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The Register looks back at 2006: Virtualization & ILM

While ILM is dead, virtualization is at the verge of exploding in 2007. This would also mean that you as the customer really need to watch out! You don't want to get tied up with a promise only!

The two big areas of growth around virtualization in 2006 were software and management. One assumes that hardware is part of the picture, but although companies like Intel and AMD continue to make their products more accessible to various virtualization schemes, the real news was what vendors were doing with software and management capabilities.

All the usual suspects made announcements this year, including HP, IBM, HDS, and EMC, with EMC doing an awful lot of interesting things with Rainfinity and file virtualization as well as with Documentum, not to mention the popularity of VMware as a way to create virtual servers, and also providing other products such as ACE which is similar to Rainfinity. Microsoft created news by making its virtualization format technology available under its Open Specification Promise (OSP).


And this is what I meant withm watching out that you will end up staying in that multi-vendor lock which a Virtualization solution from a robust vendor like VMware would have possibly set you free from.

So tread the path with extreme caution.

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