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  • 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.
  • Citrix sees smartphone as thin client

    Posted February 2, 2010 - 3:10 pm

    Remote application software provider Citrix and mobile virtualization software vendor Open Kernel Labs have joined to author a specification for turning tomorrow's smartphones into mobile thin-client devices, the two companies announced today. They call their creation the Nirvana Phone.
  • Your Kids and Your PCs: Tips for Peaceful Coexistence

    Posted February 1, 2010 - 1:40 pm

    How do you keep your PC settings and files safe from your kids, while keeping your kids safe from trouble online? Here are some easy solutions including free virtualization programs.
  • How Many Virtual Machines Fit on Your Server?

    Posted January 29, 2010 - 4:10 pm

    Virtualization capacity planning tools are available all over, but sometimes the intangibles make a big impact on performance. Here's expert advice on proper sizing of physical servers for multiple VMs.
  • Virtualization: Behind the scenes

    Posted January 29, 2010 - 4:10 pm

    I recently wrapped up my second (nearly) annual look at three leading Intel Mac virtualization products--VMware Fusion, Parallels Desktop, and VirtualBox--along with an overview piece designed to help you figure out which one best suits your needs.
  • Hospital CTO identifies virtualization gotchas

    Posted January 28, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children has learned the hard way that virtualization efforts won't be successful if vendors aren't ready to support you, according to its director of technology.
  • Oracle brings Solaris, Sparc into virtualization portfolio

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 8:10 pm

    Oracle plans to broaden its range of virtualization offerings, thanks to a number of applications obtained in the Sun Microsystems acquisition, said Oracle chief architect Edward Screven.
  • Data Center Employment Down: Bad for the Private Cloud?

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 3:10 pm

    Despite the fact that data center staffing and budgets face plenty of pressure, IT shops say they want to build out private clouds.'s Bernard Golden explains the truth about these two trends.
  • Virtualization: Which one to use?

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    A little over a year ago, I wrote a story comparing the then-current versions of the three major programs for running Windows (and other operating systems) on a Mac: Fusion 2.0, Parallels Desktop 4, and VirtualBox 2. The conclusion of that article wasn't too surprising: Your choice of a virtualization application depends largely on what you want to do with it.
  • Sybase joins in-memory database fray

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    Sybase's flagship database can now run entirely within memory
  • Review

    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.
  • SMEs dominate data centre activity: Symantec

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 5:44 pm

    Mid-sized enterprises will be leading in data center activity this year as these companies focus on staff training and adopting technologies like storage virtualization and cloud computing to cut costs and manage increasingly complex facilities, according to Symantec Corp.'s 2010 State of the Data Center report.
  • VMware to end downloads and general support for older software

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 5:10 pm

    VMware will end general support of all but the most recent versions of its virtualization platform in May, and remove the older products from its download Web site.
  • Ethernet aimed at data center virtual machines

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 2:14 pm

    Extreme Networks and Voltaire rolled out Ethernet gear designed to support the growing number of data center virtual machines.
  • Cloud, Virtualization Gurus: What Title Is Right?

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 1:40 pm

    What do you call cloud computing and virtualization experts? Job titles for IT people with these hot skill sets remain in flux, making it harder for specialists and employers to hook up, recruiters say.
  • Novell uveils software appliance development package

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    The Novell Suse Appliance Toolkit enables enterprises and ISVs to package apps with an OS and database for a single VM image
  • Virtualizing Your Desktop: Unavoidable.

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 11:49 am

    Juggling operating systems is becoming the norm. If you have less than three of them available at just a click, then you're not working hard enough.
  • Cisco, NetApp, VMware team up on virtualization security

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 2:40 am

    Cisco, NetApp and VMware announced a project to improve the security of virtualization deployments, with a focus on isolating applications that use the same physical network, server and storage resources in multi-tenant systems.
  • VMware revenue lifted by maintenance fees

    Posted January 25, 2010 - 8:40 pm

    Virtualization company VMware has reported a healthy increase in revenue for the fourth quarter, thanks largely to gains from software maintenance fees.
  • Sandia tests supercomputer virtualization

    Posted January 25, 2010 - 2:10 pm

  • Cisco's McCool sees growing data-center role

    Posted January 22, 2010 - 9:40 pm

    While Cisco Systems branches out into consumer electronics, video, mobile data and other areas, one of its biggest areas of focus today is enterprise data centers. The dominant LAN provider thinks the transformation of data centers through virtualization calls for new kinds of connections and a broader role for network technology and intelligence. John McCool oversees this push as senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's Data Center, Switching and Services group. IDG News Service talked with McCool recently about the company's own role and its partnerships with other vendors in this arena.
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