Virtualization

From servers to storage and networking, virtualization is the technology that drives efficiency and convergence. Go behind the hypervisor hype and discover actionable advice and expertise here.

  • White Papers // Oct 2009

    Server Virtualization: One Path That Leads to Cloud Computing

    Virtualization is much more than a tactical cost-cutting trend. Virtualization must be seen strategically as a catalyst of overall IT change and modernization. These changes position IT more as a service provider for the business, helps IT behave more like a cloud provider, and prepares the business to be a...

    Provided By VMware

  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    VirtuaLinux Design Principles

    VirtuaLinux is a Linux meta-distribution that allows the creation, deployment and administration of both physical and virtualized clusters with no single point of failure. They are avoided by means of a combination of architectural, software and hardware strategies, including the transparent support for disk-less and master-less cluster configuration. VirtuaLinux support...

    Provided By University of Pisa

  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    Debugging Large Scale Applications in a Virtualized Environment

    With the advent of petascale machines with hundreds of thousands of processors, debugging parallel applications is becoming an increasing challenge. Aside from the complicated debugging techniques required to debug applications at such scale, it is often difficult to gain access to these machines for a sufficient period of time, if...

    Provided By University of Illinois

  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    The Power of Virtualization: A Management Series for SMB Part One: Virtualization Fundamentals

    Virtualization is one of the hottest topics in enterprise computing today, with advocates promoting benefits including improved business efficiency, cost savings, and mission-critical data and application protection. This series examines some of the implications of virtualization on small and medium-sized businesses. Virtualization is a critical discussion topic for IT managers...

    Provided By mPower Software Services

  • White Papers // Dec 2010

    Containers Checkpointing and Live Migration

    Container-type virtualization is an ability to run multiple isolated sets of processes, known as containers, under a single kernel instance. Having such an isolation opens the possibility to save the complete state of (in other words, to checkpoint) a container and later to restart it. Checkpointing itself is used for...

    Provided By Linux Kernel Organization

  • White Papers // Dec 2010

    Using a the Xen Hypervisor to Supercharge OS Deployment

    Hypervisor technology presents some promising opportunities for optimizing Linux deployment. By isolating a server's unique properties into a set of patches to initialization scripts and other selected files, deployment of a new server will be demonstrated to occur in a few seconds by creating a new Xen domain, re-using an...

    Provided By IBM

  • White Papers // Dec 2010

    Unifying Virtual Drivers

    Para-virtualization presents a wide variety of issues to Operating Systems. One of these is presenting virtual devices to the para-virtualized operating system, as well as the device drivers which handle these devices. With the increase of virtualization in the Linux kernel, there has been an influx of unique drivers to...

    Provided By Linux Kernel Organization

  • White Papers // Dec 2010

    Cooperative Linux

    In this paper, the author will describe Cooperative Linux, a port of the Linux kernel that allows it to run as an unprivileged lightweight virtual machine in kernel mode, on top of another OS kernel. It allows Linux to run under any operating system that supports loading drivers, such as...

    Provided By Linux Kernel Organization

  • White Papers // Dec 2010

    Linux as a Hypervisor

    Virtual machines are a relatively new workload for Linux. As with other new types of applications, Linux support was somewhat lacking at first and improved over time. This paper describes the evolution of hypervisor support within the Linux kernel, the specific capabilities which make a difference to virtual machines, and...

    Provided By Intel

  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    HyperCheck: A Hardware-Assisted Integrity Monitor

    Over the past few years, virtualization has been employed to environments ranging from densely populated cloud computing clusters to home desktop computers. Security researchers embraced Virtual Machine Monitors (VMMs) as a new mechanism to guarantee deep isolation of untrusted software components. Unfortunately, their widespread adoption promoted VMMs as a prime...

    Provided By George Mason University

  • White Papers // Dec 2010

    Server Virtualization: Addressing Server Virtualization Challenges With Brocade Converged Network Adapters (CNAS)

    Data centers continue to grow as digital assets increase and more applications are deployed. Organizations expect agile application deployment - in minutes, not months - to keep their competitive edge as markets and competitors become global in scale. At the same time, data center resources such as rack space, power,...

    Provided By Brocade Communications Systems

  • Podcasts // Dec 2010

    How Do I: Advanced Sequencing With Microsoft App-V?

    This podcast explains how to use Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) sequencing tools to sequence non-standard applications. In this podcast, speaker will explain how to sequence an application that has a hard-coded drive letter and also how to install applications that are "Add-ins" for other applications.

    Provided By Microsoft

  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    How to Get the Best ROI From Your Virtualization Efforts

    Calculating the Return On Investment (ROI) for virtualization is easy: If one consolidate 10 physical machines onto 10 virtual machines running on a single physical server, the capital savings can be quite substantial. However, achieving these savings is not as easy as the simple math might suggest. Many companies adopt...

