With Open Container Initiative 1.0, container runtime and image specs have been standardized.
With Open Container Initiative 1.0, container runtime and image specs have been standardized.
Microsoft is adding more options for users who want to virtualize Windows 10 desktops. Here's what's new and how much it will cost.
With Kubernetes gaining popularity quickly as the container orchestration program of choice, sysadmins need to learn all they can about this DevOps program.
The company wants to move to cloud subscriptions and develop data-security and analytics services.
The technology giant has announced a new appliance, thin client, and software solutions for its desktop virtualisation suite.
The leading cloud container-orchestration program adds new features to its appeal.
Few companies know what's in their unstructured data, who created it or where it's stored. DataGravity for Virtualisation can reveal all this and more, and use that insight to better protect and secure...
Want an all-in-one hybrid-cloud system? Red Hat thinks it has what you need in its Linux-based Red Hat Cloud Suite.
More than a third of virtual machines running on Azure are Linux VMs. Here's what's available.
SUSE goes all in for containers with SUSE Container-as-a-Service.
Oracle wants to be a cloud power, but instead of branding their own cloud DevOps program, they'll be working with CoreOS on Kubernetes.
According to a 451 Research study, containers are taking over cloud server deployments, and Kubernetes is taking over container orchestration.
Microsoft releases Draft, an open-source tool to streamline development of applications running on Kubernetes.
The arrival of the NBN has instilled a sense of 'urgency' in Telstra, Juniper Networks global CEO Rami Rahim has said, with the telco racing to become a services provider rather than simply a connectivity solution.
The technology wheel is turning again. Yesterday it was converged and hyperconverged infrastructure. Tomorrow it's composable infrastructure. I've been doubtful, but it's here today. This is what you need to know.
Chef, the popular DevOps company, has expanded its Chef Automate program to handle cloud-native and container-first server environments.
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.
Did you know that Windows 8.1 Professional and Enterprise has built-in virtualization capabilities? Here's how to run multiple operating systems on a single PC.
Its Indian R&D center is playing an increasingly important role in the company's software development and IP creation, and the company has invested more to maximize its potential.
The best way to try out the Windows 8 Consumer Preview beta is with Oracle's VirtualBox virtualization program. Here's how to do it step-by-step.
VMware's vSphere 5 is the most intelligent, most scalable and most promising hypervisor yet.
The Australian Navy's officers-in-training are using an advanced virtual-reality training simulator to replicate combat missions on a 3,500-tonne warship
Greg Shultz shows you how to use Disk2vhd to move your Windows XP installation into Windows 7 and then run it with Windows Virtual PC.
Rick Vanover takes a look at the stories behind tech company names and logos.
As part of the course called "Cloud Computing in the Commute," students from the University of Michigan developed apps for a Ford Fiesta research vehicle.
Astronauts on the International Space Station are using virtualisation to increase the speed of communications to Earth
<p> The seventh generation of VMware's venerable desktop virtualisation platform, <a href="http://www.vmware.com/products/workstation/">VMware Workstation</a>, includes support for Windows 7 hosts and guests as one of its key features. However, that's not all it has to offer, as we discovered when we downloaded the new version and put it through its paces. </p>
<p> The mid-term R2 refresh of Hyper-V Server 2008 sees Microsoft's free bare-metal hypervisor enhanced to match the capabilities of its full <a href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/software/os/0,1000001098,39671447,00.htm">Windows Server 2008 R2</a> implementation. In essence, that means greater scalability, plus the inclusion of VM migration tools left out of the original release — including live migration with minimal downtime. However, management tools remain an extra so, by itself, <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/hyper-v-server/en/us/default.aspx">Hyper-V Server 2008 R2</a> shouldn't be considered a self-contained virtualisation solution. </p>
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.
<p> Launched in April, VMware's <a href="http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere/">vSphere 4</a> is the latest major release of the company's ESX server virtualization platform. Highlights of the new suite are Thin Provisioning, Data Recovery, Fault Tolerance and Distributed Power Management, all of which we'll look at in more detail in this review. </p>
VMware Player 3.0 has hit the Release Candidate (RC) stage and is available for public download. This latest release brings with it some neat new features.
The innovation challenge highlights how companies are increasingly holding contests to garner ideas and potentially future talent.
At the VMworld conference in San Francisco, ZDNet Senior Editor Sam Diaz tours the exhibition floor to see what is happening at the show. Diaz also talks to David Bricker of IBM about the company's XIV substorage system, which works in the VMware environment, and to Tripwire's Michael Reznick about how the company's software helps IT managers audit and control their systems inside a data center.
At VMworld 2009 in San Francisco, Praveen Asthana, Dell's VP of storage and networking, talks about the company's virtualization strategy and how it plans to optimize the data center with fewer tools.
At the CloudWorld event in San Francisco, panelists question whether cloud computing, quickly gaining mainstream adoption, could replace system ownership entirely. Panelists include Joe Weinman of AT&T Business Solutions, Sam Charrington of Appistry, James Urquhart of Cisco Systems and the CNET Blog Network, and Timothy Chou of Ming Holdings.
Third-party switches offer more features
By 2011, there could be more than 660 million virtualized desktops. John Whaley, CTO and Founder of MokaFive, talks about the issues surrounding current infrastructures and says that organizations deploying new systems need to think about four things--management, offline use, cost, and the user experience.
Research carried out by ZDNet.co.uk has revealed that although virtualisation is not a priority for many companies at the moment, it rates highly in plans for the next five years
Red Hat, Novell and VMware representatives discuss ZDNet.co.uk research, based on reader responses, that reveals systems management is not as easy as it should be
Representatives from Red Hat, Novell and VMware discuss ZDNet.co.uk research examining the impact of virtualisation and other developments on server infrastructure
Diane Offereins, CIO at Discover Financial Services speaks to ZDNet Editor in Chief Dan Farber about the company's underdog role in the financial services industry. She also talks about deploying new technologies that will help spur growth and gain efficiencies, such as virtualization, web services, and mobile payments.
vSpace Pro addresses the pain points of complex and costly hypervisor-based VDI with a much simpler yet still effective alternative that shares desktops on just one Windows OS.
Parallels Desktop 12 doesn't have the eye-catching features of last year's edition, but improved performance, time-saving options, and regular updates should help to maintain its lead over virtualization rivals such as VMWare Fusion.
Parallels 11 is a polished virtualisation solution that allows Mac users to switch easily between OS X and Windows apps, regardless of which operating system they were written for.
From secure containers to Docker support, to abstracted networking and storage, the most interesting features in the next version of Windows Server will come next year with a later preview and System Center beta.
This new version of the 2X ApplicationServer XG will blow you, and the competition, away. Price, ease of use, rapid deployment, and small size make XG the perfect application and desktop delivery system.
The best virtualisation platform for the desktop just got even better: if you're a software developer, trainer or support professional, look no further.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Microsoft's Hyper-V is a solid virtualisation platform that's compatible with a wide range of modern server hardware.
Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery 8 provides flexibility when creating desktop and laptop backups. If you have high value data stored on your computer, then we think $106.53 is a reasonable price to ensure it's protected.
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.