Who is responsible for the term "virtualization?" Really? Seriously, it's been a fast, wild ride, from the early days of mainframe-v to VMWare and Connectix on the client/server side, to Microsoft's Hyper-V push, Xen and KVM and OpenStack and CloudStack.
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Citrix this week unveiled XenServer 6.1 upgrade that is tightly integrated with (its formerly owned) CloudStack open source cloud platform as it sets it sights on a new architecture known as "Windsor" that will merge XenServer and CloudForms into one IaaS.
Bromium, a recently launched virtualization-based security company founded by the developers of Xen, started shipping today its highly touted micro-visor solution called vSentry that is said to end Windows desktop security problems once and for all.
VMware officially started shipping today the three editions of its all-in-one virtualization suite at a fixed per CPU licensing SKU starting at $5,000, a move designed to make the market leader less vulnerable to lower-cost and open source rivals
Linux leader Red Hat last week announced the first beta release of its enterprise virtualization 3.1 platform, which will offer improved scalability, storage live migration and new P2V tools when it ships later this year
The Dell-VMware and Piston-Gridcentric OpenStack VDI solutions are further evidence that corporate interest in VDI is spiking, and this time around it's due to forthcoming Windows XP -end-of-life issues and explosion in BYOD, experts say
It's safe to say VMware is feeling the heat from its open source rivals.
Virsto is doing for storage what VMware and Microsoft have done for servers. Will Virsto's software-defined storage hypervisor meld with VMware's vision of the software-defined data center?
Newton, Mass-based Intigua Platforms has launched a new platform that virtualizes the management layer (not just VMs) and applies the concept of virtualization to management agents. It is available on a usage-based subscription model, with pricing starting at $75 per server per year.
One IBM VP said open source is the key to virtualization, the cloud and big data computing but there are still key challenges to overcoming proprietary giants