2010: The virtual year

2010 in review: virtual machine technology overwhelming other forms of virtual processing on both the server and the desktop, cloud computing adoption following a different track
Written by Dan Kusnetzky, Contributor

During 2010, I published information on what 55 different companies offering products in the cloud computing and/or virtualization arenas were doing.  I also published quite a few posts on various happenings that were in other areas.

While reviewing what posts were the most widely read, I was surprised to learn that the rants and sardonic posts got more interest than the posts that I thought could be considered substantive and potentially useful.

So, comments on airlines, mobile devices, mobile services, cable services and the like appear far most interesting than:

  • How the use of virtual machine software, one of five different technologies found in the virtual processing layer of the Kusnetzky Group Model of virtualization, has seriously undercut the use of other virtual processing technology.
    • So, high availability/clustering technology has taken a beating from virtual machine software combined with VM movement and automation software.
    • Parallel processing has started to look more like a chorus of singing virtual machines rather than carefully crafted, decomposed applications running on hundreds or thousands of individual processors. Operating system virtualization and partitioning, a mainstay in the world of mainframe and midrange computing environments, appears to be falling before the onslaught of Windows and Linux virtual servers on powerful industry standard systems

  • Virtual desktop environments are increasingly the use of virtual machine software combined with access virtualization rather than the use of access virtualization, application or processing virtualization used independently
  • The use of cloud computing environments is growing. The hotbed of usage is in somewhat unexpected places - small and medium size organizations and local and regional government applications. The big companies and governments are jumping on board too, just a bit slower than seen in the technology adoption cycles of the past.

Thanks for reading and commenting on my posts during 2010. It has been a year of significant change.

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