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DataCore announced that Alchemy Plus is using DataCore’s SANmelody solution to provide a hosted server virtualization farm environment for small businesses under a “Pay as You Use” utility computing framework. Alchemy Plus’ data center is located in Dingwall in the Scottish Highlands. David Massey, Chief Technology Officer at Alchemy Plus, noted, “We wanted to bring the power and efficiencies of virtualization to smaller organizations that typically were only running a single server or a couple of servers at most. We knew in order to succeed that we would have to develop a model that was as cost effective as it was functionality rich, using the principles of utility computing – a concept where the customer only pays for what is used.” Through this service, Alchemy Plus can provision an entire corporate desktop environment al... (more)

Trusting the Cloud: Timing and Adoption of Cloud Technologies

Cloud technologies offer many benefits over traditional IT systems, especially when managing the size and vastness of unstructured data and unpredictable growth in IT environments. But when does it make sense to adopt cloud technologies and migrate a set of your IT services to the cloud? The movement of information and services out of the data center and into the cloud can unleash fear in many of us. Trusting that your information is secure, accessible and protected is important, and deciding what information remains inside and outside of the cloud can be critical to the success ... (more)

B-hive's Virtualized Application Infrastructure

Like any other major change in the data center, migrating to virtual infrastructure can impact the user experience. As a starting point, you need to ensure that performance standards have been maintained. However, monitoring physical system resources does not provide an indication of the health of the application or what your customers are experiencing at any given moment. And since virtual environments are dynamic, system agent solutions are not efficient. In order to take advantage of dynamic resource allocation, high availability and disaster recovery capabilities, you need t... (more)

Is Virtualization Right For Your Enterprise?

Virtualization is an abstract term. Many people have heard about it, but how many know what virtualization is all about? In fact, virtualization has been around since the 1950s in the sense of time sharing on mainframe computers. However, virtualization has become a new concept that has sprung from its 1950s beginnings. View Video Virtualization allows companies to get more done in less time with quality and efficiency. It gives companies competitive advantages and helps keep things separate and simple. There are many different layers/ types of virtualization - but how do you kno... (more)

Messaging Architects Announces M+Guardian Virtualization Messaging Firewall

Messaging Architects announced the availability of version 2008.2 of its M+Guardian Secure Messaging Firewall. Now available as a fully virtualized appliance, called M+Guardian VMF, it delivers advanced email security and data loss prevention combined with the business benefits of server virtualization. M+Guardian VMF integrates seamlessly with other components of the M+ platform such as M+Archive, ensuring fully compliant email lifecycle management. With this release, Messaging Architects enables organizations to fully leverage the business continuity and high availability feat... (more)