Agentless Antivirus protection for Hyper-V

by Shijaz Abdulla on 02.11.2013 at 23:11

5nine last month presented their Hyper-V security and management products at the Microsoft Cloud OS Launch event in Singapore.

At the time of this writing, 5nine software reportedly is the only vendor that delivers agentless/host-based security and management products for Windows Server and Hyper-V.

5nine Security for Hyper-V delivers a strong virtual machine separation and segmentation solution together with secure, multi-tenancy, agentless antivirus and antimalware technologies including an intrusion detection system. The complete product description is available on the company website at http://www.5nine.com/59SecurityDatacenter

See http://www.5nine.com/Docs/5nine_Security_Manager_White_Paper.pdf

The Beta version of NEW 5nine Cloud Security v4.0 provides full multi-tenant security, advanced user- and roles-based access, new LWF Hyper-V Switch extension, secure network virtualization/VM Security Groups, support of multiple antivirus engines and full use of Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 SP1/R2 features. 5nine Cloud Security exists in both System Center VMM plug-in version and as a standalone application.

Read the whitepaper.


Attention VMware customers

by Shijaz Abdulla on 02.10.2013 at 21:20

If you run Microsoft software on VMware, I care about you. Which is why I have dedicated this post for this very important public service announcement.

Issued in public interest by yours truly.


Build a Windows Azure portal on-premises with the Windows Azure Pack!

by Shijaz Abdulla on 05.09.2013 at 20:31

Have you used Windows Azure’s clean and simple management portal and wished you could build the same kind of portal for your Private Cloud?

Well, now you can – with Windows Azure Pack.

Releasing soon, Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server is a collection of Windows Azure technologies, available to Microsoft customers at no additional cost for installation into your data center.

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It runs on top of Windows Server 2012/Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 and, through the use of the Windows Azure technologies, enables you to offer a rich, self-service, multi-tenant cloud, consistent with the public Windows Azure experience.

This can make your Private Cloud interface look like one from a real service provider.

Windows Azure Pack Management Portal

Windows Azure Pack includes the following capabilities:

  • Management portal for tenants – a customizable self-service portal for provisioning, monitoring, and managing services such as Web Sites, Virtual Machines, and Service Bus.
  • Management portal for administrators – a portal for administrators to configure and manage resource clouds, user accounts, and tenant offers, quotas, and pricing.
  • Service management API – a RESTful API that helps enable a range of integration scenarios including custom portal and billing systems.
  • Web Sites – a service that helps provide a high-density, scalable shared web hosting platform for ASP.NET, PHP, and Node.js web applications. The Web Sites service includes a customizable web application gallery of open source web applications and integration with source control systems for custom-developed web sites and applications.
  • Virtual Machines – a service that provides infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) capabilities for Windows and Linux virtual machines. The Virtual Machines service includes a VM template gallery, scaling options, and virtual networking capabilities.
  • Service Bus – a service that provides reliable messaging services between distributed applications. The Service Bus service includes queued and topic-based publish/subscribe capabilities.
  • Automation and Extensibility – the capability to automate and integrate additional custom services into the services framework, including a runbook editor and execution environment.

At the moment, the Windows Azure Pack is in “Preview”. Subscribe to this blog to be alerted when Windows Azure Pack becomes available!


Oracle announces support for Hyper-V, Windows Azure

by Shijaz Abdulla on 25.06.2013 at 08:07

This has to be the biggest Oracle announcement of the year!

333932-oracle-logoOracle and Microsoft are announcing a partnership today where our joint customers will have increased choice and flexibility for deploying Oracle workloads in Windows Server private clouds, Windows Azure, or a hybrid of both. Just as enterprises have depended on Windows Server for years to run Oracle workloads on premises, they now will be able to run those workloads in Hyper-V virtualized environments or Windows Azure, with full certification and support from Oracle.

What this means:

  • Our customers can run Oracle software on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and in Windows Azure with full support from Oracle.
  • Oracle provides license mobility for customers who want to use their existing Oracle licenses to run Oracle software on Windows Azure.
  • This makes Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V the only non-Oracle hypervisor that Oracle supports
  • This also makes Windows Azure the only properly licensed and fully supported public cloud option for Oracle customers.
  • This will give us a huge boost in accelerating the momentum we are already seeing in Hyper-V and Azure, and should be positioned as a significant vote of confidence in our Cloud OS vision of providing a consistent platform across private and public clouds.

