Virtualisation makes large centralised infrasrtuctures appear to be small, dedicated – even custom – resources at the user end. Almost anything can be virtualised: servers, storage, networks, even desktops. Since large infrastructures are cheaper to build and maintain, the cost of a small ‘slice’ is much lower than the equivalent dedicated system.


  1. Platform9 raises $10m funding to grow distribution

    Aug 19, 2015 Clare Hopping

    The startup also announced deployment of OpenStack using VMware vSphere

  2. Citrix: endpoint security is not enough to protect business data

    May 14, 2015 Jane McCallion

    Companies need to take a more holistic approach to security than just MDM, says Citrix

  3. Citrix to bring “power of IoT” to business with Workspace Hub

    May 14, 2015 Jane McCallion

    Screen mirroring unit unveiled at Citrix Synergy 2015

  4. VMware introduces open source tools to let you run Docker

    Apr 21, 2015 Joe Curtis

    Projects Lightwave and Photon let you run and secure application containers

  5. VMware eyes up telcos with network virtualisation tool

    Mar 3, 2015 Clare Hopping

    The new vCloud for NFV tool will be targeted at mobile networks, with Vodafone a key client


  1. Coping with the perils of virtualisation licensing

    Sep 16, 2014 David Cartwright

    Virtualisation is the backbone of cloud deployment but CIOs have to make sure their licensing is right

  2. Cloud IT management

    How to work with bare metal cloud services

    Jul 22, 2014 David Cartwright

    When virtualised infrastructure won't cut it, is bare metal the answer?

  3. How to accommodate IP addresses in the cloud

    Jun 23, 2014 David Cartwright

    Moving to the cloud can play havoc with your IP address allocation. Here's how to fix things

  4. Cloud fails to make the grade for banking industry

    Jan 28, 2014 Rene Millman

    Why are so many financial institutions reluctant to embrace the public cloud? And what could help?

  5. KVM: should it be ignored as a hypervisor alternative?

    Feb 12, 2013 Ian Murphy

    Virtualisation is often the first step towards cloud and the hypervisor is the starting point: is it time for KVM to be given a fair shake?

Case Studies

  1. Cloudhelix shows how to scale - without losing performance

    Jun 27, 2014 Rene Millman

    Scaling up SANs can cause a lack of performance, Cloudhelix found a way round the issue

  2. VMware hybrid cloud eases path to integration

    Oct 25, 2013 Maxwell Cooter

    Catalogue company Biomni adopts VCHS to improve flexibility of service offerings

  3. Napthen's solicitors migrate to a VDI to overcome inflexible infrastructure

    May 30, 2013 Rene Millman

    Messy infrastructure of PCs and thin clients replaced with VDI

  4. Porting desktops to the cloud to cut public sector spending

    Jan 30, 2013 Rene Millman

    Suffolk County Council has ported its desktops to the cloud and saved millions of pounds

  5. Saving money: Coventry University cuts £1m through virtualisation

    Nov 19, 2012 Rene Millman

    Coventry University has cut its computing costs by using Hyper-V to put business ciritcal apps in a private cloud