Both Microsoft and Citrix/XenSource made important announcements January 21. Since they've been widely reported, I'd rather not cite the details.
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 is a distinguished analyst and the founder of the Kusnetzky Group LLC. 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.
I was chatting with a neighbor a few days ago and the topic of how organizations actually select technology came up. That's an interesting area, one that my team at IDC often probed using various demand-side research tools.
I recently had a chat with David Fusari, Sentillion VP and CTO of Sentillion;; about Sentillion's product vThere. You'll note that I controlled myself and didn't title this post "vThere or Be Square" or something else on the silly side such as "I guess you had to vThere.
I just read the announcement that Sun has acquired MySQL for $1 Billion. Rather than just citing the facts and wishing that I was one of the founders of MySQL so that I could purchase that dream home in Florida, I'd like to consider what's really going on rather than simply pointing out that MySQL is an open source software product that has gone mainstream big time.
VMware just announced that it is acquiring Thinstall and it appeared wise to look a bit at what VMware is doing. The financial details of the acquisition have not been disclosed.
FabricServer from DataSynapse has been a product that I've been watching for a number of years. I've spoken with a number of DataSynapse's customers and have heard nothing but positive comments about what it does and how it has helped organizations move towards their goals.
I had an entertaining conversation about MojoPac with Ron DiBiase, VP of Sales and Business Development for RingCube, a short while ago. When I was first approached, I was puzzled by their use of the term "desktop virtualization" because it is not at all clear what layer or layers of virtualization technology are being used.
In the not to distant past, I posted The dynamic duo of virtual storage and virtual processing that commented on a piece written by Ed Walsh, CEO of Virtual Iron. It's now clear that the paper was foreshadowing a partnership with FalconStor and, perhaps, other companies that focus on storage virtualization technology.
David Link, President and CEO of ScienceLogic, and I recently chatted about the challenges of managing a large scale environment that makes heavy use of virtual machine software and how his company is providing tools to simplify this task for IT administrators. Anyone who can put up with my sense of humor can't be all bad.
First of all, I must note for the record that InfoWorld has never given me an award as being top in any category. I'm thankful that they've spared their readers that pain.