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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Preparing Your Enterprise for Virtualization

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)

Trusting the Cloud: Timing and Adoption of Cloud Technologies

Cloud technologies offer many benefits over traditional IT systems, especially when managing the size and vastness of unstructured data and unpredictable growth in IT environments. But when does it make sense to adopt cloud technologies and migrate a set of your IT services to the cloud? The movement of information and services out of the data center and into the cloud can unleash fear in many of us. Trusting that your information is secure, accessible and protected is important, and deciding what information remains inside and outside of the cloud can be critical to the success of your business. In this session, Mike Feinberg, Senior VP of EMC’s Cloud Infrastructure and Services Division will discuss how to optimize the deployment of cloud technologies and the options that exist for migrating information to the cloud. Sponsor Virtualization Conference & Expo Regis... (more)

How to Adapt Physical, Virtual & Hybrid Infrastructures on the Fly

As more enterprises embrace virtual infrastructure for part or all of their compute infrastructure, tools are needed to effectively control both physical and virtual. Few large organizations seek to virtualize all of their servers due to the performance hit of virtualization layers. Dynamic provisioning delivers the best of both worlds – high performance plus flexibility. This session will address the issues of server consolidation, virtual & hybrid software infrastructure, and management complexity; it will also review solutions that enable building, deploying and managing software environments with simplicity and flexibility, whether their environment if physical, virtual or both. Sponsor Virtualization Conference & Expo Register Now and Save! Submit Your Speaking Proposal Speaker Bio: Lynn LeBlanc is CEO and founder of FastScale Technology. She has 25 years of en... (more)

Elastic Computing vs. Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing, in its current incarnation, falls short on its promise to make computing as a whole as simple as plugging an application into a utility service. The “cloud” model initially has focused on making the hardware layer consumable as on-demand compute and storage capacity. This is an important first step, but for companies to harness the power of the cloud, complete application infrastructure needs to be easily configured, deployed, dynamically-scaled and managed in these virtualized hardware environments. Thus "Elastic Computing" enters and enhances the cloud computing model by allowing companies to efficiently and cost-effectively configure, deploy and managing clustered, highly-scalable applications in cloud computing environments. This session will discuss in greater detail how these models work in concert and how to gain business value from them. Spo... (more)

Policy-Based Management: Leading Practices and Pitfalls in a Virtualized Environment

With the adoption of virtualization, virtual machines are replacing physical servers in the data center and introducing a unique set of management requirements. Policy-based management in the virtualized infrastructure is an approach that is used to simplify and automate management by establishing policies to deal with situations that are likely to occur. Many organizations today mistakenly assume that their approach for applying best practices in the virtual infrastructure will be the same as their physical one. This session will discuss leading practices and pitfalls of applying and enforcing IT policies in a virtualized environment. Sponsor Virtualization Conference & Expo Register Now and Save! Submit Your Speaking Proposal Speaker Bio: John Suit if CTO and Co-Founder of Fortisphere. He is responsible for developing the core technology behind the Fortisphere produ... (more)

Server Virtualization and the New Data Center Operating Environment

As server virtualization gains mainstream adoption, it is increasingly being deployed to support a broad range of data center initiatives that extend beyond simple server consolidation and development and test. Today, enterprises of all sizes are realizing the true potential of server virtualization and using it to streamline their data centers to create more flexible and dynamic IT infrastructure that enables them to deploy and manage software applications, support business continuity and balance CPU capacity dynamically. This session will examine the emergence of this new operating environment and its dramatic potential impact for users. It will also look at some of the critical considerations for users and how these decisions can impact their data center roadmap. Sponsor Virtualization Conference & Expo Register Now and Save! Submit Your Speaking Proposal Speaker... (more)