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Virtualization Reviews

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    Consider desktops in the cloud for BYOD

    Posted May 21, 2012 - 12:29 am

    Desktop-as-a-Service is an interesting way for IT execs to provide cloud-based Windows desktop sessions, as well as shared resources such as storage. DaaS can help companies roll out new desktops and support Bring Your Own Device policies.
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    5 great Android apps for cloud admins

    Posted May 16, 2012 - 9:55 am

    If you administer cloud servers or services, such as those from Amazon Web Services or Rackspace, you might be relieved to learn that you don't need access to a notebook or desktop PC to perform routine administrative tasks.
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    Dell simplifies the blade server

    Posted April 28, 2012 - 7:02 am

    Dell's PowerEdge C6220 squeezes four two-socket servers into 2RU, delivering blade server density at a rack-mount price
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    Review: VDI without the server connection

    Posted March 20, 2012 - 7:47 am

    Virtual Computer NxTop Enterprise 4.0 conquers desktop virtualization with intuitive central management, Xen-based client hypervisor, and strong policy-based controls
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    Keeping Windows 8 in sync with SkyDrive

    Posted March 12, 2012 - 2:39 pm

    Hands-on with SkyDrive. What works, what's missing, and what you can expect.
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    OnLive Desktop brings you one step closer to ditching your notebook for the iPad

    Posted March 3, 2012 - 8:35 am

    The OnLive Dekstop is an app for your iPad that gives you a virtual Windows 7 desktop environment, as well as Office 2010 apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Adobe Reader and other basic Windows apps (Calculator, Notepad, Wordpad, Paint, Sticky Notes).
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    OnLive's train wreck: Office on the iPad

    Posted February 7, 2012 - 7:11 am

    The OnLive Desktop service shows just how wrong desktop virtualization can be
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    Enterprise Hadoop: Big data processing made easier

    Posted January 18, 2012 - 7:21 am

    Amazon, Cloudera, Hortonworks, IBM, and MapR mix simpler setup of Hadoop clusters with proprietary twists and trade-offs
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    The best way to run Windows on your Mac

    Posted January 16, 2012 - 9:58 pm

    There may be times when you need to run Windows on your Mac: perhaps there’s an application your company uses that’s only available for Windows, or you’re a web developer and you need to test your sites in a true native Windows web browser. Or maybe you want to play computer games that aren’t available for OS X. Whatever your reason for running Windows, there are a number of ways your Mac can do it for you.
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    First look: Zend's PHP developer cloud

    Posted January 11, 2012 - 2:34 pm

    Zend Developer Cloud woos PHP developers with enterprise-grade development features, snapshots for easy recovery and project sharing, and promises of single-click cloud deployment
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    The year's best hardware, software, and cloud services

    Posted January 9, 2012 - 7:11 am

    These 2012 Technology of the Year Award winners make life better for the people who toil in service of the enterprises.
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    VDI shoot-out: VMware View 5

    Posted January 5, 2012 - 12:37 pm

    VMware View taps the world's best virtualization platform and PCoIP improvements for highly scalable desktop virtualization
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    VDI shoot-out: Citrix XenDesktop 5.5

    Posted January 5, 2012 - 12:29 pm

    Citrix XenDesktop shines with unmatched flexibility and all the desktop virtualization bells and whistles
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    VDI shoot-out: Citrix XenDesktop vs. VMware View

    Posted December 14, 2011 - 7:14 am

    Citrix XenDesktop 5.5 and VMware View 5 vie for the most flexible, scalable, and complete virtual desktop infrastructure
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    Review: Heroku cloud application platform

    Posted November 30, 2011 - 3:17 pm

    Heroku pairs rapid application deployment with a wealth of developer tools, but is light on manageability
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    Review: Engine Yard Cloud

    Posted November 30, 2011 - 3:07 pm

    Engine Yard offers fine-grained control over all aspects of the environment, at the cost of speed and ease
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    Ruby clouds: Engine Yard vs. Heroku

    Posted November 30, 2011 - 7:10 am

    Engine Yard provides the most extensive control over the application environment, while Heroku makes life easier for developers
  • Review

    Finestra manages virtual desktops with panache

    Posted November 28, 2011 - 9:18 pm

    If Finestra Virtual Desktops (free/donationware) hadn't crashed on me once or twice, it would've scored at least a half star higher than the 3 stars that I gave it. It's that elegant and suited to the task. The program allows you up to 100 virtual desktops (four's plenty for most folks), has a host of options so that you can control which programs open on which desktop, etc., and even makes great use of the Windows 7 live window thumbnails.
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    Parallels Desktop 7 makes Windows-on-Mac fast, stable

    Posted November 17, 2011 - 3:30 pm

    Parallels Desktop 7 is the latest release of Parallels' virtualization program, which allows users to run Windows, Linux, and now even OS X Lion directly within Mac OS X. Since Macworld last reviewed Parallels Desktop 5, the program has acquired an updated interface along with a slew of performance improvements and new features. Among the latter, there's a simplified window for configuring virtual machines, support for Lion's full screen mode, Launchpad integration, an in-app store for purchasing Windows and other programs, the ability to use iSight (and other) webcams within Windows clients, improved virtual printing, and more.
  • Review

    First look: Oracle NoSQL Database

    Posted November 16, 2011 - 7:14 am

    Oracle's take on the distributed key-value data store is fast, flexible, and enterprise-grade serious
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    VMWare Fusion 4

    Posted November 9, 2011 - 3:29 pm

    Fusion 4 is the newest version of VMware's virtualization solution for the Mac, which allows you to run multiple operating systems within Mac OS X. Since we reviewed Fusion 3, VMWare has added support for Lion and the ability to create OS X Lion virtual machines, reduced the consumption of system resources to zero when you aren't running a virtual machine, redesigned the settings window, and much more.
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    Synology RackStation: Virtualization storage on the cheap

    Posted November 7, 2011 - 7:06 am

    Synology finally hits the midrange sweet spot in price, performance, and capacity with the 10-drive, rack-mount RS3411RPxs
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    LaCie CloudBox: Compact drive tightly integrates with cloud storage

    Posted November 2, 2011 - 8:19 pm

    The minimum "best practice" backup arrangement for your vital data is to maintain three copies of the data: the original, a local backup, and a second backup offsite. With LaCie's CloudBox NAS device, you simply back up to the ethernet-connected unit, which then automatically backs up to LaCie's own online backup service. But easy as it is, CloudBox is also expensive, capacity-challenged, and slower than average.
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    Desktop virtualization smackdown: Parallels vs. VMware vs. VirtualBox

    Posted October 11, 2011 - 3:43 pm

    If you're looking to virtualize guest OSes on your desktop, there's a three-way battle for your affections. Find out what the contenders have to offer -- and where each falls short.
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    Review: 4 Java clouds face off

    Posted October 5, 2011 - 6:18 am

    CloudBees, Google App Engine, Red Hat OpenShift, and VMware Cloud Foundry reveal the pleasures and perils of coding on a public cloud platform
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