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Need a refresher on virtualisation?

This year at GTC, NVIDIA was pushing its Kepler-based GRID GPU tech to virtualise desktops, enabling a “anything, anywhere, anytime, on any device” usage model, but as a side effect delivered lots of guidance for VDI and virtualisation newbies. GRID was one of the big announcements at GTC12, with demonstrations of the tech's …
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Cloud, virtualisation and big data added to TAFE curriculum

A new curriculum for information technology courses taught at Australia's colleges of technical and further education (TAFEs, Polytechnic for UK readers, community college in the USA) has been released. “ICA 11 2.0” emerged yesterday and describes dozens of different qualifications and hundreds of subjects taught at TAFE. The …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Nov 2013
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Does virtualisation hamper security in your organisation?

What’s not to like about server virtualisation? You can consolidate infrastructure to save money, stand up new servers quickly and without scrabbling for hardware budget, and generally improve the flexibility of your IT environment. Past reader research studies, however, have highlighted some of the less desirable side effects …
David Gordon, 09 Nov 2013
Virtualisation for Beginners

I want virtualisation on my iPhone, and I want it NOW

By turning computers into software, virtualisation can increase security and free us from underlying complex hardware. Systems can be deployed in moments, and we're offered much better efficiency and flexibility. Which are all really good things, albeit things commonly associated with PCs and servers. But virtualisation would be …
Rupert Goodwins, 12 Dec 2013
Close Encounters

VMware's next network virtualisation targets: ELEPHANTS and MICE

VMware's software-defined networking (SDN) Daddy Martin Casado has likened the technique to the film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, not the meteor-headed-for-earth scenario of “Armageddon”. Speaking to The Register at vForum Australia, Casado said he likes the Close Encounters analogy because SDN is already here and …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Oct 2013
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Lots more virtualisation, cloud, added to TAFE courses

Several new subjects on virtualisation and cloud computing will shortly be added to ICA 11, Australia’s national curriculum for vocational education and training in information and communications technology. ICA 11 defines the curriculum used for courses taught at colleges of technical and further education (TAFEs, a tier of non …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Mar 2013

Virtualisation extremist? Put down that cable and step away slowly

Virtualisation is everywhere, particularly the data centre, and that's a good thing - if used wisely. Virtualisation can help you milk the greatest possible performance (and hence maximum value) from the physical gear. Running multiple virtual servers on top of a physical server platform allows you to minimise wasted CPU and RAM …
Dave Cartwright, 17 Jul 2013
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Open Virtualisation Format 2.0 lands, world+dog yawns

Anyone contemplating a move to the cloud has, by now, paused for a moment to wonder how to escape from their chosen provider of numinous computing. They've done so because shunting a virtual machine (VM) and its workloads into the cloud may seem like a fine idea today, but there are any number of reasons one may wish to place it …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Mar 2013

Infographic: The road to desktop virtualisation

So much been said over the years about desktop virtualisation, so many claims, so much noise, so much clutter. Let us to bring some clarity to the proceeding with a cunning diagram that demonstrates the familiar options, the uptake, some of the challenges - and we've even sprinkled it with some top drawer advice from our experts …
Phil Mitchell, 06 Dec 2011
The Register breaking news

From virtualisation to private cloud

There is an assumption, which has been repeated over and over, that private cloud naturally follows on from virtualisation activities. As such it has almost become accepted as inevitable, particularly amongst the IT vendors, that the way to improve IT effectiveness, agility and efficiency is to implement a private cloud. To top …
Andrew Buss, 24 Jul 2012

Speaking in Tech: Virtualisation, storage and flying balls

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise The crew at our enterprise tech-cast have brought you another storage and virtualisation scoop with the second part of their interview with Chad Sakac, senior vice president at EMC. Your hosts Greg Knieriemen, cloud and storage expert Ed Saipetch and new media ace Sarah Vela …
Team Register, 08 Aug 2012
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A Brief History of Virtualisation, now on Kindle

If you've ever wondered what time-sharing, multics and Unix have to do with today's hypervisor technologies, or why you should consider the global environment when planning your virtual machine strategy, then you'll want to read The Register's A Brief History of Virtualisation, on Kindle. El Reg's Liam Proven takes us from IBM's …
Team Register, 19 Dec 2011
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Does private cloud follow virtualisation?