For additional information:


Cisco Nexus 1000V for Microsoft Hyper-V now available!

by Shijaz Abdulla on 10.06.2013 at 23:05

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Cisco Cloud Networking and Services Platform team announced the availability of Cisco Nexus 1000V for Microsoft Hyper-V as a part of their hypervisor-agnostic cloud networking strategy. This represents a major milestone for the Nexus 1000V platform which already has more than 7000 customers. 

They are also shipping Virtual Services Gateway (VSG) and Virtual Network Management Center ( VNMC)  for Hyper-V. With this introduction, enterprise and cloud provider customers will be able to extend Nexus experience to Hyper-V virtual environments.

Industry Award    
The  Nexus 1000V is already a winner – Winner of Best of Microsoft TechEd 2013 award in the Virtualization Category.

Cisco Nexus 1000V for Microsoft Hyper-V Solution Highlights

  • Advanced NX-OS features and associated partner ecosystem to Windows Server 2012
  • Consistent operational model across hypervisors (vSphere & Hyper-V)
    Innovative network services architecture (via vPath) to support secure multitenant environments
  • Tight integration with Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) and System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) as well as support for PowerShell    

Cisco Nexus 1100 Cloud Services Platform also supports Nexus 1000V for Hyper-V to host VSM and VSG virtual appliances.

Features and Functionality

Capability Features
Switching    L2-Switching, PVLANs, QoS, ACLs, port security etc
Security    DHCP snooping, Dynamic ARP Inspection, and IP source guard
Monitoring NetFlow, packet statistics, SPAN, and ERSPAN
Manageability SNMP, NetConf, syslog, REST-APIs etc
Virtual Services vPath architecture to enable services like VSG etc.

Note: Nexus 1000V feature-set will be consistent across all hypervisors

Pricing and Orderability
Nexus1000V pricing is consistent across hypervisors. Nexus 1000V for Microsoft Hyper-V is available in two editions:
•         Essential edition is available at no-cost
•         Advanced edition (includes VSG for Hyper-V) is available at $695/CPU

Resources
•       Cisco Nexus 1000V for Hyper-V external cisco.com page:
http://www.cisco.com/go/1000v/hyper-v/
•       Cisco Nexus 1000V Public Community:
https://communities.cisco.com/community/technology/datacenter/nexus1000v/
•       Cisco-Microsoft partnership page:
http://www.cisco.com/go/microsoft/


Video: How Aston Martin uses Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012

by Shijaz Abdulla on 04.06.2013 at 23:04

Find out how luxury car maker Aston Martin uses System Center 2012 and Windows Server 2012 to accelerate efficiency in this interesting video case study.

Click here to view case study.

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Windows Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) General Availability (GA)!

by Shijaz Abdulla on 16.04.2013 at 19:23

Windows Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering hit general availability worldwide today.

Furthermore, to eliminate price as a discussion when comparing to the competition, namely Amazon, we made a new pledge to our valued customers. Quite simply, we will match AWS prices for commodity services such as compute, storage and bandwidth. We may charge less, but never more.

“If you had concerns that Windows Azure was more expensive, we’re putting those concerns to rest today.”

Steven Martin, Operations GM – Azure

The reason is simple. We want to remove price as part of the equation. We’d rather compete on the services we provide and the complete vision of the Microsoft Cloud OS which provides rich:

  • Infrastructure services
  • Platform services
  • Hybrid scenarios (move VMs from your datacenter to Windows Azure and back. Use common technologies across private & public clouds (Active Directory for identity, System Center for Management, Hyper-V for virtualization, .NET for development)

Furthermore, based on customer input, we are also announcing two new higher capacity virtual machines:

  1. A four virtual processor VM with 28 GB of memory
  2. An eight virtual processor VM with 56 gigabytes of memory!

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These configurations enable workloads with increasing compute demands.

Oh, and BTW, yes, Azure IaaS runs 100% on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V.

Finally, it should be noted just how fast Azure is growing. Bill Hilf is quoted as saying that Azure is growing at the rate of 1,000 customers A DAY and today supports over 200,000 active customers.


