What would it be like if we were like virtual machines? Imagine being able to be moved from one location to another in time for lunch.
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.
The Kusnetzky Group is tracking nearly 100 companies who are playing in the market for virtualization technology. Most of these companies, as one might expect, are relatively small but, have developed interesting technology.
Vizioncore recently announced vConverter, a product that can migrate physical machines to virtual machines and virtual machines to physical machines. Why should anyone care?
Once again, I had the opportunity to speak with the good folks of Digipede. As usual, I was impressed with their pragmatic approach and the fact that they're trying very hard to make grid computing/high performance computing concepts available to everyone by utilizing Microsoft's .
Just yesterday, I was sitting with a group of people from different industries enjoying an interesting seafood luncheon after a morning of pleasant activities. The conversation turned to what everyone did for a living when not attending conferences.
In the past few weeks, I've spoken with representatives of JBoss and TIBCO.
As interesting as virtual client system and virtual server systems are, they're not the panacea that some in the industry present when speaking about their products. Why is it that when I speak to a Kusnetzky Group client, I almost always have to help them understand that virtualization is a much bigger topic than just virtual machine software?
I just read the notice that Sun had acquired innotek, the creators of Virtualbox, a virtual machine software product. Before I had a chance to really look into this move, I wondered why Sun would acquire another virtual machine software product when it had a program to integrate the Xen open source project into it's product portfolio (see the previous post Sun xVM - Foundation for a dynamic datacenter?
Today's Dilbert comic strip (which can be found here ) was clearly meant to present an exaggerated view of some management behavior the author must have seen in his time at Pacific Telesys. I've observed the same behavior in my time.
Over the past few months I've seen many stories that some virtualization software startups have been getting funding from some fairly prestigious venture firms. While I'm not sure that this is really news that would be of value to an IT decision-maker, the story behind these announcements is interesting.