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What's New at GCP: IBM Power Systems Service, Premium Support, Kubernetes Engine Benchmark

Often playing third fiddle to Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) has been busy lately trying to catch up, announcing a new IBM Power Systems service, an enterprise Premium Support plan and a Kubernetes Engine Benchmark. Here's a look at recent developments.

VMware Horizon on the Edge

Tom Fenton is inspired to put a single small ESXi server at a physical location that would host virtual desktops needed by that location and use it to run VMware's Horizon desktop virtualization software.

Masergy Adds 'Shadow IT Discovery' to SD-WAN for Finding Unauthorized SaaS Apps

Masergy has boosted its managed software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) service by adding a Shadow IT Discovery solution to help enterprises track unauthorized applications -- often Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) apps -- on their networks.

Repairing a Failed AWS EC2 Windows Instance

Although EC2 is normally a reliable platform for hosting virtual machine instances, things can and sometimes do go wrong, and here Brien Posey explains how to fix problems with an instance's boot volume.

Configuring and Using Intel AMT for Remote Out-of-Band Server Management

Tom Fenton walks you through how to enable and configure AMT and describes his experience using it for remotely accessing servers via the network at the BIOS level, an ability commonly referred to as out-of-band management (OOB).

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Careers Site: 'Cloud Computing and Containerization Skills Are Booming'

Careers site Indeed.com combed internal data to report on major trends in the tech skills market, finding that "cloud computing and containerization skills are booming."

VMware Sees 'Dawn of Hybrid Apps'

Virtualization kingpin VMware is big on making new-year technology predictions, authoring many blog posts and videos on what it sees in store for various tech niches, including one by VMware exec Chris Wolf that forecasts "the dawn of hybrid apps."

First Certified MEF 3.0 SD-WAN Technology Vendors Announced

Industry association MEF announced the first three software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) technology vendors certified to meet a new standard for supporting MEF 3.0 SD-WAN services.

flexiWAN Claims First with Open Source SD-WAN Now Generally Available for Production

The company emerged from stealth last year with a mission to democratize SD-WAN with its open source, open architecture approach that it said signals a "second wave of SD-WAN" that will eliminate enterprise networking vendor lock-in.

Fortinet Claims 21,000 SD-WAN Customers, Challenging Cisco

Security specialist Fortinet claims more than 21,000 organizations have chosen its software-defined wide-area networking solution, which is news because Cisco recently claimed only some 20,000 SD-WAN customers.

What's New in VMware Horizon 7 Version 7.11, CART 5.3 and DEM 9.10

This release of VMware's virtual desktop infrastructure software is huge, says our local VMware expert Tom Fenton, who details the new offering here and explains how VMware is going all in with their HTML5-based Horizon Console and is giving a definitive deadline for the retirement of their Flash-based Horizon.

Open Source Xen Project Hypervisor 4.13 Ships

The project "is focused on advancing virtualization in a number of different commercial and open source applications, including server virtualization, Infrastructure-as-a-Services (IaaS), desktop virtualization, security applications, embedded and hardware appliances, and automotive/aviation."

Pivot3 Points AI at Large-Scale HCI Deployment Data Protection

Tackling large-scale hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) deployments, Pivot3 is using artificial intelligence (AI) and automation techniques to ensure data protection.

Cisco Predicts 'New Era of Networking'

Cisco Systems believes the IT industry is on the threshold of a new era of networking that will see modern technologies powering new ways of building and operating networks and solving associated business challenges.

How to Host a Duplicate AWS EC2 Instance in Another Region

Brien Posey shows how to host copies of an EC2 instance in multiple regions, which can help organizations ensure that an application performs well for users who reside in a different part of the world, or which can be used as a way of ensuring business continuity in the event that there is a disruption in the organization's primary instance.

How to Create OS Images in AWS with Image Builder, Part 2

If you create a lot of EC2 virtual machines, then it is likely going to be worth your time to create custom operating system deployment images. These images allow you to deploy EC2 instances that are already configured with the software and configuration settings that you use in your own organization.

Cato Networks Tool Combines Security with SD-WAN

Cato Networks, an enterprise networking and security specialist, has combined security and software-defined wide-area networking technology in its new Cato Instant*Insight offering.

2020 Cloud Report by Database Vendor Benchmarks Azure, AWS, GCP

Cockroach Labs has duplicated its benchmark testing of the top cloud computing platforms, finding that Amazon Web Services (AWS) no longer enjoys such a big price/performance edge over Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

Google Cloud Unveils Cost-Optimized, General-Purpose VMs

The Google Cloud Platform announced new cost-optimized, general-purpose virtual machines to run on the Google Compute Engine.

Silver Peak Scales Out SD-WAN Edge Offering

Silver Peak, a leader in the software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) space, announced updates to its Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform that allow for massive scaling.