often generally go for VSphere.

After capturing the market for the professional OS, the company is now looking for developing IT industry management utility tools which is believed to make a mark on the IT industry. There are actually very few companies who design IT management software and tools and hence the competition in this situation is believed to be quite less. It is for this reason that VMware is trying to get to this market with an intention of capturing it. However, the concept of capturing the market without taking any kind of pain is not simple. There are several competitors who have already got their ground in the market for such IT management tools and utility software and it is for this reason that capturing a major share of the market at this point of time might be a bit difficult.

However, the VMware officials and managers do believe in the fact that making the maximum amount of profit by eliminating the competitors might be difficult but it is not completely impossible as such. Applying excellent management skills and decision making abilities along with adding a tinge of innovativeness in the product would surely boost the market share for the company and the company would start earning a huge amount of profit in no time.

VMware® launches Mobile Virtualization on Android™

VMware has launched mobile virtualization platform (MVP) for Android based smartphones. This concept has already become a big hit in different parts of the world. Users are strongly advised to rate the topic as a very serious one and to learn about it carefully. Users should implement the idea correctly to be able to make the most of the application. Mobile Virtualization is a platform which gives dual modes to the Android phones. It allows the users to separate the profiles completely.

An Android phone

Users can use the same phone for office as well as for personal use. The interests would not conflict, as the profiles would act as exclusive. Certain personal folders would not be made available in the office mode. Thus, the security of personal as well as official data can be guaranteed using mobile virtualization from VMware. Users from different parts of the world have praised the new feature in a huge way. The Mobile Virtualization platform is easy to install and extremely simple to handle. Mobile Virtualization will help is cost reduction as employees can use their portable equipment for office applications. Thus, it also helps in doing away with the need for two portable devices for office and home.

Will VMware Buy SUSE Linux?

Open Source and Linux specialist Novell has declared a drop in sales and profit during third quarter of the current year. It has seen lots of up-downs. Once up on time it was the networking operating system powerhouse, and then tried to be a consulting company and now they are open source and Linux Company.

VMware is virtualization company for the past years. But now because of completion in the virtualization business they are struggling. And Novell is losing its business because of lots of reasons. According to Wall Street Journal Novell is in advance talk with two different companies to sell of their whole division. VMware is planning to buy Novell’s open source SUSE Linux operating system business and Attachmate; a private equity fund company will buy the remaining assets. Novel is already partner with VMware to make sure the preferred operating system for VMware’s virtualization stack, but now it will buy SUSE Linux division. The deal is getting delayed because both companies are planning on how to divide Novel’s sales force, its patents and other properties. There are many reasons why VMware has decided to purchase SUSE Linux Operating system, among which the main reasons are to compete Red Hat & Microsoft. Here are discussed five main reasons due to which VMware may plan to buy Novel’s SUSE Linux operation system.

VMware’s PaaS strategy for cloud computing is designed to give options to organizations to deploy java applications for cloud providers, but VMware’s own OS JeOS was not sure to bet. So the logical answer to these problems is SUSE Linux.

  1. To Compete Red hat:
    As per current market trend Red Hat CEO Whitehurst believes that, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) can eventually bring down VMware the way Linux toppled the traditional UNIX market. There are some issues with RHEV, an open source Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM). But it will take time for Red Hat to strengthen RHEV that match VMware management tools. So VMware can use SUSE Linux to attack Red Hat’s Core Linux Business.
  2. To Compete Microsoft:
    Microsoft’s Hyper V is affecting VMware’s core virtualization business. But with this deal VMware will favour its position in the market by offering an open source email system – Zimbra to compete Microsoft Exchange. At longer period of time SUSE Linux and Zimbra combination will become a very good alternative to Windows Server running Exchange.
  3. Provide Application Tools:
    Novel has a large SUSE studio for developing wide variety of tools and applications. So, VMware can get advantage of this and can inject virtualisation into all the software appliances.
  4. Gaining ISVs:
    Novel has gained very good ISV momentum in the market with SUSE Linux.
    So, with good management VMware can take advantage of it and can compete with close-source application providers like Oracle and Microsoft.
  5. Data center Advantage:
    Microsoft and Novell have spent some years together for integrating Windows Server and Novel SUSE Linux OS for the data-center. So, now VMware can gain that joint customer list.

