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Robert Mol | 11 Oct 2011

When you’re operating across an entire network of terminals, inefficiencies and problems are bound to arise. Of course, there’s no way to eliminate these entirely, but there are ways to minimise them, by gathering more useful information, simplifying and improving existing processes, and ensuring administrators have all the necessary powers available. This is where Symantec Workspace Streaming can help. Your organisation may well be using the Symantec Endpoint Virtualization Suite already for the virtualization of your business-critical applications. Workspace Streaming is an add-on for this suite, which allows sophisticated application streaming.

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stuartbeattie | 05 Oct 2011

Virtualization management tools are important. In part one of this series we reviewed some of the basic features of proper virtualization management tools as well as how a lack of said tools could make managing a fleet of virtual servers as labor intensive as an equal number of physical systems. In this post, we'll explore some of the more advanced features of management tools, and how their implementation saves you significant time.

First, let's look at Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). VDI is an umbrella term for a collection of technologies whose purpose is to provide centrally-located desktop environments to remote users. These users can be using virtually any device, while the processing and storage requirements are handled entirely by the VDI server. Though VDI can be delivered in many ways, the most common option is to virtualise a client operating system and provide...

paul dominjon | 04 Oct 2011

When someone like Eric Schmidt, Chairman and ex-CEO of Google, says there’s an IT skills shortage in the UK, it’s time to take notice. On the upside, there are moves to get IT back into the national curriculum, but that will be scant comfort to companies wishing to employ skilled IT professionals. Exacerbating the issue is the fact that it isn’t absolutely clear what skills will be needed. In the words of one university lecturer, “We’re training students for jobs that don’t even exist.” This is true in all areas of IT, from information management and application development, to infrastructure design and systems administration. The result is a challenge for both recruiters and those prospecting for a job. Thinking specifically about the game-changing technology that is server virtualization, we know that it brings both opportunities and...

Robert Mol | 25 Aug 2011

Application virtualization is a great way to run non-native programmes on your computer, or to test unstable software versions without putting your computer at risk. Now, thanks to a bit of software made by Adam Moore from University of California, Merced, using a virtualized application can be even faster and easier than it was before.

Shortcut Creator

Adam’s software is called Shortcut Creator v.1.2. It allows you to create as many shortcuts as you want for programmes that run on layers created with SVS (Software Virtualization Solution). When you select the shortcut, it activates the particular layer that you have chosen. If...

Guido Sanchidrian | 23 Aug 2011

Security is one of the top concerns for business who are considering a virtualization solution. In our recent 2011 Symantec Virtualization and Evolution to the Cloud Survey we found that 76% of respondents said that security was a significant concern preventing companies from moving business-critical apps to virtualized servers. 63% also listed security as a major barrier to implementing server virtualization in the workplace. Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 was designed with protection of virtual infrastructure in mind. It allows organizations to deploy higher densities of virtual machines without compromising on security.

  • It takes much of the scanning out of each virtual machine, reducing scan overhead by up to 70 percent and disk input/output by as much as 90 percent
  • It prevents AV storms by ensuring that simultaneous...
Robert Mol | 10 Aug 2011

X86 Virtualization is a key enabler for business; virtualization allows you to get more computing done with less hardware. Realizing the full advantages of these technologies can however be very costly. The most beneficial and sought-after features are also often the most expensive. Every market experiences commoditization over time, and x86 is no exception. Once a costly technology unavailable to any excepting the largest enterprises, the bare essentials are today available as free type 1 hypervisors. Fast, simple, and compact, these free hypervisors can virtualize multiple operating systems on a single piece of hardware, but not much else.

If you are interested in virtualization for any reason other than condensing...

paul dominjon | 02 Aug 2011

Virtualization is a hot topic in business IT these days and it can be difficult to keep track of all the latest trends and stories. To help you stay on the front foot, here’s our summary of some of the latest research, news and important issues being discussed in the world of virtualization in July 2011.

Upping the Ante

Virtualization is going from strength to strength - and it’s getting serious. On July 12th both Microsoft and VMWare announced their latest products for full server virtualization. These releases, Windows Server 8 and vSphere 5, seem to be focused on addressing many of the widespread concerns which are preventing many people from deploying virtualization as a business IT...

paul dominjon | 21 Jul 2011

Welcome to IT Industry Trends, the new virtualization blog from Symantec. We’ve launched this blog to give us a place to talk about all aspects of virtualization, cloud computing and more, with information for those of all levels of knowledge and expertise. Before we get started, though, it never hurts to take a look back at how virtualization started, what it is and why people are realising that it’s now a key part of any enterprise IT strategy.

What is Virtualization?

Very basically, virtualization is the creation of one or more emulated computers on one single physical computer. It is referred to as emulated because it is not running directly off of the computer’s hardware, but on a virtual recreation of this hardware - in other words, software pretending to be hardware. This means that one computer can split up its real physical resources (RAM, processing power, etc.), and simulate multiple computers instead. Each of these has...