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SYS-CON's Virtualization Journal announced today its first annual Virtualization Readers' Choice Awards. SYS-CON's Readers' Choice Awards, also known as the "Oscars of the Software Industry" has been one of the most prestigious industry award programs for more than a decade. This year's virtualization awards will be given in 17 categories and award-winning products and services will be selected by Virtualization Journal readers. Virtualization takes the cost and complexity out of IT, and can even help us reduce the CO2 footprint. IDC has stated that the virtualization services market alone is going to reach $11.7 billion by 2011 and in general this technology, which has been around for a good number of years, seems suddenly to be on everyone's mind. In short, Virtualization is fast becoming a key requirement for every server in the data center, enabling increased work... (more)

Astaro to Exhibit at SYS-CON's Virtualization Conference & Expo

Astaro Corporation (www.astaro.com) is a provider of Unified Threat Management security solutions. Its flagship product, the  Astaro Security Gateway, simplifies Email, Web & Network Security and protects over 30,000 networks in 60 countries. Using the proven quality of a hardened Linux platform, the Astaro portfolio integrates open source and commercial security products, powerful management and reporting facilities, and is rounded off with a front end that has ease of use. Astaro's product offering is available as a software ISO, hardware appliance or virtual appliance and prov... (more)

SYS-CON Media Distributes Collectible "Virtualization Journal Mugs" at JavaOne

Founded in 2006, SYS-CON Media's 'Virtualization Journal (virtualization.sys-con.com) is the world's first magazine devoted exclusively to what Gartner has earmarked as the single highest-impact IT trend through 2012: virtualization. And now it will be available in print, on newsstands worldwide, as the first and only print publication serving Virtualization markets. Premium Advertising Tool for Virtualization Markets! Virtualization Journal now reaches more than 60,000 online readers with monthly digital editions and weekly newsletters. The premier issue of the magazine's print... (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)

FFVA Mutual Leverages Akorri BalancePoint for Proactive Management of Capacity in Virtualization Data Center

Akorri announced that FFVA Mutual Insurance Company has begun using Akorri's BalancePoint software for proactively managing its virtualized data center infrastructure. FFVA Mutual Insurance is leveraging BalancePoint as a communications hub across IT disciplines for monitoring, analyzing and optimizing all resources within its data center to ensure their performance meets application needs. "We had niche tools for managing particular elements within our infrastructure, but BalancePoint has provided us with critically-needed communication across all devices and IT domains, making... (more)