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VMworld 2014 News and Notes

Strange hotels, surging innovation highlight my week in San Francisco.

AWS Launches Enterprise File-Sharing Service Zocalo

The Amazon Zocalo service became generally available on Wednesday, less than two months after being released in limited preview.

VMworld 2014 Day 2 Keynote: Software-Defined Datacenter Realized

Today's presentation was devoted to spotlighting new and upcoming VMware tools.

AWS To Open Brick-and-Mortar 'Loft' for Developers

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Inc. will open a brick-and-mortar store in San Francisco this fall as part of an effort to educate developers on its cloud services, the company announced last week.

VMworld 2014 Day 1 Wrapup

The good and bad from virtualization's biggest party.

VMworld: VMware Talks Up Hybrid Cloud and Software-Defined Datacenters

VMware's Robin Matlock, Pat Gelsinger, Bill Fathers and Carl Eschenbach took the stage to urge IT to be "brave" when it comes to hybrid cloud adoption.

AWS Scores High-Level Federal Cloud Security Approval

The U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has approved Amazon Web Services (AWS) to handle more sensitive data for the Department of Defense (DoD).

vCloud Hybrid Service Renamed vCloud Air

VMware also rebrands its service provider programming, calling it the "VMware vCloud Air Network."

P2V Conversions Re-implemented in Microsoft Tool

The capability will be put back in System Center Virtual Machine Converter this fall.

Explosive Growth Forecast for Software-Defined Networking

Definitions of software-defined networking (SDN) are all over the place, and so are market predictions, but it's clear the new technology is primed for explosive growth.

Doing Data Storage Differently

A well-funded startup, DataGravity promises to unlock the potential of data stored on its appliances.

VMware Buys CloudVolumes

The application-delivery technology is expected to be integrated with Horizon 6.

Start-Up Has New Approach for SDN Security

GuardiCore Ltd. doesn't think you can keep the bad guys out of your datacenter, so it's going to fight them after they get in, using software-defined networking (SDN) techniques to protect SDNs.

Steve Ballmer Exits Microsoft

His resignation from the Board of Directors ends his 34-year association with the company he was instrumental in shaping.

Zend Puts PHP Development Platform on AWS Marketplace

Zend Technologies, curator of the PHP scripting language, recently made its PHP development platform available as a Platform as a Service (PaaS) via Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Windows 9 in 2015?

General availability is expected in the spring, according to media reports.

AWS Adds Multi-Factor Authentication to WorkSpaces

Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) gave its Amazon WorkSpaces product another layer of security this week with the addition of multi-factor authentication.

Russinovich: Microsoft 'Squeezing' Amazon in the Cloud

The famous engineer takes direct aim at Amazon Web Services.

Platform9 Promises Management of Private Clouds

The company just received $4.5 million in funding.

Virtual Desktop UI Rumored for Next Windows

It's one of many potential upgrades for "Windows 9".

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