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Virtualization carries the promises of flexibility, lower costs, ease of deployment and simplified server management. However, when condensing the physical resources of your enterprise, are you considering how to make applications easily accessible to the growing number of remote users within your enterprise? IT managers rushing toward virtualization within the data center are finding that virtualization and consolidation do not address remote access performance issues experienced by remote branch users in today's distributed d d enterprises. This presentation will explore the advantages and potential pitfalls of virtualization and how its impact will shape the future of the virtual enterprise. Sponsor Virtualization Conference & Expo Register Now and Save! Submit Your Speaking Proposal Speaker Bio: Donato Buccella is CTO of Certeon. He brings over 20 years of softw... (more)

Virtualization from Desktop to Datacenter

Virtualization comes in many forms, and by combining multiple technologies, enterprises can transform the way they deploy and manage their software. This session will examine how an enterprise can combine the use of layer-2 "desktop" hypervisor technology, layer-1 dedicated server virtualization software and next-generation management software to rapidly speed the rate at which they can develop and deploy new software within their enterprise. With software developers able to easily create and encapsulate software within virtual machine containers, and then speed this through staging and deployment, enterprises benefit from radical cost reduction and increased time to market. It will also radically simplify complex IT tasks, such as: patching and compliance reporting. This session will include case studies and live technology demonstrations. Sponsor Virtualization C... (more)

Scalable Pricing in a Scalable World

Nati Shalom's GigaSpaces Blog In most discussions about scalability, we often approach the topic as a pure technical/architecture challenge, and ignore cost issues. The problem is that when we truly scale our application, and want to benefit from economies of scale, we're going to end up with scale limitations, not because of technical issues, but because of the pricing and licensing models. In most discussions about scalability, we often approach the topic as a pure technical/architecture challenge, and ignore cost issues. The problem is that when we truly scale our application, and want to benefit from economies of scale, we're going to end up with scale limitations, not because of technical issues, but because of the pricing and licensing models. Scalable pricing Scalable pricing means a pricing scheme that provides the benefits of economies of scale. Below are pric... (more)

Virtualization Will Be the Highest-Impact IT Trend Through 2012

Virtualization will be the highest-impact trend changing infrastructure and operations through 2012, according to Gartner. Virtualization will transform how IT is managed, what is bought, how it is deployed, how companies plan and how they are charged. As a result, virtualization is creating a new wave of competition among infrastructure vendors that will result in considerable market disruption and consolidation over the next few years. "Virtualization is hardly a new concept; storage has already been virtualized — albeit primarily within the scope of individual vendor architectures — and networking is also virtualized," said Philip Dawson, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. "However, as both server and PC virtualization become more pervasive, traditional IT infrastructure orthodoxy is being challenged and is changing the way business works with IT.... (more)

Will VMware Still Exist in Five Years?

Brian Madden's Blog VMware deserves a lot of credit. Even though hardware virtualization has been around for decades in one form or another, we wouldn't have it in the x86 space without VMware. The hardware and OS vendors would have been happy to keep selling hardware that was only 20% utilized. VMware turned this industry on its head. But it has awoken the slumbering giant that is Microsoft... [Note from the author: This wasn't an article I intended to write right now. But after Alex Barrett blogged about a conversation I had with her last week on this very topic, my inbox has been flooded with emails asking "Did Alex really quote you properly?" and "Are you crazy?" The answers to those two questions are "yes" and "quite possibly."] VMware deserves a lot of credit. Even though hardware virtualization has been around for decades in one form or another, we wouldn't have... (more)

Control VM Sprawl Before It Controls You

While organizations and IT staff continue to see the many benefits of implementing virtualization, the challenge of controlling virtual infrastructures is quickly arising as a top management priority. Virtualization benefits are offset by issues such as security, administration, increased costs, compliance and configuration management. Managing Virtual Machine (VM) sprawl is of growing concern to organizations as they grow their VM environments. Traditional management tool and security systems do not work well in this space, and virtualization vendor tools are more focused on deployment than management. Emerging technologies for implementing and enforcing policies, detecting and tracking VMs and managing the entire deployment process, are helping organizations gain better control over their virtual infrastructures without having to resort to manual systems, which ... (more)

