RAM drives aren't as popular as they used to be, with the speedy performance of solid-state drives good enough for most. But they still have their uses and with the average PC sporting 8GB of system RAM, sparing a couple of gigabytes is not a problem. The thing is, video cards are starting to pack on memory as well. So, is it possible to use GPU RAM as a virtual drive? Certainly.
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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.
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.
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.
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?
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 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.