Nvidia says its virtual desktop products will start at $2 per user, per monthNvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang at the GTC conference on April 5, 2016Nvidia is introducing a new graphics card option for its Grid virtual desktop system, promising to cut the costs of streaming graphics-intensive applications to employees.Customers buy the graphics hardware in Grid servers from partners such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Dell, Cisco Systems and Nutanix, along with virtualization software such as VMware Horizon, Citrix XenApp and Citrix XenDesktop.It can also make workers more mobile, because the streamed apps can be accessed from anywhere and on almost any client, including a tablet.With the new M10 cards, Nvidia wants to branch out into the broader market for office workers, or what it calls knowledge workers."Every marketing person I know uses Photoshop or Illustrator, so these apps are becoming more widely used," he said.That includes the price of the Tesla M10, but it doesn't include the rest of the server hardware.
We have had good success with our GPUs in high-performance computing, deep learning in hpc, deep learning, data analytics, remote work stations, said McHugh, a former Cisco executive who joined Nvidia six months ago.The Tesla M10 GPU has high user density when it comes to delivering apps such as Outlook, Office 2016, web browsers, Adobe Photoshop, and the Windows 10 operating system.Delivering business applications in a virtualized way is becoming more challenging because more businesses are using demanding graphics apps these days.The percentage of GPU-accelerated apps has more than doubled in the past five years, with half that growth coming in the first months of 2016 alone, according to a study by Lakeside Software.To provide the best user experience, these applications increasingly use OpenGL and DirectX APIs, as well as graphics technology from the data center.While the need for advanced GPU technology has commonly been associated with the usage of 3D applications, as enterprises make the move to software like Windows 10, Office 365, and other SaaS and web apps, IT departments will increasingly seek the benefits of GPU acceleration to provide everyday business tools to all of their users, said Robert Young, analyst for IT Service Management and Client Virtualization Software at IDC, in a statement.Nvidia is teaming up with virtualization software companies, such as Citrix and VMware, to deliver a high-end virtualized app that runs as if it were being processed on a user s personal machine.The cost of running such virtual apps or remote desktop sessions is now down to less than $2 a month per user and, for virtual PCs, is less than $6 a month per user.The new Nvidia Grid software is available worldwide today, and the Tesla M10 will be generally available in the fall.Virtualized apps can now be delivered at a subscription price of about $10 per concurrent user, McHugh said, on the Nvidia Grid service.
The new HTML 5 vSphere clientvAdmins will soon have just one graphical option with which to operate vCenter, after VMware decided to can its Windows client and replace it and other current tools with a single HTML 5 client.VMware's blog announcing the move points out that it's already adopted HTML 5 for several other products, but has held back on vCenter because it's a big job.That code, it now turns out, was really a beta for the real thing as VMware now says we plan on bringing this product into a supported release soon.The move to HTML 5 for the web client is no surprise.Dropping a Windows client was less expected.We decided to focus on bringing the new vSphere Client HTML 5 based up to speed as fast as possible, simultaneously offering a great user experience and getting off of Flash, wrote VMware's senior product manager Dennis Lu.
The federation of service providers and software vendors will begin stocking its virtual shelves from June 7Xavier Poisson, Hewlett Packard Enterprise's vice president for hybrid IT in Europe, Middle East and Africa, at a meeting for Cloud28 partners near Amsterdam on May 19, 2016Cloud28 , the cloud services federation backed by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, now wants to help you install enterprise applications, not just choose them from its catalog.The federation plans to open its new App Center for business later this summer, and will begin stocking its virtual shelves on June 7 with the opening of an App Onboarding Center.Once strictly an open source, OpenStack shop, it is now embracing Microsoft Azure, VMware, Ormuco and Docker.One of the advantages of Cloud28 for participating service providers operating in only one country is that it makes them more visible to independent software vendors from other countries looking for new distribution channels, said Khaled Chaar, managing director of German cloud service provider Pironet NDH.Although many applications are already cloud-ready, for a typical business the 20 percent or so of the applications it uses that aren't cloud-ready are probably the most valuable, industry-specific ones, he said.Making it easier to move those to the cloud will present significant advantages, he said.
Dell has updated its Storage Centre Operating System 7 SCOS 7 in its latest attempt to grab a piece of the expanding flash-based storage architecture market.In addition, the SCOS 7 has been designed to enhance support for virtualisation and cloud strategies, and help increase portfolio-level investment protection."One of the core capabilities of the SC architecture over the last few years it has been to mix different kinds of drives together, so we can blend the characteristics of performance, capacity and cost.According to the company, the SCOS 7 also elevates storage management control as a future-proofed capability.With Dell's new Live Migrate feature, storage administrators can now move volumes quickly and seamlessly between arrays, optimising and re-balancing the environment without interrupting workloads and without purchasing additional virtualisation hardware or software.Lastly, Dell also released the Dell Storage Manager DSM software, to help unify the storage ecosystem in the data centre.
