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According to a prediction made by IDC back in 2010, 70 percent of servers would be virtual by 2014. Gartner now estimates Windows being at between 60 and 70 percent virtualized and Linux being at between 35 and 45 percent virtualized, making IDC's largely accurate. In addition, very few systems shipped today are not virtual, borne out by the fact that there is a decline in the number of servers being shipped and the growing number of virtualized environments that exist today. To sum this up, physical servers are becoming increasingly uncommon and virtual servers are now the most common mode adopted in all industries, across all sectors, regardless of company size. Despite virtualization being common today, there is still room for significant evolution and growth to occur. The following are my predictions for virtualization in this year: Virtualization Provides Sca... (more)

Six Characteristics of the Ideal VM Backup Solution

Virtualization offers companies of all sizes great opportunities but it does not come without several challenges, two of those being massive outages and lost data. Fortunately these challenges can all be managed and are no real cause for concern. It's just a matter of finding an effective backup and recovery solution that will ideally meet the following qualifications: Simplicity Choosing a solution that allows you to use the same backup system and policies for all virtual and physical systems can simplify the management of data, increase data security, and decrease risk. You can ... (more)

Benefits of Virtualization

Just by its mere name, virtualization conjures up images of expensive, complicated technologies that for the most part only the largest companies can grasp, when in fact there are many benefits that virtualization can bring to small businesses, two being IT efficiency and cost savings.  The likes of VMware Workstation and Oracle's VirtualBox both have brought this technology well within the budgets of small businesses. The following suggestions will help you gain the most benefit of virtualization within your small business: Replace unsupported or outdated machines Sadly we see i... (more)