title Javier Soltero, CEO and co-founder of Hyperic, and I had a fast moving discussion about management of virtualized environments, management architectures, the history of modern computing and came to the conclusion that a well designed architecture offers people freedom to select the best of new technology without fearing that adopting that technology will force them to abandon years of investment in other technologies.
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.
Oren Teich, Ken Wallich and Ashish Patel of Sun Microsystems spent an hour with me yesterday evening. The conversation covered quite a bit of territory.
Recently I had the opportunity to speak with representatives of Evergrid, a company that focuses on how to apply high performance/grid computing techniques in enterprise computing environments. Since I've spoken to many companies attempting to deploy open source tools, such as Beowulf or Grid Engine, in commercial data centers, I was prepared to be very skeptical.
I know that we're all inundated with Webinars and that some of them are really ugly affairs that were obviously designed to torture the attendees. So, I hesitate to recommend one to you now.
ClearCube just announced that they now have an OEM relationship with VMware. Their press release can be viewed here.
Many vendors have embraced the idea of helping organizations work with a logical view of computing resources rather than a physical view. Unfortunately, each has chosen a different layer or set of layers as their focus and yet, they still call their product "virtualization.
InovaWave is offering an interesting, very focused product family, called DXtreme, aimed at optimizing the performance of that optimization of virtual machine performance on Microsoft's 32-bit and 64-bit Windows and VMware's ESX Server. The key benefits of this product family are that they can optimize and accelerate I/O.
How are organizations using virtualization technology? In an effort to find out, I spoke with Frank Basanta, Technical Director of Systems Solutions, about their use of the technology.
In April 2007 I posted Fault Tolerant and Fail Over is There a Difference?. In that post I explored the differences between a failover environment and an environment that can not appear to fail.
As mentioned in my post titled, Virtualization and Green Computing, green computing the industry catch phrase for finding ways to make the most efficient use of computing resources. In this post, I'd like to look at access virtualization and the role it plays in green computing.