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  • 'Year of the virtual desktop' a flop so far

    More than halfway through what vendors and many analysts predicted would be the year virtual desktops would replace enormous numbers of the physical kind, sales of desktop virtualization products are growing at a rate "that looks about the same as in 2009," according to Ian Song, analyst for International Data Corp.

    Written by Kevin Fogarty30 July 10 01:56
  • Virtualization Shines in Cautious IT Hiring Picture

    Surveys showing the spending and hiring picture for IT as bleak for at least the first half of 2010 seem to reflect more the caution of IT managers and CIOs than their real hiring plans.

    Written by Kevin Fogarty20 Jan. 10 05:52
  • Product Guide: SAN and NAS virtualisation

    In just a few short years, storage virtualization, also known as block virtualization, has proven its worth in the large enterprise and traveled that well-worn path from pricey boutique solution to affordable commodity. As a standard feature in all but the most modest mid-tier storage arrays, storage virtualization soothes a wide range of storage management woes for small and mid-size organizations. At the same time, dedicated solutions from top-tier vendors deliver the greatest ROI to large shops managing large SANs with intense data availability requirements.

    Written by Steve Norrall23 Nov. 09 17:06
  • Smart Wins: Seeds of Efficiency

    How Swedish agribusiness Lantmännen cultivated a more cost-effective infrastructure.

    Written by Cindy Waxer19 Nov. 09 08:37
  • Five Lessons from a Data Center's Crisis of Capacity

    When the data centre neared its failure point, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory embarked on a project to revamp facilities without breaking the budget. Consider these practical lessons from the edge of failure.

    Written by Robert Lemos16 Oct. 09 02:31
  • Desktop Virtualization: 5 Popular Flavors, Explained

    While VMware and Citrix go head-to-head over how to virtualize the desktop, most users say they prefer to deploy more than one flavor of desktop virtualization. Here's a look at today's five main desktop virtualization choices and their advantages and disadvantages.

    Written by Kevin Fogarty08 Oct. 09 02:00
  • Windows 7 May Spur Virtual Desktops, On and Off the iPhone

    Predictions from analysts and virtualization vendors that desktop virtualization will take off during 2010 may be off the mark. Sales may take off, but the desktop PC may not have much to do with it.

    Written by Kevin Fogarty01 Oct. 09 07:46
  • Inside Amazon's Cloud: Just How Many Customer Projects?

    There's been a lot of discussion the past couple of days about an analysis by Guy Rosen, in which he estimates that Amazon Web Services (AWS) is provisioning 50K EC2 server instances per day. He created this estimate by examining EC2 resource IDs and doing a time-series analysis on how much the IDs are incremented per hour.

    Written by Bernard Golden30 Sept. 09 07:52