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VMware at a glance: AT&T enters the cloud; VCE concerns; View 4 commentary and more

This week's VMware at-a-glance news roundup includes AT&T's venture into the cloud, how users responded to the Virtual Computing Environment initiative, VMware Ready software and middleware, View 4 and more.

This week's VMware at-a-glance news and analysis roundup includes AT&T's venture into the cloud, how users responded...

to the Virtual Computing Environment initiative, VMware Ready software and middleware, View 4 and more.

AT&T unveils cloud computing service, supports VMware and Sun
AT&T plans to give Amazon's EC2 a run for its money with its new Synaptic Compute, which will launch this coming week. The new service will support VMware's vCloud application programming interface (API) as well as Sun Microsystem's.

Cisco-VMware-EMC's Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) coalition leaves IT users cold
Sure, the brand recognition is there, but users aren't sold on the value of purchasing bundles from the virtualization trifecta. Still, analysts argue that the three-way could provide simplicity to IT professionals and lure large enterprises headed towards cloud computing.

VMware View 4 a step in the right direction, but leaves hopefuls disappointed
While View 4 makes VMware's virtual desktop offering more competitive, the latest release didn't include many of the technologies VMware said it was working on when the company released View 3, such as the client hypervisor known as "CVP," offline client mode and the inclusion of a RTO Software-based profile-virtualization feature.

When it comes to the hypervisor behind the virtual desktop, VMware's got Citrix beat
VMware vSphere's memory overcommit technology allows you to run more virtual desktops per physical server, so even if View isn't your virtual desktop of choice, you may want to use ESX to power your virtual desktops -- which means VMware still lines its pockets either way as the connection broker of choice.

VMware revs up performance on virtual desktops with View 4
VMware attempts to tackle two barriers to virtual desktop adoption with View 4, cost and user experience. As far as cost, VMware collaborated with Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Network Appliance to get the cost of virtual desktops down to the cost of traditional desktops. And Teradici's PC-over-IP addresses end-user performance issues.

Got a data center in Ireland? Write of VMware
The Accelerated Capital Allowance in Ireland allows Irish businesses to write off first-year VMware purchases, in addition to eligible storage and server hardware.

Middleware, application software now included in VMware Ready program
If you're running vSphere, you can now check for the VMware Ready logo on middlware and application software to ensure compatibility and support.

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