Microsoft announces Q2 2014 earnings

25 ביולי, 2014

On July 22 Microsoft announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2014.

Total revenue for the quarter ended June 30 was $23.38 billion. Looking at the financials details we can see that gross margin was $15.79 billion,  operating income was $6.48 billion and diluted earnings per share were $0.55 each.

Revenue of the recent acquisition of the Nokia Devices and Services completed on April 25, 2014 are disclosed to be revenue, gross margin, operating income, and diluted EPS of $1.99 billion, $54 million, $(692) million, and $(0.08), respectively.

Despite the financial growth of the big giant, Microsoft announced its decision to cut 18,000 jobs, which includes 12,500 Nokia factory and professional positions — which is about half  of the employees added in the acquisition. The resting 5,500 positions are cut at Microsoft, mainly in sales, marketing and engineering. Microsoft's strategy is to join two business units, Smart Devices and Mobile Phones. According to Microsoft's statement the reductions will be completed by June 30, 2015 and it will result in a pretax charge of $1.1 billion to $1.6 billion.

Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft, who took over after Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, wrote an email to all of Microsoft employees explaining his strategy.

Nadella commented about Q2 2014 results:

We are galvanized around our core as a productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world, and we are driving growth with disciplined decisions, bold innovation, and focused execution,“I’m proud that our aggressive move to the cloud is paying off – our commercial cloud revenue doubled again this year to a $4.4 billion annual run rate.

Labels: Microsoft, Results, Revenues

Citrix announces Q2 2014 earnings

24 ביולי, 2014

On July 23, Citrix announced its financial results for second quarter of fiscal year 2014, ended June 30, 2014.

Citrix announced a total revenue of $782 million, for an increase of 7% compared to Q2 2013

Net income registered a slight decrease with $53 million compared to $64 million of Q2 2013 while Non-GAAP results raised from $124 million for Q2 2013 to $142 million for Q2 2014.

An abstract of the outcome of second quarter of 2014, compared to Q2 2013:

  • Product and license revenue increased 2%;
  • Software as a service revenue increased 12%;
  • Revenue from license updates and maintenance increased 7%;
  • Professional services revenue, increased 15%;
  • Revenue increased in the EMEA and Pacific regions by 8%; and increased in the Americas region by 4%;
  • Deferred revenue $1.4 billion as of June 30, 2014, compared to $1.3 billion as of June 30, 2013, an increase of 12 %;
  • Cash flow from operations was $204 million for the second quarter of fiscal year 2014, compared with $209 million for the second quarter of fiscal year 2013.

During the second quarter of fiscal year 2014:

  • GAAP gross margin was 78%, and non-GAAP gross margin was 85%,
  • GAAP operating margin was 7%, and non-GAAP operating margin was 22%,
  • The company repurchased 20.9 million shares at an average price of $58.50.
Mark Templeton, president and CEO at Citrix, said:

I’m pleased with our performance and results for Q2, I’m really proud of how our team delivered greater operating efficiencies while driving our very significant pivot to mobility. As we move into the second half, we’ll continue to refine operations to further increase shareholder value and to stay aggressive with valuable solutions for our customers’ mobility needs. And, on a personal level, I’m excited to be back, energized, and looking forward to the future here at Citrix.

Labels: Citrix, Results

Paper: Reference Architecture for Horizon with View and Virtual SAN

23 ביולי, 2014

VMware has released a paper titled:"Reference Architecture for Horizon with View and Virtual SAN". The paper which contains 50 pages contains a reference architecture for VMware Horizon with View virtual desktops and Virtual SAN storage is based on real-world test scenarios, user workloads, and infrastructure system configurations.

It uses Dell R720 PowerEdge rack mount servers with local storage to support a scalable and cost-effective View linked-clone desktop deployment on VMware vSphere 5.5.


Testing was done for experience and operations, including Login VSI desktop performance and VMware View Planner testing on 400 desktops.

The paper contains the following sections:

  • Executive Summary
  • Overview
  • Test Results
  • System Configurations
  • Test Methodology
  • System Sizing
  • Bill of Materials
  • Conclusion

Labels: Dell, VDI, VMware

Xen Project releases Mirage OS 2.0

23 ביולי, 2014

The Xen Project, the community which develops the Xen hypervisor under the GNU Public License (GPLv) and which is now part of the Linux foundation has released version 2.0 of its Mirage Operating System. Version 2 is the follow up of version 1.0 which was released in December last year.

The Mirage OS represents an approach where only the necessary components of the OS are included and compiled along with the application into a "unikernel", resulting in more efficient and lean "appliances" which the same or better functionality but a much smaller foodprint and attack surface. Application code is developed in a high-level functional programming language OCaml on a desktop OS such as Linux or Mac OSX, and compiled into a fully-standalone, specialized unikernel that runs under the Xen hypervisor APIs. Since Xen powers most public cloud computing infrastructure such as Amazon EC2, this lets your servers run more cheaply, securely and finer control than with a full software stack.