A general assumption is often made that private cloud is the next logical step after virtualisation. But is this really the case? Many people got into x86 server virtualisation as part of their efforts to simplify and consolidate their application and hardware landscape. The motivation was primarily to cut costs and overheads …
David Gordon, 21 May 2012

Bromium launches security-through-virtualisation tech in the UK

Bromium has arrived as a sales force in the UK market with its strategy for making desktop computers secure using virtualisation technology. The firm, which already employs a R&D/engineering team in Cambridge, has now added sales and support operations for the UK and wider European market. It's also looking to recruit channel …
John Leyden, 14 Mar 2013
The Register breaking news

Introduction to Virtualisation, Microsoft-style

Microsoft has introduced a new series of tracks into the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). These are introductions to various topics targeted at Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). SMEs being the bulk of my professional experience, I am curious, and have taken the opportunity to give one of these tracks a go. The pick of the …
Trevor Pott, 19 Jun 2012

National Air Traffic Services lands desktop virtualisation

You think you have a stressful job? Try Gavin Walker. He’s the man in charge of the tech and comms infrastructure (Head of Information Solutions) at NATS, the artist formerly know as National Air Traffic Service Control Services. Yes, the people who know where all the planes are over the Atlantic and the UK. We went to the NATS …
Lucy Sherriff, 01 Dec 2011

Desktop Virtualisation for highly legislated environments

Implementing virtual desktops across a whole enterprise is rarely as easy as it sounds in vendor white papers. Rich Raether, IT manager, and Dan Putnam, published systems architect at large US law firm Quarles & Brady faced a unique set of challenges when they decided to roll out virtual desktops as a means of improving the firm …
Danny Bradbury, 29 Nov 2011

Desktop Virtualisation beyond VDI

Desktop virtualisation isn't just about the client, and it isn't all about VDI. Intel’s Stuart Dommett explains to Tim Phillips why there are more options for the virtual desktop than before, what Intel has been building in to its products to make those options more viable, and why he thinks it’s one of the top two or three …
Tim Phillips, 28 Apr 2011
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Trev's Big Adventure in Virtualisation

Trevor Pott, our adventurous sysadmin guest, never does things by halves. When a client asked him to virtualize its desktop and server infrastructure all in one go, he jumped at the chance. Danny Bradbury interviews him day by day as he grapples with missing equipment, application issues, and backup woes. Watch Video var …
Danny Bradbury, 31 Aug 2011
The Register breaking news

Plan ahead to make virtualisation work

The road to hell, they say, is paved with good intentions, and never more so than when it comes to virtualisation. Many companies embark on virtualisation because they think it will make IT better, cheaper and faster. There is no denying that it helps initially, reducing costs through consolidating servers and making other areas …
Andrew Buss, 28 Mar 2012
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The Reg Guide to server virtualisation scale-up

In December, our research partner Freeform Dynamics polled Reg readers about your experiences with server virtualisation projects: some 458 IT pros took time out to reply. Thank-you. Analysts Tony Lock and Dale Vile have distilled your answers into a whitepaper, sponsored by Microsoft, called Server Virtualisation Scale-up. Here …
Team Register, 28 Mar 2011
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Applied desktop virtualisation: Reg readers speak

In November 2010, we polled Register readers to find out where you lot are at with desktop virtualisation. Some 192 IT pros, mostly from the UK and the US, completed a big survey, which was framed by The Register's research partner Freeform Dynamics and sponsored by Microsoft. The findings are in and fully crunched and so we …
Team Register, 22 Feb 2011

Brush up your virtualisation skills

Virtualisation has expanded its remit since back in the 1960s, when only the white-coated acolytes tending the IBM mainframe in an air-conditioned hall needed to know anything about it. Today, it is everywhere, and it would be a blinkered IT staffer who failed to recognise the importance of the technology to his or her role. …
Manek Dubash, 01 Jul 2011

Tax office will let you deduct virtualisation software

The Australian Taxation Office's (ATO's) e-tax software doesn't run on Macs, which has long been a grumpiness-inducer for those who like their computers fruity and their tax affairs digital. But the ATO now has a cost-effective way out: run Windows in a virtual machine, run e-tax in that VM and then – this is the good part – …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jul 2012
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Budge up VMware, array upstart Tintri's ramming in Red Hat Linux KVM

Hybrid flash-disk array startup Tintri is adding Red Hat-flavoured virtualisation to its storage gear – which already supports VMware-powered virtual machines. Tintri will demonstrate support for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization using Linux's Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) at the Red Hat Summit 2014, which will be held in …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2014
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VMware starts invitation-only NSX training

If you visit VMware's certifications portal you may notice there's something missing: Virtzilla currently offers no courses for its NSX network virtualisation product. The only entry under NSX is for a forthcoming “Associate” level certification, the very lowest of VMware certifications that ask candidates to prove familiarity …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Apr 2014

Virtualisation: just a lot of extra software licences?

