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Virtualization Reviews

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    Virtualization shoot-out: Citrix, Microsoft, Red Hat, and VMware

    Posted April 13, 2011 - 6:14 am

    The leading server virtualization contenders tackle InfoWorld's ultimate virtualization challenge
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    VMware makes cloud jumping easy

    Posted March 14, 2011 - 9:49 am

    VMware's vCloud Connector (VCC) is a free VMware virtual appliance and vSphere plug-in that makes it a snap to transfer VMware virtual machines, templates and vApps between clouds.
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    New security tools protect virtual machines

    Posted March 7, 2011 - 9:31 pm

    As enterprises move towards virtualizing more of their servers and data center infrastructure, the security technologies that are plentiful and commonplace in the physical world become few and far between.
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    Create virtual machines easily with VirtualBox 4

    Posted March 7, 2011 - 2:03 pm

    Frustrated with the sluggish performance of VMware Player and VMware Workstation on my Windows 7 machine, I recently turned to Oracle's free VirtualBox 4 virtual machine software and haven't looked back. After a few months with it, I find it considerably faster, if not quite as convenient.
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    Red Hat builds gutsy, green virtualization machine

    Posted January 24, 2011 - 12:53 pm

    Three years in the making, Red Hat Enterprise Linux ( RHEL) 6 is a gutsy, green upgrade that features native support for KVM, the Linux kernel-based virtual machine.
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    The best hardware and software of the year

    Posted January 12, 2011 - 9:21 am

    InfoWorld's 2011 Technology of the Year Awards recognize the best products at the forefront of today's top data center, desktop, mobile, and programming trends.
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    VDI review: Pano Express

    Posted January 5, 2011 - 12:49 pm

    The Pano Express hardware and software bundle is a complete soup-to-nuts VDI deployment that can be up and running in less than an hour. Although Pano Express does rely on a third-party hypervisor -- either VMware ESX/ESXi or Microsoft Hyper-V -- the Pano system is far more than just a connection broker. Pano Manager provides complete lifecycle management of virtual desktops, while the Pano Direct protocol connects the zero-client Pano Devices directly to the guest virtual machines. Pano Express is a good solution for small to medium-sized installations -- as long as remote access to the virtual desktops via Web browser or thick client isn't required.
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    Review: Desktop virtualization made easy

    Posted January 5, 2011 - 10:05 am

    Three low-cost, low-fuss VDI solutions prove that desktop virtualization is within anyone's reach.
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    InfoWorld review: Dell iSCSI SAN sizzles with SSD, dynamic storage tiering

    Posted October 20, 2010 - 8:52 am

    The Dell EqualLogic PS6010XVS with automated storage tiering leverages fast SAS or faster SSD storage depending on workload
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    Review: Dell R815 server makes heavy virtualization light on the wallet

    Posted October 13, 2010 - 11:01 am

    The Dell PowerEdge R815 and its four 12-core AMD Opteron CPUs want to run many, many virtual machines, at a much lower cost than Intel multicore
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    Preview: Dell's VIS vision takes shape

    Posted September 29, 2010 - 11:28 am

    Leveraging Dell AIM, the VIS Self-Service Creator tackles automated provisioning for the private cloud.
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    Eight great virtual appliances for VMware, free for the downloading

    Posted September 1, 2010 - 11:06 am

    The combination of free open source and virtual machines is hard to beat; here are some of the handiest virtual appliances you'll find
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    vSphere rounds into form

    Posted August 24, 2010 - 8:08 pm

    VMware's vSphere 4.0 cloud operating system, which we tested last June ushered in new methods to manage virtual machines on internal and external hosts. The 4.1 version, which shipped last month, delivers some much needed polish.
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    First look: VMware vSphere 4.1 keeps the virtualization crown

    Posted July 13, 2010 - 10:07 am

    With scalability improvements, network and storage I/O control, and countless other enhancements, VMware continues to redefine the possibilities for server virtualization
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    Review: Virtual lab managers face off

    Posted May 19, 2010 - 9:02 am

    VMware, VMLogix, Surgient, and Skytap solutions ace virtual machine configuration, deployment, and teardown, with some key differences in features and ease.
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    SUSE Studio is powerful OS instance builder

    Posted March 29, 2010 - 9:27 am

    We first saw SUSE Studio in beta at VMWorld in 2008, a skunkworks tool for building SUSE instances. It’s come a long way since then.
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    The InfoWorld Westmere blade server shoot-out

    Posted March 22, 2010 - 9:52 am

    Intel's Xeon 5600 -- code-named Westmere -- was just announced, but InfoWorld already has deep benchmarking results on Westmere blade servers from Dell, HP, and IBM
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    Review: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2

    Posted March 16, 2010 - 11:09 am

    With virtualization taking over the computing world, enterprises everywhere are finding that virtual machines spread across an organization need to be managed as much as their physical computers are. Companies are also figuring out that these virtual machines have special needs and requirements that can multiply very quickly as servers are added, moved, changed or removed.
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    First glimpse: Cisco OTV

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 9:44 am

    Long distance VMotion via Cisco Overlay Transport Virtualization, or how to succeed at data center extension without really trying.
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    Windows on the Mac

    Posted February 8, 2010 - 5:47 pm

    Parallels Desktop 5 and VMware Fusion 3 get faster, smarter, and optimized for Windows 7, while Sun’s VirtualBox 3.1 lags behind
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    Virtualization: Performance testing

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 11:40 am

    Last year, when I did my comparison of virtualization apps for OS X, many readers told me they wished I’d done more extensive performance testing. So this year, when I decided to compare the latest versions of those apps (Fusion 3.0.1, Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac build 9308, VirtualBox 3.1.2), I did. Macworld Labs ran (or attempted to run) the WorldBench Windows benchmark test in each of these programs. And I ran my own suite of benchmarks to gauge other aspects of performance.
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    Latency and jitter: Cut-through design pays off for Arista, Blade

    Posted January 19, 2010 - 2:22 pm

    In many data centers, latency and jitter are the most important metrics. Even the small amounts of delay (latency) or delay variation (jitter) introduced by a switch can have a profound impact on application performance.
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    Link aggregation: Arista, Blade and Cisco fare best

    Posted January 18, 2010 - 3:10 am

    Although link aggregation combines ports, it's not necessarily the case that throughput will scale linearly with port count. Fairness, or the uniformity of flow distribution across members of a link aggregation group (LAG), is always a concern.
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    Desktop virtualization for Windows and Linux heats up

    Posted December 29, 2009 - 3:34 pm

    VMware Workstation 7 is still king for developers and techs, but innovative VirtualBox 3.1 and easy-to-use Parallels Desktop 4 gain ground
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    Review: Dell's virtualization servers surge ahead

    Posted December 9, 2009 - 10:20 am

    Dell PowerEdge R805 and R905 servers, based on AMD's hexacore Opteron CPUs, are far faster, cheaper, and more efficient than models that shipped only a year ago
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