Many IT executives remember a time in which everyone using the organization's systems used a character cell or block mode terminal. Although these devices presented only limited number of graphical elements and text only, once they were deployed, little to nothing needed to be done to them throughout their lifetime.
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.
Paula Rooney is a Boston-based writer who has followed the tech industry for more than two decades.
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 had the opportunity to interview Rob Baker, Smartronix's Director, Strategic Enterprise Initiatives. He's the first user of Kidaro's desktop virtualization technology I've had the good fortune to meet.
I had the opportunity to interview the Director of Development of a large multinational financial services organization. Since IT is often considered a competitive advantage for these firms, it didn't surprise me that he asked that neither he nor his organization be named in this post.
The good folks at FastScale Technology contacted me to let me know about an announcement they were making today. I had a chance to speak with Lynn LeBlanc, Fastscale CEO, and Richard Offer, VP of Engineering.
AppStream demonstrated AppStream 5.2, an application streaming (one of the functions in the application virtualization segment of the Kusnetzky Group virtualization model) for me yesterday.
Although this isn't directly related to virtualization I'd love to get your comments and input. I was speaking with a couple of representatives of a Kusnetzky Group client and a very interesting question came up.
I read an interesting post, The Future Of Virtualization And What That Means For CIOs, that painted an intriguing, but rather limited view of the future. In this post, the author, John Soat, discussed the importance of BEA's Jrockit® 6 Java implementation that can run directly on a hypervisor without requiring another operating system.
In the post Why do organizations adopt virtualization technology?, I tried to present some of the goals organizations have discussed for why they embarked on the journey to a virtualized environment and then tie those goals to which type of virtualization they chose first.
Although a few goals stand out because they are cited again and again by organizational decision-makers, there are as many hopes and dreams for virtualization adoption as there are organizations.One group, those who seek out access virtualization solutions, want to offer staff members, partners and customers ways to get to applications and data from any device over just about any network from just about anywhere.
I've enjoyed seeing all of the market and industry excitement about virtualization technology. Since I've been involved in this technology since the early 1980s (oops, I gave away my age), it's wonderful to see the new-found enthusiasm some are showing for finding ways to work in a more logical or more virtual computing environment.