So VMware can get lots of advantages from Novel’s Intelligent Workload Management strategy and workload IQ. Other than SUSE Linux, VMware will have virtualization software, vSpehere Cloud operating system, collaboration and email platform named as Zimbra and SpringSource Development of Novell.

VMware Testing cleared by Radware’s vAdapter

The world today is different from what it was before. The needs have changed and the companies have to go through great challenges. To cope with the fast technology most of the companies are engaged in finding new ways of advancement in technology. The business networks are faster as ever before. The entrepreneurs and the resource dependence combine to form the concept of networking. Radware provides the integrated application delivery solutions for business-smart networking. Radware has announced that its vAdapter solution has reached the VMware Ready status.

Testing of vAdapter by VMware:

It has been stated that the vAdapter has gone through a number of tests and evaluations. It was a complete and appropriate evaluation process that vAdapter has gone through. The process of these evaluations and testing was carried out by VMware. It is also listed on the VMware Partner Product Catalog or Hardware Compatibility List. With the help of VMware-specified testing it has been proved that the Radware’s adapter can make the use of the VMware in the best way and now it is capable enough to serve the customers in the best possible way. The vAdapter has passed the tests carried out by the VMware and now it’s ready to work in the customer’s environment. It is capable enough to run in the production environment said the Bernie Mills, senior director, alliance programs, VMware. The enterprises that use the vAdapter with VMware will be capable enough to address their ADC challenges in the real-time, which will be really helpful in reducing the operational overhead and preventing the costly errors in virtualized environment said Ilan Kinreich, the chief operating officer, Radware.

Mr. Ilan Kinreich also said that the company is very much committed in providing the customers with the efficient work. The company also provides the customers the solutions that deliver the best possible performance to their virtual data center. The company is also working hard to compete with the growing market demands. The vAdapter has become very famous among many of the companies due to its great efficiency and performance.

Radware’s Concerned for the customers:

The needs of the customers have been given great consideration while designing the vAdapter. The VMware has ensured through the session of its tests that the vAdapter would be able to work efficiently and give great performance. The VMware ready program is basically a VMware co-branding program that is for the qualified partner products. It’s an advantage of the VMware Technology Alliance Partner program. In 2008 the Radware joined a program that has almost 1300 members from all over the world. The VMware TAP program is designed to work with the best-of-breed technology partners and so it do. It also provide its partners with a complete set of VMware marketing and technical services, tools, support and enterprise in order to deliver better value to the joint customers. It has been reported that Radware recently won three communication solution 2009 product of the year award.

VMware SRM Per VM Licenses Expected in September

There are some scenarios where a SRM licensing is required when the customer wants to protect only a small percentage of the VM. In the per CPU licensing model, the customer has to get all the CPUs licensed in one batch even if he only wants to protect 10% of the VM. This was the biggest dilemma of VMware licensing that even if the customer wanted to secure a small amount of his computers, still he was required to get all the computers licensed. The scenario is a bit changed now and for the good of the customers, VMware has announced per VM licensing will be available for the customers from September 1, 2010. Customers will now be allowed to license SRM on a Per VM basis. The old method of licensing, i.e. the per CPU model licensing, will only be valid till December 15, 2010. After this only per VM licensing model will be implemented.

Licensing vSphere 4.1

When it comes to licensing vSphere 4.1, there are a few things that you must know in regard to licensing. vSphere 4.1 allows for DRS affinity and with this the VMs can only move between some certain hosts of a specific cluster. This thing is yet to be definitely answered by the VMware authorities but the authorities should allow the customers to protect some of the VMs and set their DRS affinity only to the host that you own SRM CPUs for and still keep the full cluster no matter if there are some unprotected VMs. In the past, VMware only recommended its users to create separate clusters for its protected and unprotected VMs. This was done so the protected VMs in a protected cluster move only between a specific subset of a cluster. Though this isn’t the final ruling from VMware but still it is being thought that this would work well in short terms for those who are suffering from the per CPU dilemma.

