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Prepping for Virtualization in 2014 IT Budgets

 
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Businesses that are ready to move toward a virtualized infrastructure need to consider all sides of implementation costs when developing their IT budget for 2014.  Contrary to popular perception, making the full move to a virtualized environment involves three different kinds of costs associated with IT projects: hardware, software, and labor. 

How Virtualization Can Save the SMB

 
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SMBs face a number of IT challenges- soaring hardware costs, under-utilization of hardware, over-utilization of employees, security vulnerabilities and decreasing storage space. All organizations struggle with one or more of these challenges, but SMBs in particular have limited bandwidth for dealing with these difficulties. Virtualization can help reduce, or even eliminate, some of these issues completely. Let's examine a few ways that virtualization can help your SMB become leaner and more efficient with its IT operations.

A Look Inside VMware's VCP Certification and IT Consulting

 
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Companies that wish to vet and/or implement a virtualization strategy using VMware's products can benefit from using an IT consulting firm in their search, where one or more of the experts on staff possess the high-level certification known as VMware Certified Professional (VCP).  Earning the certification requires candidates to complete VMware-authorized training courses pass several rigorous exams.

IT Security Vulnerabilities Identified in Intel CPU Hardware

 
IT security, Intel CPU vulnerabilitiesUS-CERT has identified a huge threat to your company's IT security. Several 64-bit operating systems as well as virtualization applications using Intel processors are at risk of being exploited by a "local privilege escalation attack." The exposed operating system are based on x86-64 architecture, including Windows Server 2003 SP2, Server 2008 R2; Windows 7, NetBSD, FreeBSD, and operating systems utilizing XenServer Hypervisor.

In addition, systems using the IHC platform (Intel Hybrid Cloud) for virtualization are vulnerable to the security flaw. An elevation of privilege vulnerability is caused by a method the Windows User Mode Scheduler uses to handle system requests.  With the existence of this weakness comes a higher probability of hackers exploiting it to gain kernel privileges and take control of Windows and other operating systems. If you’re using Intel CPU hardware, here are the top 3 reasons to contact your IT security support team immediately.

Virtualization Storage - Block Level

 
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Some businesses and organizations that have already implemented a managed services approach as part of their IT solutions suite may already have heard of "block level storage virtualization," but for others, the term will be a new one.

Hyper-V Server 2012: Virtualization Review

 
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Microsoft Hyper-V is its third generation virtualization software available as part of Server 2012 or as a free standalone package. Even though its core offering is free, you'll now gain features that you previously would have expected to pay for. This can certainly be a game changer to organizations looking to save money on licensing while benefiting their IT infrastructure. Let's look at some of Hyper-V's biggest highlights.

How Virtualization Can Help with IT Security and User Authentication

 
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Network environments in business are changing on a constant basis, but the typical system to authenticate and verify users' identities tends to be inflexible.  Many packages that seek to deliver secure authentication assume that the environment is homogenous, which implies that it is unchanging as well.  Directory integration, however, can be streamlined and improved using virtualization technologies that go beyond the assumption that all systems are operating on an SSO (single sign on) basis. 

The New World of Converged Architecture

 
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One of the largest trends in the world of business computing is converged architecture, which is widely seen as one of the best IT solutions for addressing the increasing sprawl of IT resources.  As companies have added networking devices, servers, and storage units to their systems over time, they have seen more and more "silos" develop in their infrastructure. 

What Hyper-V 2012 has that Your Virtualization Software Doesn't

 
Hyper-VHyper-V 2012 and Windows Server 2012 form a virtualization platformthat greatly enhances an organization’s IT security, cost effectiveness and operational efficiency and is the reliable choice for mission critical workloads.

Hyper-V is easy to learn, and as a Microsoft product, saves you a lot of trouble if you operate in a Windows only environment. A money saving feature is that you can run virtual machines without paying for extra server licensing. Features that Hyper-V 2012 has that some other hypervisors typically don’t are:

VMware Project Octopus makes it easier to BYOD; Good for business?

 
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The world of technology continues to evolve with the demand for better business solutions. Technological advancements, in IT especially, have become driven by capitalism as demand becomes greater for more streamlined and less expensive operational models. One on-trend new offering that aims to streamline business operations and promote collaboration among employees is VMware's Project Octopus. The "first viable Enterprise cloud file sharing application" promises to be the next big advancement for the modern business model in cloud computing, mobility, virtualization, and other key areas of IT impacting the way businesseses function today. Project Octopus boasts the ability to enable users to collaborate easier in a BYOD-focused market; many are calling it the start of a PC-free era in business.

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