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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Altor VF 3.0 Extends Juniper Networks STRM Series for Virtualized Servers

Redwood City, Calif — July 28, 2009 — Altor Networks, provider of best-in-class virtualization and cloud security solutions, today announced the integration of Altor VF 3.0 with Juniper Networks STRM Series Security Threat Response Managers to extend its powerful solution for correlation and threat management into virtualized server environments. "Physical firewall vendors need to offer solutions for protecting virtualized environments. Partnering with a virtualization security solution provider whose products are purpose-built to address the unique security challenges of the virtual environment is one approach," said Neil MacDonald, VP and Gartner Fellow. "A centralized view of security information like logs, events, and network traffic flows is an important first step in unified physical and virtual management.” Altor VF 3.0 provides logs, events, and inter-virtua... (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)

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)

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)

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)

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)