Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2019 Finally Available for Download

virtualizationreview | June 19, 2019

This week, Microsoft announced that the free standalone Hyper-V Server 2019 is now available for download.Ben Armstrong, principal program manager lead on the core virtualization team at Microsoft, tweeted about it on Monday, acknowledging that the release took way too long, but offered no explanation for the delay.Depending on how it's counted, Hyper-V Server 2019 could be considered more than eight months overdue from its expected release date. For instance, Windows Server 2019 reached general availability (GA) commercial-release status on Oct. 2, 2018. However, Microsoft had explained back then that no certified hardware was available yet because it had skipped the traditional earlier phase known as release-to-manufacturing (RTM). During the RTM phase, original equipment manufacturing partners deploy and test the software bits on new server hardware. Without an RTM, organizations simply lacked a product to buy at the GA release stage.

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Netcracker Wins Awards for Virtualization and 5G Innovator of the Year

Netcracker Technology | June 02, 2022

Netcracker Technology announced today that it has received two awards during Terrapinn’s Telecoms World Middle East 2022 event in Dubai last week. The awards, for Virtualization & Cloud leadership and 5G Innovator of the Year, validate Netcracker’s many projects in the Middle East region, including with customers such as Zain KSA, Vodafone Oman, du, Etisalat UAE and STC. They also highlight Netcracker’s solutions, including Netcracker Digital Platform, which are focused on innovative areas such as private 5G networks, multi-cloud and edge. The awards, which featured participation from operators and vendors, were judged by an expert panel specializing in telecom, media and technology. Netcracker won the Virtualization award for ground-breaking innovation in virtualization and cloud initiatives, including an extensive partner program. Netcracker received the 5G Innovator of the Year award for its private 5G automation solution, which encompasses Netcracker Digital Marketplace, edge orchestration and edge monetization. “We had a very competitive slate of nominees this year, so for Netcracker to win two awards is a great accomplishment,” said Gina Bester, GM – Middle East and Africa at Terrapinn. “To be recognized for virtualization and cloud as well as an innovator in the 5G space shows that Netcracker is leading the industry in technology and successful real-world deployments for customers in the Middle East and around the world.” “We are very proud to be singled out for two very prestigious awards from Telecoms World Middle East and Terrapinn, Our work with customers in the region has led to many innovative initiatives, and we are thrilled to be recognized for these achievements.” Ari Banerjee, SVP of Strategy at Netcracker About Netcracker Technology Netcracker Technology, a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, offers mission-critical digital transformation solutions to service providers around the globe. Our comprehensive portfolio of software solutions and professional services enables large-scale digital transformations, unlocking the opportunities of the cloud, virtualization and the changing mobile ecosystem. With an unbroken service delivery track record of more than 25 years, our unique combination of technology, people and expertise helps companies transform their networks and enable better experiences for their customers.

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KIOXIA America Highlights Storage Solutions from the Edge to the Cloud at HPE Discover 2022

KIOXIA America | June 24, 2022

Next week at HPE Discover 2022, KIOXIA America, Inc. will showcase its broad lineup of next-gen, flash-based solid state drives (SSDs) that are optimizing Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) solutions – and paving the way for the next wave of digital transformation. KIOXIA has been collaborating with HPE to create best-in-class storage solutions for years, and the company’s products enable a broad range of HPE solutions, from mobile to data center to enterprise. These products include a new class of SAS SSDs that bring unprecedented speeds to SAS-equipped architectures, PCIe 5.0 NVMe® SSDs that double the performance of PCIe 4.0 SSDs1 and new form factors that enable high performance and density. In addition to live demos, KIOXIA will conduct two breakout sessions focusing on its new products and its longstanding collaboration with HPE that showcases the companies’ leadership in storage technology. These presentations will take place on June 28th at 3:30 p.m. and June 29th at 5:00 p.m. (Session ID: BB5285). Product and technology demonstrations will be given in the KIOXIA booth #306 on the show floor at the Venetian® Resort from June 28 – 30 and include: CD7 Series EDSFF E3.S Data Center NVMe SSDs running MongoDB® on HPE ProLiant servers – in one of the first public demonstrations of an E3.S drive. EDSFF E3 specifications were developed by leading companies that include HPE and KIOXIA to optimize SSD designs for capacity, power, performance, and thermal/cooling – and to replace legacy 2.5” form factor SSDs. PM6 Series 24G SAS and RM6 Series Value SAS SSDs running VMware® vSAN™ workloads on HPE ProLiant DL380 servers. KIOXIA RM6 drives deliver high performance and reliability at a price point targeting SATA SSDs. CM6 Series Enterprise NVMe SSDs (with FIPS 140-3 security module validation) running with encryption on an HPE Alletra™ array. Additional demos and more information on the entire breadth of KIOXIA products and solutions can be found in the company’s 3D virtual booth: https://www.vrexhibitdesign.com/AEM/kioxia/HPE22/index.htm. “Unlocking server and storage potential from the edge to the cloud requires maximizing performance and efficiency, Together, HPE and KIOXIA provide customers with fast, secure, reliable, and efficient storage solutions to modernize their data centers and adopt a more ‘data first’ approach.” Neville Ichhaporia, vice president of SSD marketing and product management, KIOXIA America About KIOXIA America, Inc. KIOXIA America, Inc. is the U.S.-based subsidiary of KIOXIA Corporation, a leading worldwide supplier of flash memory and solid-state drives (SSDs). From the invention of flash memory to today’s breakthrough BiCS FLASH™ 3D technology, KIOXIA continues to pioneer innovative memory, SSD and software solutions that enrich people's lives and expand society's horizons. The company's innovative 3D flash memory technology, BiCS FLASH, is shaping the future of storage in high-density applications, including advanced smartphones, PCs, SSDs, automotive, and data centers. For more information, please visit KIOXIA.com.

