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Hijacking VMware guests; virtualizing remote offices; ROI calculators

Keith Kessinger

This week's VMware news roundup includes a Windows Server 2003 security flaw that grants unauthorized access to VMware guests, techniques for building out virtualization environments to remote offices and the benefits of a virtualization return on investment (ROI) calculator.

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Remote offices: Virtualization's next frontier
For seasoned IT managers, virtualizing a data center is a straightforward process. But questions still linger about the best way to virtualize branch offices that lack IT staff. As a result, IT architects that specialize in VMware environments are approaching this conundrum from a variety of angles. If you plan on expanding your virtualization environment to remote offices, find out your options in this SearchServerVirtualization.com news article.

Virtualization ROI calculator helps convince management
Here's a case study about a financial services provider that experienced overcapacity issues in its data center. Using a virtualization ROI calculator, the IT department was able to convince upper management to virtualize 100% of its servers with VMware ESX. Because the virtualization ROI calculator worked so well, they are looking into a virtual desktop infrastructure for remote workers.

Keith Kessinger is the assistant editor of SearchServerVIrtualization.com and SearchVMware.com. . He is responsible for editing tips, creating editorial guides and recording podcasts. Prior to joining TechTarget, he graduated from Northeastern University in 2009 with a B.A. in journalism and minors in both economics and sociology. You can reach him at kkessinger@techtarget.com.


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