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Portable, Feature-Packed VM Starter SAN for all virtualization vendors

It is cute to see this title though:

DataCore Announces Portable, Feature-Packed VM Starter SAN That Runs on VMware, Microsoft, Oracle, SUN, and Citrix XenServer Virtualization Platforms, Hardware Servers and BladesActually reading: Folks we support anything, even your grandma's external disk with a ganny-SAN ;-). But seriously I don't blame these guys at all, the industry is so totally confused that complementary vendors want to do everyone at once!

Market Impact No other vendor makes embracing storage virtualization as easy and as risk-free as DataCore does, period. Many vendors are talking about ‘one off’ virtual appliances. DataCore software is portable – offering the best out-of-the-box experience on the market, whereby any DataCore solution runs on any physical or virtual hardware of choice: hardware servers, blade servers or VMs. Users can mix-and-match any hardware in their deployments. Moreover, with DataCore all ma…

VMware pricing continues to frustrate the industry

Some important questions before entering 2008:

Is VMware taking too many things for granted of its first movers role?Will that work for VMware in this fast age of aspirational computing and rising consumerism?Did it really help Oracle "eventually"? I mean Microsoft's SQL Server has grown since its version 1.0 to a very robust solution, going to SQL 2008 CTP version which you can download today?What about the vendors like Virtual Iron, XenSource and other offerings? Why sign those 2 year ELAs when you do have parties that do just about what needs to be done?What else do the clients/customers expect in the next two years? Heck analysts are too struggling to figure out and making all kinds of balderdash predictive work.
What about the complementers? (I have seen and heard enough complementers who are not really happy with the way things are going. Sorry I am not at a liberty to name any one of them)
I don't think that people should just focus on the cost, there are also ot…

Virtualization Planning: ITP.NET Opinions; Multiplier effect and my advice for 2008

I am tagging this under opinions. Why, because I don't seem to agree with these:

Lost in the hype, says Ayass, is a precise definition of what virtualisation exactly is: "It's a tool that customers can use to simplify their IT computing environment. So it's not one software, one hardware - it's a methodology. When you virtualise, you consolidate, saving money, space and cost and make your IT computing infrastructure simpler."No, wrong answer. It is about Business Process Development. That is what CxOs are facing challenges with. The convergence of many domains (business and IT, to name the important two) and sub-domains or embedded-domains within the enterprise is the REAL challenge.

I talk to business leaders on a daily basis. Our Avastu Team is also launched, I just didn't feel the need of making a big issue out of it, but we get questions all the time. All the time! And what we notice is that the CxOs and IT managers need to make the decision today! I me…

Diane Greene the Business Face of 2007

That woman (and the co-worker team, as she prefers to call her employees) deserves full credit!

The president of one of the valley's hottest companies is a private person who loathes talking about herself. But the breakaway performance of her company - which has become the fourth-largest publicly traded software firm in the world after an initial public offering in August - has much to do with the woman who runs it. An MIT- and UC Berkeley-trained engineer and computer scientist, she brings a geek's eye for results to VMware's business of virtualization. As a lifelong sailor, she provides a sense of patience, poise and long-term vision as CEO. And as the third of four children, she's always looking for ways to broker peace and establish partnerships.
More here...

B&S Storage Winners and Losers: Virtualization vendors were the "winners" in 2007

Bytes&Switches looks back:

VMware is not only the top IT success story of 2007, it is arguably one of the top business stories of the decade. A push for data center consolidation has raised the share price of EMC's brilliant acquisition by 195 percent since its IPO in August. VMware's embedded hypervisor for server motherboards could help up the ante for 2008.


It's in the hottest IT space imaginable: virtualization. It's been bought by a deep-pocket parent, Citrix, which plans to goose competition with VMware in 2008 by rolling out a hypervisor embedded in hardware from server vendors. If that's not a winning combination, we'll blame Citrix.

Check out the whole list here.

Inquirers top 10 Predictions for 2008

Martin has some hilarious predictions, well it certainly is more refreshing and though-provoking than that of Springboard's hits and misses!