Secondly, Sakac told The Register yesterday that Dell has started re-selling VxRail which should speed things up too.Over time he expects Dell will replace Quanta as the supplier of servers inside VxRail rigs.Once Dell owns EMC, and therefore VCE, Sakac thinks supply chain and manufacturing improvements will drive VxRail costs down and make it even more interesting to buyers.Sakac also revealed that VxRail uses only about 20 per cent of code derived from VMware's failed EVO:RAIL hyperconverged software offering.Customer feedback about those messes, he said, was delivered to the partners who were trying to sell EVO:RAIL.VCE, Sakac feels, was born to be a platform company and so has an easier time devising and explaining how software adds value to a hardware platform.
London's VMware user group VMUG has spawned a new community dedicated to the design, construction and operation of home labs.VMUGs are often the scene of discussion about home labs, which VMware folk have in the past suggested are essential for getting ahead now that bosses won't pay for training.The April 2016 meeting of the London VMUG included a session about home labs, during which participants bemoaned the fact that such discussions don't leave behind a record of the often-useful information they expose.The Project and its site are unashamedly in an Alpha state, but the group has given itself the laudable aim to provide people with a single source of information and advice which will help them make decisions on the best homelab solution for them, based on their individual requirements.The Alpha site shows the group's direction: it plans how-tos, decision trees to guide builds, security advice and even tips like Managing your Homelab via Xbox or the more practical managing a vSphere home lab without vCenter.And while we're here, it would be remiss of us not to mention that we've previously taken peeks into readers' mighty domestic data centres and server-slaying home labs.
I can't speak for what was going around in Josh Folland's head when he proposed it – for this is entirely his monster – but I know why I liked it.The problem with VMUGsVMUGs – indeed user groups of any kind in tech – have a very similar problem.By showing they're working on this, hopefully they'll get some folks interested in what they do.Given that most of my interaction with VMware now is about benchmarking, testing and reviews a lot of my life focuses around templates, clones, snapshots and the like.To contrast, the Edmonton VMUG is doing really well if 30 people show up.But if we succeed, we might well open up a fun way to help put the user back in user group.
That s a loss for Intel, as Lambert was managing director of Intel Capital s Software and Services Fund as well as the Intel Capital Diversity Fund.Last June, Lambert was the executive who announced the Intel Capital Diversity Fund in a press conference that included Intel CEO Brian Krzanich.We ve asked Intel for a comment.Lambert has 16 years of venture experience, and she was associated with investments that yielded seven initial public offerings and 30 acquisitions, Westly Group said.Westly Group is focused on investments related to sustainability.Lambert will focus on investing in high growth software, Internet and Internet of Things companies for the Westly Group.Lambert serves on the board of directors for Silkroad Technology, Brit Co, and Mark One and is a board observer for Urban Airship, Kaltura, and Fonality.She is also on the board of directors for the National Venture Capital Association NVCA .Lambert has invested in and helped grow some of Silicon Valley s biggest technology successes including: VMware IPO , MySQL acquired by Sun Microsystems , Endeca acquired by Oracle , DATAllegro acquired by Microsoft , JBoss acquired by Red Hat , Joulex acquired by Cisco , X 1 acquired by Rocket Fuel , TOA Technologies acquired by Oracle , and Nexmo acquired by Vonage .We are delighted to have someone of Lisa s caliber join our firm , said Steve Westly, in a statement.It s no surprise that someone who was once a Division I college athlete and team captain, has become one of the best coaches for young start-ups in Silicon Valley.
Speaking at the ICIT Forum 2016, Scott — who previously worked for Microsoft and VMWare under the same title — said that IoT components lack a few critical features that may lead to major issues.Can I call for help?Self aware components might even be able to self diagnose, providing a report every few hours on its health to a centralized server.Self awareness is not artificial intelligence, but provides the chip with enough brain power to know when it s unhealthy or vulnerable to attack.This could save money by lowering the amount of analysis done on an IoT network.This leads into Scott s next point on the over analysation of a network.
Cloud file syncing and sharing service Dropbox is taking into consideration the negative feedback it got earlier this week after publishing a blog post on the architecture of Project Infinite, an upcoming feature that will show all files that users can access but keep them stored on Dropbox s infrastructure, so as not to take up too much local storage space.As reported by Motherboard, several people have taken issue with the fact that Project Infinite is slated to go beyond the user space — historically the domain of most applications — and dip into the more sensitive kernel space.Dropbox is exploring several options, Rob Baesman, head of product for Dropbox s pro, business, and enterprise service tiers, told VentureBeat in an interview.For example, Dropboxers have talked about sharing the Infinite code under an open source license, Baesman said.We could not do what Infinite sets out to do without using the kernel, Baesman said.He wouldn t comment on whether Dropbox is specifically considering a way to let users opt out of Project Infinite.We re still evaluating the best way to meet our users needs, he said.Specific product issues could be hurtful to Dropbox, as it deals with competition from Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Box, and others.Dropbox, which now has more than 500 million registered users, even tried to have the Motherboard article taken down while the company was prepping a response.Writer Joseph Cox said as much in a tweet.Baesman defended the planned use of the kernel for the feature, saying that antivirus software commonly accesses it, as does software from his former employer, VMware.
