I had a chance to speak with Stephen Pollack, Founder, CEO of PlateSpin, the other day. Since it has been a while since we had a chance to chat, I looked forward to his refreshing, rather pragmatic, approach to virtualization technology.
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.
Rackspace announced that the company was going to add hosting virtual servers to its list of services for those needing access to a physical server without having to acquire the server, necessary software and hire an IT administrative staff. It will be interesting to learn how successful this offering is.
I recently spoke with Stacksafe's Andrew Gross, Ph.D.
I've been meaning to post something about my conversation with Sun's Steve Wilson about xVM for a while but, other things kept getting in the way. Steve and I have spoken often in the past and I've always enjoyed his insight into virtualization technology as a whole, how organizations could make best use of that technology and how he can take part in a technical discussion that leaps off into humor and bad puns on a regular basis.
Although I've tracked Platform Computing for well over a decade, I don't get the chance to speak with them all that much. A short while ago, I had the opportunity to chat with Peter Dye, Product Manager of VM Orcestrator (VMO).
John Hamilton, EVP and Chief Operating Officer of Trigence, and I had a long discusion about application virtualization recently. One of the more challenging issues for suppliers of application virtualization technology is that there are many competitors each presenting different types of technology and this leaves many organizations feeling confused.
Andrew Barnes, SVP of Corporate Development; and Jim Battenberg, Director Product Marketing; of the Neverfail Group and I had an interesting conversation about how the increasing focus many organizations have on deploying virtualization technologies in their industry standard system-based solutions often also includes an increase in the potential problems associated with an outage.
Customer profileI had an opportunity to ask Genworth Financial's Ryan Lane, IT Team Leader, and Adam Webb, IT Solutions Architect, a few questions about how their organization is using tools from xkoto, Inc. Thanks Ryan and Adam for finding time to help me understand what Genworth is doing.
Both Microsoft and Citrix/XenSource made important announcements January 21. Since they've been widely reported, I'd rather not cite the details.
I was chatting with a neighbor a few days ago and the topic of how organizations actually select technology came up. That's an interesting area, one that my team at IDC often probed using various demand-side research tools.