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  • Oracle sheds new light on future of Sun technologies

    Posted October 29, 2009 - 1:10 pm

    Oracle has provided new details about its plans for certain key Sun Microsystems technologies, including the GlassFish application server and the NetBeans application development toolkit.
  • Inside One Firm's Private Cloud Journey

    Posted October 28, 2009 - 4:48 pm

    Travel booking and expense firm Concur Technologies uses virtualization and an infrastructure-as-a-service model to slash costs and deployment times for internal business groups. Bonus benefit: Improved compliance tracking.
  • Disaster Can Inspire Quick Move to Desktop Virtualization

    Posted October 28, 2009 - 11:40 am

    In the wake of a hurricane, a Texas hospital system's IT group overcame user reluctance to virtualize desktop PCs. Here's a look at their journey and the thorny little issue that Citrix just solved a few weeks ago: USB port support.
  • Review

    First Look: VMware Fusion 3

    Posted October 27, 2009 - 9:52 pm

    VMware Fusion 3 brings a number of interesting new features to what was already a feature-rich application. I've had a chance to use the final Fusion 3 code for the last week or so, and this First Look is based on my experiences with that code.
  • Dell, Juniper team on data center technology

    Posted October 27, 2009 - 9:46 pm

    Dell and Juniper Networks this week reached an OEM agreement that will let Dell offer Juniper products to data center customers under its PowerConnect brand.
  • Amazon slashes cloud prices, offers new database service

    Posted October 27, 2009 - 2:39 pm

    Amazon cuts the price of Web-based virtual servers and debuts a cloud-based relational database.
  • The Curse of Cloud Security

    Posted October 27, 2009 - 11:40 am

    Seventh Annual Global Information Security Survey: Companies are clamoring for services in the cloud. But the biggest problem from a security perspective is that few understand what they're dealing with. (Second of a four-part series)
  • VMware ships Workstation for virtualizing Windows 7

    Posted October 27, 2009 - 9:40 am

    VMware has added support for Windows 7 and expanded the ability to handle virtual processors in Workstation 7, the new version of its platform for running multiple OSes simultaneously on a PC.
  • Wireless helps hone data center efficiencies

    Posted October 26, 2009 - 11:41 am

    Enterprise efforts to consolidate data centers and install virtualization software are taking a big bite out of the number of power-hungry application and storage servers required to support enterprise data. But after taking this critical first step, what else can you do to boost efficiency?
  • Trend Micro bolsters virtualization security options

    Posted October 26, 2009 - 10:21 am

    Trend Micro's Deep Security firewall/intrusion-protection system software for VMware's ESX server can protect multiple virtual machines on one physical server.
  • With Hyper-V R2, Microsoft sets its sights on VMware

    Posted October 24, 2009 - 9:03 pm

    Competition between VMware and Microsoft got a little tighter on Thursday with the release of Windows Server 2008 R2, which includes a major update to Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualization software.
  • VMware reports a sharp drop in profit

    Posted October 21, 2009 - 5:40 pm

    VMware's third-quarter profit dropped by more than half as the company invested more heavily in research and development, though its revenue increased 4 percent from a year earlier, the company said Wednesday.
  • Windows 7 will drive virtual desktop adoption, VMware says

    Posted October 21, 2009 - 5:05 pm

    Windows 7 will increase virtual desktop adoption, but won't cause a massive shift right away, VMware says.
  • Secrets of successful data center

    Posted October 21, 2009 - 10:31 am

    You don't see flashing neon signs on today's data centers. The goal is to keep as low a profile as possible.
  • Gartner's top 10 technologies include the cloud, mobile apps

    Posted October 20, 2009 - 5:22 pm

    The top strategic technology in Gartner Inc.'s annual top 10 list was cloud computing, but the one that may have been of the most interest to Bill Piatt, the CIO of the International Finance Corp., was last on the list, and that's mobile applications.
  • Gartner: Server virtualization now at 18% of server workload

    Posted October 20, 2009 - 2:10 pm

    How fast is the shift to server virtualization happening? According to Gartner, 18% of server workloads this year run on virtualized servers; that share will grow to 28% next year and reach almost half by 2012.
  • Gartner: Don't sweat move to IPv6

    Posted October 20, 2009 - 2:06 pm

    ORLANDO -- The future of communications calls for a focus on unified communications and collaboration, workforce mobility, IP telephony and network virtualization. But moving from IPv4 to IPv6? Don't worry about it yet, Gartner analysts say.
  • Citrix bows to customer pressure on XenDesktop licensing

    Posted October 20, 2009 - 2:04 pm

    Citrix Systems has added more licensing options and editions to its upcoming desktop virtualization platform XenDesktop 4, including the option to pay by the number of devices used, it said on Tuesday.
  • The case against virtualization (and 4 reasons to do it anyway)

    Posted October 19, 2009 - 8:45 am

    Almost all servers and workloads can be virtualized, but in some cases virtualization may not be the right choice. Here are 4 cases where virtualization may not make sense (and 4 reasons you may choose to virtualize anyway).
  • How green IT saves Citizens Bank $500,000 a year

    Posted October 15, 2009 - 2:03 pm

    Eliminating inefficient cooling techniques helps Citizens Bank save loads of cash on energy costs.
  • Five Lessons from a Data Center's Crisis of Capacity

    Posted October 15, 2009 - 1:34 pm

    When the data center neared its failure point, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory embarked on a project to revamp facilities without breaking the budget. Consider these practical lessons from the edge of failure.
  • Internal clouds are more than just virtualization

    Posted October 14, 2009 - 9:36 pm

    Less than 2% of enterprises have deployed internal cloud computing networks, and vendors are just beginning to provide the proper tools necessary to build them.
  • IBM hikes virtualized storage performance with SSDs

    Posted October 14, 2009 - 5:30 pm

    IBM will add support for SSDs to version 5.0 of its SAN Volume Controller and is promising a big boost in performance with or without flash storage.
  • Securing your virtual environment

    Posted October 9, 2009 - 8:30 am

    What can you do to secure your virtual environment? For starters, don't surf the internet from the host computer and install only what you need, says Brent Huston, CEO and Security Evangelist for Microsolved, Inc.
  • Pentagon backs off cloud availability claims

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 9:32 pm

    Days after claiming 99.999% availability for its new cloud computing service, a U.S. Defense Department spokesman says he misspoke and meant to say the agency is achieving 99.99% availability instead.
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