I had a chance to speak with Aaron Holzer of Microsoft about a program they've been working on for quite some time, the 3rd party Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP). Customers have made it clear to Microsoft that they expect support for Microsoft software even if it is running in a virtual environment hosted by someone else's virtualization software.
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 took a while to set up but, I finally enjoyed a fun conversations with the folks at PacketTrap. They've developed a powerful but, easy to use tool for system administrators and network administrators.
I had the chance to speak with Charlie Watt, CTO and founder of Racemi, and his colleague Brian Hoffman, VP of Product Management and Service, today. We discovered that we have some common history and similar views on the real scope of virtualization technology and the impact it can have on an organization's strategic planning and operational strategy.
I was doing my morning news scan and came across Accelerate virtualization adoption--Seven tips to smart growth by John Suit, CTO at Fortisphere. Although the comments appear to address the adoption of virtual machine software to create virtual servers or virtual clients rather than a broader view of virtualization.
It came to my attention that HP has announced its Virtual Connect Enterprise Manager software. This appears to be software to manage its own Virtual Connect hardware that was announced in 2006.
I just received the announcement that Quest Software just acquired Provision Networks. Let's look into who these players are and then consider why Quest would make this move.
Last week Red hat made a number of announcements that indicate the company is following the trends in virtualization from the large to the small by gathering up features provided by others in the open source community and bringing them under the company's umbrella, err, big Red Hat. Here are some of Red Hat's statements concerning their announcement.
As various forms of software virtualization technology have been developed, some folks have looked at the problems software virtualization technology is attempting to address and have thought something different. They thought about the functions that applications and systems were executing, decomposed those functions into individual hardware actions and then went on to develop special purpose hardware.
Since starting this blog, I've had the chance to speak with representatives of over 80 different companies offering something related to virtualization. I find it's pretty easy to spot trends based upon what these suppliers tell me during our discussions.
Cassatt's taking their well established virtualization technology and focusing it tightly on helping organizations create a green computing environment. They've launched a new product family, Active Response, that is designed to simplify an organization's move in that direction.