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  • VMware: We're building one of the biggest SDN deployments in the industry

    Posted June 11, 2013 - 4:32 pm

    VMware hopes to make the networking components of its soon-to-be-released vCloud Hybrid Service one of its biggest selling points, and in doing so the company plans to build one the largest software-defined networking (SDN) deployments in the industry.
  • IBM explores making Java Virtual Machine big part of future cloud platforms

    Posted June 7, 2013 - 11:48 am

    IBM is conducting research that involves making use of the open Java Virtual Machine (JVM) in a cloud-based setting as a way to provide dynamic services, especially to mobile devices.
  • Warning! Users will have to reinstall all apps if they opt for Windows 8.1 beta

    Posted June 6, 2013 - 3:34 pm

    Beginning June 26, users will be able to download the beta or preview version of Windows 8.1 fairly simply, via the Windows Store. But Microsoft officials confirm that upgrading to the final RTM build will include a gotcha--you'll need to reinstall all of your apps.
  • Rackspace beefs up cloud networking features with Brocade's Vyatta technology

    Posted June 3, 2013 - 12:23 pm

    Public cloud and managed hosting provider Rackspace has rolled technology from Vyatta into its services, allowing customers to set granulated network segmentation policies that dictate which users and what type of traffic have access to which hosted resources.
  • Hitachi adds Amazon Web Services to cloud lineup in Japan

    Posted June 3, 2013 - 5:37 am

    Hitachi said Monday it will officially support Amazon Web Services as part of its cloud solution offerings, a victory for Amazon over rival Microsoft Azure.
  • Nvidia, Citrix crank up virtual desktop delivery

    Posted May 22, 2013 - 1:12 pm

    Improvements to Nvidia's virtualization technology are aimed at turning graphics processors into a more important resource in data centers and could speed deployment of virtual desktops and delivery of data over the cloud.
  • Lessons learned in my virtual desktop integration (VDI) deployment

    Posted May 20, 2013 - 8:39 pm

    As the IT infrastructure manager at Digital Intelligence Systems LLC (DISYS), an IT solutions company, I recently initiated the build-out of a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to support our large mobile workforce, and learned some important lessons along the way that may help smooth the way for your VDI rollout.
  • How VMware will try to shake up the cloud market this week

    Posted May 20, 2013 - 4:48 pm

    There have been rumors and speculation. There have been whispers and rumblings. But this week VMware is expected to release details about its plans to launch a public cloud offering, the central part of its new hybrid cloud strategy.
  • VMware and Verizon tackle BYOD with dual persona phones

    Posted May 16, 2013 - 3:48 pm

    VMware has partnered with Verizon to offer dual persona smartphones for Verizon enterprise customers. It's currently available on two Android-based phones, but more Android devices and iOS support are expected soon.
  • IDC: Cloud, mobility exposing limitations of existing networks

    Posted May 9, 2013 - 4:39 pm

    The combination of highly virtualized environments inside enterprise networks, along with an explosion of mobile traffic, are exposing the limitations of existing networks, and driving the need for a new era of dynamic and scalable networks of the future, IDC researchers said in a panel discussion at Interop.
  • VMware: Faster app provisioning makes SDN a keeper

    Posted May 8, 2013 - 4:33 pm

    Software defined networking (SDN) is generating a lot of buzz these days, but the technology will ultimately make itself useful in the enterprise largely because it will save enterprises time in deploying new applications, predicted Martin Casado, chief architect of networking at VMware.
  • Will fault tolerant servers improve your virtualized environment?

    Posted April 30, 2013 - 2:37 pm

    Companies are turning to fault tolerant servers as a way to improve uptime, but they may not be right for every enterprise.
  • Brocade unleashes a data center barrage

    Posted April 30, 2013 - 2:28 pm

    Brocade this week extended its data center networking portfolio with hardware and software enhancements designed to better integrate and align physical and virtual resources.
  • How to evaluate high availability options for virtualized IT environments

    Posted April 29, 2013 - 1:58 pm

    One upside to virtualization is that it puts more applications on fewer servers. One downside is that the availability of those servers become of greater importance.
  • ODCA: Virtual machines inching to portability

    Posted April 25, 2013 - 4:48 pm

    While some progress has been achieved in getting virtual machines to run across different types of hypervisors, more work is still needed to bring them to the level of portability that enterprises are seeking, according to a study released by the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA).
  • 'Good enough' Microsoft Hyper-V starts turning more heads

    Posted April 23, 2013 - 2:07 pm

    About three years ago Embotics jumped into developing support in its private cloud management platform for Microsoft's Hyper-V hypervisor, hopeful that the VMware virtualization challenger would take off. When that takeoff initially stalled, Embotics curtailed its Hyper-V work to focus resources elsewhere.
  • Open Networking Foundation director details SDN directions, OpenDaylight impact

    Posted April 18, 2013 - 2:39 pm

    The third annual Open Networking Summit, an SDN conference organized by the Open Networking Foundation, convened this week just after ONF members Cisco and IBM unveiled a separate effort to define an open source SDN framework. Unlike the user-driven ONF, OpenDaylight is a vendor-driven project to cultivate a system of SDN applications, but it also raised suspicion of the group's real intent: Is it designed to stall SDN's momentum and the threat, real or perceived, it could pose to incumbent hardware vendors? ONF Executive Director Dan Pitt discussed some of these topics with Network World Managing Editor Jim Duffy at the Santa Clara, Calif., conference.
  • Intel lays foundations for SDN gear that could shake up networking

    Posted April 17, 2013 - 1:10 pm

    If software-defined networking ultimately changes the landscape of networking, Intel could be one of the biggest beneficiaries -- and might be one of the reasons.
  • Cisco extends Microsoft support in data center portfolio

    Posted April 16, 2013 - 4:14 pm

    Cisco last week extended its data center product line to support Microsoft's Windows Server 2012 hypervisor and VM management features to more tightly align their respective data center and cloud architectures for joint customers.
  • Virtual Instruments: Avoiding 'The Abyss', trouncing Brocade and not hiding behind SDN

    Posted April 16, 2013 - 4:08 pm

    Virtual Instruments, the nearly 5-year-old infrastructure performance management software and hardware maker, is one of those companies that might never become a household name no matter how successful it becomes. In fact, many at first mistake the company for being in the music business.
  • Citrix bequeaths Xen to the Linux Foundation

    Posted April 15, 2013 - 2:02 pm

    In an effort to attract a more diverse set of contributors, enterprise software vendor Citrix has donated its open source Xen hypervisor to the Linux Foundation.
  • Dell dives deeper into SDN with new hardware and software

    Posted April 15, 2013 - 12:59 pm

    Dell says it's hoping to move closer to the forefront of data center technology with the release today of a suite of new products designed for software-defined networking.
  • What's next for Virtual Instruments

    Posted April 15, 2013 - 9:55 am

    Virtual Instruments, whose software and hardware is used to manage data center performance, plans to release the next edition of its VirtualWisdom software in the fourth quarter.
  • Nebula - A turnkey private cloud brought to you by NASA

    Posted April 12, 2013 - 8:00 am

    What began as a NASA cloud computing project, and in partnership with Rackspace resulted in the OpenStack project, has now become a turnkey private cloud system for the enterprise. What this means is you can now buy an all-in-one solution to your organization's server needs and be up and running in no time.
  • Microsoft extends Windows 8 management features in Desktop Optimization Pack

    Posted April 10, 2013 - 4:33 pm

    Microsoft has released the latest version of its Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) suite of IT management tools, an upgrade that deepens its ability to manage Windows 8 PC deployments.
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