    Provided By Dell

  • White Papers // Dec 2009

    Oracle VM: Ease of Deployment and Management for Virtualization

    In a time when budgets are tight and enterprise demands on technology are growing, virtualization offers a way to help IT administrators expand capabilities, increase resource utilization, and reduce total cost of ownership - all of which can be critical in the ongoing struggle to maximize efficiency. The question, then,...

    Provided By Dell

  • White Papers // Feb 2010

    Using Desktop Virtualization to Drive Quality and Cost Savings in Clinical Computing

    Incentives created by the HITECH Act portion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) are expected to result in a surge of new Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) system implementations, alongside expanded adoption of existing clinical information systems. The growth in adoption...

    Provided By IDG (International Data Group)

  • Podcasts // Dec 2010

    How Do I: Compatibility Administrator

    This podcast explains how Compatibility Administrator, part of the Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) is used to create a basic compatibility fix, or shim, to mitigate application incompatibilities without having to recode the application or use a desktop virtualization solution with Windows XP.

    Provided By Microsoft

  • White Papers // Feb 2010

    Integrated Management for Virtualized Dell Servers Using the Dell PRO Pack and Microsoft System Center

    With virtualization becoming a standard part of the data center vernacular, the focus for IT administrators is beginning to turn from deploying virtualization to managing virtualization. For all but the smallest virtualization deployments, creating a simple and efficient management infrastructure can be an ongoing challenge. Virtualization management encompasses the Virtual...

    Provided By Dell

  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    Simplifying Networks in Virtualized Environments With Intel Technology

    The success of virtualization, while substantial, has been limited by the complexity that has arisen from networking with Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) technology. Networking virtualized hosts with GbE is typically based on relatively large numbers of dedicated physical connections, which are used to segregate different types of traffic because of networking...

    Provided By Dell

  • White Papers // Apr 2010

    Getting Beyond 20% Virtualization

    This is the reality: If one is an IT manager at a medium or large-size enterprise infrastructure is going to get more virtual - and quickly - over the next few years. Why? Because the benefits created by virtualization - consolidation, reduced power consumption, scalability, flexibility and an improved ROI...

    Provided By Dell

  • Podcasts // Dec 2010

    How Do I: Use Dynamic Suiting to Create a Plug-In Dependency for Virtual Applications

    Dynamic Suite Composition (DSC) provides the ability to link applications together to create a small footprint for each application by sharing common, non-conflicting dependencies such as add-ins and middleware components. DSC also helps simplify permissions so that, once permissions are granted to the user, the user will automatically receive the...

    Provided By Microsoft

  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    How Desktop Virtualization Enhances End-User Productivity

    As traditional lines between virtualization, management, and security continue to blur, desktop virtualization is emerging as a compelling option for many organizations. Interestingly, leaders in this field commonly discuss management and security benefits more than they do the underlying abstraction technologies they implement. Therefore, when evaluating desktop virtualization options, it's...

    Provided By Dell

  • Podcasts // Dec 2010

    How Do I: Use App-V Metering to Manage Application Licenses

    Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) provides the ability to deliver, meter, and manage virtual applications on demand out of the box without requiring any additional software or tools. This podcast will explain: How to create, apply, and report on a metering rule. The user experience when a rule is enforced. The...

    Provided By Microsoft

  • Podcasts // Dec 2010

    How Do I: Update a Virtual Application Using App-V

    All Application Virtualization (App-V) application updates occur when the user launches the application. Updating virtual applications using App-V is a simple process that does not impact user productivity because it does not require the user to install an application, or reboot. Familiarize oneself with the upgrade experience from a user...

    Provided By Microsoft

  • Podcasts // Dec 2010

    How Do I: Run Microsoft Office in an App-V Virtualized Environment

    Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) provides the ability to deliver virtual applications to users on demand out of the box. With App-V, one can run multiple versions of applications on the same computers where small groups of users will not be adversely impacted by fast deployment and speedy migration, or incompatibilities...

    Provided By Microsoft

  • Podcasts // Dec 2010

    How Do I: Publish a Virtual Application Using Full Infrastructure Mode

    The Application Virtualization (App-V) Management Console enables to publish virtual applications to the end users as well as create license metering rules and run reports about the applications. This podcast helps to learn how to: Import a virtual application for publishing. Create File Type Associations (FTAs) if one choses not...

    Provided By Microsoft

  • Podcasts // Dec 2010

    How Do I: Launch a Virtual Application and Review Client Configuration

    The Application Virtualization (App-V) Client provides the IT administrator with many flexible configuration options depending on their enterprise business requirements. This podcast will outline the user experience when launching an application and demonstrate: How to apply configuration at package time, such as Send To and File Type Associations (FTAs). How...

    Provided By Microsoft

  • Podcasts // Dec 2010

    How Do I: Deprovision a Virtual Application Using App-V

    One of the great capabilities provided by Application Virtualization (App-V) is its ability to seamlessly deprovision the application without impacting user productivity, requiring user or application downtime, or requiring the need to uninstall or reboot. This podcast will explain how to quickly and easily deprovision a virtual application using App-V.

