Why Cloud.com is NOT a drowning turkey

We recently annoyed Peder Ulander of Cloud.com by suggesting when Cloud.com joined OpenStack it was a Turkey waiting for Thanksgiving.  It wasn’t personal, but we do understand that being compared to a fat bird with a big neck can cause offense.  To calm things down we spoke to Peder, and we thought Virtualization Practice readers might be interested in the conversation. Continue reading Why Cloud.com is NOT a drowning turkey

Presentation Virtualization: what can VMworld do for me lately?

VMworld is clearly a Very Big Virtualization Conference – possibly the largest. Yet, does it cover all virtualization topics? If you’re from a  Presentation Virtualization (PV) background (although  maybe you know it as Terminal Services (TS); possibly even a Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS); heck lets go on an old school ‘server based computing’ perspective):

‘what could VMworld do for me?’

The answer is:

“Quite a lot.”

I know: you’re shocked: I was bemused too. From a PV perspective there are a number of vendors worth your while to to go and see. I’m not going: wish I was now.

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VMworld Pilgrimage Part 2

In my Preparing for the VMworld Pilgrimage post last week, I went over some things, namely hotel and airfare, which you should have confirmed by now if you are planning on attending VMworld 2010 in San Francisco.  I have heard through the grapevine that there are going to be around 15,000 people in attendance this year so it is shaping to be another great event.  This post is going with the assumption that your travel, logging, sessions and labs have been booked and taken care of. With that said, what is the best way to stay current and get the most out of the week?  I would like to present the thought that the VMTN Community Lounge / Blogger Area is a good place to start.  If you are looking to meet some of the most active individuals in virtualization, this will be a place that you should consider checking in periodically throughout the week. Continue reading VMworld Pilgrimage Part 2

Monitoring as a Service (MaaS)

These days the rush seems afoot to try to make everything into a service and deliver everything as a service. Some examples are:

  • You can get storage with products like Amazon S3, Microsoft Windows Azure Blob Storage, Nirvanix, EMC Atmos Online, Meezeo, Zetta, and Dropbox
  • You can get Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas) which is really a server and an operating system with the underlying infrastructure as a service via Amazon EC2, and a variety of hosting and cloud providers who offer both VMware compatible and other variants
  • You can get an applications Platform as a Service (PaaS) via products like EngineYard, the joint offering by VMware and SalesForce.com – VMForce, and the Google AppEngine cloud
  • You can get a full Software application as a Service (SaaS) via products like SalesForce.com, NetSuite and hundreds of other providers Continue reading Monitoring as a Service (MaaS)

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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