Feature of per VM licensing

Another feature of per VM licensing that is being liked by most of the IT professionals is the rolling average of VMs over the last twelve months. This means that a user needs to buy what the daily average of VMs protected would be over a time period of 12 months. If a user has some certain points of year where the VM count spikes, the average will be monitored by the vCenter and the user would be notified by some means if he is going over the licensing limits. However, a user would only need an average quantity of protected VMs over the past years. The system would continue to run even if you have gone more than your licensing limits but as IT personals suggest this is not a very good option to undertake.

Per VM licensing is sold in blocks of 25 and the price for licensing ranges anywhere from $1,250 up to $11,250. The price of license is varied depending on the product being licensed. Per VM licensing will be available for Chargeback, AppSpeed, and SRM. For CapacityIQ it will be available late in this year.

Cisco, VMware, NetApp Say they have the first end-to-end FCoE Configuration

In an announcement that could radically change the way you use your servers, the world’s three foremost networking, storage and virtualization providers announced the introduction of a certified end-to-end Fibre Channel over Ethernet storage network for VMware server environments.

A first Globally

The new service comes as a first globally and is being done by Cisco, NetApp and VMware. The three said last week Wednesday that the new service would basically change a lot of things as it comes as a first in their line of business. Even though Oracle has also said it has come up with its own version of the end-to-end fibre channel over Ethernet storage network, the three companies last week gained prominence for their claim that the product is a first globally. According to Cisco’s Vice President, the new service means that users will be able to develop on a consolidated data center fabric and it will give the ability to mount their servers and virtual machines to any type of storage gadgets regardless.

Multiple Functionality Servers

What that means is that you will now be able to mount any of your storage devices to the servers or any virtual machines regardless of the mechanism you are using be it Fibre Channel over Ethernet or the native Fibre Channel, NAS or iSCSI together in one unified fabric. How interesting because it by a large extent makes server usage easier and more flexible. This was revealed by Cisco VP of marketing for server access virtualization, Mr. Soni Jiandani. Further to that, the VP said that the consolidated fabric that you develop by an FCoE network for virtual server environments will help users save a lot of money, estimating the costs to be saved at about 40%.

Merits of the Servers

Most companies stand to benefit if for instance they utilize the 10Gbit/sec Ethernet pipe rather than using the native Fibre Channel switches and adaptors in the storage traffic transport. 40% is an amount any company would want to save from networking costs while at the same time sustaining their existing infrastructure investments, reiterated the VP. However, what intrigues most is the functioning of the FCoE system that basically wraps Fibre Channel packets in Ethernet headers to send them using the conventional Ethernet networks whereas at the same time sustaining the Fibre Channel system. The advantage is that due to the sharing of bandwidth with the conventional server traffic, the FCoE protocol runs more than 10Gbit/sec Ethernet ports.

Seeing as it is the limitations of the Ethernet usage, most people prefer Fibre Channel. Ethernet is not as impressive in performance in networking as the Fibre Channel protocol due to the fact that the Fibre Channel protocol was made with one thing in mind, to offer reliability, fast transport of block level data from servers to external storage arrays and thus perform impressively. Ethernet has always had issues with dropped data packets and it is for that reason that a number of dealers want the IEEE to bolster the reliability levels of Ethernet for Fibre Channel data transport.

VMware floods Cloud Computing in 2nd Quarter

For any analyst speculation against VMware, you are dead wrong. VMW has proved analysts wrong and blew way past their profit and sales forecasts on Tuesday and boosted its overall outlook, this, while a rush for cloud computing has heightened demand for one key element known as “Virtualization.”

Financial report

As per the quarter ending on June 30th, VMware earned 34 cents a share, minus one-time items. 70% over the year ago quarter and 6% over the average estimate of analysts polled by Thomas Reuters. Its sales shot by 48% to $673.9 million, nearly 3% over views.

According to Mr. Mark Peek during a conference call with analysts on Tuesday, “We are very pleased with our solid execution in the first half of 2010.” Mr. Peek is the Chief Financial Officer at VMware.

