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How To Avoid Server Sprawl With Docker

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.


VMware Horizon Air Hitting Australia This Year

Last month, VMware launched its vCloud Air platform in Australia. Now it’s promising that Horizon Air, its desktop-as-a-service platform, will roll out from that local data centre before the end of June.


Why You Don't Need A Software-Defined Data Centre

Software-defined networking (SDN) has been a buzzword for some time, and now we’re increasingly hearing about the virtues of the software-defined data centre (SDDC). However, the vast majority of businesses won’t need to think about implementing an SDDC — that’s what cloud providers are for.


vCloud Air Australia Pitches Into The Hybrid Cloud Wars

Some five months after announcing its plans for an Australian-hosted version of its vCloud Air (vCA) platform, VMware has officially launched the cloud service down under. Will the large base of existing vSphere installations be enough to make it a contender for hybrid cloud installations?


VirtualBox Is Back From The Dead With Major 5.0 Update

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.


VMware vCloud Air Adds Google Cloud Platform

VMware is due to launch its vCloud Air platform in Australia sometime in the first half of this year. One potentially intriguing addition to the platform: rival service Google Cloud Platform.


How To Safely Test Software Without Messing Up Your System

The internet is full of sweet apps, but it’s also packed with shady software. Before you install something awful, give yourself an infosec education. Here are the best tools to protect yourself when you’re experimenting with new programs.


Cameyo Runs Windows Applications In The Browser

Several years ago, we looked at Cameyo which allowed you to create portable versions of just about any app. The company now offers an even cooler service: running Windows apps in a browser window.


Test Software With Virtual Machine Snapshots To Keep Your PC Clean

If you want to try out software without installing what could be adware or something risky, use a virtual machine. Virtual machines are particularly useful because of their “snapshot” ability, which captures and quickly restores the VM’s state. Here’s how to set it up and use it.


Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack Adds App-V Enhancements

Microsoft has updated its Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) software. The 2014 R2 release adds improved support for App-V desktop app virtualisation, including simpler settings for deploying Office.


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