Virtualization a foreign concept to many IT workers
Well now, here's something that's a bit surprising. According to a recent study by a nationwide network of Cisco Partners, there's a pretty sizable gap between IT managers and everyday employees when it comes to the topic of virtualization, what it's used for, and what its many benefits are. Taking it a step further, statistically speaking (based on the study), 4 out of 10 IT managers have never even heard of virtualization.
BlueStacks wants you to get your Android apps back on Windows 8
At last month’s Consumer Electronics Show, Android virtualization startup BlueStacks announced that its “App Player” software, which lets people enjoy Android apps on their PCs, was coming to Microsoft’s latest desktop operating system. It promptly delivered on that promise earlier this week when it released a new version of its free-to-download tool.
Today is (believe it or not) the 25th birthday of the Windows operating system. To celebrate, we’re going to take a little trip back in time, and relive the glory(?) days of Windows 3.1. Windows 3.1 was a lot of people’s first exposure to Windows, but there are also a lot of younger computer fans who never got a chance to try it out. In this mini-how-to we’ll show you how to get a virtual Windows 3.1 sandbox up and running, using free, virtualization software VirtualBox.
So whether you missed out on trying the earliest popular version of Windows, or you just want to take a little nostalgia trip, read on!
ARM may be comfortably placed in the mobile chip market, but the company is unwilling to rest on its laurels. In recent times, ARM has time and again underlined its interest in the server market. The company hopes to make a dent in the low-power server market with a new chip design that features both virtualization and large physical address support. The next generation of its Cortex-A processor, the Eagle, will be the first to utilize the two key instruction-set extensions that the UK-based chip designer announced at the Hot Chips conference today.
"It's the natural progression of the ARM architecture to move into this domain," said David Brash, ARM's architecture program manager. "We think that that are going to be places for low-power servers, but also new cases." A slide Brash presented at the conference revealed that some of the leading names in the field of server virtualization have already begun developing hypervisor software for the chip design, which is “very close” to being released.
Good news for small and midsize businesses -- VMWare has taken a hatchet to its virtualization software package and cut the price in half.
The entry-level virtualization platform, VSphere Essentials, now runs $495 for six CPUs, which amounts to $83 per chip (in case your internal calculator is on the fritz). That's down from $995 for six CPUs.
"The question is what took them so long [to lower prices]," says Information Technology Intelligence Crop (ITIC) analyst Laura Didio. "The answer is they could afford to wait because they had such a big lead on everyone else in the marketplace. They were able to charge a premium, and the users weren't grousing about it too much."
It's not as though VMWare is any stranger to big price cuts, however. Back in 2008, the company started offering its ESXi hypervisor for free, which was one of the biggest pricing changes the company ever made.
Dell has inked an agreement to purchase Scalent, a privately held company specializing in server and data center virtualization management software, the OEM announced.
:Scalent provides a critical building block for our Virtual Integrated System, the most open, capable and affordable converged infrastructure solution available," said Brad Anderson, Dell senior vice president, Enterprise Product Group. "This acquisition will solidify an important component of our enterprise solution portfolio. We know that Scalent software, in combination with Dell servers, storage and network platforms, provide increased efficiency and value for our customers. Scalent’s open architecture is an example of Dell’s ongoing commitment to provide customers with solutions that don’t lock them into proprietary hardware or gateways."
Dell said it plans to complete the acquisition by the end of the month. Once that happens, the OEM will focus on integrating Scalent's infrastructure software into its existing Advanced Infrastructure Manager (AIM) data center software package.
I am running 32-bit Windows 7 and I have a CPU that does not support hardware virtualization. I need virtualization software that does not require Intel VT, and was wondering if you had any recommendations. I have heard of VirtualBox but I’m not sure if you need VT support. Does VMWare have any products that don’t require hardware virtualization?
Desktop virtualization specialist Citrix last week announced the release of Xen 4.0, the company's open source hypervisor software.
"The explosion of cloud computing in the industry and increasing demands from enterprise customers are the driving force behind the continued technology advancement of the Xen community. The Xen hypervisor already powers most of the world’s largest clouds and our customer base expects the Xen community to set the pace in virtualization infrastructure. Xen 4.0 delivers on these expectations," said Ian Pratt, found and chairman of Xen.org.
Citrix says more than 50 technology vendors, universities, and virtualization experts collaborated on Xen 4.0. The latest release purports to bring "substantial performance and scalability gains," tons of memory and security optimizations, and improvements to ease of management.
Virtualization specialist Parallels said it will release software that will facilitate the upgrade process from Windows XP or Vista to Windows 7 using, what else, virtualization technology.
Called "Parallels Desktop Upgrade to Windows 7," the product will go on sale next month for $49 with a high-speed USB cable bundled in, or $39 for just the software.
"Parallels Desktop Upgrade to Windows 7 provides a simple and safe solution for Windows XP and Vista customers who want to successfully move to Windows 7 but may be overwhelmed by the process," Parallels CEO Serguel Beloussov said in a statement. "Whether people are refreshing an existing PC or moving to a new PC, all their programs, files, and user settings are automatically moved."
Microsoft may be as happy as anyone about the tool, as the software giant looks to push Windows 7 to more customers. And while it's true that Microsoft already has its own utility for moving data and settings during a Windows 7 upgrade, users sill need to re-install all their apps.
Virtualization security startup HyTrust has plenty of reason to celebrate - 10.5 million reasons, one for each dollar Cisco and several other investors have handed over to the company, InfoWorld reports.
HyTrust, winner of VMworld's "Best in Show" last year, already had $5.5 million in venture capital work with. This second round of financing almost doubles that initial infusion of cash it received from Trident Capital and Epic Ventures.
"HyTrust continues to demonstrate the importance of this emerging market," said Eric Chiu, president and CEO of HyTrust. "Our ability to raise such a significant round of funding and attract top-tier, strategic investors in a still precarious economy is a testament to the quality of our team, the strength our offering, and the gravity of the problem that it addresses for our customers. The continued support of our customers, partners and investors is critical to our success as we continue to transform the virtualization marketplace and capitalize on the opportunities ahead of us."
HyTrust said it will use the latest round of funding to drive development, sales, and marketing, as well as "fuel the company's next stage of growth."