When Google bought bebop Technologies last fall for $348 million, it got more than a stealthy startup.Way back in the packIn a world with three or four big players, by just about any measure AWS is light years ahead of everyone with a market share lead that, as of last year, was 10x bigger than its closest 14 competitors combined.While that s all true, it s worth pointing out that Google has had six years to work at this and, in spite of all its resources, has managed to garner less than five percent of market share.As he stated at the time, Greene would be in charge of a newly integrated enterprise cloud business that brought together Google for Work, Google Cloud Platform and Google Apps under a consolidated product, engineering, marketing and sales team.While she wasn t ready to name names yet because the ink was still drying on some of the agreements, Google did let me know they have 13,000 partners in the network, so it s not something they just started after Greene came to the company, but she is attempting to build on that existing effort.As you might expect, she sees Google as a strong contender for these transforming businesses because it has had to do this itself as a company, building data centers, processing huge amounts of data and applying analytics to it to understand what it has.
The company was founded in 2007, and incorporated in 2008, by three guys who had sold a previous, startup for $43.5m.The founders are CEO Jeff Ready, CTO Jason Collier and Engineering VP Scott Loughmiller.Secondly they thought it was too complicated and expensive for SMBs or their resellers to select, integrate, deploy, operate and scale IT systems based on separate server, storage, switch and system software components.As an example of CPU cycle sucking and time-wasting Scale characterises UI/O in a VSA Virtual SAN Appliance approach like this; application- RAM- Disk into application- RAM- hypervisor- RAM- SAN controller VM- RAM- hypervisor- RAM- write-cache SSD- Disk.Two or more copies of every chunk are written to the storage pool in a way to create a RAID 10 level of redundancy, and use wide striping as a way to aggregate the I/O and throughput capabilities of all the individual disks in the cluster.The Reg reviewed Scale s kit here, before the flash-enchanced HC2150 and HC4150 nodes came along, and found it suffered no performance impediment whatsoever compared to other HCIA-type nodes with beefier Xeons and VMware or Hyper-V.
Comment DataCore has accelerated its Parallel IO technology's performance by 50 per cent with a v10 PSP5 software release, when run in its SANsymphony and Hyper-converged Virtual SAN software products.Bridgeworks also parallels IP transmission streams for quite remarkable IO speed-up results.Previous PSP5 software has given DataCore impressive SPC-1 benchmark results.V10 PSP5 sees the maximum cache rise from 1TB to 8TB per node.The product also has richer performance-monitoring, charting and capacity-planning tools, plus finer-grained control over QoS and administrative access privileges at the virtual disk level.The PSP5 v10 enhancements will be generally available in June.
2016 is a hard year for any tech startup to go public, much less a startup burning cash and valued at $2 billion.More proof of that is IPO-bound Nutanix.In a very rare move for a company trying to raise money with an IPO, Nutanix borrowed $75 million from one of its IPO underwriters, Goldman Sachs, it says in updated IPO documents filed with the SEC.Goldman Sachs is also an equity investor, according to the Wall Street Journal.It helped invent a hot data center market called "hyper-converged" and its been challenging some established players in the market like VMware.Its revenues nearly doubled to $305 million from the year ago period, but its losses grew too, to $119 million from $89 million, it says.Nutanix CFO characterized the loan from Goldman as "insurance," telling the WSJ that it was a less expensive way to get that "insurance" than other forms of financing.It would move forward with its IPO instead.If Nutanix goes public sooner rather than later it says it will repay Goldman immediately.If Nutanix doesn't go public quickly, it has three years to pay the loan off at 10% interest.Nutanix filed for its IPO in December.
It's a good thing, then, that Intel said the 4K market is still pretty immature, driven mostly by stuff punters shoot themselves.But of course there's plenty more to come.Intel launched the CPU at Computex, the Taiwanese trade show that emphasises consumer tech.Diane M. Bryant, Intel's executive vice president and general manager of Chipzilla's Data Center Group told The Register the new Xeon out-performs GPU-powered VDI.But last week Citrix announced Iris Pro support for Xen Server, in part to do better VDI.It can now, and VMware surely won't be far behind, as Intel's given both a new way to chase the graphics-intensive virtual desktop market both covet while also giving users the chance to consider VDI in smaller, denser, rigs.
