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Sep 1, 2011
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VMworld 2011: VMware, Symantec Partner for Secure Desktop-as-a-Service Products

With the largest VMworld ever as a backdrop, Symantec and VMware have announced that they'll partner to develop new desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) offerings that will include features designed to ease virtual desktop deployment, simplify management, and enhance security. According to Symantec, these new solutions will utilize Symantec Endpoint Protection, the Altiris Client Management Suite, VMware vShield, VMware View, VMware vCloud Director, and VMware vSphere 5 to deliver a "secure, manageable and cost-effective DaaS solution" that leverages "on-premise Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDI) with the efficiencies and scalability of cloud computing."...More
Aug 31, 2011
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VMworld 2011: Microsoft's Edwin Yuen on VMworld and the Private Cloud

The relationship between Microsoft and VMware at VMworld has always been a stormy one. As the primary competitor to VMware in the virtualization space, Microsoft has historically had a limited presence at VMware's premier virtualization event, with modest booths and meeting rooms stuffed into the corners of the VMworld expo hall. Citrix and Microsoft had a very public spat with VMware about their poor booth locations and other grievances before VMworld 2009, although relations between the three companies have improved somewhat since then....More
Aug 29, 2011
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VMworld 2011: Paul Maritz Updates VMware Strategy, Touts vSphere 5.0

VMware CEO Paul Maritz welcomed close to 19,000 attendees during his late afternoon keynote at VMworld 2011 here in Las Vegas. Preceded by several minutes of TRON-like 3D animation depicting virtualization and the cloud, Maritz used the 90-minute keynote to explain VMware's vision towards "IT as a service" and to introduce a number of new products, including vCloud Data Director and updated version of several of their existing products, including the formal roll-out of VMware vSphere 5.0....More
Aug 15, 2011
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Your Apps and the Private Cloud

One of the most challenging aspects of any cloud or virtualization strategy is how to handle the migration of business-critical legacy applications from their old, familiar environments to a virtual and/or cloud environment. I've spoken to many Windows IT Pro readers that are reluctant to migrate from Windows XP and Internet Explorer 6 due to application compatibility issues, and moving those same brittle applications to a private cloud creates yet another challenge for the harried IT administrator....More
Aug 1, 2011
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Lessons Learned from Real-World Private Cloud Deployments

Interest in (and adoption of) private clouds is on the rise, fueled by the need for more elastic and agile IT resources, improved ROI, and a demand for keeping business-critical applications and data under the control of in-house IT staff....More
Jul 15, 2011
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The Private Cloud Explained

While the real world adoption of cloud computing in still in its infancy the technologies that enable cloud computing are evolving rapidly. Traditionally the cloud has been viewed as hosted services. However, that is what is now known as the public cloud....More
Jul 6, 2011
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A Private Cloud Checklist 1

So you think you want (or you’ve been told) to build a private cloud. Where do you start? Heed the items in this private cloud checklist to greatly increase your cloud project’s chance of success....More
Jun 22, 2011
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Why Quality of Service Matters in the Cloud

There have been several highly-publicized outages of cloud services over the last few months, ranging from Amazon's cloud collapse to Microsoft's Office 365 failures. While the track record for the public cloud hasn't been spotless, it's important to remember that internal IT resources -- and by extension, private cloud deployments -- aren't always infallible either....More
Jun 1, 2011
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Staying Current and Avoiding the Double Bounce

Recently I encountered a situation with a client who wanted to upgrade a critical piece of software present in their infrastructure.It was a classic thick client/server accounting application utilizing SQL Server on the backend. The organization considered this to be a legacy application, albeit one that was still key and in heavy use, but only within one department of a half-dozen people.The client wanted to upgrade to the latest version of the application to take advantage of new features that the vendor had introduced in their latest release....More
May 27, 2011
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TechEd 2011: Veeam Adding Hyper-V Support

I met with Veeam at TechEd last week, and their message was simple: Hyper-V support is coming this year....More
May 27, 2011
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HP Thin Clients at TechEd 2011

I met with HP last week at TechEd, and Allen Tiffany, the manger of HP’s thin client product team, showed off the company’s advances in thin client technology....More
May 18, 2011
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Citrix XenDesktop: Best of TechEd interview 1

XenDesktop is a desktop virtualization and application virtualization platform. It's aimed at letting users access their desktops and applications anywhere, on any network. It also addresses the identity challenges that come with virtualization....More
May 18, 2011
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Quest vWorkspace: Best of TechEd Interview

vWorkspace manages VDI and Terminal Services-style desktop virtualization from one database. In addition to management, it provides features such as automation, user experience enhancements, and WAN latency compensation....More
May 17, 2011
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Spoon Server: Best of TechEd Interview

Spoon is an application virtualization platform that works over the Internet....More
May 17, 2011
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Symantec Mobile Management: Best of TechEd Finalist Interview

Doward Wilkinson, senior principal systems engineer for Symantec, met with me for the Best of TechEd Interview about Symantec Mobile Management....More
May 16, 2011
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LoadMaster VLM Exchange for Hyper-V: Best of TechEd Nominee

For my first Best of TechEd interview, I met today with Peter Melerud, Co-founder and VP of product management for KEMP. Melerud talked to me about LoadMaster VLM Exchange for Hyper-V—the VLM stands for Virtual Load Manager....More
May 16, 2011
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The Evolution of the Datacenter

Virtualization has become a critical component in all sizes of IT infrastructures, from SMBs to the enterprise. Not so long ago businesses were reluctant to virtualize mission-critical applications and servers like SQL Server, Exchange, and SharePoint; however that has now changed....More
May 15, 2011
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System Center as a Private Cloud: TechEd 2011

Kenon Owens, technical product manager on the System Center and Virtualization and Forefront Team at Microsoft, gave the first technical session Sunday at the Reviewers' Workshop at TechEd in Atlanta. The session mainly focused on using System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) to create a private cloud....More
Apr 21, 2011
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Product Brief: AutoVirt 3.5

AutoVirt is a storage virtualization tool—it basically allows you to treat all the diverse storage servers on your network as a single drive....More
Mar 3, 2011
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Product Brief: 200 desktops in a 1U device

Reps from a new company, V3 Systems, talked to me about their recently-announced StratoSphere VDI appliances. The appliances promise to provide up to 400 virtual desktops (in a 2U appliance)....More
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