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  • Virtualization everywhere to be found

    Posted October 30, 2006 - 11:23 am

    Virtualization emerged from the Oracle OpenWorld conference as the most-used buzzword, beating out such favorites as 'Web 2.0' and last year's #1 buzzword 'grid computing.' The term wormed its way into discussions about grid computing and hardware utilization and virtualization vendor VMware's booth was among the busiest, filled with attendees wanting 'to hear more about virtualization in all its forms.'
  • Xen founder says project will stay on top

    Posted October 25, 2006 - 10:33 am

    As virtualization technology gets increasing attention from large enterprises, the founder of the Xen open-source project said on Wednesday that Xen will develop more quickly compared to competitors, including Microsoft Corp and VMware Inc.
  • Sun combines virtualization services into a strategy

    Posted October 17, 2006 - 10:43 am

    Sun Microsystems Inc. is offering several new virtualization services to customers that one analyst says amounts to the first overall "virtualization strategy" from the company.
  • Users: Virtualization requires planning and investment

    Posted September 12, 2006 - 10:16 am

    While virtualization might still be high on the hype meter, early adopters praise its benefits and potential, but say enterprise-wide virtualization projects need intense planning, strong commitment and upfront investment.
  • Storage Tip: Look at virtualization implementation before you buy

    Posted August 31, 2006 - 11:43 am

    You must look at the specific implementation of virtualization in a product and not just buy because of virtualization. But generally having virtualization is a virtue. Today there are two points of view on virtualization. One camp favors virtualization as a good thing and the other camp sees no compelling reason to adopt virtualization in general. In the future, the resisters will be called late adopters. Storage virtualization in a variety of flavors will become commonplace and pervasive; the question is not if, only when.
  • Utility computing: Building the blocks

    Posted August 9, 2006 - 5:00 pm

    Utility computing has been a buzzword for years, and vendors have liberally applied the term to products and/or services they offer that resemble a utility model. To be fair, these applications are often useful and offer good value, but they are not UC.
  • VMware virtualizes Mac OS

    Posted August 7, 2006 - 10:43 am

    Market-leading OS virtualization company VMWare has confirmed it intends exhibiting virtualization software for Intel Macs at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference.
  • PlateSpin upgrades VM conversion utility

    Posted August 3, 2006 - 11:12 am

    PlateSpin has announced the release of PowerConvert 6.0 with full support for the recently released VMware Infrastructure 3 (VI3).
  • Intel users power up virtual servers

    Posted July 27, 2006 - 11:05 am

    In a sign that virtualization is becoming more mainstream, two Australian enterprises have used the technology to reduce operating expenses for their Intel systems.
  • What makes a fabric?

    Posted July 26, 2006 - 10:55 am

    In this interview, Appistry CEO Kevin Haar talks about how grid computing and virtualization contribute to an application fabric.
  • Systems management vendors add features to IT toolbox

    Posted July 26, 2006 - 10:44 am

    Along with growth of server consolidation and virtualization in the datacenter is an increased need for automation and self-management. Two recent offerings from BMC and IBM are meeting that need.
  • Microsoft embraces XenSource in virtual coup

    Posted July 18, 2006 - 12:31 pm

    Microsoft has moved to improve its woeful image in the open source community, striking a deal that will allow Windows virtualization to interoperate with XenSource.
  • Novell adds virtualization to Suse Linux upgrade

    Posted July 17, 2006 - 1:06 pm

    Novell Inc. released a new version of Suse Linux for servers and desktops on Monday, marking the start of a renewed push to attract enterprise customers to its open-source operating system.
  • IBM to support Xen virtualization through Suse

    Posted July 17, 2006 - 11:19 am

    IBM Corp.'s low-end servers and middleware for the first time will support XenSource Inc.'s open-source Xen virtualization technology, since it's included in Novell Inc.'s new Suse Linux distribution, IBM announced Monday.
  • Microsoft offers Virtual PC for free

    Posted July 13, 2006 - 4:58 pm

    Microsoft has further upped the ante in its competition with VMware -- the dominant virtualization vendor for x86 servers -- by making its Virtual PC product into a free download, and introducing more permissive licence conditions for Windows Vista.
  • VMware Server is cooked and ready for tasting

    Posted July 12, 2006 - 11:31 am

    VMware has made its server product generally available. The product, previously the paid-for GSX Server, has been free to download in beta form for months but is now cooked according to VMware. It remains free to download but, if you want technical support, you'll have to pay for it. The company is using the same model as Red Hat for its Enterprise Linux. According to VMware, 700,000 copies of the product have already been downloaded.
  • VMware too slow and expensive

    Posted June 23, 2006 - 10:26 am

    VMware's virtualization software, which leads the market by a considerable margin and is fast becoming the platform for server consolidation projects, is too resource hungry, too slow and too expensive, according to the boss of a much smaller virtualization company.
  • Gartner: energy costs at forefront of IT

    Posted June 21, 2006 - 9:52 am

    Environmental issues may not be on the immediate agenda for most IT managers and CIOs but the amount of power IT consumes will certainly be under the microscope in years to come, according to analyst firm Gartner Inc.
  • Virtualization reality setting in

    Posted June 20, 2006 - 8:51 am

    The virtualization phenomenon may be getting too real for hardware server builders. With more companies using virtualization technology to reduce server count, one Canadian research firm predicts server sales will fall by the end of next year.
  • University data center takes a virtual focus

    Posted June 14, 2006 - 11:47 am

    Kim Wisniewski, systems engineer at Curtin University of Technology, said the engineering department was the main driver of the move to virtualization as part of an overall IT refresh, but he is now starting to roll the technology out to other business divisions within the campus.

  • 'Baby steps' best approach to virtualization

    Posted June 6, 2006 - 4:30 pm

    The best way for corporations to embrace virtualization is by adopting the technology gradually, taking "baby steps" until the concept is well understood internally, according to a systems engineer at a leading U.S. insurance company.
  • VMware to push further into systems infrastructure

    Posted June 6, 2006 - 8:16 am

    Virtualization software vendor VMware Inc. plans to extend its reach into additional systems-infrastructure areas following the unveiling of its VMware Infrastructure 3 (VI3) suite Monday.
  • VMware releases next-gen virtualization software

    Posted June 5, 2006 - 9:36 am

    VMware Inc. this week will launch the first major upgrade of its flagship server virtualization software in nearly two years, along with several new tools aimed to wring more savings out of enterprise data centers.
  • IBM seeks to ease billing for virtualized environments

    Posted June 1, 2006 - 10:44 am

    IBM Corp. launched Thursday software to help companies deploying virtualized computing environments more easily bill business departments or external clients based on consumption of resources.
  • Fujitsu Siemens unites SAP and Windows

    Posted May 31, 2006 - 5:14 pm

    Businesses that seek greater flexibility in running software from SAP AG and Microsoft Corp. together on their blade servers could be interested in new hardware from Fujitsu Siemens Computers (Holding) BV.
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