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VMware dreams of a Self-Managing Data Center

Virtualization has the potential to solve many of the problems that currently plague the data centre, VMware chief scientist and co-founder Mendel Rosenblum argued in a keynote at the firm's VMworld conference in San Francisco.

Virtualization today is mostly used to consolidate non-mission critical applications, allowing firms to increase the utilization rate of their hardware. More advanced features such as VMware's Vmotion or XenSource's XenMotion enable the live migration of workloads between physical servers, allowing firms to pool their servers and assign resources as workloads demands.

But the technology is capable of far more.

"The virtualization layer today is just scratching the surface [of what is possible]," Rosenblum told delegates.


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Whale Fall
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Dress me up in my new threads
clasp my greasy palms
grease my hair
I'm ready for the fall


Watch at all the decadence
watching the avalanche
I'm slipping down
losing my buoyancy


What's become of us
where have we come
this far, this close
close to the doors


I hear them, sublimal chants
I'm on the run
I race through the human sea
I am the king!


I'm the slave
to my own undoings
I'm the jester in my courtyard
We jest as we run


We're strolling on that thin rope
we grope as we rope
we're true heros
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we're the scavengers
we're the friends
we're the lovers
we're the unbred


Soon awaiting the fall
we're lurking on us
we're osedaxing us
we're soon going to be done
we'll soon be arrested




*osedax(bone devourer, newly discovered marine genus) feeds on a fallen(sunken) whale carcass(which is also called a whale fall). Read more here