Some of them are here:

5. Cloud computing won’t take off. The Red Hat/Amazon deal was very interesting, but you go first.4. Music labels leave old DRM town. With Warner leaving yesterday, there’s not much propping-up of this house of cards.3. The Internet won’t slow down. Like Moore’s Law, there’s too much at stake for repeated predictions to come true.2. M&A will slow down. Oracle and IBM have already got the low-hanging fruit in enterprise software and a lot of what is unconsolidated will look even less attractive in the event of an economic slowdown. RIM won’t sell to Microsoft. OK, so Palm may go, as will anybody private and VC-backed in virtualisation, and
maybe one of the big Internet properties will sell, but the chaos of the last year will go.1. Virtualisation on the desktop won’t go mainstream. The geeks who love it overestimate th…

Virtualization: Forget about the hypervisor; get into management

Most of the parties out there, we have already covered (except Platespin, I did chat with some one via email but somehow we couldn't pick it up from there).

Anyways, we are into the next phase, Virtualization 2.0. There are other parties, which I have spoken to, who will also invade these adjacent territories, making the battle even more intense. I've spoken to CEOs who are going to really give firms like CA, HP etc a big headache. These guys are going for the big market, with faster, agile appliances. All deployable without any Forge hardware. But I'm sure the Platespin guys have something to tell me I don't know ;-)

P.S: You will see more of the little, fatless, light-weight firms challenging other little (with some fat) start-ups. So you get my point: The battle is between zero-fat VS some-fat. Overweight folks have a BIG problem.

Here's IW's coverage:

At the same time, newcomers such as Embotics, PlateSpin, and Veeam are expanding the list of tools with which v…

SWsoft grabs Webhost Automation Ltd, maker of Helm; goes full steam with SaaS

SWsoft errumm or should I says Parallels is going full steam with its web hosting plans. Any buyers getting excited here? Google maybe???

SWsoft today announced it has acquired WebHost Automation Ltd., maker of the Helm control panel and billing software for Windows with nearly 1.5 million end users worldwide. WebHost Automation is based in Bristol, U.K. The acquisition adds more Windows platform expertise to SWsoft, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, and strengthens its position as a provider of Windows-based automation software solutions."By integrating Helm into the SWsoft family of automation and virtualization solutions and partners through our Open Fusion initiative, Helm customers will be able to take advantage of a wider array of solutions and new business opportunities such as software as a service (SaaS)," said Serguei Beloussov, CEO of SWsoft.For SWsoft, the acquisition adds a significant worldwide customer base, including strong positions in the U.K. and South A…

Virtualization: How to cope/co-exist with hyper-disruption as a complementer

Just wrote this up on ITtoolbox.

Really , there is too much happening out there and way too fast. This industry is evolving every few weeks. I saw a couple of authors struggling to keep up the pace with all the advancements.

For instance, lets take VMware here. They first brought out ESX 3.0, a couple of writes/authors or experienced folks in the industry got excited and started writing a book on it. A lot of expertise was put into those books. Loads of scripts, loads of perl stuff and massively cool Linux commands. I've personally never seen a windows admin do a dd so it was really cool to see the guys go crazy with all those commands.

Developers start writing utilities like ESX update utility and loads of other little utility. Vmware goes ahead and releases its 3.5. Oops...plans change as authors have to struggle to keep up with the pace of all the changes that come in and get going with all the new (primarily) GUI utilities such as Update manager etc.

Then boom!!! Here you have the…

Interviews with Pano Logic, Marathon technologies, Vkernel and 3PAR coming up!

We chatted with the following parties and the interviews will soon be coming here:

This is Done and should come up soon, the minute all parties are back from holidays ;-)

And lots is coming your way in 2008:

My first week in Jan looks more or less like this:

Outsourcing: Health problems may cost India $200 Bn in lost productivity!

Globalization downsides are beginning to show. The strong dynamic workforce is beginning to show signs of fatigue, heart problems, family discord and other issues. India is a country full of talent, but if these young men and women work and don't play, then India (or any other country for that matter be it China, Malaysia etc) is bound to lose its competitive edge.

A very tricky situation, as they can't lower these wages. There are obviously other options: "Move the monster to the other hemisphere". They did create a monster when they offered cheap labor. Now they are moving out and opening sites across world to do the smarter outsourcing or better said, Sourcing 2.0.

