Dell’s Intention: Acquire 3Par. Is this a Stack Play?

The Consolidated server stack has been one of the big items over the last year using converged network adapters, blades, and integrated storage that is designed around providing an a single SKU to order and that provides enough resources for a set number of VMs. Currently the VCE coalition has the VBlock which combines VMware, Cisco, and EMC products into a single stack. HP has its Matrix stack. But where is IBM’s and Dell’s stacks. Could the acquisition of 3Par be the beginning of a integrated stack play from Dell?

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VMworld from an Open Source Perspective

VMworld is clearly the largest dedicated virtualization conference, and yet from an Open Source perspective it is slightly disappointing because the VMware ecosystem naturally attracts proprietary software vendors, and also some of the more interesting activities in Open Source are through multi-vendor foundations which do not have the same marketing budgets as vendors themselves.

Nevertheless, there are a number of key Open Source players, and some interesting smaller players, represented at VMworld.
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Oracle sues Google over Android and Java, Microsoft Smiles, VMware Grimaces

Oracle (who by virtue of the acquisition of Sun owns Java) announced late on Thursday August 13th that it has filed suit against Google for infringing upon copyrights and patents related to Java. “In developing Android, Google knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle’s Java-related intellectual property. This lawsuit seeks appropriate remedies for their infringement,” Oracle spokeswoman Karen Tillman said in a statement. The full complaint may be found here. Continue reading Oracle sues Google over Android and Java, Microsoft Smiles, VMware Grimaces

Preparing for the VMworld Pilgrimage

The countdown is on for one of the biggest virtualization conferences of the year, VMworld 2010 in San Francisco. I have been lucky enough to be able to attend all the VMworld conferences from 2005 on and the 2009 VMworld Europe in Cannes, France.  These shows are pretty big and jam packed full of people, exhibits and sessions.  Good old fun for the entire family!!  Well not necessarily shared fun for the entire family, but if you have a passion for virtualization, then VMworld 2010 in San Francisco is the place you should be. Since it is San Francisco, you can even bring your entire family and your family can enjoy the Spouse Activities while you enjoy the talk about virtualization.

In case you do not know,  the dates of the conference are August 30 – September 2.  There is still time to get a $150 savings if you register by August 29. For more information about the details of the event visit the official VMworld web site.  If you are still looking for justification to present to your management as to why you should go to VMworld this year, take a look at this video and see if this might help with some ideas. Continue reading Preparing for the VMworld Pilgrimage

Who’s Who in Virtualization Performance and Capacity Management

In the Performance Management Topic at this site we separate performance and capacity monitoring for virtualization and the cloud into four separate disciplines:

  1. Configuration Management – while configuration management is not traditionally associated with resource and performance monitoring, it is critical in the case in virtualized and cloud based environments. The rate of change in these environments and the degree of resource sharing of these environments makes a continuous self-discovered understanding of configuration essential to the ability to assure infrastructure and applications performance. Continue reading Who’s Who in Virtualization Performance and Capacity Management

VMware Discusses vShield Zones and Secure Multi-Tenancy

The Virtualization Security Podcast on 8/5 was all about VMware vShield Zones and how the currently beta version will provide defense in depth, be a lever to achieve Secure Multi-Tenancy, and its impact on the virtualization security ecosystem. Dean Coza, Director of Product Management for Security Products at VMware joined us to discuss the vShield Zones Beta which consists of 3 parts given names and a nameless third part that was hinted at and we shall see more about at VMworld. vShield Zones consists of

  • vShield Zones Edge
  • vShield Zones Application
  • vShield Zones API
  • Something else without a name…

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