Virtualization has been around since the 1960s, but it has emerged as a hot topic over the last decade or so. Despite the rising popularity, its applications have been mostly restricted to enterprise use. Hardware-assisted virtualization features (AMD-V, VT-x and VT-d, for example) have been slowly making their way into the lower end x86 parts, thereby enabling low-cost virtualization platforms. QNAP is, to our knowledge, the only NAS vendor to offer a virtualization platform (using the Virtualization Station package for QTS) with some of their units. Read on to find out how it works and the impact it has on regular performance.

NVIDIA GRID Update: NVIDIA Launches GRID Test Drive for VDI Desktops

For the last several years now NVIDIA has been heavily pursuing the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) market. In NVIDIA’s continuing efforts to maintain and expand their presence in the...

15 by Ryan Smith on 5/22/2014

Intel's Xeon E5-2600 V2: 12-core Ivy Bridge EP for Servers

The core architecture inside the latest Xeon is typically a step behind what you find inside the latest desktop and notebook chips. A longer and more thorough validation is...

72 by Johan De Gelas on 9/17/2013

Supermicro Launches 100+ Server Solutions Based on the Xeon E5 Family

The Sandy Bridge based Xeon E5-2600 processors were launched by Intel yesterday, and Supermicro wasn't far behind in launching a host of solutions supporting / based on these processors...

1 by Ganesh T S on 3/7/2012

The Xeon E5-2600: Dual Sandy Bridge for Servers

Eight improved cores, 16 threads, integrated 40 lane PCIe 3.0: the new socket 2011 Xeon E5-2660 manages to package it all in a very modest power envelope of 95W...

65 by Johan De Gelas on 3/6/2012

Virtualized or Not? We've Got Numbers

We have had epic discussions with quite a few readers about the importance of virtualization in our reviews. In our six-core Opteron review we wrote: "Let there be no misunderstanding...

34 by Johan De Gelas on 2/15/2012

Microsoft Integrating Hyper-V Into Windows 8 Client

Microsoft is beefing up virtualization support in Windows 8 with Hyper-V, writes Microsoft's Mathew John on the Building Windows 8 blog. Hyper-V was previously available in Windows Server 2008...

9 by Andrew Cunningham on 9/7/2011

Ask the Experts: Virtualization & Cloud Computing Questions Answered

Last year we ran a little series called Ask the Experts where you all wrote in your virtualization related questions and we got them answered by experts at Intel...

56 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/17/2011

Virtualization - Ask the Experts #6

We conclude our series of Ask the Experts with four questions you all asked about servers and virtualization in previous posts. Thanks to everyone who participated and we hope...

6 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/1/2010

Virtualization - Ask the Experts #5

A couple of months ago we ran a webcast with Intel Fellow, Rich Uhlig, VMware Chief Platform Architect, Rich Brunner and myself. The goal was to talk about the...

27 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/29/2010

Virtualization - Ask the Experts #4

Our Ask the Experts series continues with another round of questions. A couple of months ago we ran a webcast with Intel Fellow, Rich Uhlig, VMware Chief Platform Architect, Rich...

9 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/10/2010

Virtualization - Ask the Experts #3

Our Ask the Experts series continues with another round of questions. A couple of months ago we ran a webcast with Intel Fellow, Rich Uhlig, VMware Chief Platform Architect, Rich...

16 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/2/2010

Virtualization - Ask the Experts #2

Our Ask the Experts series continues with another round of questions. A couple of months ago we ran a webcast with Intel Fellow, Rich Uhlig, VMware Chief Platform Architect, Rich...

16 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/27/2010

Virtualization - Ask the Experts #1

A couple of months ago we ran a webcast with Intel Fellow, Rich Uhlig, VMware Chief Platform Architect, Rich Brunner and myself. The goal was to talk about the...

44 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/22/2010

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