vSphere 5 Management Design Challenges

As the release of vSphere 5 comes closer, I’m reading and digesting information about the potential impacts of vSphere 5 and it’s enhancements over vSphere 4.

There is definately a shirt in direction for the platform with the last 2 major releases of Virtual Infrastructure – vSphere 4 and 5, in that the platform focus is going away from virtualization and the focus on the host hardware and hypervisors running the VMs to actually managing and maintaining the VMs in a highly available and scalable manner. This has been proven over the past release and continues into the new release with the new feature set announced with vSphere 5. Add this to the new products and streams of recent releases from VMware, and the direction is clear to see. Read more of this post

Apple iCloud Pricing Unleashed

On Monday, Apple released it’s new Apple iCloud service to beta and made it available to registered Apple Developers. The launchpad for the service is openly available for all to see, with logins restricted to those who part with their $99 for an iOS Developers subscription. Also released was more information on what subscribers will have to pay to upgrade the storage provision.

Apple announced in June that all iOS5 and Lion (Mac OS X 10.7) users will automatically get 5GB of storage in the iCloud as part of their service provision. For those who don’t think 5GB will cut it, users will be able to upgrade their storage by paying a tiered price:

  • 15GB for $20/year
  • 25GB for $49/year
  • 55GB for $100/year
For more information on iCloud Pricing, good article for 9to5Mac here. Read more of this post

Battle for Cloud OS hotting up…

The race to provide the leading defacto standard for Cloud OS interface has been joined by Mozilla and Chinese search engine Baidu, The Register UK reports. With HTML5 and browsers becoming ever more advanced (and support for HTML5 being more more equal on some browsers than others), it would suggest that tech companies with browser experience might have the edge.

Read the full post here: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/07/30/mozilla_baidu_and_clouds/

Amazon S3 Hosts Banking Trojan

In a new post in The Register, researchers at Kaspersky Lab have reported that Amazon’s S3 (Simple Storage Service) has been used to host the command and control channels for the notorious SpyEye banking trojan.

The developers of SpyEye appear to have used new capabilities and Agile software development to prevent the malware from being detected by transaction monitoring services.

This kind of development practice and the availability to shift workloads between cloud instances are sure to keep cloud providers and security companies like Trusteer and Kaspersky Labs on their toes, and is also likely to ask new questions about the governance of workloads hosted in cloud compute environments.

Read the full report on The Register UK here: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/07/29/amazon_hosts_spyeye/

10 Big Questions to ask Cloud Providers

The vCloud team at VMware have recently posted on their vCloud blog about the ’10 Big Questions to ask Cloud Providers’ relating to their vCloud Datacenter Service, for people considering a public cloud provider offering – to ensure that all needs and requirements are met. Read more of this post