Virtualization

There's a real battle in the virtualization market as VMware positions itself as cloud computing's operating system. Meanwhile, Microsoft is gaining traction and players like Citrix and Red Hat are also a threat. Virtualization's main selling point - the ability to use more computing capacity and save on servers - resonates for obvious reasons.

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Windows Server vNext Technical Preview: Screenshots

Windows Server vNext Technical Preview: Screenshots

The next version of Windows Server is at an early stage of development, but some of the new functionality for orchestrating virtualised compute, storage and networking resources on commodity hardware is available for early adopters to test. Here's how it's shaping up.

published November 12, 2014 by

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Ten Unsung Windows Server 2008 R2 Features

Ten Unsung Windows Server 2008 R2 Features

For the past few months, Microsoft has been touting the same handful of new Windows Server 2008 R2 features: DirectAccess, BranchCache and live migration with Hyper-V. But there are more than 100 new features in this 'minor' update to Windows Server. Here are 10 that IT pros might not know about -- but should.

published November 9, 2009 by

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RSA chief puts his trust in the cloud

At the RSA 2011 conference in San Francisco, RSA Chief Art Coviello talks about various cloud computing challenges businesses face today. He says companies need to start leveraging virtualization technologies to help establish control and visibility over clouds.

published February 15, 2011 by

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VMware chief sees the end of the traditional OS

At the VMworld conference in San Francisco, VMware CEO Paul Maritz anticipates the changing role of the operating system. Maritz says that, increasingly, hardware coordination and software abstract services are moving to virtual layers and that the traditional OS is becoming just one component of the virtual framework.

published August 31, 2010 by

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NetSuite CEO touts 'customizable' cloud

At the OnDemand conference in Palo Alto, Calif., NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson refutes the myth that customization is the Achilles' heel of cloud computing. He asserts that modification and adaptation are precisely how customers can gain productivity from the technology.

published April 22, 2010 by

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Salesforce demos Service Cloud 2

At Dreamforce Global Gathering 2009 in San Francisco, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Kraig Swensrud, senior vice president of product marketing, show attendees the company's new customer service software, Service Cloud 2. The new tool helps businesses connect their traditional call center technologies with social media applications through a cloud computing infrastructure.

published November 18, 2009 by

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HP CEO: The challenges of cloud computing

At the Gartner Symposium in Orlando, Fla., HP CEO Mark Hurd talks about how the company plans to layer cloud services on its infrastructure in the future. However, with more than 1,000 hacks a day, security creates an important need on differentiating what they put in public versus private clouds. "We wouldn’t put anything material in nature outside the firewall," Hurd says.

published October 21, 2009 by

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VMware Workstation 7

VMware Workstation 7

The best virtualisation platform for the desktop just got even better: if you're a software developer, trainer or support professional, look no further.

published December 14, 2009 by

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Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 can significantly reduce the cost and complexity of Windows Server virtualisation, although management tools are not included. This, together with deployment issues, could limit the appeal of Microsoft's standalone hypervisor beyond the enterprise market.

published November 25, 2009 by

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VMware vSphere 4

VMware vSphere 4

The latest release of VMware's enterprise-level hypervisor and management suite raises the bar with the addition of built-in backup, thin provisioning and fault tolerance options. The combination of functionality and a proven track record makes vSphere 4 an excellent choice for high-end server virtualisation projects.

published October 27, 2009 by

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Parallels Virtuozzo Containers 4.0

Parallels Virtuozzo Containers 4.0

Despite taking a completely different approach to virtualisation, Virtuozzo Containers can match the best hypervisors on performance while at the same time making virtual workloads quick and easy to deploy and manage.

published December 5, 2008 by

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XenServer 5

XenServer 5

Early releases of the Xen hypervisor showed promise but had lots of rough edges. Citrix's XenServer 5, however, is very much a production-class virtualisation solution with features that match, and in some cases exceed, what's available on rival platforms.

published November 18, 2008 by

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VMware ESXi

VMware ESXi

ESXi is the easiest hypervisor to install and use. It's based on VMware's ESX Server code, making it among the most stable and mature virtualisation options available. It also uses very little RAM and disk space, leaving more server resources free for your virtual machines.

published October 17, 2008 by

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VMware ThinApp 4

VMware ThinApp 4

ThinApp, previously known as Thinstall, offers a more streamlined and portable approach to new software roll-outs and development. Software developers and administrators of large numbers of workstations and or mobile workers are bound to benefit greatly from this software.

published September 17, 2008 by

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Hyper-V

Hyper-V

Microsoft's Hyper-V is a solid virtualisation platform that's compatible with a wide range of modern server hardware.

published August 18, 2008 by

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XenSource XenServer 3.2

XenSource XenServer 3.2

XenServer still has a fair way to go in order to catch up to the current functionality already offered in VMWare and Microsoft's virtualisation solutions -- but it's quickly improving and is a lot more affordable.

published July 17, 2007 by

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VMware Workstation 6

VMware Workstation 6

Already hugely popular with developers and system testers, this latest version of VMWare Workstation has even more to appeal to the professional market.

published June 20, 2007 by

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VMware Infrastructure 3

VMware Infrastructure 3

By extending and building on the production-quality virtualisation technology of ESX Server, VMware Infrastructure 3 further consolidates the company’s position at the top of the virtual server tree.

published September 6, 2006 by

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