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Virtualization news roundup!

Given all the hype and rush towards the desktop virtualization, Microsoft may acquire Softricity.

Microsoft Corp. reportedly is in talks to acquire Softricity Inc., whose "virtualization" technology gives computers access to software without actually installing the application.

The negotiations were reported Thursday evening by Computer Reseller News, which cited unnamed sources. The companies declined comment.

So will EMC also woo Softricity? We don't know yet. ACE from VMware is in my opinion a rather simple solution to desktop virtualization. Softricity boasts (with Softgrid 4.0)to being the first vendor coming out with the application virtualization platform.

While VMware's rush for deployment continues. Wasatch funds goes on with its initiative on Asynchronous Mirroring which ends up protecting everything at all places (SAN = your data using datacore's SANsymphony) and OS= VMware virtualization)

Wasatch has migrated about 75% of its systems over to VMware and these
VM servers are attached to the SAN. VMware allows users to take a hardware
machine and create a virtual machine, whereby an IT administrator can run
multiple, virtual servers on one set of physical hardware. In the event of
a disk failure, DataCore enables storage from the SAN to be seamlessly
failed over to mirrored copies so that the operations on these virtual
machines are not impacted. Disaster recovery of these machines also has
been simplified. Because these virtual machines are stored as a disk file,
if they are asynchronously mirrored to another site, then the complete
system is completely mirrored in near real-time over to the business
continuity site. "This will save us an unimaginable amount of time to get
the systems back online if there was a disaster," added Engh. Currently,
Wasatch has approximately 30 virtual servers that are being mirrored
asynchronously right now.

VMware is reported to release its ESX Server 3.0 and Virtual Center 2.0 by the first week of June. And sure Microsoft will hurry with its Virtualization enhancement to compete against VMware. Although this

Sources said corporate customers are pressuring Microsoft to speed up development of its VMware-style hypervisor and management platform—or they will adopt VMware—because they don’t want to wait for the immediate ROI benefits of virtualization.

(in my opinion is pretty lame). I think someone is creating a fake buzz here. I know pretty hardcore MS shops who only think and talk ESX.

Somehow if you forgot the basics of why we ever got started (and got excited about) with virtualization then take a look at QEMU, like this news.


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