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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)

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)

Microsoft & NTT To Talk Clouds

Teams from Microsoft and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone are going to sit down and talk about collaborating on services that integrate networks with applications. They want to integrate Microsoft applications with NTT’s information and communication technology (ICT), maybe as software-as-a-service (SaaS)-based businesses on the NTT’s SaaS/cloud platform. Microsoft would be an application partner. NTT Group is expanding its Next-Generation Network (NGN) and mobile communications-based ICT infrastructure and is working with partners to realize its new medium-term management strategy. 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 Con... (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)

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)

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)

An IT Admin's Dream Come True: The Promise of Desktop Virtualization

It’s 4 am in the morning and you awaken to the sound of your pager blaring… Joe CEO calling from halfway around the world after his computer crashed during an investor presentation. Another beep… The east coast team is plagued with a zero-day worm that will cripple their PCs for a week. Yet one more beep… Due to licensing issues, all 500 employees at your company need an updated service pack ASAP. Sound like an IT administrator’s worst nightmare? Join MokaFive co-founder and CTO, John Whaley, as he discusses desktop virtualization as a potential dream-come-true for IT administrators faced with demanding users and impending disasters. Whaley will cover how desktop virtualization provides solutions to accommodate a mobile workforce including secure remote access, ability to work online or offline, running complete operating systems and applications off a USB flash dri... (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)

Altor VF 2.0 Defense-in-Depth Security Unveiled at VMworld Europe

Altor Networks, creator of the purpose-built virtual firewall, has announced that Altor VF 2.0 virtual firewall will debut VMworld Europe in Cannes this week; it will be showcased in the VMsafe section of the Hands-on Lab. VMworld Europe attendees are invited to preview the Altor VF 2.0 at the Hands-on Lab and participate in one of 16 simultaneous live demos of the virtual firewall. This is an opportunity to "sit in the driver's seat and test drive" Altor VF 2.0 and install, configure and deploy security policies in a virtual network. "We are excited to see VMware's partners bring to market new security solutions built using VMsafe technology," said Shekar Ayyar, Vice President, Infrastructure Alliances, VMware. "Altor VF is an excellent showcase for harnessing the potential of VMsafeTM to deliver a virtual firewall uniquely designed by leveraging the VMware platfor... (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)