A colleague of mine recently remarked that x86 virtualisation makes no sense to any organisation that is cost conscious. I am an early adopter of virtualisation and wanted to know what he meant. “When using virtualisation, you are paying for far more software licences than you would if you were to take the time to implement …
Trevor Pott, 16 Nov 2011
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Oil the wheels of virtualisation with 802.1Qbg

Virtualisation enables dynamic workloads within a data centre by easing and automating virtual machine movement. While the ability to move any virtual machine from any system located on any rack to any other system located on any other rack has become commonplace, elasticity of network configuration has lagged behind. A new …
Trevor Pott, 11 Jul 2012
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Licensed to bill: software vendors love virtualisation

If you thought managing traditional software licences was a challenge, then just wait till you're accessing an Remote Desktop Services-delivered application, on a virtual machine precariously balanced atop a type-two hypervisor. How much should you pay? Given the state of some vendors' licencing schemes, you might as well throw …
Danny Bradbury, 17 Jun 2011
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FreeBSD 10.0 lands, targets VMs and laptops

The tenth version of the open source operating system FreeBSD has emerged. In true community style the software has emerged before the software's plan called for its announcement to be made public. Alphas of the new release have been available for about six months now and the final release seems not to diverge much form those …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jan 2014

Rethinking desktop virtualisation

It used to be simple. Users could either run a local operating system, or use a thin client with screen, keyboard and mouse talking to an operating system running on the server. Today there are many models of desktop virtualisation, and few safe assumptions. It used to be the case that virtual desktops could not handle …
Tim Anderson, 05 May 2011
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Hands up if you have one good reason to port enterprise apps to ARM

ARM servers look tantalising. Various CPU vendors offer multi-core silicon at a price that makes Intel go weak at the knees. Those CPUs also slurp so little power that by the time a senior manager reads about them in an in-flight magazine you'll be asked why you're not using them yet. Throw in the fact that Dell and AMD have …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Feb 2014
The Register breaking news

Growing up with virtualisation

As many organisations are discovering as they move beyond server virtualisation pilot projects, there's more to it than just consolidating servers and dealing with workloads. In this on-demand webcast, Jon Collins of analyst firm Freeform Dynamics talks to Zane Adam, general manager of virtualisation and systems management at …
Jon Collins, 08 Mar 2010

Three flavours of client-side virtualisation

Talk about virtualisation often centres on virtually hosted desktops, in which the entire desktop is run on a back-end server. But this is by no means the only way to operate. Amid all the other options, such as application virtualisation and offloading computational tasks onto rich clients, there is one model that is …
Robin Birtstone, 23 Jun 2011
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Virtualisation on the cards in VMAX revamp

El Reg is hearing from a couple of well-placed sources that version two of VMAX will arrive by the end of the year. VMAX is EMC's high-end storage array, the latest iteration of the Symmetrix line. It was introduced in April 2009. A version 2 is expected by year-end, with the possibility of support for SAS disk drives inside it …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2011
The Register breaking news

Software licensing, virtualisation and the cloud

If you've got a few minutes to spare, let us know your thoughts on the software licensing models you use today and whether you believe they restrict your ability to serve your users. You can get started by clicking here. This is the rationale for our study, which we will publish in The Register in a few weeks. For most …
Tony Lock, 25 May 2011
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VMware releases hypervisor INCEPTION tool

VMWare has released something to get your head spinning: a tool to better manage nested hypervisors. Virtzilla knows about nesting its ESXi hypervisor and says it is possible to do so inside its Fusion, Workstation and vSphere products, but also makes it plain that attempting to do so in a production environment is not just …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Nov 2013
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Backing up your VMware environment? A tale of agents and three letter acronyms

Is your VMware backup under control? No, we thought not. Virtualisation has achieved many wonderful things - but it has complicated data protection and backup, where organisations see increasing recovery times, a lack of granularity, and inconsistency between back up and disaster recovery regimes. Does this this sound like you? …
David Gordon, 15 Nov 2013

Backing up your VMware environment? Don't lose control...

