When virtualisation was first mainstreamed, it changed the way we managed the server room. We saved money by consolidating servers into larger virtual hosts. Hardware-related downtime dropped because we could afford to spend money on redundancy and quality. Even mundane issues such as rack space and datacenter air conditioning became less of an expense. As system administrators, we could suddenly “create” a new server out of thin air.
Years in software names are rarely reliable. Office 2016 will be out well before 2016 itself rolls around. But SharePoint Server 2016, the next version of Microsoft’s venerable intranet platform, actually will make its official appearance in 2016.
For a while it appeared development on Oracle’s virtualisation product, VirtualBox, had all but ceased. The start of April however has seen it given a new lease on life, with the company releasing a beta version of 5.0, packed with new features and improvements.