Coming out of VMworld, I've run into many people who've been convinced that operating systems are becoming an endangered species and that shortly they'll be replaced by virtual machine software. I believe that many have been convinced to adopt this position by VMware's powerful, integrated marketing not by the facts at hand.
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've been chatting with several people, including John-Marc Clark, VP of Marketing of Qumranet about KVM, the open source kernel based virtual machine project that is now part of the Linux kernel, and the company's new product Solid ICE™. Solid ICE, that seems one part access virtualization, one part application virtualization and one part virtual processing software.
From time to time, I run into a very clever marketing campaign that both is very informative and very entertaining. "Greg the Architect" is one of the best of these I've seen.
I had a chance to speak with an interesting newcomer to the world of virtualization, Xsigo. Jon Toor, Xsigo's VP of Marketing, and I chatted about Xsigno's VP780 Network Director.
On September 5th, XenSource announced an embeddable version of their open source hypervisor. Here's a pointer to XenSource's press release.
A client was probing where and how virtual machine software should fit in an organization's overall IT strategy. The discussion got a bit heated at time because I asserted that while virtual machine software is an important addition to an organization's set of tools, it is clearly not a panacea.
I'm at the DataSynapse user event, Align 2007, today. I've had many interesting conversations with DataSynapse users and partners.
I had a chance to speak with Jeff McNaught of Wyse Technology a while ago and didn't have a chance to write about our discussion until now.Jeff explained the company's new line of "Zero Client" hardware products and its TCX Multimedia Software.
I'm on my way to Align 2007, the DataSynapse User Conference, that's being held in the Doral Resort in Miami, FL. I'm looking forward to hearing the interesting array of speakers they've got schedule including people from DataSynapse (no surprise there), HSBC, Credit Suisse, GigaSpaces, Wachovia CIB Technical Products Group, Oracle's Fusion Middleware Group, Hewlett-Packard, and GemStone.
I had another chance to speak with Digipede the other day. I'm struck by the fact that they're making is possible for developers familiar with Microsoft's development environment to deploy their applications using "grid computing" or "high performance computing" techniques without violating the "Golden Rules of IT.