5 Best Free Virtual Machines in 2019

AARON WALKER | January 7, 2019

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Virtual machines (VM) come in all shapes and sizes. A VM could come in the form of virtual desktop infrastructure or application runtime to a fully functional server or backup software system. Virtualized applications, servers and other machines can be extremely helpful and provide scalable, versatile functionality for users. You can use virtual machines to try out a new operating system or create a virtual disk image of your hard drive. Or you could go even further and create an entire database server in the cloud.

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As enterprises adopt cloud applications and BYOD, IT is faced with securing the proliferation of sensitive data that is now outside of corporate firewalls. Existing security technologies are simply not suited to solving this task, as they were developed to secure the corporate network perimeter. Adding to the challenge, companies must be able to strike the balance between IT security and employee needs.

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Bitglass, Inc.

As enterprises adopt cloud applications and BYOD, IT is faced with securing the proliferation of sensitive data that is now outside of corporate firewalls. Existing security technologies are simply not suited to solving this task, as they were developed to secure the corporate network perimeter. Adding to the challenge, companies must be able to strike the balance between IT security and employee needs.

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