Over the past few days, HP has announced the acquisitions of Opsware for $1.6 Billion and Neoware for $214 Million.
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.
XenSource, Inc. and Symantec have signed an OEM agreement.
Tomcat from Covalent was both easier to manage and was significantly less costly than the other solutions. Covalent Technologies' solutions were tens of thousands of dollars less expensive.
When we take a look at each of the technologies, what becomes clear is that many people are grappling with how to make the most use of powerful industry standard microprocessors from Intel, AMD and others.
Bob Weiderhold, CEO of Transitive, and I fought off intermittent telephone problems to discuss a technology that is often overlooked when analysts put together their taxonomy of virtual processing software. Transitive calls this "Hardware Virtualization" and offers a product family, "QuickTransit" that implements this concept in a number of ways.
If your organization has Windows laptops, desktops or servers that fall idle at certain times of the day or certain days of the week and it has applications that could utilize the computational resources of those machines, your organization would be well advised to learn about Digipede.
Although I thought my adventures in Dell-land were through, I just received an Email message from one of Dell's systems asking me to return the battery that they kept at the depot. If you'd like to refresh your memory on this exciting adventure, please read the following posts.
DataSynapse GridServer Version 5.0 is all about scalability in administration and management.
Configuresoft's Technology Strategist, George Gerchow, and I had a lovely discussion about virtualization, virtual machine software (such as VMware) and the stresses this technology push on overworked IT professionals. During this discussion, I mentioned that I thought that Configuresof's focus is too narrow, that virtualization is a far broader issue than merely the deployment, provisioning and management of virtual machines.
Recently I had a chance to speak with two folks from Covalent Technologies, Mark Brewer, CEO, and Charlie Purdom, VP of Marketing. It was a wonderful chance to catch up with what the company is doing now.