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Virtualization

Virtualization: In computing, virtualization means to create a virtual version of a device or resource, such as a server, storage device, network or even an operating system where the framework divides the resource into one or more execution environments. Even something as simple as partitioning a hard drive is considered virtualization because you take one drive and partition it to create two separate hard drives. Devices, applications and human users are able to interact with the virtual resource as if it were a real single logical resource. (Source: Webopedia)

Server Virtualization Buyer's Guide for Small and Medium Businesses


Section: Research
Server Virtualization can dramatically change an IT departments typical workload - and free up time and talent to be devoted to strategic initiatives that can help drive profitability.  This 2011 buyer's guide will help you to understand the key benefits of Server Virtualization for small and medium businesses.   The following areas are covered:   -  Introduction -  Why SMBs cho ...   read more

The Future of Cloud Computing: Unified Management and Automation


Section: Research
Tight budgets, outages in services and competitive pressures are leading to increasing numbers of organisations to adopt agile IT environments, namely deploying and managing resources more flexibly and cost effectively. This tension is creating a demand for highly automated unified management solutions to manage consolidated and increasingly dynamic IT operations in a unified way. ...   read more

Cloud Computing - Taking IT to Task


Section: Research
Much of the discussion around modern IT still revolves around purely technical aspects of a given platform, leaving many business people in the dark as to what true value of a new technical architecture actually is.   With businesses being run by process – not by technology – a new approach has to be taken: one that starts with the business imperative, drills down to the business process and then uses technology - increasingly from outside sources – to ...   read more

Cloud Computing in the Public Sector


Section: Research
Governments around the world have been looking at how best to reduce functional redundancy through the concept of "shared services” where different departments share a single source of function. This report looks at the promise and issues of cloud computing today in the Public Sector, along with the direction cloud needs to take in order to fulfil on its promise. The following topics are covered: -  The public sector in 2011 and beyond ...   read more

Enabling Rapid and Effective IT Recovery


Section: Research
This report is based on a research study based on 160 interviews with small and medium businesses across the United Kingdom, France and Germany The research findings provide some important insights including: Most SMBs take measures to permit systems recovery following a major operational incident, however significant disaster recovery (DR) gaps and shortfalls often exist. DR initiatives ...   read more

Server Virtualisation Scale-Up


Section: Research
Many organisations have gained initial experience with server virtualisation, but what can we learn about the practicalities of scaling up from those taking implementation to the next level?  This report by Freeform Dynamics covers the following topics:   -  Introduction -  Server Consolidation and Virtualisation -  Server Hardware Refresh Cycles -  Virtualisation Usage and Projections
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Evolution of Desktop Service Delivery


Section: Research
This guide provides a practical decision-making framework for IT decision makers to assess the client computing needs of their own organisation.  It covers how best to manage and deliver desktop services whilst ensuring the needs of business users are met and risk to the business is minimised. If you are pro-actively developing a client computing strategy, or you simply feel it is time to review what is available and need help in getting your thoughts straight, then ...   read more

Server Virtualization in Context


Section: Research
One of the hottest topics in the IT industry at the moment is virtualization, particularly in relation to the x86 servers that have so often proliferated to unmanageable levels.   While the principle of server consolidation based on the latest virtualization technologies is now accepted, how far have organizations progressed in this area? And based on adoption experiences, what are the practical considerations when dealing with server proliferation?  read more

Storage in the Virtual Era


Section: Research
If you are trying to help your business work out its priorities, scope out your existing IT capabilities or liaise between the two areas, this paper is for you.   As a number of new storage capabilities become available it's always good to revisit the requirements on data storage and consider the impacts, both positive and negative, of server virtualisation.  This report discusses how we might address the needs of disaster recovery, remote site access a ...   read more

