Paul Ghostine, Vice President/General Manager of Quest's Provision Networks Division, and I had a chance to catch up on a number of things centering on the concept of desktop virtualization and what is really needed to give people the experience of having their own dedicated desktop device while also giving administrators what they want; a secure, well-managed, reliable environment. I always enjoy my short discussions with Paul.
Virtualization reaches from hand-held devices to the data center to the clouds. Virtually Speaking examines the forces behind this expansion, the suppliers of the technology and the organizations using the technology.
Daniel Kusnetzky, a reformed software engineer and product manager, founded Kusnetzky Group LLC in 2006. He's literally written the book on virtualization and often comments on cloud computing, mobility and systems software. In his spare time, he's also the managing partner of Lux Sonus LLC, an investment firm.
Kenneth 'Ken' Hess is a full-time Windows and Linux system administrator with 20 years of experience with Mac, Linux, UNIX, and Windows systems in large multi-data center environments.
Virtual machine technology has many uses. Most are familiar with using this technology to create virtual servers.
Michael St. Jean is the Director of Technology at the Pawtucket School Department in Rhode Island.
I see that Citrix and NetApp have gotten together to provide a virtual processing/virtual storage solution. As I mentioned in the post The dynamic duo of virtual storage and virtual processing, virtual processing and virtual storage are powerful separately but, using them ought to be part of most organization's virtualized IT infrastructure.
Appistry's Sam Charrington (Vice President of Product Management & Marketing) and I enjoyed a long chat about the companies newest marketing move, giving software away to develop a broad developer community. Since I have seen this done before, I wanted to know more about what the company was doing besides "throwing the software over the wall in the hopes that someone would catch it.
I recently spoke with a couple of folks from Marathon Technologies, Steve Keilen, VP of Marketing, and Michael Bilancieri Director of Products, about a new product they were launching everRun VM. I've posted about Marathon a couple of times in the past.
Dror Gill, Chief Strategy Officer of Ceedo Technologies Ltd. and I played an exciting round of Email tag a few weeks ago.
I've spoken about Egenera several times in the past and pointed out that it was one of the very earliest players offering blade computers and the related management software. Egenera called this software PAN (Processing Area Network) manager.
Quite a while ago, I had an interesting conversation with the good folks of Tek-Tools. They've been offering management tools for physical environments for a number of years.
It's no surprise that the virtual machine software companies are doing their best to "get there first" and block the entrance of other competitors. This isn't a new battle (see Speculation about embedded hypervisors or Embedded virtual machine software).