I had an opportunity to ask Patrick McFadin, Director of Engineering, Hobsons EMT, a few questions about how his organization is using tools from Virtual Iron. A highly edited, slightly sanitized version of our conversation follows.
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.
I just heard the news that Scalent Systems was awarded "Best Virtualization Solution" at LinuxWorld in San Francisco. Since quite a number of virtualization technology providers or technology projects were at the event; such as FastScale, OpenVZ, SteelEye, SWsoft, VirtualLogix and 3Leaf Systems; that's quite a complement.
Several stories in the news include a mention of something Kevin Kettler, Dell CTO, said during his keynote address at LinuxWorld in San Francisco. Dell is exploring the concept of embedding a lightweight hypervisor in the firmware of some future Dell servers.
I've been reading a number of stories about LinuxWorld in San Francisco, such as this one by Sean Michael Kerner of Internetnews.com.
The good folks at Thinstall contacted me to comment on my LANDesk posts. Some of the interesting capabilities of LANDesk that allows applications to be encapsulated, streamed down to a user's system and run there in a protected environment came from Thinstall.
I read an insightful post The case for chargeback and virtual appliance that was posted by Alex Barrett yesterday. He brings up several interesting points about accounting for virtual environments.
A position paper, Mission Creep: Open Source Virtualization Usage Models Proliferate was pointed out to me yesterday afternoon. The paper appeared to equate virtualization with the use of virtual machine technology rather than looking broadly at topic.
If you'll remember, I spoke with Coby Gurr and Dan Cook of LANDesk back in may. If you're interested, the post was titled Application Virtualization from LANDesk - No secret agents need apply.
Ran Oelgiesser, VP of Product Markting for Kidaro, had a lengthy discussion about the company and it's recently announced product and I'd like to present what I learned. I'd like to also point out that this is the very first time a supplier's representative sent me an encrypted, password protected copy of their presentation deck.
Folks, it's my intention that this will be the last post on this topic.I've been enjoying a quiet "behind the scenes" discussion with representatives of Dell recently.