virtualization articles

GPU-Accelerated Virtual Desktops: The Future of Computing?

While we've long moved away from the early days of the mainframe and thin clients, there are some areas of computing where we're seeing a push back to similar architectures. We'll take a look at some of the more common advantages and disadvantages of virtual desktops, offer our general impressions on using them, and make some educated guesses as to whether virtual desktops truly are the future of computing or if they will likely remain a niche technology.

Run Windows 8 commitment-free in a virtual machine

Run Windows 8 commitment-free in a virtual machine

With the launch of Windows 8's Consumer Preview, you're probably itching to spend some quality time with Microsoft's latest operating system. Although you may have already downloaded the ISO, we bet some of you haven't decided how you're going to install it.

Running Windows 8 in a virtual machine won't remove your current OS, you can access it anytime you want without rebooting and it doesn't require any extra hardware. What's more, the test OS can be deleted in only a few mouse clicks.

Open Virtualization Alliance signs 200+ members

Open Virtualization Alliance signs 200+ members

The Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA) continues to attract new members as it aims to push open virtualization technologies such as Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) as an alternative to VMware. Following its establishment in May of this year, the effort added…
Amazon eyeing success in cloud computing

Amazon eyeing success in cloud computing

Cloud-based computing services aren’t new by any meaning of the word, but only in the past few years have we been hearing an increasing buzz in the community on the subject. Big names like Microsoft and Google have already established…
Dell virtualization solutions for SMBs

Dell virtualization solutions for SMBs

Virtualization has become a key area of development for Small Business and Enterprise computing environments over the last decade. Intel first incorporated dedicated hardware instructions for virtualization on x86 platforms with the Pentium 4 (VT-x) processors and today offers a…
Run Chrome OS From a USB Stick or as a Virtual Machine

Run Chrome OS From a USB Stick or as a Virtual Machine

Chrome OS notebooks from Acer and Samsung are expected to launch next month at $349 and $429, respectively. The fact that you can get a more powerful netbook with Windows 7 pre-installed for roughly the same price, or even less, is already putting some people off.

But that doesn't mean you should disregard Google's operating system without so much as giving it a try, especially since it's available as a free download for you to test on your own hardware. We'll show you how to create a bootable USB flash drive with Chrome OS or run the it using a free virtual machine.