Clouds Are No Substitute for Competence

Just as people begin to understand the difference between web ops and IT, we are entering a period where clouds promise "Ops-Free" computing. Because it’s easy, scalable, available and disposable, the cloud is well on its way to becoming “technology’s next big thing.” However, with recent outages from Amazon and Google Apps, the question of the cloud’s competence, security and reliability have come into play. In this session, Hyperic’s CEO, Javier Soltero will address these issues along with the many others surrounding the cloud including: The emergence of web operations as a discipline How cloud computing simply changes, instead of eliminating the importance of web operations What tools are available to help better manage cloud environments? Sponsor Virtualization Conference & Expo Register Now and Save! Submit Your Speaking Proposal Speaker Bio: Javier Soltero is Co-F... (more)

Virtualization Conference & Expo 2009 West: Call for Papers Closing

Now held three times a year, in New York, Prague, and Silicon Valley, the organizing principle of each International Virtualization Conference & Expo remains the same: our aim is to ensure, through an intense and carefully chosen program of technical and strategic breakout sessions, that attending delegates leave each Conference with abundant resources, ideas and examples they can apply immediately to leveraging Virtualization, helping them to maximize performance, minimize cost and improve the efficiency and flexibility of their Enterprise IT endeavors. The Call for Papers for the 7th International Virtualization Conference & Expo, which will be held in Santa Clara, CA, on November 2- 4, 2009, is currently still open. The submissions URL is here, and the deadline for submissions is June 30, 2009. Topics welcomed include every aspect of virtualization. For example: ... (more)

Beyond Virtualization to the Reliable, Dynamic Data Center

"When coupled with network and storage virtualization, virtual machines offer sophisticated forms of high availability, disaster recovery, and service migration across all forms of platforms," says Christine Crandell, Executive VP and Chief Marketing Officer for Egenera in this Exclusive Q&A with SYS-CON's Virtualization Journal. "When managed together, these new levels of abstraction will enable true utility computing, ‘cloud' style elastic compute services, and forms of IT services that are fully driven by business priorities rather than technical convenience." Download Egenera Whitepaper Virtualization Journal: Virtualization helps data centers become more cost-efficient - what are some of the other benefits? Christine Crandell: Virtualization has helped data centers become more efficient but virtualization is not an end-in-itself, but an enabler of higher-level... (more)

Wal-Mart Announces Sale of Apple's 3G iPhone

Retail behemoth Wal-Mart announced Friday that is would begin selling Apple's popular 3G iPhone at 2,500 of its stores. Contingent on a 2-year service agreement with AT&T, the 8 GB model will sell for $197, while the black or white 16 GB model is being offered at $297. Both models will sell for $2 less than the regular retail price. Cloud Computing Technology Contributors of 2009 10Gen, 3Leaf Systems, 6fusion International, Absolute Performance, Ajaxo, Alentus, Appirio, Appistry, Aptaria, Arena Maxtronic, Arista Networks, Asankya Networks, BitRock, BlueLock, Boomi , Box.net, Canaan Partners, Casdex, Chris Richardson Consulting, CITTIO, Cloud Architects, Cloud9 Analytics, CloudRamp, CloudScale Networks, Cloudscape.ws, CloudWorks, CNI Systems, CohesiveFT, CollabNet, Concentric, Cordys, Cronus Partners, CSRware, CuperTek, Cycle Computing, Dataline, Dell, DNAmail, eBay, El... (more)

CHS Eliminates Blind Spots, Protects Virtual Infrastructure with Altor Networks

Redwood City, Calif-July 20, 2009-Altor Networks, provider of best-in-class virtualization and cloud security solutions, today announced that Comprehensive Health Services (CHS) is using the Altor VF virtual firewall in a mission-critical production environment to ensure compliance in their virtualized environment. Compliance with stringent data privacy laws governing healthcare, government and financial institutions are mandatory and specific to how information such as social security numbers and health information must be protected. "Safeguards that shield sensitive data and critical applications on the physical LANs do exist within the virtual environment but are cumbersome and not always topologically feasible to implement," said Ryan Trost, Director of Security and Privacy Officer at CHS. "HIPAA's recent expansion of ARRA and HITECH restrictions explicitly defi... (more)