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Should EMC sell off 80% stake in VMware?

Breaking up is hard to do, but could a split be in store soon for EMC and VMware?
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Sparc and Windows get more love in Oracle VM update

The latest release of Oracle's software for managing virtual machines offers the same set of features to Sparc users as to those who manage virtual machines on x86 servers.

VMware opens testing of next-gen vSphere to all

VMware is for the first time inviting anyone to beta test the next version of vSphere, the company's virtualization platform.

USENIX: Unstable code can lead to security vulnerabilities

As if tracking down bugs in a complex application isn't hard enough, programmers now must worry about a newly emerging trap, one in which a program compiler simply eliminates chunks of code it doesn't understand, often without alerting the programmer of the missing functionality.

Docker containers to take a bite out of virtualisation market, says Forrester

The launch of Docker version 1.0 will disrupt the server virtualisation market and speed cloud adoption as businesses run applications on Linux containers, according to analysts Forrester Research.

Google unleashes Docker management tools

Google has underlined its support for the newly emerging Docker container technology, releasing a number of new tools to help users make the most of the open-source virtualization software.

Google Cloud previews Docker-based virtual machines

Google is throwing its weight behind containers, an increasingly popular virtualization technology that can ease the process of spinning up applications in the cloud.

EMC unveils cloud storage appliance, updates virtualization software

EMC's introductions this week of its Elastic Cloud Storage Appliance (ECS) and of ViPR 2.0, the latest generation of its enterprise storage virtualization software, are two sides of the same coin.

EMC says Project Liberty could free storage software from hardware

EMC will give users a peek at its progress toward software-defined storage next week at EMC World in Las Vegas, demonstrating a virtualized VNX array developed under a program called Project Liberty.

VMware promises Heartbleed patches for affected products by the weekend

VMware started patching its products against the critical Heartbleed flaw that puts encrypted communications at risk, and plans to have updates ready for all affected products by Saturday.

Virtualization In Depth

How-to: Get started with Docker

Docker makes virtualization light, easy, and portable; follow this step-by-step guide from installing Docker to building a Docker container for the Apache Web server

Early user of VMware NSX net virtualization tool extols fine grain controls

Canadian airline company WestJet is one of the earliest customers of VMware's NSX network virtualization tools, which initially reached for the tech to address a security issue. Network World Editor in Chief John Dix recently sat down with WestJet technologist Richard Sillito to learn what the company is learning about network virtualization and its broader NSX plans.

Securing the virtual world

Catbird Networks Director of Product Management, Malcolm Reike, talks about how virtualization changes the security game with Network World Editor in Chief John Dix.

Nutanix NX-3000 review: Virtualization cloud-style

Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform brings resilient, cloud-like server and storage infrastructure to traditional virtualization deployments

Have operating system, will travel: How to run virtual machines from a flash drive

Most of the time, one operating system per computer is enough. But on occasion, you might want to boot up a second operating system for security reasons, testing purposes, or compatibility with specific software. Technical details typically restrict that alternate OS to a single PC, however. You can only install an OS in a single location after all.

How IT can better help enterprises get work done

Digital workspace delivery technologies can give users more individualized tools that will make them more efficient in their particular tasks. (Insider; registration required)

Virtualizing Oracle software: Don't pay for what you don't need

Squeezing software cost savings from virtualization projects is tricky for lots of reasons, but can be particularly challenging when it comes to Oracle databases. Here's why, and some tips to help.

Why ABM Is Migrating from VMware to Hyper-V

Facilities solutions specialist ABM has more than 100,000 employees and customers around the world, all served by a small IT team struggling to deliver IT services to its constituents. It needed to find a way to deliver IT services faster and cheaper and says virtualization with Hyper-V is the way forward.

Virtual machine (VM) security still a work in progress

Trying to protect your expanding virtual machine (VM) empire will require a security product that can enforce policies, prevent VMs from being terminated or infected, and deliver the virtual equivalents of firewalls, IPS and anti-virus solutions.

First look: Docker is a better way to deploy your apps

A long time ago, a computer program was a stack of punch cards, and moving the program from computer to computer was easy as long as you didn't drop the box. Every command, instruction, and subroutine was in one big, fat deck. Editors, compilers, and code repositories have liberated us from punch cards, but somehow deploying software has grown more complicated. Moving a program from the coding geniuses to the production team is fraught with errors, glitches, and hassles. There's always some misconfiguration, and it's never as simple as carrying that deck down the hall.