What should Sourcing 2.0 take into account?

Swarming: Use workforce across the globe to do things faster, easier and cheape. A fully laid out "Global Delivery Model" across the globe must help you get out of the "dumb jobs"Innovate: You cannot be at the receivers at for long. Some cheap…

Forbes 25 Web Celebs: Do you want to be a Celeb or a pro blogger?

Forbes recently announced its best chosen Web Celebs for 2007. But be warned not every area they operate on is what it will be. Value-add is a totally different story and viewership is another story altogether.

For instance this top blogger, clicks photos and is a gossip-mongrel ;-), and his viewership could be a layer that may not have any significant impact on the US economy. But hey, we want gossip news, right?

"[] has a really loyal fan base," says Heather Dougherty, director of research for Internet measurement company Hitwise. Ninety-one percent of Hilton's traffic is returning visitors. Those readers also include key demographics: 73% of the readers are women, and 71% are under the age of 35. Hitwise tracks 17 sites that fall into the category of celebrity news, says Dougherty, and in that category, Perez has 46% of the market share. His biggest competitor, Egotastic, has only 8%.

Some, however, have good stuff to tell. I like Mike's and Om's b…

Wipro planning to acquire Cap Gemini by Jan 2008

There have been enough rumors since last 3 quarters. I talk to some independent advisory firms (some of them are the largest here in Europe) that watch the global markets. And a couple of weeks back, I spoke to one of the Directors on phone and he said: " This is not just going to happen, it has to happen in order to move on to the next phase of Globalization. Cap Gemini is up for a reconfiguration and retooling, and such acquisitions, even if they are disruptive, will force them to reconfigure and retool"

Here's a snippet from The Hindustan times:

Talk about Wipro’s interest in the French company has been in the air for sometime now and the buzz is becoming louder since the software giant has been seen to be making some strategic moves in that direction. Bankers have been holding hectic negotiations with Wipro’s senior management on strategies for financing the deal.

Executives from Citigroup and HSBC have been in discussions with the company's management to finalise …

SeekingAlpha: VMware will face tough competition

David does the explaining very well as he was flooded with mails from people seeking advice:

The question might resolve as to whether VMWare/VMW can capitalize on its first-mover advantage to create a brand sufficient to keep IT departments insisting on the VMWare solution over its competitors. For investors, the November share price decline and subsequent presumed base assuage a large measure of price and time risk, and help to create a maximum reward opportunity.

The likelihood exists that Q4 will be a barn-burner, but with increasing competition comes decreasing profit margins, so the risk is very real to the company... and its stock. Recall that just as capitalism bids away excess returns via increasing competition, so too does certainty serve to bid away opportunity via, perhaps paradoxically, an increasing share price. Conversely, the greater the uncertainty, the greater the potential reward. Thus, I am a buyer soon of VMWare/VMW, despite the prevailing level of uncertainty. Well,…

2008 acquisition predictions: Citrix, Virtual Iron and Parallels to be bought?

I don't really agree with that report. Acquisitions will come but I am not really sure if a company X will go for either of the party. I see Virtual Iron as the most attractive candidate. I don't see Citrix wanting to be acquired. Yes, I have mentioned in the past that IBM must make that move but I personally think that Citrix has to first work on its own acquisition of XenSource and also deliver some solid results with that acquisition. I still think the IBM stands a better chance of taking over Citrix and move aggresively into the x86 market.

Parallels too has a good market and "hoping"for an acquisition will not suddenly start raining dollars for the acquirers. They have a bigger challenge, they have to do something with it.

VMware is definitely going to benifit from such acquisitions, this will leave VMware as the sole contender in the Virtualization arena.

I think it is time to tap on the existing market and see which one comes closer to delivering a good solid alt…

Virtualization: VMware compares its maturity with that of Microsoft's

Reza has some pointers for all the skeptics and doubters in the industry:

This announcement (which, it should be reiterated, is just the availability of the beta version) is not altogether surprising. Microsoft was always going to attempt to get into this industry in earnest, but it is an industry which we have created. Don't forget, a few years ago x86 virtualisation as pioneered by VMware was still faced with its doubters and sceptics who thought this was a doomed attempt to breathe life into an old mainframe computing concept. Over the last few years many of these nay-sayers have dropped by the wayside as they have seen virtualisation truly become a mainstream technology. We have now been doing virtualisation - and only virtualisation - for 10 years.