NEC unveils virtual switch on Hyper-V, OpenFlow support on Hyper-V before VMware!

by Shijaz Abdulla on 24.01.2013 at 09:34

Empowered by Innovation NEC

This week, NEC unveiled a virtual switch for Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V hypervisor which is designed to bring OpenFlow-based software-defined networking and network virtualization to those Microsoft environments.

The NEC ProgrammableFlow PF1000 provides a single control plane for integrating server and network virtualization in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V deployments. This integration is designed to enable network automation, more rapid delivery of network services, VM mobility and consistent application of business policy across the network.

The PF1000 supports 1,280 ports per switch and up to 260,000 flows. It supports OpenFlow 1.0 and can work with any OpenFlow-enabled switches from any vendor, according to NEC.

From lightreading.com:

The PF1000 runs on Hyper-V, the hypervisor Microsoft has created to compete with VMware’s. NEC also claims it’s the first virtual switch running OpenFlow. The PF1000 can support 1,280 ports (combining virtual and physical switch ports) and 260,000 data flows, NEC claims.

At the same time, NEC announced a ProgrammableFlow upgrade that includes IPv6 and OpenStack support.

Why this matters
VMware doesn’t offer OpenFlow on virtual switches, as Roy Chua of SDNCentral points out in his analysis. (It does have a workaround, as detailed on the IP Space blog.)

So, this is actually a nice announcement for Microsoft, giving Hyper-V something to brag about versus VMware’s ESXi.


CRN 2012 Awards go to Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V

by Shijaz Abdulla on 12.12.2012 at 14:08

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It’s a tremendous pleasure to announce Microsoft has two industry awards from CRN. The awards are:

  • CRN 2012 Tech Innovator Award for Virtualization: Windows Server 2012
  • CRN 2012 Editor’s Choice Award Overall: Windows Server 2012

Microsoft Windows Server 2012

The final Tech Innovator award was in the virtualization category and also happened to be the CRN Test Center’s Editor’s Choice. Trailing in the virtualization market almost since there was a virtualization market, this company has worked hard for years to build a system with capabilities that are almost beyond belief. For example, imagine migrating an established LAN and its users from behind a company’s firewall to the cloud using drag-and-drop with virtually no user downtime. With its data-center abstraction layer, companies can deploy and manage virtualized applications, full desktops, servers and even orchestrated Web services using a GUI, a command prompt or natural-language scripting. And as the company’s competitors are learning, simple, core-based pricing is the method most preferred by resellers and the industry. So we congratulate this year’s Tech Innovator award winner for virtualization and the 2012 Editor’s Choice award. Both go to Microsoft and its Windows Server 2012. Accepting for Microsoft was Jeff Woolsey, principle program manager lead, Windows Server.

 


Microsoft Qatar announces Windows Server 2012

by Shijaz Abdulla on 28.09.2012 at 20:17

Just wanted to cover some of the buzz in the local press last week about Windows Server 2012, centered around our Private Cloud Enterprise Connect event in Doha.

For those of you that missed the event, I covered Windows Server 2012’s new virtualization features, while others covered VDI, the Microsoft Private Cloud story, Windows Azure and Identity Management.

Here are links to some of the local press coverage:

Speaking about the launch, Microsoft Qatar Country Manager Naim Yazbeck said, “At Microsoft, we have been hard at work delivering cloud innovation to help businesses succeed in this transformational time. What we are seeing in the industry calls for a different approach. Now, organisations can achieve a data centre without boundaries.” “The OS and apps are wherever you need them to be. We are committed to this vision and we call it the Cloud OS.

This platform should unlock further potentials for Qatari businesses and we wish to work closely with our partners in Qatar to leverage its maximum potential. I would like to congratulate Qatar Airways as the first to incorporate this platform in their ever growing business.” Yazbeck added.

“We have been using Windows Server 2012 through the rapid development programme (RDP) to experience how it can empower a dynamic data centre,” said Shibu Mathai, manager of infrastructure design at Qatar Airways.
“We have benefited from the new virtualisation enhancements in Windows Server 2012, I can envisage that cloud computing will be extremely beneficial for our business development’.


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