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  • 16 ways IT can do less with less

    Posted March 16, 2009 - 3:55 pm

    Put the days of doing more with less behind you by cutting back on the overhead of IT. Now's the time to cut back on over-allocated services, curtail unnecessary capital expenditures, and clean house of legacy apps and orphaned software.
  • Securing Your Virtualized Environment

    Posted March 16, 2009 - 3:48 pm

    Virtualization promises to make IT departments more flexible, more efficient and -- perhaps most crucial in these tough times -- more frugal. But one advantage the technology doesn't provide is an escape from the need for strong security measures.
  • Cisco launches unified computing system

    Posted March 16, 2009 - 11:40 am

    In a much-anticipated announcement, Cisco Systems launched its Unified Computing System, comprising virtualization technology, services and blade servers aimed at helping enterprises develop and manage what it calls "next-generation data centers."
  • 5 Steps to A Big Picture Approach to Virtualization

    Posted March 16, 2009 - 10:44 am

    Key considerations for CIOs and IT leaders who want to ensure that they are taking a holistic view of virtualization.
  • Mother Nature speeds school district virtualization project

    Posted March 11, 2009 - 4:15 pm

    Falcon School District 49 near Colorado Springs, Colo. had its entire data center fried by a Christmas-time blizzard in 2006 that covered the site's air conditioning compressors under a snow drift. The result was an internal data center temperature of 130 degrees that baked for 12 hours, and an insurance check that provided the needed funds for a virtualization project.
  • Relationship with VMware will not change, EMC chief says

    Posted March 11, 2009 - 9:15 am

    EMC and VMware plan to continue working together closely in the years ahead, said EMC's top executive, dispelling speculation the storage vendor might sell down its stake in the virtualization software company.
  • EMC looks to build strength through acquisitions

    Posted March 11, 2009 - 9:12 am

    EMC is on the lookout for acquisitions but only wants to buy companies that will help solidify its existing business rather than acquiring companies that push EMC into new markets, the storage vendor's top executive said.
  • Cisco's data-center push holds promise, perils

    Posted March 11, 2009 - 8:56 am

    Cisco Systems' move into the heart of data centers holds the promise of easing a big IT headache but may also escalate competition between the company and its partners.
  • HP expands virtual storage offerings

    Posted March 10, 2009 - 11:08 am

    In a series of products and upgrades to be introduced on Tuesday, HP will roll out higher capacity virtualized storage arrays with new features such as virtual RAID 6 and a solid-state drive option. The company is also introducing storage virtualization software that works with more third-party devices, and an improved backup platform.
  • Quiz highlights benefits, limits of server virtualization

    Posted March 9, 2009 - 4:01 pm

    How much do you know about the benefits, limitations and drawbacks of server virtualization? Take this quiz to see how your understanding compares with that of the experts -- and gain some food for thought as you contemplate whether and where to use virtualization.
  • Stratus fits fault-tolerance into VMware environment

    Posted March 9, 2009 - 3:10 pm

    Stratus is aiming to offer the same high availability in one server that usually requires two by rolling VMware's Infrastructure Foundation together with its own system for fault-tolerance.
  • Key Virtualization Advances from VMworld Europe 2009

    Posted March 9, 2009 - 10:49 am

    VMworld Europe 2009 featured several major vendor announcements, along with substantial buzz around VMware's forthcoming vSphere (previously called VMware Virtual Infrastructure) product release and Cisco's Nexus 1000V virtual switch.
  • Virtualization Wars Heat Up Again

    Posted March 9, 2009 - 10:35 am

    The virtualization marketing wars that heated up the summer competition among VMware, Microsoft and Citrix, then dampened and cooled with the winter weather, are heating up again.
  • Review

    Virtualization for the rest of us

    Posted March 5, 2009 - 4:16 pm

    Nestled among the high-class virtualization tools are plenty of low-cost and even free solutions that fit right in with small-business needs.
  • 5 Rules for virtualization success

    Posted March 3, 2009 - 6:30 pm

    "What we like best about virtualization is the dynamic nature of it," say Nelson Ruest and Danielle Ruest, authors of Virtualization: A Beginner's Guide. "The server is no longer constrained in its physical envelope and because of this it becomes much more malleable which makes it so much easier to work with." Their advice to newbies: Start with the free versions of virtualization technologies available from Sun, Citrix, VMware, Microsoft, and many others and test, test, and retest.

  • Infortrend takes aim at enterprise storage market

    Posted March 3, 2009 - 12:04 pm

    Infortrend Technology will show prototypes of new storage products for the enterprise at the Cebit trade show in Hanover this week.
  • SAP, IBM to showcase tech for cloud mobility

    Posted March 3, 2009 - 10:34 am

    IBM and SAP showcase technology that automatically balances the workload from an SAP application across multiple remote servers, during a demonstration at Cebit in Hanover, Germany.
  • Virtual server appliance tools leave out the OS

    Posted March 2, 2009 - 12:32 pm

    AppZero is planning to showcase its tools for creating Virtual Application Appliances (VAAs) at this week's DEMO conference in Palm Desert, California.
  • The State of Today’s Data Center: Challenges and Opportunities

    Posted February 26, 2009 - 12:17 pm

    A growing number of creative data center managers are using a variety of cost-containment strategies that capitalize on heterogeneity to increase IT efficiency and maximize existing resources while keeping costs under control.
  • Appliances big opportunity for Linux, Novell says

    Posted February 26, 2009 - 10:12 am

    The modularity and licensing of Linux makes well suited as the platform of choice for software appliances, a Novell executive said at VMworld.
  • New strategy is all about management, says VMware CTO

    Posted February 24, 2009 - 6:10 pm

    More details about VMware's Virtual Datacenter Operating System, including a collection of management tools, will be provided in coming weeks, but company executives at the VMworld conference Tuesday continued to outline the broad initiative that is aimed at helping customers build internal clouds.
  • VMware adds to cloud strategy

    Posted February 24, 2009 - 10:35 am

    VMware has security for its cloud OS, an API for integrating internal and external clouds and improved management in store for the visitors of VMworld Europe.
  • Red Hat targets VMware, Microsoft with virtualization line

    Posted February 23, 2009 - 3:19 pm

    Red Hat Monday introduced a line of virtualization software to compete with VMware, Microsoft.
  • The Case Against Cloud Computing, Part Five

    Posted February 23, 2009 - 12:24 pm

    Let's talk about managing the cloud. Beware, this argument gets heated.
  • Microsoft, Citrix join forces against VMware

    Posted February 23, 2009 - 10:11 am

    Citrix and Microsoft will manage each other's virtualization platforms in a bid to compete better with market leader VMware, they said Monday.
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