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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)

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)

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)

Cloud Storage: A Paradigm Shift in IT

The demand for storage has increased exponentially, placing significant stress on current "in house" storage architectures and costly overcapacity build-outs. Factoring in pressures of power, space, large capital expenditures, global performance, and availability issues, companies are faced with an exploding challenges and costs to go with the exploding storage demand. Bottom line, companies must take a new approach to storage. Companies need to move from the old and out-dated storage 1.0 model of "do everything yourself" to a new storage 2.0 cloud model. This session will show how Cloud storage delivers persistent storage on demand to applications regardless of location and pre-defined boundaries and meets the performance and scalability characteristics of the web applications and enterprise users. Sponsor Virtualization Conference & Expo Register Now and Save! Sub... (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)

Deploying into the Clouds: Concepts, Benefits, and Experiences

Cloud Computing offers significant benefits over traditional solutions for deploying production systems as well as for conducting development and testing activities. This session will distill the unique characteristics of clouds and describe how to best think about deployments in the clouds. Case studies and real experiences from Thorsten von Eicken’s two years of cloud computing experience will illustrate the pros and cons of today's cloud offerings. His technical discussion will cover: Layers of cloud computing Cost breakdown versus traditional solutions IT management and development, testing benefits/examples Extreme, fast scalability at low cost – case study Sponsor Virtualization Conference & Expo Register Now and Save! Submit Your Speaking Proposal Speaker Bio: Dr Thorsten von Eicken is CTO of RightScale. Before joining RightScale Inc., he was Chief Architect at... (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)

Is VMware Buying Red Hat?

Because of its slow growth - a factor of the freebie open source business model - Red Hat has become fodder for Wall Street acquisition speculation, BusinessWeek says, and offers VMware as a possible suitor. Such an acquisition would give VMware the operating system it's lacking, make its products cheaper and make it a more viable competitor against Microsoft - or so the theory goes. BusinessWeek claims to have heard from "some industry executives" that VMware is looking for an operating system and says ousted VMware CEO Diane Greene "had set up meetings with Red Hat in part to position VMware as friendly to open source and possibly as a prelude to a buyout discussion." Red Hat also needs the virtualization halo for growth. Otherwise, the magazine says, Red Hat is trying to maximize revenues by refusing to discount, chasing sales in Asia, pulling resources out of con... (more)

Cisco Aims Higher Even Than Cloud Computing

"It's a chance for Cisco to participate on a bigger scale, helping to bring peace to the world. Is that too big a dream?...(long pause)...Maybe." With that thought Cisco CEO John Chambers ends an interview published this week by BusinessWeek in which he reveals that Cisco's cloud computing ambitions are nothing compared to its terrestrial goal, which is "to become the best company in the world, and the best company for the world." Speaking with BW's Peter Burrows, Chambers explains Cisco's activities vis-a-vis emerging markets such as China, India, and the Middle East. And he mentions how King Abdullah of Jordan personally reached out to him saying "John, you'll make a lot of money in Jordan and the Middle East." You can read the interview in full here. Cisco has been in the headlines too recently for its Cloud Computing initiatives. David Bernstein, whose team runs Cis... (more)

Winsert Installed Altor VF to Monitor Virtual Machines

Altor Networks has announced that Winsert has selected the Altor VF virtual firewall to secure its virtual environment and mitigate an attack before it could hit their network. After installing Altor VF, Winsert was able to quickly secure its virtual machines (VMs); and for the first time had real time visibility and rule-based control of packet flow in and out of each VM. Winsert, the leading developer and tester of alloy solutions, was using physical servers to support all of their IT applications including Exchange, DNS, file backup, SQL database and an ERP system The company moved to a virtualized environment to achieve high availability and protect against catastrophic failure. “After moving our production applications to a virtualized environment we realized that we lacked security; I had no visibility into what was going on between VMs and a virtual attack co... (more)