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With Virtual Volumes in vSphere, policy-based storage management promises to give admins a better grip on VM data stores.
Many IT administrators prefer the vSphere desktop client, but VMware is slowly phasing it out in favor of the vSphere Web Client.
Cisco and VMware offer competing products to bring virtualization to the networking world, and each has a different way to implement the technology.
Active Directory tombstones can cause problems with data consistency. Domain controllers need to be backed up as often as tombstones, if not more.
There can be catastrophic consequences to rolling back to a previous Active Directory state. Software can help you avoid serious rollback missteps
Active Directory sync is a delicate game -- any change could throw things off. USNs and Invocation IDs can help keep track of Active Directory state.
Cloud costs can quickly skyrocket if the budget isn't kept in check. Cloud cost analysis tools, such as CloudCheckr and Cloudability, however, can help avoid that monthly sticker shock.
VMware's vRealize Suite enables companies to manage workloads from multiple public cloud providers, but concerns about deployment complexity have experts questioning its success.
Is it true that if you don't use it, you lose it? When it comes to the cloud, enterprises are buying excess capacity at lower prices. David Linthicum discusses whether the extra cloud capacity is being maximized.
With VMware's CloudVolumes acquisition, admins can provide personalized virtual desktops without managing separate images for each user. Applications will work more like they do on mobile devices, too.
Microsoft VDI licensing costs can get really high when you're using Windows client OSes. DaaS providers deploy Windows Server OSes instead to help cut costs, and you can do the same thing on-prem.
After alienating some customers by removing several XenApp and XenDesktop features last year, Citrix will start to bring some back in version 7.6. The improvements were in the works before VMware stepped up its competition, the company said.
We use an IBM System z mainframe and it's time to update some aging tape drives. How big of a difference is there between the tape storage products on the market?
Tape, disk, virtual disk and other storage media all work with my mainframe, but how do I decide which is the best option for storing data?
I want to share a tape drive between the IBM System z mainframe and other IBM systems. Are there prerequisites for tape drive sharing?