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  • Why IT pros like their favorite gear

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 10:04 am

    IT professionals share their love for products that can automate manual processes, improve visibility and management, and speed performance for users.
  • Best of the Tests

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 1:40 am

    We tested more than 100 products in 2009 in a wide variety of categories, but 15 of those products were head and shoulders above the rest and earn our Best of the Tests Award. Here are the categories and winners:
  • What I've Learned about Backing up Data, the Virtual Way

    Posted February 18, 2010 - 5:22 pm

    Don't throw caution to the wind, but putting data protection in the server-to-storage path and using disk virtualization makes a good alternative to legacy tape backups.
  • Cloud Computing's Three Revolutions: Part 2

    Posted February 18, 2010 - 2:59 pm

    How will the pay-as-you-go aspect of cloud computing change the relationship -- and balance of power -- between IT and business units? Bernard Golden, author of "Virtualization for Dummies" explains.
  • Microsoft partner tackles storage problems in virtual data centers

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 10:58 pm

    Virsto Software has developed a Microsoft Hyper-V add-on that speeds up access to data in virtualized data centers.
  • Higher Ed, Lower Costs: Colleges Remake Data Centers

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 2:51 pm

    Driven by the lean economy, large enterprises have been cutting data center costs for the past three years, but higher education has generally not followed suit. This year, that looks to change.
  • Review

    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.
  • Virtualization: Don't stop with the "low-hanging fruit"

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 8:55 am

    It's politically smart to offer some quick benefits when starting virtualization to get approval, but don't stop there, says Mike Laverick, author of VMware vSphere 4 Implementation. Laverick has seen medium sized companies running 100 percent of their servers in a virtual mode.
  • Virtual Appliances Offer Fast Sandboxes, Production Environments

    Posted February 15, 2010 - 3:20 pm

    One of the most obvious benefits of free and open source software is the ability to download world-class software and implement it gratis on your system. But, sometimes, there is a big difference between theory and action. For complex server systems, like Ruby on Rails, Tomcat, Joomla!, or Drupal, getting one of these instances running can range from a bit tricky to downright hair-pulling.
  • Technologies come and go, but managing networks is still about problem-solving

    Posted February 11, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    Technologies come and go, but managing networks is still about problem-solving in a changing world, as these IT executives can attest.
  • Running Virtual Machines With VirtualBox 3.1.x On An OpenSUSE 11.2 Server

    Posted February 10, 2010 - 10:54 pm

    This guide explains how you can run virtual machines with Sun VirtualBox 3.1.x on a headless OpenSUSE 11.2 server.
  • Essential guide to Windows 7 management

    Posted February 10, 2010 - 12:38 pm

    Windows 7 offers several benefits to IT managers who can overcome management challenges. This collection of resources will help you deploy, manage, secure and virtualize Windows 7 in your environment.
  • Stealthy start-up backed by VMware founder Diane Greene looks to virtualize networks

    Posted February 10, 2010 - 10:15 am

    A start-up with financial backing from VMware founder Diane Greene is developing a network operating system designed to virtualize networks and create networks ideal for cloud deployments.
  • Juniper execs share network vision

    Posted February 8, 2010 - 9:30 pm

    Juniper Networks has always been about high performance and, since it straddles the carrier and enterprise markets, has an interesting perspective on where these worlds intersect. Network World Editor in Chief John Dix caught up with Kim Perdikou, EVP and GM of the Infrastructure Products Group, and David Yen, EVP and GM of the Fabric and Switching Technologies Business Group, to discuss converging needs, tech trends and the company's Stratus project, a single-layer network architecture.
  • Enterprise IT: The top priorities

    Posted February 8, 2010 - 5:59 pm

    Cautious optimism is the anecdotal sentiment we hear most often when discussing the health and demeanor of enterprise IT, and data from a recent study bears that out.
  • 10 recession-proof IT skills

    Posted February 8, 2010 - 5:55 pm

    The enterprise data center has become the corporate center of attention. If you want in, here are the skills you need to have.
  • Review

    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
  • Planning for virtualization? Beware of server overload

    Posted February 8, 2010 - 5:22 pm

    As virtualization stretches deeper into the enterprise to include mission-critical and resource-intensive applications, IT executives are learning that double-digit physical-to-virtual server ratios are things of the past.
  • VDI: 5 signs it's not for you

    Posted February 8, 2010 - 9:07 am

    If any of these situations apply, stop right here because you aren't cut out for VDI.
  • Cisco to unleash data center extensions

    Posted February 5, 2010 - 10:26 am

    Cisco next week is expected to unveil new and enhanced data center products that are designed to more easily interconnect and allocate resources among multiple data centers and are optimized for cloud computing and virtualization.
  • Wireless broadband: There's a gap for that

    Posted February 4, 2010 - 1:10 pm

    Back in 2007, Nemertes Research predicted a "broadband access" gap that would begin affecting Internet connectivity by the year 2012.
  • NY hospital cuts power bill with thin-client virtualization

    Posted February 3, 2010 - 7:40 pm

    New York City's Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers is saving power and money by replacing its desktop computers with thin clients running virtualized operating systems.
  • Casino banks on social networking, mobile technology and virtualization

    Posted February 3, 2010 - 12:48 pm

    At Cache Creek Casino, IT boss Rod Luck embraces social networking, despite concerns about security.
  • Coraid peeks out of the cloud

    Posted February 3, 2010 - 9:58 am

    A not-so new startup came out of stealth recently. Coraid, which was founded in 2000, announced that it has a new CEO and new funding and backing.
  • Linux, Windows or both? Doesn't matter to virtual desktop vendor, Ulteo

    Posted February 3, 2010 - 9:50 am

    Ulteo is poised to offer commercial support for its free virtual desktop infrastructure software, which the open-source startup says will cost companies a fraction of established offerings from Citrix Systems Inc., Microsoft Corp. and VMware Inc.

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