Category Archives: Linux

Parallels Desktop 13.1 Update Release Notes

Our team of engineers has been hard at work after we released Parallels Desktop® 13 for Mac! Hundreds of development hours go into ensuring Parallels Desktop users are the center of everything we do. We’d like to wholeheartedly thank the users who provided such wonderful product feedback. Combining the valuable user feedback and engineering Q&A, […]

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Free Systems in Parallels Desktop

  Within our latest release of Parallels Desktop® for Mac, we have included free systems that are available to the user at no additional cost. These free systems are easily set up with a few simple clicks. Application developers, beta application testers, and software engineers utilize these systems to achieve a safe virtual environment that […]

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What is Virtualization?

What Is Virtualization? In the realm of computers and software, virtualization is the act of using a virtual version of hardware, software, operating systems, and networks. Virtual versions, as opposed to actual versions, allow for an emulation without losing functionality. Virtualization on a computer is similar to picture-in-picture on a television: You have two pieces […]

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Happy Birthday to Visual Studio 2017

Happy 20th Birthday, Visual Studio! As Microsoft Visual Studio celebrates their 20th year – developers are rejoicing as Visual Studio 2017 is released! Over the past two decades Visual Studio has grown from a J++ and InterDev development environment to a powerhouse suite of productivity. The new release of Visual Studio 2017 brings Visual Basic, Visual […]

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Parallels at Mobile World Congress Press Event

We had a great time at ShowStoppers press event Mobile World Congress (MWC) at the University of Barcelona yesterday, on February 26, announcing to different journalists that Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) is now available at Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Parallels RAS on Azure was demonstrated at the event including hands-on demos of how simple it is to use […]

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How an IT Manager Leverages Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition to Reduce Time and Hardware Costs While Running Windows and Linux on a Mac

Guest blog post by user Andrew Derse Virtualization offers unparalleled cost reduction, productivity, and time savings for IT managers and system admins. With the capability to run Windows and Linux seamlessly on Mac, Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition can expedite usability and lessen headaches when managing a company’s environment. Since 1998, industry professionals have […]

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Not only Windows on Mac – Free systems in Parallels Desktop

You all know that you can run Windows on your Mac with Parallels Desktop. Today, we want to show you that there is so much more to Parallels Desktop than running Windows on Mac. A large number of existing OSes can be installed in a virtual machine on the Mac with Parallels Desktop. Mac is […]

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Microsoft strengthens cloud offering by bringing SQL Server to Linux

Microsoft1Microsoft is bringing its SQL Server to Linux, enabling SQL Server to deliver a consistent data platform across Windows and Linux, as well as on-premises and cloud.

The move has surprised some corners of the industry, as Microsoft moves away from its tradition of creating business software that runs only on the Windows operating system. It has historically been difficult to manage certain Microsoft products on anything other than a Windows server.

Microsoft has always sold PC software which can be run on competitor’s machines, though Chief Executive Satya Nadella broadened the horizons of the business upon appointment through a number of different initiatives. One of the most notable moves was decoupling Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing system from Windows and this weeks’ announcement seems to continue the trend.

The news has been lauded by most as an astute move, strengthening Microsoft’s position in the market. According to Gartner, the number of Linux servers shipped increased from 3.6 million in 2014 from 2.4 million in 2011. Microsoft in the same period saw its shipments drop from 6.5 million to 6.2 million. The move opens up a new wave of potential customers for Microsoft and reduces concerns of lock-in situations.

Microsoft EVP, Cloud and Enterprise Group, Scott Guthrie commented on the company’s official blog “SQL Server on Linux will provide customers with even more flexibility in their data solution,” he said “One with mission-critical performance, industry-leading TCO, best-in-class security, and hybrid cloud innovations – like Stretch Database which lets customers access their data on-premises and in the cloud whenever they want at low cost – all built in. We are bringing the core relational database capabilities to preview today, and are targeting availability in mid-2017.”

The announcement also detailed a number of key features for SQL Server 2016, focused around the critical avenues of data and security. Security encryption capabilities that enable data to always be encrypted at rest, in motion and in-memory are one of the USPs, building on Microsoft’s marketing messages over the last 12 months.

Furthering efforts to diversify the business, Microsoft announced that it would be acquiring mobile app development platform provider Xamarin, last week.

Incorporating Xamarin into the Microsoft business will enhance its base of developer tools and services, once again building on the theme of broadening market appeal and opening new customer avenues for the tech giant.

Survey reveals support for OpenStack but fears over hidden costs

openstack logoAlmost all IT professionals want to adopt OpenStack but fear the hidden costs, according to a new study by SUSE Linux.

Positive sentiment could evaporate in the face of challenges such as difficult installation, skills shortages and the fear of vendor lock-ins, the report has warned.

The study was commissioned by enterprise Linux, cloud and storage infrastructure provider SUSE. Researcher Dynamic Markets interviewed 813 senior IT professionals in the US, Canada, Germany, France, Italy and the Nordics, along with 110 from the UK. According to SUSE, 80% of the UK group said they are planning to adopt or have already moved to OpenStack private cloud. But there is serious concern about the aforementioned private cloud installation challenges and possible vendor lock-in.

Though 88% of companies said they have a private cloud at work an even higher percentage (96%) said they would use a cloud solution for business-critical workloads. Almost as many, 94%, said they see infrastructure-as-a-service as the future for the data centre.

However, many respondents confessed that the practicalities of OpenStack might get in the way and gave a series of responses that indicate there may be a high degree of difficulty involved.

Almost half of UK enterprises that have tried to implement an OpenStack cloud have failed, according to SUSE. Another 57% said they found the implementation experience difficult. Meanwhile, another 30% could be about to endure an off-putting experience, according to SUSE, since this number plan to download and install OpenStack software themselves, which (says SUSE) could exacerbate their difficulties.

Despite the open ethos of OpenStack, an alarming 91% of UK respondents are wary about falling victim to vendor lock-in when they choose a private cloud infrastructure.

Keeping control of the infrastructure will be made even harder by the impossibility of finding staff, said the report, as 89% say a lack of available talent in the market is making them reluctant to embark on a private cloud project.

The Cloud may be the future but there are clear concerns about how it should be integrated and managed, according to Mark Smith, SUSE’s senior product marketing manager. With cost the primary motivator for adopting the cloud, many IT professionals worry that there will be a price to pay later, according to SUSE.

Parallels Client for Linux: The Best Alternative to Citrix Receiver Ubuntu

For people who love security and open-source systems, Ubuntu is a favorite. According to the BuildWith website, there are 3,097,360 live websites using Ubuntu, which equates to 0.9% of the entire Internet. AskUbuntu forums reports that Ubuntu has 1-2% market share in most markets. Another interesting fact about Ubuntu from OMGUBUNTU survey is that Ubuntu […]

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