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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)

On the Path to Cloud Computing Nirvana

Today, offerings such as Amazon Web Services' Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) are providing a new model for on demand compute resources based on virtual machines. Virtual appliances are a natural deployment vehicle for this type of infrastructure, allowing a clean separation between the memory, compute, and storage resources managed by the appliance provider and the complete software stack managed by the end user. Virtual appliances also allow a simple transition from internal virtualization clusters to outsourced providers, enabling capacity spikes to be handled. This session will showcase the tremendous flexibility, scalability, and financial savings that result from leveraging virtual appliances and cloud computing. Billy Marshall, CEO and founder of rPath will present a real life case study on KnowledgeTree, a document management provider, to examine the implementa... (more)

Altor Networks to Exhibit and Speak at 4th Cloud Computing Expo

SYS-CON Events announced today that Altor Networks, a leading innovator and provider of virtual and cloud security will exhibit and present at SYS-CON's 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, which will take place on November 2 - 4, 2009, Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, California. The event is expected to attract over 1,500 developers, engineers, architects, IT managers, and hardware and software professionals. Altor will deliver the session “Revolutionizing Security in Virtual Data Center” which will be held at 2:20 pm on Wednesday, November 4. Session attendees will learn how to achieve unprecedented levels of security and efficiency by implementing capabilities available in next generation security for virtualized environments. “Purpose-built security that addresses the unique demands of virtualization can actually help organizations... (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)

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)

Bytemobile Launches New Video Optimization Solution for Media Fidelity Suite

Bytemobile announced the new Media Optimization application of its Media Fidelity Suite. This application enables operators to manage video traffic on mobile broadband networks, which is increasing rapidly due to consumers' growing appetite for rich multimedia content. The Media Optimization solution reduces video traffic, allowing operators to increase their network's available bandwidth to service additional users and traffic. In addition, it automatically adjusts the quality of the video to match the bandwidth available in the network, minimizing stalls even when the network is most congested. This eliminates a major frustration of users consuming video over mobile networks and provides a highly enhanced multimedia experience. The server-based application does not require client software and is fully interoperable with popular Adobe Flash Players. Today wireless ... (more)

If VMware Is "Virtualization 1.0" Is Microsoft the Avatar Of "Virtualization 2.0"?

Well, Egenera - which has no market cap at all because it hasn't gone public yet - claims it is. IDC, which coined the term, defines "Virtualization 2.0" as the next step beyond server virtualization replete with faster provisioning, high availability, disaster recovery, resource balancing and ultimately policy-based automation. Egenera says IDC is speaking its name. While VMware and its hypervisor are good at virtualizing one server at a time to improve hardware utilization, Egenera can virtualize the data center, creating networks of virtual and physical servers, and move individual servers, groups of servers or entire systems from one place to another seamlessly and securely with verifiable disaster recovery and uptime. So - convinced that accounts want more than server virtualization - Egenera is launching a software line of business and is going to put its PAN ... (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)

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)

Beyond Hypervisors to Complete IT Infrastructure Management

This session describes how the wave of virtualization technology in the data center can be extended beyond hypervisors to embrace complete IT infrastructure management resulting in significant business value. It will commence by summarizing the fundamental problems that are holding back scale, flexibility and asset utilization in the data center. It will then describe an innovative approach to data center optimization that addresses the fundamental problems through virtualization of the complete IT infrastructure. This approach delivers “Services Oriented IT Infrastructure” (SOI) that can be fully exploited by evolving management systems to enable service providers and enterprises to more efficiently deliver service differentiation, business continuity, disaster recovery and opex reduction. The session will be complemented by examples of how Liquid Computing is de... (more)