John Joseph, VP of Marketing of Dell EqualLogic Storage, and I had a short, but interesting dicussion about the place virtual storage should have in a well designed virtualized environment. If one is attempting to abstract functions away from the underlying physical platform, it simply makes sense to do the same for functions such as storage.
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.
After posting Novell acquires PlateSpin: Will everything fall to the floor? I had the chance to speak with Novell and PlateSpin once again.
I recently had a chance to communicate with Ivan Gonzalez of ServerTweak, LLC, a hosting company that's using software from Levanta. ServerTweak offers services in the following cities:California: Fremont, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Sunnyvale and Palo AltoGeorgia: AtlantaIllinois: ChicagoNew York: New York CityTexas: DallasVirginia: AshburnWashington: SeattleI thought you'd be interested in what I learned.
It appears that my recent post, IBM announces the Z10: Is the mainframe still relevant?, must have touched on something that had an impact on quite a number of people.
Suppliers offering "virtual appliance servers" have often stopped by to brief me on their products and how they're going to take over the market in some segment or another. The most recent example was a really interesting discussion I had with Dave Asprey, VP of Marketing for Zeus Technology, about their take on a security appliance.
IBM just announced the newest member of its mainframe family, the Z10. While the performance claims IBM makes are quite impressive, the key question that comes to mind is "are mainframes still relevant in the world of virtualized resources?
Novell just announced an agreement to acquire PlateSpin, one of the players in the management of virtualized resources segment of the virtualization software market for $205 Million (see Sorting out the different layers of virtualization for more information on this market segment). One would have to wonder why Novell made this move since Novell already had a number of products in this space including Novell Orchestrator (see my review of this product in the post Novell’s Orchestrator).
One of the fastest growing segments of the virtualization software market between 2006 and 2007 was storage virtualization software. As organizations adopt a more virtualized approach to their IT infrastructure, it makes sense that they would also separate the storage function from other parts of the infrastructure.
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.
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.