Tintri and its VM-aware storageThe company started in 2008 with the idea of providing a storage system particularly optimized for virtualized environments.At the beginning it was VMware-only, but now it also supports Microsoft Hyper-V and KVM RedHat and OpenStack with a similar set of functionalities.This is more like a federation of different storage arrays managed as a single system, and with the addition of smart data and workload placement features to help keep it balanced and efficient – resembling VMware DRS on the compute side.I m not saying it s perfect, though.They offer a seamless user experience and similar granularity to what Tintri promises.The VM-aware storage sales dilemmaVM-aware storage also has another problem: the buyer.
"I do not take it for granted that we will IPO," says Rob Mee, CEO of Pivotal, a software company spun off from EMC and VMware that helps its customers build better software, faster.If Pivotal does one day want to have a public stock offering, it's on the right track: Ford recently led a $253 million round of funding into Pivotal, in a deal valuing the privately-held company at $2.8 billion."We don't take anything for granted," Mee says.Now, that fear and hope has motivated Mee to expand his executive team with the hire of Cynthia Gaylor, a 20-plus year tech corporate finance veteran formerly of Twitter and Morgan Stanley, as Pivotal's new CFO.Fear and hopeOver the course of her career, Gaylor worked on Goldman Sachs' investments in companies like Facebook and Netflix; and helped broker deals like the sale of Zappos to Amazon.At Twitter, where she worked from the summer of 2013 to the summer of 2014, she oversaw 14 acquisitions.Not only does Pivotal actually have money coming in, but former parent company EMC even forgave $400 million of debt, converting the balance into equity in Pivotal.It means Pivotal gets a cut of the deal, no matter which tech titan its customers decide to go with.Mee hopes that Pivotal can keep that train rolling along.And Gaylor says that from her new perch as CFO, there are huge opportunities for Pivotal to further penetrate the market.
VMware is warning administrators to steer clear of an official update for Windows 7 and Server 2008 – after the patch was found to be incompatible with some virtual machines.The virtualization house says that VMs using VMXNet3 virtual NICs are having networking problems after installing the Windows 7 rollup update.VMs running Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 are seeing similar problems, prompting VMware to recommend that anyone running either OS in their VMs on VMware vSphere should avoid installing the Microsoft rollup until a fix can be worked out."VMware is aware of this issue and we are actively investigating the root causes and possible fixes," the VMware blog says.Microsoft released the Windows 7 rollups last month in an attempt to simplify the process of getting updates for new installations.Designed to be used with either new PCs or install media, the rollup gives Windows 7 all previous updates rather than requiring the new machines to download and install hundreds of patches.
Based on Sena's own estimates, GCP's sales cost only accounts for 8% of its total operating expenses, a tiny portion compared to some of the larger enterprise players.And although GCP ramped up its sales hires in recent months, nearly doubling to 50 sales reps in the West Coast alone, Sena notes that Google's investment seems more focused on the technical side than sales — potentially weakening its growth prospects in the enterprise space, which tend to rely heavily on sales people to sign large business customers.Google s Cloud investment seems more focused on tools and infrastructure versus the sales headcount needed to help Google garner greater Cloud market share…as a result, we tend to view AWS s business as being under less competitive threat than we did previously, which our new estimates better reflect," Sena wrote.Unlike consumer products that could sometimes become major hits without much sales and marketing efforts, enterprise technology is still an area that's largely dictated by a strong sales culture.It's possible to penetrate small businesses and teams within large businesses without any sales people, but to sell to large businesses who drive the big bucks, a large sales team is essential.AWS's recent $400 million deal with Salesforce, for example, wouldn't have happened without a large number of enterprise salespeople involved.Sena's note argues GCP's level of investment — not just in sales, but across data centers and infrastructure — also falls behind competition.Google CEO Sundar Pichai has stated that the company will invest "significantly" in GCP this year, and has brought in VMWare cofounder Diane Greene, who's one of the most powerful people in enterprise tech, to lead GCP last year.Plus, as Sena noted, a lot of GCP's investments are flowing into improving its technical capabilities, giving it a niche advantage over other cloud providers.Its pricing is also more competitive than others, he notes.In any case, all this leads to the conclusion that GCP won't be a major threat to the market leading AWS in the near future, Sena writes."In sum, while big-name customer additions notably Snapchat, Spotify, and some of Apple s business and the hire of Diane Green have created some obvious reasons for concern from an AWS standpoint, our conclusion is that AWS is likely better situated than some may perceive," he writes.Disclosure: Jeff Bezos is an investor in Business Insider through his personal investment company Bezos Expeditions.NOW WATCH: Mark Cuban explains why downloading Snapchat is a huge mistakeLoading video...