Labels: Mirage, Xen Project

VMware results for Q2 2014

23 ביולי, 2014

On July 22, VMware released the results about its growth for Q2 2014.

VMware, announced a total  revenue growth of $1.46 billion, for an increase of 17 percent compared to Q2 2013.

Operating income for the first quarter was $200 million, which means a decrease of 26% from the second quarter of 2013.

The non-GAAP Operating Margin registered an increment of 3% from Q2 2013, with an income of $428 million, which is a reflection of the AirWatch acquisition.

Cash flows were $6.64 billion.

Among the recent VMware Announcements:
Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer, VMware, said:
We continue to see strong performance across our business, further evidence that VMware is
uniquely positioned as IT transitions from client server computing to the mobile cloud era, across the board, customers are turning to VMware solutions to help chart an efficient path to the future without sacrificing the vital needs for security, availability and compliance required by all businesses.

Labels: Results, VMware

Release: Veeam Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 7.0

23 ביולי, 2014

Veeam today released version 7.0 of the Management Pack for monitoring and management of VMware ESX and Microsoft Hyper-V using Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2012.

New in this release is the addition of support for the Hyper-V hypervisor from Microsoft, for which Veeam will not charge any licenses for up to 100 sockets through 2014. Also an Enterprise-plus and Enterprise editon of the solution is introduced.


Version 7 provides the following new funtionality:

  • Real time performance metrics for Hyper-V, displaying real time memory and CPU consumption for the hosts and associated VMs
  • Analysis of on-premises virtual workloads in order to recommend the oppropriate Microsoft Azure or VMware vCloud Hybrid Service resources
  • vShpere host security profile reporting
  • Automatic deployment of collection components


Veeam Management Pack v7 is available now. In North America the Enterprise Plus edition is priced at $450 per Hyper-V or vSphere CPU socket. The Enterprise edition is $250 per socket and can be upgraded to Enterprise Plus for $200 per socket. In other regions, Veeam Management Pack v7 is available at local pricing.

Labels: Microsoft, Release, Veeam, VMware

OpenNebula 4.8 Beta introduces support for Azure and SoftLayer

23 ביולי, 2014

OpenNebula has just released the Beta version of its OpenNebula 4.8, codename “Lemon Slice”, that finally introduces the long awaited support for public clouds providers others than Amazon AWS.

Specifically we are talking about the support for Microsoft Azure, rumored for the first time in 2010 and officially announced yesterday at OSCON (O’Reilly Open Source Convention) and for IBM SoftLayer, announced in May and introduced in this release.

Labels: Azure, Hybrid Cloud, OpenNebula, SoftLayer

Video: VMware Horizon 6 and AirWatch

21 ביולי, 2014

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is one of the hot challenges that nowadays enterprises are facing, that's why AirWatch acquisition, made by VMware earlier this year, is extremely significative together with its integration with the newly released Horizon 6 Suite.

Click here to view the embedded video.

This video shows a quick demo of application access and interoperability in a Horizon 6 and AirWatch Enterprise environment.

Labels: AirWatch, Horizon Suite, Video, VMware

Paper: VMware Virtual SAN Design and Sizing Guide for Horizon View Virtual Desktop Infrastructures

17 ביולי, 2014

VMware has released a paper titled:"VMware Virtual SAN Design and Sizing Guide for Horizon View Virtual Desktop Infrastructures". The paper which contains 16 pages focuses on the definitions, sizing guidelines, and characteristics of the Virtual SAN distributed datastore for Horizon View virtual desktop infrastructures (VDI).


The paper contains the following sections:

  • VMware Virtual SAN
  • Horizon View
  • Virtual SAN Characteristics
  • Host Sizing Considerations
  • Virtual SAN Datastore Sizing Considerations
  • Network Sizing Considerations
  • Disk Group Sizing
  • Horizon View and Virtual SAN Node Design Example
  • Conclusion

Thanks to Eric Sloof for providing the news.

Labels: Paper, Storage, VDI, VMware

Citrix releases Tech Preview of next version of XenServer

16 ביולי, 2014

Citrix has released a technical preview of XenServer codenamed Creedence the next major version of XenServer, which is now at version 6.2. When released this version will probably be version 6.5 or 7. Citrix XenServer is based on the XenServer code from the XenServer open source project. The technical preview is binary compatible with the Alpha 4 release of XenServer.

The Creedence version provides the following new features:

  • 64 bit dom0
  • Linux 3.10 kernel
  • Open virtual switch 2.1.1
  • Boot storm handling improvements by using read caching
  • Read caching for file based SRs
  • TRIM and UNMAP for better storage reclaim
  • 32 bit to 64 bit VM migration
  • Storage migration from XenServer 6.2 and prior
  • SLES 11 SP3 support
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS support


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