Current estimates

For the current quarter, VMware sees itself achieving sales of $680 million to $705 million, up from the rate of 39% to 44% from a year ago. According to analysts expectations, $671.9 would have been their target. For the year, VMware expects sales of up to $2.725 billion to $2.8 billion, an increase of 35% to 38% over the year before. Analysts were expecting $2.71 billion.

Benefits available

After closing down at a rate of 1% in regular trading, their shares rose by 4.5% in late trading. VMware plays an important role in cloud computing. By doing so, software, data, storage and other technology are delivered over quick networks as opposed to on-site computer systems.

By using VMware, its users have the ability to run multiple “virtual” on a single physical server. This helps to squeeze more usage out of hardware with unused capacity. In addition to lowering the costs, the technology helps to increase the flexibility of data centers. These two benefits make cloud computing practical and economical for users.

According to Katherine Egbert of Jefferies & Co, “When it comes to server virtualization, VMware is definitely dominant. This is a key technology that enables cloud computing by making software workload portable.” Ms. Egbert rates the stock as hold, due to its relatively high value.

Software License Revenue

New software license revenue, that is a marker of future growth, grew 42% in the second quarter to $323.67 million. Operating margin grew by more than six points to 27.7%. This is against the 26.6% that was being expected by analysts.

Reports from other

VMware has helped a great deal to bring the benefits or virtualization (which has been a feature in mainframe computing for long) to realistic low-cost servers and PCs powered by Intel (INTC) chips.

As for Microsoft (MSFT), it is competing with its HyperV line of virtualization software which is catching with small and middle size companies.

According to reports from Intel, solid growth was reported on their side last week I the market for high end server chips. VMware is expected to benefit from that strength in the server market. This is according to Philip Winslow, an analyst from Credit Suisse.

Windows Azure Appliance Sets it Apart from VMware and Cisco

Microsoft Punches Cisco, VMware in the eyes with Windows Azure Appliance

Windows Azure Appliance, which Microsoft announced recently, will combine Windows Azure and SQL Azure in such a way that service providers, large companies and governments will be able to use them in own datacenters. This cloud platform will utilise multiple servers, whose specifics will be given by Microsoft. However, the network, storage and hardware resources will be provided by partners. The appliance also undertakes Cisco’s UCS product, which was the cause of HP’s recent alienation.
This is exactly why the powerful partners in the face of HP, Dell and Fujitsu, who desire their users to work in a 100% ‘Cisco-less’ environment, present a strong competitor to the Cisco-VMware-EMC joint product Acadia Vblock. This product offers server, storage and visualization, but not implementation with a specific cloud service.

Cisco vs. Microsoft

In recent years, Cisco aims to grow by entering new markets, since it has its own market for Ethernet networking tools. It has joined Microsoft’s opposition in many ways besides Acadia, which include Nexus 1000V, operated within VMware and supporting Hyper-V, and VN-Link, which as of last month will be implemented within Red Hat Enterprise KVM Virtualization.

However, Microsoft is only partially interested in the datacenter. In the words of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, the motivation is to bring rich clients and cloud services to the enterprise users and keep them happy. For him the advantage lies in the big clients, regardless whether the cloud will work locally, on a standard infrastructure or on an intelligent and more capable OS or device. Microsoft will support all client scenarios but without forgetting to maintain the software smart, but easy to manage.

The essence of a cloud appliance

This notion brings mixed opinions. It is good to have intelligent devices, which combine multiple tasks, such as phone calls, document editors and web browsers. But in terms of cloud services, we would like to preserve the small clients, who would need for example only a browser and some networks (3G/4G, WiFi, LANs/WAN), because having more important clients could lead to the paradox of TV’s and phones needing the maintenance of a Windows PC.

Details on the price and actual form of Windows Azure appliance are still very scarce. Although it was reported that a Windows Azure appliance will be run by Dell by January 2011, there is no mention of availability for enterprise purchase. Still, Microsoft insists that it has signed eBay as user, who supposedly will use the platform for applications such as auctions, whereas HP plans to run the service within their own premises. The appliance will probably be bigger than the average 2U rack device, which we call an “appliance”, since it would consist of several servers and network hardware in one place.

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