User Virtualization


Section: Research
User Virtualization allows users the flexibility to manage their own preferences across multiple physical or virtual devices, but it does so within a framework that is monitored and controlled by IT.    This research explores how User Virtualization can work covering the following topics: -  Whose desktop is it anyway? -  End user computing is at an inflection point -  ‘P’ is for ‘personal ...   read more

The Great Virtualization Debate


Section: Research
With virtualization close to the top of every CIO’s to do list, this report details the task of finding out how well server, storage and desktop virtualization is currently understood and where it is being applied, discovering what is driving adoption and, just as interestingly, what is holding it back.   This report provides a snapshot of activity with regard to the adoption of virtualization solutions in business today.  The report ...   read more

The New Virtualised Data Centre


Section: Research
This white paper draws together a collection of articles looking at the various aspects of creating a strategy for a flexible and effective data centre - as a platform to carry the business forward.   The articles include:   -  The new virtualised data centre -  The virtual data centre - it's a jungle out there -  In a virtual space, the physical matters - ...   read more

The Perfect Storm-Time to Review Client Computing Strategies


Section: Research
As different needs and issues converge on businesses and IT managers around managing costs and risk while creating an enabling environment, technology advances now mean that client-side computing can be more tightly controlled while still providing flexibility and cost effectiveness. ...   read more

Virtual Desktops: From Wow to How


Section: Research
Download this free technology brief on the why and how of desktop virtualization   Virtual Desktops are quickly becoming the technology of choice for many businesses seeking more flexibility in the way they deliver applications to different types of users.    This technology brief provides an easy to ...   read more

How Microsoft’s Hyper-V Stands Up Against VMware’s vSphere


Section: Research
Since the debut of the company in 1999, the name VMware has been synonymous with "virtualization”. But just like in any area of business, once the path has been blazed, other companies create their own offerings.   Microsoft’s solution to virtualization, Hyper-V, first appeared in Microsoft Server 2008. Since then Hyper-V has become the primary competitor of VMware and their product vSphere.   The term "virtualization” ha ...   read more

PCI DSS Virtualization Guidelines


Section: Research
Virtualization separates applications, desktops, machines, networks, data and services from their physical constraints. Virtualization is an evolving concept, encompassing a broad range of technologies, tools, and methods, and can bring significant operational benefits to organisations that choose to leverage them. As with any evolving technology, however, the risks also continue to evolve and are often less understood than risks associated with more traditional technologies. ...   read more

The Perfect Storm - Why Now is the time for Open Source


Section: Research
Today’s open source is increasingly recognised for its ease of use, high performance and affordability, especially amidst today’s turbulent economic conditions.  According to CIO.com, 53% of businesses are already using open source. Another 10% plan to deploy in the next 12 months.   In this white paper you will learn: •   Why businesses are increasingly turning towards open source • &nb ...   read more

Virtualization Solutions for SMBs - A Buyer's Guide


Section: Research
Virtualization isn't the preserve of large enterprises.  Learn how small and mid-sized businesses (SMB's 50-750 users) are using Virtualization to reduce costs, improve security and efficiency.   This buyer’s guide covers: -  Virtualization Solutions Overview -  Desktop Virtualization -  Server Virtualization -  Data Back-Up & Disaster Recovery -  Host ...   read more

Virtualization Vendors Comparison


Section: Research
This guide will save you time by comparing six Virtualisation vendors side-by-side.  Vendors include VMWare, Microsoft, Novell, Oracle, Citrix and Parallels. The following areas are covered: -  Company Size -  Solution Types -  Flagship Product(s) -  Costs -  Hypervisor -  Scalability -  Extended Management -  Common criteria and security certification -  Pros a ...   read more

10 Points an IT Manager should know about Server Virtualization


Section: Research
If you are an IT manager and want to find out how your team can benefit from server virtualization, then this document will assist you.   Server virtualization is an industry standard technique to reduce server resources by more than one-third. It results in fewer servers to manage and thereby empowers firms to optimise their IT maintenance tasks.     This document will present ten important facts about server v ...   read more

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