Virtualization


5 Essentials to Greening the Data Center

Not all energy-saving plans are created equal; some greening measures clearly rise to the top of the list of best practices. We talked to energy experts and district IT directors who have undertaken data-greening efforts, and from these conversations we were able to identify five essential elements to any data center greening initiative.

Cutting Back on Server Sprawl

When Barren County School District's IT team began exploring its server virtualization options three years ago, it had one clear goal in mind: to save money in an environment where funding was becoming scarcer by the minute.

Taking Virtualization All the Way

An all-encompassing approach to virtualization has resulted in cost savings and operational efficiencies for one North Carolina school district. It's also helped the district deliver technology to students in a way that it couldn't before, providing anytime, anywhere access to school computers and learning materials.

Microsoft Shows Private Cloud Features of Upcoming System Center 2012

This week Microsoft is showing off its next version of System Center, a set of products for managing a Windows network. System Center 2012 will include a Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) when it's released later this year that will enable administrators to manage private and public cloud services.

Oracle Enhances x86 Clustered Systems for Virtualization and Private Cloud Deployments

Oracle has introduced enhanced Sun Fire x86 clustered systems to bolster its line of enterprise-class blade and rackmount servers for highly virtualized and private cloud deployments.

Windows 7 Patch Breaks Connection with VMware View Client

Two entries in Microsoft's February security update, released last week, block Windows 7 users from connecting to VMware's View Connection Servers, according to a VMware security bulletin.

Windows Thin PC Details Revealed

A Microsoft representative noted last week that Microsoft is planning two new options for IT organizations using Windows 7, but the catch is that Software Assurance (SA) licensing needs to be in place.

VMware Debuts Connector for Hybrid Clouds

In a move key to bridging public and private clouds based on its virtual machines, VMware this week said it will release software that ties internal vSphere VMs to service providers' cloud platforms.

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Arrive Feb. 16

Microsoft Wednesday released Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to its equipment manufacturing partners.

Black Box Offers Kit that Multiplies CPU Computer Seats

Black Box has released a new product that enables a technician to turn one CPU into two workstations or two CPUs into four workstations. VirtuaCore allows a school to increase the number of computing seats without adding PCs.

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