Even though Xen, virtual machine software for industry standard systems, is well known, The company behind this software, XenSource, is not as well known. XenSource, with the help of the open source community, has developed software that securely juggle multiple virtual machines, each running its own operating environment, on a single physical system and produce close-to-native-machine performance.
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 was offered the opportunity to speak with Kelly Vizzini, CMO of DataSynapse, the other day. She introduced me to a new member of her staff, Shayne Higdon, VP of Product Marketing.
As I mentioned in my post, Overview of Novell's views on virtualization and again in my post, Conversations with Cassatt and Marathon, Thoughts on Novell and Red Hat, Novell appears to be focusing a great deal of attention on managing virtualized environments not just the tools of virtualization themselves. Along those lines, I had an opportunity to view a demo of Novell ZENworks Orchestrator presented by Richard Whitehead and Alan Murray of Novell the other day.
I've been following Cassatt for a number of years and have always thought that the company has taken a fresh, different view of the concept of virtualization in the implementation of its product "Collage". In an attempt to catch up with what the company is doing now, I spoke with Jay Fry and Ken Oestreich.
A few days ago I had the opportunity to speak with Marathon Technology's, Michael Bilancieri, Director of Products, and Steve Keilen, Vice President of Marketing about creating both highly available (HA) and fully fault tolerant (FT) environments using industry standard systems. It was a very interesting conversation.
Fault tolerant (FT) solutions go beyond HA fail over solutions to present an environment that is never seen to fail not merely an environment that survives a failure. Some suppliers of FT technology call this "fail through" rather than fail over.
Many have commented on a blog entry posted by by Mike Neil on Windows Server Division Blog indicating that Viridian, Microsoft's virtual machine software project, is likely to be delivered six months later than planned. Since he's general manager of virtualization at Microsoft, his comments are a strong indicator of how that project is going.
It appears that this Blog has caught the attention of companies offering various products for both software and hardware virtualization. Cassatt and Marathon Technologies are among the companies that have contacted me.
I enjoyed a lovely conversation with an old acquaintance, Kerry Kim of Novell. We had spoken many times when he was with Red Hat and it was nice to chat for a while.
I had a delightful dinner conversation with Mark Christensen, VP of Marketing, and an old friend, Leslie Proctor, Director of Public Relations, for Corda Technologies last night in Deerfield, FL. Although Corda's visualization products only tangential to the world of virtualization, they're quite interesting.