    Provided By Microsoft

  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    Enhancing Ethernet Network Controllers for Server Virtualization

    In enterprise IT environments, virtualization offers numerous advantages - enabling organizations to consolidate and share computing resources, increase control and efficiency, and operate their data centers cost-effectively. Getting the most out of a virtualized environment, however, requires more than simply deploying Virtual Machines (VMs). An effective networking infrastructure is essential....

    Provided By Dell

  • Podcasts // Dec 2010

    How Do I: App-V With AppLocker Windows Installer Rules

    This podcast explains how one can create an AppLocker Windows Installer policy for virtual applications. AppLocker is a new feature of Windows 7 that allows administrators to define policies that can allow or deny a user's ability to run or install executable, MSI, or script files. Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V)...

    Provided By Microsoft

  • Podcasts // Dec 2010

    How Do I: App-V With AppLocker Executable Rules

    This podcast explains how one can create AppLocker executable policies for virtual applications. AppLocker is a new feature of Windows 7 that allows administrators to define policies that can allow or deny a user's ability to run or install executable, MSI, or script files. Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) separates the...

    Provided By Microsoft

  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    Network I/O Fairness in Virtual Machines

    The authors present a mechanism for achieving network I/O fairness in virtual machines, by applying flexible rate limiting mechanisms directly to virtual network interfaces. Conventional approaches achieve this fairness by implementing rate limiting either in the virtual machine monitor or hypervisor, which generates considerable CPU interrupt and instruction overhead for...

    Provided By Association for Computing Machinery

  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    VMTorrent: Virtual Appliances On-Demand

    Virtual Appliances (VAs) are Virtual Machines (VMs) geared towards a specific set of tasks. They require little or no configuration, working out-of-the-box. VAs fit neatly into the Cloud Computing paradigm - many copies of an identical machine can be launched in a data center, or home/business users can grab the...

    Provided By Association for Computing Machinery

  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Virtualizing the Network Forwarding Plane

    Modern system design often employs virtualization to decouple the system service model from its physical realization. Two common examples are the virtualization of computing resources through the use of virtual machines and the virtualization of disks by presenting logical volumes as the storage interface. The insertion of these abstraction layers...

    Provided By Association for Computing Machinery

  • White Papers // Oct 2010

    A Network in a Laptop: Rapid Prototyping for Software-Defined Networks

    Mininet is a system for rapidly prototyping large networks on the constrained resources of a single laptop. The lightweight approach of using OS-level virtualization features, including processes and network namespaces, allows it to scale to hundreds of nodes. Experiences with the initial implementation suggest that the ability to run, poke,...

    Provided By Association for Computing Machinery

  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    Adaptive Virtual Network Provisioning

    In the future, virtual networks will be allocated, maintained and managed much like clouds offering flexibility, extensibility and elasticity with resources acquired for a limited time and even on a lease basis. Adaptive provisioning is required to maintain virtual network topologies, comply with established contracts, expand initial allocations on demand,...

    Provided By Association for Computing Machinery

  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    Virtual Basestation: Architecture for an Open Shared WiMAX Framework

    This paper presents the architecture and performance evaluation of a virtualized wide-area "4G" cellular wireless network. Specifically, it addresses the challenges of virtualization of resources in a cellular base station to enable shared use by multiple independent slice users (Experimenters or mobile virtual network operators), each with possibly distinct flow...

    Provided By Association for Computing Machinery

  • White Papers // Dec 2010

    Federation of Virtualized Infrastructures: Sharing the Value of Diversity

    By federating virtualized computing and network resources one can significantly increase their value thanks to gains from statistical multiplexing and increases in resource diversity (More distinct locations, technologies, etc.). Successful federation depends upon resource providers being able to agree on policies: how to share the profit generated by external customers...

    Provided By Association for Computing Machinery

  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    MPAP: Virtualization Architecture for Heterogenous Wireless APs

    This demonstration shows a novel virtualization architecture, called Multi-Purpose Access Point (MPAP), which can virtualize multiple heterogenous wireless standards based on software radio. The basic idea is to deploy a wide-band radio front-end to receive wire-less signals from all wireless standards sharing the same spectrum band, and use separate software...

    Provided By Association for Computing Machinery

  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    An Open Router Virtualization Framework Using a Programmable Forwarding Plane

    Network virtualization promises to spur innovation and add flexibility to the Future Internet infrastructure. Routers supporting virtualization allow the deployment of concur-rent virtual networks, and can be employed to consolidate resources and improve energy efficiency in data centers. The closed nature of commercial router systems poses a significant problem for...

    Provided By Association for Computing Machinery

  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    Accelerated Virtual Switching With Programmable NICs for Scalable Data Center Networking

    Recently virtual switches in data center hosts have been employed to interconnect Virtual Machines (VMs) within data center networks. Such a virtual network layer, however, faces performance challenges when the number of VMs and the line rates scale up. Motivated by the performance and programmability of intelligent Network Interface Cards...

    Provided By Association for Computing Machinery