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September 12, 2019
Cohesity's new feature lets test/dev teams access fresh, accurate and compliant data directly through Cohesity DataPlatform, without going through backup admins.
February 23, 2011
VCloud Director has been positioned as a replacement for VMware’s test and development offering, Lab Manager. But experts say VMware has cut bait on lab management and set out for a larger catch in the cloud.
September 10, 2010
For virtualization professionals, HP's new MicroServer may be the ideal low-cost hardware for home labs. But will the entry-level server entice its target: small businesses?
March 26, 2010
The availability of Visual Studio 2010 will be a shot in the arm for the nascent virtual lab management market, an analyst said.
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Despite the enhanced separation that hyper-converged infrastructure can offer, it's better to mix environments and use rules to create a hardware-independent workload balance. Continue Reading
Lab VMs can be an effective tool for testing out software in a safe environment. However, if configured incorrectly, lab VMs can pose serious risks to production environments. Continue Reading
A virtualization home lab is a great way to gain more experience, but it can be pricey. Even so, our advisory board thinks it’s worth the investment. Continue Reading