There's a real battle in the virtualization market as VMware positions itself as cloud computing's operating system. Meanwhile, Microsoft is gaining traction and players like Citrix and Red Hat are also a threat. Virtualization's main selling point - the ability to use more computing capacity and save on servers - resonates for obvious reasons.
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At VMworld 2009 in San Francisco, Praveen Asthana, Dell's VP of storage and networking, talks about the company's virtualization strategy and how it plans to optimize the data center with fewer tools.
At the VMworld conference in San Francisco, ZDNet Senior Editor Sam Diaz tours the exhibition floor to see what is happening at the show. Diaz also talks to David Bricker of IBM about the company's XIV substorage system, which works in the VMware environment, and to Tripwire's Michael Reznick about how the company's software helps IT managers audit and control their systems inside a data center.
At VMworld in San Francisco, VMware CTO Stephen Herrod shows a Visa mobile application on a Microsoft Windows CE device that is also running virtually on Google's Android OS. The functionality allows users to run "any app on any device," the VMware executive says.
As virtualisation technology spreads through the datacentre, the race is on to develop ways of sharing out data to virtual servers and desktops in large numbers.
At VMworld 2009 in San Francisco, Ann Livermore, executive vice president of HP's services organization, announces two new virtualization solutions that will give system administrators the ability to better virtualize and converge their entire IT infrastructure by enabling access of virtual and physical assets inside the environment.
At VMworld in San Francisco, VMware CEO Paul Maritz talks to HP's director of software virtualization, Steve DuPree, about how the company's VMware View product fits into HP's virtualization plans. Maritz adds that there are 1 million desktops deployed with VDI, mainly in sectors where security and compliance are crucial, like the health care and finance industry.
Lew Tucker, vice president and chief technology officer of cloud computing at Sun Microsystems, foresees applications that are entirely self-sufficient. Humans will be able to set boundaries, of course, but will no longer be needed to turn servers, or anything else for that matter, physically on or off. It is important, he says, that these applications be unified and driven by a compatible set of protocols in order to create a global cloud of clouds.
At the OpenSource World event in San Francisco, Lew Tucker, vice president and CTO of cloud computing at Sun Microsystems, explained that many developing countries are skipping over acquiring their own servers and going right to the cloud. Because of the cost effectiveness, the move may spur their economies and create jobs. This could also hold true for the U.S. government, currently creating its own cloud as well.
At the CloudWorld event in San Francisco, panelists question whether cloud computing, quickly gaining mainstream adoption, could replace system ownership entirely. Panelists include Joe Weinman of AT&T Business Solutions, Sam Charrington of Appistry, James Urquhart of Cisco Systems and the CNET Blog Network, and Timothy Chou of Ming Holdings.
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