After my first partial day at Altiris/Symantec's ManageFusion, it's struck me how important a good set of backup tools are for virtualized environments. Since there are many "hidden" events in such an environment, comprehensive and automated tools are critical.
It appears that the folks in the world of backup software are on a collision course with some of the folks in the virtual processing software market . Both communities appear to be moving towards a central point where they can automate and orchestrate virtualized environments. I really have to learn more about this movement to be able to articulate what I've been seeing.
I had a chance to met several other analysts and journalists that I've spoken to for years for the first time. We've been virtual (a different use of the term) friends for quite a number of years.
I'll continue to post thoughts from this event over the next day or so.