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Ubuntu 16.10 targets hybrid cloud deployments, supports Unity 8 development

Canonical's Ubuntu 16.10 Linux distribution focuses on hybrid cloud deployments, Unity 8 development and high-performance networking.

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VMware embraces containers with latest vSphere, Virtual SAN updates

For years there’s been talk about what the adoption of public cloud and the advent of application containers would mean for VMware. The company is taking these innovations head on, announcing support for them in the latest updates of...

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Virtual assistant faceoff: Alexa, Cortana, Google Assistant and Siri

A lot can change in a year. Just ask Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri, Google Assistant and Microsoft's Cortana virtual assistants. We posed the same questions to all four in the summer of 2015 and again in fall 2016, with notable...

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The best new features in Windows Server 2016

From Docker-driven containers and Nano Server to software-defined storage and networking improvements, the next version of Windows Server is packed with great new features

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Citrix wins virtual desktop interface shootout

Virtual Desktop Interface is becoming easier to do, with potentially killer graphics, reasonable port virtualization, fine-grained administrative control, and with potential hosts other than Windows.

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Is today's network cost structure indicative of the future?

As companies begin software-defined networking (SDN) projects, many recognize the cost benefits of virtualization. But are the network cost savings real?

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The best (and worst) parts of server virtualization products

IT managers identify the pros and cons of server virtualization software from VMware, Microsoft, Oracle and Citrix.

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Xen Project patches serious virtual machine escape flaws

The Xen Project has fixed four vulnerabilities in its widely used virtualization software, two of which could allow malicious virtual machine administrators to take over host servers.

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VMware NSX gains traction as a security tool

VMware customers may not be keen on NSX as a networking solution, but they’re discovering it can help them align security with other data center trends.

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Raspberry Pi roundup: Now with additional cucumbers!

The latest in Raspberry Pi news includes a creative cucumber farmer tapping Google AI software, Docker integration and Pi competitors.

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NSX, and its new chief, take center stage at VMWorld

The new head of VMware’s networking and security business unit, a former Cisco and Broadcom executive named Rajiv Ramaswami, laid out the future vision for the company’s software defined networking platform NSX at VMWorld 2016.


Case study: Using VCloud to replicate data offsite

At VMworld, Network World chatted with Tom White, IT Director at Environmental Science Corp., about how he virtualized disaster recovery using cloud technologies.

Video: A tour of VMWorld's Hands on Labs

At VMWorld 2016 in Las Vegas up to one-quarter of the 23,000 attendees are expected to take a Hands on Lab, which allows customers and partners to test out VMware's software in a sandbox environment.


Behind the scenes of the VMworld hands-on labs

At VMworld, Network World's Brandon Butler gets a tour of the hands-on lab training areas to see what attendees learn from the experience.

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VMworld 2016: Clouds are commodities

VMware says the cloud should be considered a commodity, and it wants to be your cloud broker.

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VMware attempts to solve the ‘Hotel California’ problem of cross-cloud

VMware’s brand, install base and cult-like following from its engineers give it a real shot at being a hybrid cloud enabler, but it needs to work faster


Cisco buys into containers with Container X acquisition

Cisco set to acquire Container X for undisclosed amount.

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VMware CEO pledges cloud computing freedom

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger, at the outset of the virtualization leader’s VMworld 2016 conference, shares the big news from the event, including new tools that make it easier for customers to build cross-cloud environments, as well as an...

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