Dassault Systèmes Licensing and Virtualization Explained

What about their Licensing and Virtualization? Virtualization is a technology used by more and more businesses these days to reduce costs and increase capabilities related to their information systems. However, this technology isn’t always viable when vendors use specialized licensing tools. This is the case with Dassault Systèmes DSLS licensing and IBM’s LUM licensing, and it is […]

Reasons to Develop using VMs

When planning any software development project, whether it is a point or enterprise solution, there are several key questions to answer before a line of code is written.  How will you know it’ll work on the required operating systems?  How can you give the developers a standard development environment without buying or configuring hardware?  Once […]

Defragmenting VMs for Performance

If you’ve worked with virtualization long enough, you may have noticed that performance can degrade over time.  This phenomenon is related to disk fragmentation, particularly in scenarios where a lot of software installation, removal, and updates are performed.  As you might imagine, this is the situation for many test environments and development environments.  To recover […]

CAD and Virtualization

Virtualization has progressed considerably in the past few years, but graphics performance has been notoriously poor because VMs (virtual machines) have been unable to take advantage of the host’s video card.  Even if your workstation has the latest from NVidia, ATI, or some other video card manufacturer, the VM has had no way of taking advantage of the GPU […]

Setting Up an EPDM Test Environment

When people ask us about SolidWorks Enterprise PDM best practices, we often note how critical it is to have a test environment available for critical business systems that matches the production environment. A test environment allows you to validate patches, service packs, version upgrades, and configuration changes in an environment that will not impact production systems. For […]

The Value of VM Players

Virtualization has many benefits, and we at Razorleaf are big advocates of the technology.  Internally, we leverage workstation virtualization products, and several of our clients make use of different server virtualization products.  What about the VM player products out on the market today?  Let’s take a look at the value that those products could deliver […]

Free Virtualization Tools

It’s not uncommon for large organizations to have embraced virtualization, both in the testing environment and for production use.  Many vendors have offerings that make it easier for smaller organizations, or individuals, to take advantage of virtualization too.  In fact, all the major vendors offer free or personal versions of their flagship products.  And you […]