A brief history of virtual quarantines

April 28th, 2017
A brief history of virtual quarantines

Every IT solution in your organization will encounter malware at some point or another. Some solutions are malware liabilities, others are assets. When it comes to virtualization, there are several cyber security benefits for improving your malware readiness.

Play with a live virtualized desktop today!

April 13th, 2017
Play with a live virtualized desktop today!

Even if virtualization has been explained to you before, it’s entirely possible that the definition didn’t stick. There are so many variations of this technology that we take it upon ourselves to periodically review its most basic functions. And because these variations aren’t concrete enough to easily understand them, this time we’re including a virtualized desktop for you to play with!

What is virtualization?

The simplest definition is this: It’s the act of creating a virtual (rather than physical) version of something, including hardware platforms, storage devices, and computer network resources.

Virtualization giants are pairing up

March 28th, 2017

Microsoft has been working closely with software vendors to make it easier for businesses of all sizes to have access to virtualization services. The latest development in this effort has resulted in cheaper, simpler, and more modern solutions to the complexities of remote desktop administration.

SDN & virtualized networks: how they differ

March 10th, 2017
SDN & virtualized networks: how they differ

Nobody’s perfect, even IT technicians. We’ve seen plenty of people interpret software-defined networking and network virtualization as the same exact service, but it’s time we clear up the difference. It’s small, but it could be the difference between major cost savings and a small increase in functionality.

Virtualization troubles: 3 common pitfalls

February 21st, 2017
Virtualization troubles: 3 common pitfalls

Data storage may be one of the easiest facets of virtualization to explain, but that doesn’t make it immune to problems arising from confusion. There are a few things that can cause virtualized data storage to underperform, and most of them can be easily fixed by technicians who know their stuff.

What hyperconvergence means for you

February 3rd, 2017
What hyperconvergence means for you

Don’t worry, we’ll keep this one simple. Virtualization is confusing enough, and hyperconvergence is one of the newest solutions within the field, making it even harder to grasp. The quick and easy summary is this: Hypconvergence is about virtualizing the hardware and software components required to deploy and manage databases and virtualized desktop infrastructures.

New virus threatens virtual machines

January 20th, 2017
New virus threatens virtual machines

One of the core principles of virtualized technology is the ability to quarantine cyber security threats easily. For the most part, vendors have been winning this security tug-of-war with hackers, but that may change with the resurrection of a long-dormant piece of malware that targets virtualized desktops.

Considerations for large-scale AWS migration

January 4th, 2017
Considerations for large-scale AWS migration

Migrating your business’s data, applications and other critical resources to the cloud requires time and a bit of money. Performing a large-scale migration to Amazon Web Services delivers many benefits and is a cost-effective solution that most businesses should adopt.

Containers Vs. VMs: performance variations

December 20th, 2016
Containers Vs. VMs: performance variations

2016 saw containerization (container-based virtualization) take off as a way for companies to utilize virtual platforms more efficiently. While containers use less resources than their virtual machine (VM) counterparts, performance differences are subtle and don’t necessarily make containers better.

Highlights of new vSphere 6.5 features

December 1st, 2016
Highlights of new vSphere 6.5 features

VMWorld 2016 just wrapped up and developers are rolling out the new version of vSphere 6.5, complete with plenty of upgraded features to make your business life easier. The updated version includes new security and installation features as well as a simplified user experience.