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System Center 2012 heads for the cloud

In the beginning, Microsoft's system management suite, System Center, was all about managing network servers and other physical resources. Then along came virtualisation, so Virtual Machine Manager was added to handle virtual as well as physical systems.

January 25, 2012

F5 gives ARX a speedy makeover for small businesses

F5 Networks has launched two more file virtualisation hardware appliances in its ARX series so companies can use files without having to define where they are stored.The two additions to the ARX file virtualisation family, the ARX1500 and ARX2500, were released by F5 on Monday.

July 12, 2011 by

Greening the data centre (for fun and profit)

There’s a lot to be said for the modern data centre movement, and the trend away from power-hungry inefficient racks of under-utilised servers. Virtualisation lets you pack more and more functionality onto each CPU, saving space and power (at the expense of a little more cooling, or a slightly shorter server lifespan).

March 27, 2011 by

Why does Azure need a VM role now Hyper-V cloud is here?

Cloud and virtualisation are related ideas, but they're not the same thing. To Microsoft the real benefit of its Azure cloud service is more than elasticity and scaling and economies of scale; it's that you can have Windows servers without having to do the work of running Windows Server yourself.

November 9, 2010 by

Is IBM's cunning mainframe weaving magic?

Mainframes have never gone away, despite what many in the PC business would like to think. And as servers start to look less and less like PCs and, as they consolidate in the datacentre using techniques such as virtualisation, increasingly like mainframes, you'll soon start asking why you should bother with servers at all?

August 16, 2010 by

We saved BT execs from jail, claims Azul Systems

Azul Systems makes corporate Java compute appliances — big boxes of custom multicore processors that run Java virtual machines orders of magnitude faster and at hugely less power than can standard x86 servers. There's a lot of very clever hardware and software design in there, and for the past few years the company has kept quiet about most of it.

September 5, 2009 by

Citrix declares war on VMware?

Straws in the wind suggest that the desktop virtualisation market is starting to warm up.We're quite accustomed to the idea of virtual servers today: data centres are filling up with hefty, high-powered devices whose job increasingly is to host a number of guest servers, replacing separate lumps of hardware.

August 10, 2009 by

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