A week in virtualization

We’re starting with an announcement. Today, we have introduced several new initiatives in the open source Hadoop community to enable big data applications to be deployed more easily, rapidly and in a more agile manner. Among these initiatives is Project Serengeti, which is a highly available, managed Hadoop platform with the goal of automating the deployment of Hadoop nodes on virtual infrastructure. Using the best of breed of open source Hadoop and Virtualization features, Serengeti can rapidly deploy a highly available Hadoop cluster.

You can deploy one or many virtual Hadoop clusters onto a vSphere farm, using traditional shared storage or local-storage. Serengeti can deploy multiple Hadoop distributions and common Hadoop components such as HDFS, MapReduce, Pig, and Hive on a single virtual platform.

Project Serengeti is endorsed by Hortonworks, Cloudera, MapR, and Greenplum, and the source code has been made available on Github, while a compiled version of the tool is available as a virtual appliance for vSphere.

To read more, visit our CTO blog at cto.vmware.com

Last week, VMware has been named a winner in the 2012 ChannelPro-SMB Readers’ Choice Awards in the category of Best Virtualization Vendor, as well as a runner-up in the categories of Vendor Partner Program: Best Sales Support, Vendor Partner Program: Best Technical Support, and Vendor Partner Program: Best Training Programs.


Readers of ChannelPro-SMB were invited to participate in the channel's first SMB-focused Readers' Choice Awards by casting their votes for the most SMB- and partner-friendly products, technologies, services, programs, and professional organizations in the channel today, via the publication's website. More than 1000 VARs, MSPs, system integrators, custom builders, and IT consultants have cast their votes, and we would like to thank you all for helping VMware win this prestigious title. Read more on our SMB blog at blogs.vmware.com/smb

Starting today, you can register for VMworld Europe, which is taking place in Barcelona this year. If you want to catch the early bird discount, register before July 20th, to save some cash.

We also have a contest going on for the best guess as to who will be playing at the VMworld party in San Francisco this year. To participate, you have to tweet with the hashtag “VMworldBand” – and the hints will be provided on the VMworld official blog. There will be four hints total, and the winner will get to attend the sound check of the band on Wednesday, August 29th. On your marks, set, tweet!

And finally, the VMUG full-day user conferences are all the rage this month. We got conferences in Seattle, Vancouver, Minneapolis and Wisconsin through the end of June, and if you think July is going to be quieter, think again, because Salt Lake City and Indianapolis VMUGs are going to be hosting their conferences. If you wonder what a VMUG user conference is, I like to compare them to mini-VMworlds, where you have your keynotes, breakout sessions, and socialization with industry colleagues from your geographic area. Go to myvmug.com to find a VMUG conference near you and to register.


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