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Did virtualization drive Sun's re-org?

Gosh, virtualization is capable of everything. This is not only going to drive the re-org but also a lot of large companies may have to face serious decisions in the face, in the wake of this virtualization tidal wave.

At the event announcing the re-integration of Sun's storage unit with the systems unit there was no mention of accelerating the revenue growth for storage, which needs doing. There was no mention of reinvigorating dull engineering in the storage unit. Indeed a question about that was given a brief and emphatic denial.

So why were the two units integrated?

Sun wants to provide a stronger focus on storage.

Yes, sure, but for what?

Yesterday Sun announced its hypervisor strategy; xVM, based on XenSource, along with a management facility called xVM OPs Center. This is meant to be a broad and pervasive data centre virtualisation strategy, encompasing servers, storage and networking.

Ah, a penny might be dropping.

More information will emerge over the next few months. Hints include ZFS, now described as storage virtualisation IP, and the 'external virtualisation' of the server/storage X4500 hybrid known to us all as Thumper.


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