Several companies in the virtualization software club have focused on using some combination of virtual machine software, virtual access software and management software for virtual environments to make development and testing easier and more productive.
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.
It seems that just about every day I hear from a newcomer to the virtualization software market that has focused its time and creativity on "desktop virtualization." I've got one or two posts to write on companies of this nature and still more are appearing.
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In a seemingly endless list of competitors in what could be called "desktop virtualization," HP stands out as one of the few competitors that plays in desktop systems, portable systems, handheld systems, blade PCs, blade servers, traditional servers, software and professional services. So, when Tad Bodeman of HP wanted to discuss HP's "Remote Client Solutions" I was more than happy to make time on my calendar for the chat.
It seems that various forms of "desktop virtualization" are coming from everywhere right now. I've spoken with a number of market newcomers and still come across new, interesting approaches to offering people the "desktop experience" without requiring their own desktop computer.
MokaFive is lauching MokaFive Virtual Desktop Solution™, its entry into the rapidly moving "desktop virtualization market, today. Although the claims MokaFive is making sound similar to many other suppliers in this area, the company appears to have come up with a slighly different approach, one that just make the process simpler for its customers.
Endeavors Technologies just launched its Application Jukebox, an application virtualization and delivery product. It appears to me that this product takes the concepts of application encapsulation and application streaming to a new level.
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.
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.