Virtualization is abstracting functions or complete stacks of software away from the underlying infrastructure to increase scalability, reliability, performance, utilization, agility, manageability or just to reduce overall costs in some fashion.
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.
Virtual Iron (VI) has released version 3.6 of their product, which is cleverly named "Virtual Iron" by the way.
About a month ago, in the post What Does it Really Mean if Microsoft’s Virtual Machine Software is Delayed?, I analyzed what would happen if Microsoft delayed the release of its Virtual Machine Software for its new server operating environment.
Surgient has developed a set of applications allowing systems to provisioned, used for a time, and then re-provisioned in an automated process that's fast enough to support the new "throw away" world.
Kevin Epstein, VP of Marketing for Scalent Systems, and I enjoyed a wonderful, rambling discussion of virtualization and what Scalent is doing.
In my post, Why choose a virtual environment?, I pointed out a number of reasons that organizations chose to deploy virtualization.
It would be very wise for the organization's IT department to find out what licensing applies to a virtual image. It would be much better if the terms and conditions of use are known and the appropriate operational and administrative procedures defined before a virtual image is unleashed on the network.
Why do organizations choose to go to the time and trouble to adopt some form of virtualization technology? Those thinking that virtualization only refers to the use of virtual machine software to allow a single system to support multiple, encapsulated workloads would mention the factors of time and cost (see Cost and energy benefits driving virtualization).
Rackspace's PR firm contacted me and asked if I would be interested in speaking with Rackspace's CTO, John Engates, to get a technology consumer's view of the state of virtualization technology today. I, of course, jumped at the chance since I usually speak with representatives of various vendors.
An press release came across my desk the other day from 3Leaf Systems. The company announced a I/O server and unilaterally declared that its new product sets a new standard.