I had the opportunity to interview the Director of Development of a large multinational financial services organization. Since IT is often considered a competitive advantage for these firms, it didn't surprise me that he asked that neither he nor his organization be named in this post.
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.
The good folks at FastScale Technology contacted me to let me know about an announcement they were making today. I had a chance to speak with Lynn LeBlanc, Fastscale CEO, and Richard Offer, VP of Engineering.
AppStream demonstrated AppStream 5.2, an application streaming (one of the functions in the application virtualization segment of the Kusnetzky Group virtualization model) for me yesterday.
Although this isn't directly related to virtualization I'd love to get your comments and input. I was speaking with a couple of representatives of a Kusnetzky Group client and a very interesting question came up.
I read an interesting post, The Future Of Virtualization And What That Means For CIOs, that painted an intriguing, but rather limited view of the future. In this post, the author, John Soat, discussed the importance of BEA's Jrockit® 6 Java implementation that can run directly on a hypervisor without requiring another operating system.
In the post Why do organizations adopt virtualization technology?, I tried to present some of the goals organizations have discussed for why they embarked on the journey to a virtualized environment and then tie those goals to which type of virtualization they chose first.
Although a few goals stand out because they are cited again and again by organizational decision-makers, there are as many hopes and dreams for virtualization adoption as there are organizations.One group, those who seek out access virtualization solutions, want to offer staff members, partners and customers ways to get to applications and data from any device over just about any network from just about anywhere.
I've enjoyed seeing all of the market and industry excitement about virtualization technology. Since I've been involved in this technology since the early 1980s (oops, I gave away my age), it's wonderful to see the new-found enthusiasm some are showing for finding ways to work in a more logical or more virtual computing environment.
In my post Citrix Acquires XenSource for $500 million, I questioned whether two dissimilar corporate cultures could be integrated successfully. There are many examples of failed attempts in this department.
For the past couple of weeks, I've been hearing rumors that Citrix would acquire XenSource. Thinking of Citrix's past history of acquisitions, the overall history of technology acquisitions and what I know about the personalities of the two companies in question, I told people that I thought this was a rather bad idea.