Is your VMware back up under control? No, we thought not. Virtualisation has achieved many wonderful things - but it has complicated data protection and backup, where organisations see increasing recovery times, a lack of granularity, and inconsistency between back up and disaster recovery regimes. Does this this sound like you …
David Gordon, 28 Oct 2013
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Microsoft lays virtualisation beta egg

Microsoft spun out a public beta of its Enterprise Desktop Virtualisation (MED-V) 2.0 software yesterday. The company said that large businesses could migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7 in a virtualised hen house using the MED-V tool. It might be expected the tool works for Windows Vista - it's just that we can't find any …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Oct 2010
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VMware reverses decision to kill off standalone ThinApp

VMware has reversed its decision to kill off ThinApp as a discrete product. ThinApp is an application virtualisation tool that allows software to be run from a network drive or portable storage device without first being installed on a PC. Back in March 2013 VMware announced it would continue to develop the product, but not as …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Nov 2013
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Grab a cloudy boss: VMware raids Amazon Web Services

It usually works the other way around, but VMware rolled out the vCloud Hybrid Service on both sides of the pond and then recruited an exec to run the show, poaching a senior technology evangelist from Amazon Web Services. Italian national Simone Brunozzi has rocked up as VMware vCloud Hybrid Service veep and chief technologist …
Paul Kunert, 04 Mar 2014
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Virtualisation lets the applications roll

Virtualisation can ease desktop application deployment in a variety of ways. It separates the application not just from the underlying hardware but also from the operating system. It means, for example, that you can run applications – or several copies of the same application – side by side in separate virtualised spaces without …
Manek Dubash, 01 Jul 2011
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Citrix share price tumbles on profit warning

Citrix issued a profit warning last night when rolling out preliminary financial data for calendar Q2, sending its share price crashing by 12 per cent. The mobility, desktop and virtualisation vendor said earnings per share (EPS) were estimated to be in the $0.39 to $0.40 cent range, compared to its previous guidance of $0.41 to …
Paul Kunert, 10 Oct 2013
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Best practices in virtualisation

Getting IT aligned with the business's needs and strategies is probably one of the toughest elements of any IT manager's job - yet remains among the most essential, right up there with keeping the lights on. It's about ensuring that IT delivers a return on investment, demonstrates its business value, provides continuous …
Manek Dubash, 14 Apr 2011

Cisco edges away from VMware, tries Red Hat on for size

From co-operation to co-op-etition and then competition: it's happening in front of our eyes with EMC and Cisco. The choreography involves Cisco working more and more with Red Hat and its KVM server hypervisor and less with EMC subsidiary VMware's ESX. Red Hat is joining in with Cisco and working with its OpFlex protocol in …
Chris Mellor, 04 Apr 2014
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VDI a 'delightful' experience... Really?

The VDI talk was the kind of GTC session I love. It’s where a real-world expert talks about how a difficult task is actually accomplished. Not the theory, not how it should work on paper, but what it takes to actually move a project from Point “A” to Point “We’re done with this”. Ken Fingerlos from Lewan Technology delivered in …

C'mon, Commvault: You have the tech to build VM mutants...

Commvault, the arch archiver and backup biz, appears to have a virtual machine "mutation" facility, and this has prompted some speculation here at El Reg storage desk. A quick recap. Simpana 10 can back up physical and virtual servers and virtual machines (VMs) from VMware and Hyper-V. It supports cross-platform data protection …
Chris Mellor, 31 Mar 2014

Alternative Networks swallows Control Circle for £39.4m

AIM-listed biz comms provider Alternative Networks has dug deep for the second time this month and found £39.4m worth of loose change to buy managed hosting and cloudy player Control Circle. This equates to nearly 22 times the £1.8m EBITDA that Control Circle made in the year to 30 September 2013, according to Companies House. …
Paul Kunert, 24 Jan 2014
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DIY provisioning: the answer to your virtualisation dreams?

If you have ever had to justify the deployment of a new server, you will know what an uphill struggle it can be to clear all kinds of technical and business hurdles. Some of these can be addressed by virtualisation, but often all that does is move the bottlenecks further down the line, as well as add a few “virtual” problems …
Alan Stevens, 05 Jul 2011