I've been following the market for system software for quite some time and have watched Novell's efforts, which include the venerable NetWare and SUSE Linux, with some interest since the 1980s.
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.
Paul Ghostine, of Provision Networks, and I enjoyed a quick discussion of some of the biggest headaches faced by those seeking a workable access virtualization solution and what his organization was planning to do about them. Well, at least I enjoyed the conversation.
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.
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.