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  • 10 must-have virtualization tools

    Posted August 12, 2009 - 4:23 pm

    Selected by virtualization pros, indispensable tools for building, managing and optimizing the virtual infrastructure.
  • The tipping point for green IT

    Posted July 8, 2009 - 2:59 pm

    Success for global green IT depends on the continued collaboration among groups within your company, among technology vendors, data center design and build businesses, energy utilities, governments, and organizations such as the Green Grid and the Uptime Institute. In short, almost everyone can collaborate on green IT.
  • Emulation or Virtualization?

    Posted July 7, 2009 - 5:27 pm

    Don't be confused! Virtualization and emulation aren't the same. Here's how they differ.
  • Cisco looks to accelerate virtualization deployments

    Posted July 7, 2009 - 5:23 pm

    Cisco is looking to accelerate the rate at which customers adopt and implement virtualization in their data centers.
  • Mobile phone retailer creates 'ERP for IT'

    Posted July 6, 2009 - 4:34 pm

    Knowing what's "under the hood" of its IT organization has been a particular challenge for Carphone Warehouse, exacerbated by its rapid growth. Under pressure to achieve greater control and reduce costs within IT, the company sought an "ERP for IT" solution.
  • Users note virtualization foot-dragging among app vendors

    Posted July 1, 2009 - 8:00 pm

    Although they have moved to virtualize servers, some IT managers have found there are applications, particularly specialized ones for healthcare, retailing and other industries, where vendors are wary of software support in virtualized environments.
  • IBM bundles x86 servers with VMware, offers special financing

    Posted July 1, 2009 - 4:44 pm

    IBM is bundling its x86 servers with VMware's newest virtualization platform, and offering financing packages to lower upfront costs.

  • Law firm speeds data access with virtualisation

    Posted June 30, 2009 - 12:38 pm

    Rouse, an intellectual property rights law firm, has virtualised its servers in a bid to improve processes and disaster recovery, as well as cut costs. The company used VMware Infrastructure 3.0 in its primary datacentre to cut from 65 servers to 10, in the few months after December. It moved from HP servers to Dell 1955 blades.
  • Virtualization, cloud computing pose new challenges, opportunities

    Posted June 29, 2009 - 8:26 pm

    Three years ago, Carnegie Mellon University opened the Data Center Observatory – an answer to the ever-rising operational costs in IT. Administrative expenses were spiraling out of control because individual research groups within the university were running their own IT infrastructure, characterized by short periods of heavy use followed by many hours sitting idle and wasting energy. The solution was to build an administered utility that provides computational and storage resources to the university community. Besides improving administrative efficiency, the DCO helped control power and cooling costs while letting researchers focus on what they do best rather than worry about maintaining their own mini data centers.
  • How Mt. Sinai's IT Team Made Virtualization Easier

    Posted June 26, 2009 - 12:58 pm

    Six years ago, when Prateek Dwivedi, VP and CIO at Mount Sinai Hospital, started virtualizing servers for the first time, there were so few tools available and so few people skilled in virtualization that the whole process was like feeling around in the dark. "Now it's practically easy," he says.
  • Hosting Firms Have New Answer to 'I Want My Own Server'

    Posted June 26, 2009 - 12:36 pm

    Virtualization is great and all, but sometimes a customer just wants their own server. For many companies, however, off-the-shelf servers are too big, too powerful and too hot-making the typical data-center fare too costly.
  • Many companies say they will adopt cloud computing within two years

    Posted June 23, 2009 - 8:18 pm

    One-third of 1,200 organizations surveyed said they plan to convert their application environments away from a traditional, client-server model to one based on virtualization and cloud computing over the next two years, according to a study commissioned by Microsoft and released today.
  • Layer 7 offers cloud governance virtual appliance

    Posted June 23, 2009 - 4:30 pm

    With companies increasingly deploying virtualization technologies throughout the IT environment, Vancouver, B.C.-based Layer 7 Technologies Inc. announced this week a virtual appliance for policy enforcement in the cloud.
  • Platform Computing tackles tech-agnostic cloud management

    Posted June 23, 2009 - 3:56 pm

    Grid vendor Platform Computing has unveiled new private cloud software that aggregates servers, storage, networking tools and hypervisors to create a shared pool of physical and virtual resources.
  • The Great Virtualization Management and Migration Tools Race

    Posted June 22, 2009 - 8:52 pm

    Third-party virtualization companies appear to be taking advantage of what are traditionally slow news weeks in the technology business by rushing out a host of products designed to make virtualization infrastructures more manageable, cheaper, and easier to squeeze into previously unappreciated corners of the IT world.
  • Citrix releases free XenServer 5.5, new community portal

    Posted June 18, 2009 - 9:32 pm

    Citrix Systems has announced the availability of Citrix XenServer 5.5, a free server virtualization hypervisor based on the open source Xen project.
  • Weighing the pros/cons of desktop virtualization

    Posted June 18, 2009 - 4:52 pm

    Successful server virtualization deployments lead many IT managers to believe desktop virtualization would provide the same benefits. While that is partly true, companies need to be aware of how the two technologies differ, industry experts caution.
  • No virtualization skills? Better get started

    Posted June 18, 2009 - 4:36 pm

    IT departments today may be looking to hire virtualization specialists, but as the technology becomes mainstream for servers, desktops, storage and networks, industry watchers and high-tech hiring managers say virtual know-how will become a standard requirement for many IT job candidates.
  • Reducing costs with endpoint virtualization

    Posted June 17, 2009 - 11:53 am

    Doing more with less is certainly not a new trend in technological innovation, but endpoint virtualization is taking the idea and embedding it even further into the enterprise.
  • Dell announces entry-level iSCSI array line

    Posted June 16, 2009 - 8:43 pm

    Dell Inc. today announced the latest in its line of iSCSI storage arrays -- entry-level models aimed at small to medium-sized businesses and enterprise branch offices, and for backing up virtualized server environments.
  • VMware’s vSphere brings storage flexibility, greater speed to SaaS provider

    Posted June 16, 2009 - 4:45 pm

    When VMware launched its latest virtualization platform, vSphere, it introduced the phrase “cloud operating system” to the IT industry. The terminology may seem like a marketing gimmick, but there are real-world benefits in the over-hauled virtualization software, as one early user of vSphere has found.
  • HP vs. Cisco: A Data Center Smackdown Looms?

    Posted June 15, 2009 - 2:11 pm

    Despite an overwhelming dominance of the networking business, Cisco has a target on its back, painted there by HP's ProCurve networking unit early in the decade, when they began gunning for Cisco.
  • The Case For and Against Private Clouds: Conclusion

    Posted June 15, 2009 - 2:07 pm

    Implementing a private cloud allows an IT organization to bypass many of the issues raised against public cloud services like Amazon EC2. First, one does not need to rely on the public cloud provider's security measures. Second, a private cloud can provide for an SLA, whereas a public cloud may have an inadequate or non-existent SLA. Third, and quite critically, certain privacy issues that arise with public cloud use can be avoided.
  • 68-degree data centers becoming a thing of the past, APC says

    Posted June 14, 2009 - 8:23 pm

    Cooling a data center to 68 degrees may be going out of style, APC power and cooling expert Jim Simonelli says.
  • SMBs more interested in cloud than big businesses? Just a myth, Forrester says

    Posted June 11, 2009 - 8:44 pm

    Enterprises with at least 1,000 employees are more interested in cloud-based virtual servers than companies with fewer employees, Forrester Research says in a new report.
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