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Broadcom in Talks to Acquire Cloud Company VMware

VMware | May 23, 2022

Broadcom Inc. is in talks to acquire VMware Inc., the cloud-computing company backed by billionaire Michael Dell, according to people familiar with the matter, setting up a blockbuster tech deal that would vault the chipmaker into a highly specialized area of software. The discussions are ongoing and there’s no guarantee they will lead to a purchase, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter isn’t public. VMware currently has a market valuation of about $40 billion. Assuming a typical premium, the potential deal price would be higher, though the terms under consideration couldn’t be learned. Shares in VMware rose 15% in premarket trading on Monday, which would give the company a market value of about $46 billion. Broadcom, which has a valuation of about $222 billion, fell 2.4%. The transaction would extend a run of acquisitions for Broadcom Chief Executive Officer Hock Tan, who has built one of the largest and most diversified companies in the chip industry. Software has been a key focus in recent years, with Broadcom buying CA Technologies in 2018 and Symantec Corp.’s enterprise security business in 2019. A representative for VMware declined to comment. A representative for Broadcom wasn’t available for comment. “Investors have been increasingly focused on Broadcom’s appetite for another strategic or platform enterprise software acquisition—especially given the recent compression in software valuation, “ Wells Fargo analysts wrote after Bloomberg News’s report. “An acquisition of VMware would be considered as making strategic sense; consistent with Broadcom’s focus on building out a deepening enterprise infrastructure software strategy.” Broadcom makes a wide range of electronics, with its products going into everything from the iPhone to industrial equipment. But data centers have become a critical source of growth, and bulking up on software gives the company more ways to target that market. Broadcom was previously in talks to acquire SAS Institute Inc., a closely held software company valued at $15 billion to $20 billion. But those discussions ended last year without a deal.

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SmartX Releases HCI Kit Community Edition: Free HCI with Community Support

SmartX Inc | June 30, 2022

SmartX, a modern IT infrastructure innovator, has released the HCI Kit Community Edition, a free version of its hyperconvergence product SmartX HCI. The Community Edition includes core HCI software SMTX OS and management platform CloudTower. It is freely available, easy-to-deploy, feature-rich, and community-supported, providing easy access to hyperconvergence for worldwide users. The Community Edition allows users to experience core features of SmartX HCI, including SMTX OS (community edition) that provides compute virtualization, distributed block storage, as well as network & security. ELF: the native hypervisor that optimizes performance and streamlines operations & maintenance. ZBS: the distributed block storage with the reliability and high performance battle-tested in production across financial services and other industries. Everoute: the network and security product that provides micro-segmentation, securing east-west traffic with distributed firewalls for virtual machines. CloudTower (community edition) that provides multi-cluster management, capable of managing clusters across datacenters with one unified platform. Designed for anyone interested in experiencing HCI, the Community Edition can be installed to learn, evaluate, or use conveniently with zero cost. HCI enthusiasts could get hands-on experience and see how HCI achieves simplicity, flexibility, and efficiency; End users considering HCI products could compare it with other alternatives and run a proof-of-concept test, before making a decision; IT engineers could deploy it for Dev & Test, starting with a small scale. The installation and deployment of Community Edition are quite simple. It can be deployed on mainstream commercial x86 servers. The whole process takes approximately 2 hours*, users can check the minimum hardware requirements and guidance on the official website. The Community Edition offers a 30-day free trial, and before it expires, users could apply for a free community perpetual license. SmartX also supports users to switch to Commercial Editions seamlessly to unlock more advanced capabilities. Additionally, users could join SmartX Community on Slack, to get support from the community experts, and exchange ideas and feedback with professionals in IT infrastructure, distributed systems, and the cloud.

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