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.
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.
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.
A real orchestration strategy would have to include the ability to move resources from one physical system to another (P2P), one virtual system to another (V2V) and convert physical to virtual and back (P2V, V2P) to make optimal use of those resources. What is optimal?
I was chatting with a Kusnetzky Group client the other day and he asked a question that seemed to have an obvious answer at first but, seemed more complex as we discussed it. The question was should his organization deploy a clustered solution, such as SteelEye's LifeKeeper or encapsulate applications and use a virtual machine replication technology, such as VMware's Vmotion, XenSource's Xenmotion or Virtual Iron's Virtual Iron, to accomplish something that seemed similar.
I'm back from my adventures at Altiris' ManageFusion. The company did a great job of putting on an informative, useful event.
I had opportunities to speak with a number of company representatives and customers at the Altiris/Symantec ManageFusion today. The customers all offered positive statements about how Altiris' products made their lives easier.
After my first partial day at Altiris/Symantec's ManageFusion, it's struck me how important a good set of backup tools are for virtualized environments. Since there are many "hidden" events in such an environment, comprehensive and automated tools are critical.
Fredric Paul of bMighty.com pointed out something in his recent post, Virtualization Means Different Things To Different Observer that marketeers from suppliers of virtualization technology would be wise to understand.
After my interesting experience dealing with Dell's service, I had a refreshing experience with HP's service and thought I'd write something about it to dispel the image of industry curmudgeon that I've apparently earned in some quarters.It was Saturday morning and I was trying desperately trying to print a couple of images so I could take them to a meeting.
This post is part of a series of myths I've heard mentioned during discussion with Kusnetzky Group clients. This time, the topic is expertise requirements.