Archive for December, 2007

2008 Outlook: Mendell (VMware) vs. Simon (Citrix/XenSource)

With the year ending, people are starting to look at 2008 and what will happen in this year around the virtualization movement. Sure 2008 will be an important year of virtualization with more competition and more and more new inventions.

Simon from XenSource (now Citrix of course) and Mendel (co-founder VMware) both share their vision of 2008:

Simon Crosby of Citrix Discusses Virtualization Heading into 2008

The GigaOM Interview: Dr. Mendel Roseblum, Chief Scientist, VMWare

In short Simon thinks that Citrix/XenSource should really not “re-invent” too much but work with the established world on building complete solutions and will mainly focus on getting a very fast virtual machine running on their hypervisor.

Mendel will keep focus on developing new ways on how to better run your datacenter, including your desktop infrastructure, clearly not just focusing on a VM or hypervisor technology.

VMworld Europe – Update

Well I did not have much time for x-mas shopping yet, as we are working very hard on the first VMworld Europe event. In 2 months time we will be opening our doors to 4.000 people and that is a big and fun challenge. In the last 2 weeks we have selected a great attendee package, with a really nice custom made polo, we have very nice bags custom made in VMware style and after 2 very long food tasting sessions we have selected an awesome caterer for the event, so likely if you will come to Cannes, you will gain some weight as I can say the food was truly fantastic.

VMworld Europe is not just about VMware, but the entire virtualization industry will be present. At this moment we have 69 other companies joining us to present their solutions in the virtualization space, including partners from VMware, but the competition will be present as well, making VMworld really an industry virtualization event.

To get your hands ‘dirty’ at the event we are designing some good hands-on labs, including on some new topics like PowerShell for the VI3 SDK and Update Manager. We are still trying to figure out if we can run a SRM (Site Recovery Manager) lab, but it would require an insane amount of ESX servers, so we are trying to figure out how we can solve that.

Well I am really looking forward to February 26th, first that would mean all the hard work is done :-) But mainly to actually attend the event myself and enjoy all the great sessions and talk to all the vendors in this cool industry. If you are thinking about attending, keep in mind the early bird registration ends December 31st, but if you are a VCP, you will always get a even better discounted price.

See you all in Cannes :-)

Is JeOS comming alive?

JeOS stands for the concept to run Just Enough OS for your applications. VMware has designed a framework to create and maintain your own JeOS. Some software vendors are now adopting the JeOS concept and will offer their commercial applications in an environment based on JeOS fully supported.

LiveTime, a company software company making Help Desk and Service Management suites just announced that they are deploying their application with the JeOS. Their Virtual Appliance is really small because of JeOS, around 400MB including the application and database layer. LiveTime is saying that they have been developing and testing its JeOS environment for the last year ro ensure performance and compatibility and now feel fully comfortable to deliver this to their customers.

LiveTime JeOS

Read more at LiveTime Website

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