In a recently published paper, Virtual Machines - You have to see them to manage them, I explored a few of the challenges administrators face when they attempt to deal with virtual systems. As virtual systems become a standard way to deploy solutions on industry standard systems, lifecycle management is going to become a requirement in any but the smallest datacenter.
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.
Kevin Epstein, head of marketing for Scalent Systems, called my attention to the fact this his company has recently signed an OEM agreement with Unisys. At first glance, this appears to be good for both companies.
I'm traveling today and it is unlikely that I'll be close enough to a network connection to post something of interest to the virtualization community. If you see something later on today, you'll know that I found a workable network connection somewhere along I-95 in Georgia or South Carolina.
The other day I had a chance to chat with Amir Husain, CTO of ClearCube, and Susannah Kirksey, VP of Marketing for ClearClube. They seem to have a clear vision of providing application virtualization across quite a number of important mobile and desktop operating systems.
While at the Symantec/Altiris event a week or so ago, I had a chance to speak with Scott Jones about Altiris' Software Virtualization Solution (SVS). At the time, I had to agree to an embargo so that the company could announce a new version of several software products.
A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend a very interesting event, Symantec/Altiris ManageFusion. I was briefed on a new version of Symantec's Backup Exec System Recovery (BESR) 7.
I've been following the market for system software for quite some time and have watched Novell's efforts, which include the venerable NetWare and SUSE Linux, with some interest since the 1980s.
Paul Ghostine, of Provision Networks, and I enjoyed a quick discussion of some of the biggest headaches faced by those seeking a workable access virtualization solution and what his organization was planning to do about them. Well, at least I enjoyed the conversation.
Multi-system virtual server and management environments can be quite complex to install. It appears that the folks over at Virtual Iron have come up with an interesting way to make deployment of managed, Xen-based virtual server environments quite a bit easier.
John Bara, XenSource's VP of Marketing, let me know that his organization has passed the thousand customer mark. Here's a segment of the message he sent.