Of course, then there are the inevitable questions about how VMware's technology compares with Hyper-V in terms of features and pricing. As with any comparison, this is about comparing apples with apples. On the features side, we…

Cisco serious about "Green Utility Computing"

Using open standards, the company wants to get server and storage vendors to collect and share information about their equipment and send it to Cisco routers and switches. The data could include power consumption, operating temperature and more. It's becoming a critical job, and because the network touches all IT resources across the enterprise, data collection should happen there, according to Paul Marcoux, vice president of green engineering.

Marcoux joined Cisco from American Power Conversion only about six weeks ago, after Cisco created the position to overlook energy issues across all parts of the company. Networking gear itself makes up a much smaller portion of IT power consumption than do servers or storage, but Cisco plans to go beyond just making its own products more efficient.

Read the rest.

Seattle Times: Virtualization was cool

This tech panel checked out some stuff that was cool and not so cool in 2007.


One of the hottest public-stock offerings this year was VMWare, underscoring the impact that virtualization — software that creates virtual versions of an operating system on a single computer — is starting to have.

Score: 3.7

Comments: Directions on Microsoft analyst Matt Rosoff: "Not sexy, but perhaps the most important trend in IT today." Lazowska: "It's been around since the 1960s (IBM has continuously shipped it on mainframes since that time)." Swenson: "I've read numerous stories about IT managers getting rid of dozens of servers and running all of those apps in separate virtual environments on a single box. This is the nightmare scenario for server companies come to life."

See the whole list here!

Virtualization: Citrix to create online Virtualization training!

Citrix claimed the program removes the need for multiple days of travel to offsite training by enabling partners to complete the two days worth of technical training online.

Former XenSource resellers and current Citrix partners are automatically eligible to sell Citrix XenServer solutions to their customers. Partners joining the XenServer reseller program through 2008 will also be offered the online technical training course at no additional cost.

“With the new XenServer product line, Citrix is expanding resellers’ choice when it comes to virtualisation platforms and helping them generate increased revenues in one of today’s highest-growth markets,” said Al Monserrat, vice president of worldwide channels and emerging product sales for Citrix.

Link from CRN Australia

IBM: What is Dynamic App Virtualization?

From IBM's site:

IBM® Dynamic Application Virtualization provides the ability to off-load function calls in a computationally intensive application to a remote, high-performance computation node, thereby significantly reducing time to deployment, with minimal code changes and disruption to business. In financial services, IBM Dynamic Application Virtualization can help developers to quickly deploy new applications that take advantage of accelerated math libraries running on new or remote hardware systems. In particular, where original applications were not written to offload calculations to remote hardware, IBM Dynamic Application Virtualization can be used to prepare the application for invoking remote libraries, thereby avoiding a re-writing or customization of the original code base. Specifically, this technology can cut down overall time to deployment for business-critical applications that require ultra-high speed and low latency; such applications include options pricing (fo…

2008: Tech outsiders to start using the term "Virtualization"

Well my wife and the rest of my extended family (here is Holland and India) already uses it! Thats what WBJournal thinks:

Research firm IDC predicts that spending on virtualization technology will surpass $15 billion worldwide in three years. More than double what it was in 2006.
And competitors and colleagues scattered throughout the region have big expectation for the technology in 2008. That's because the area is home to a number of other smaller companies that also specialize in virtualization technology.
"If you look at 2007, virtualization really started to get on people's radar screens, and some of that has to do with VMware," said Susan Davis, vice president of Marlborough-based virtualization firm Egenera. "But what has really been driving it is the recognition by everything from developers to large corporations that computing has become incredibly inefficient and this is a way to change that."
A number of other companies are already integrating virtua…

SaaS Online Backup: Asigra certifies for Oracle's HP UX 10g 64 bit backup!

Just heard from the Robert , our CRCdataprotection CEO, that Asigra, who are CRC's partners as well BTW, are certified for SAP's Netweaver product. See the inforrmation below:

ASIGRA Televaulting 8.0 Certification Category: Backup, Database Backup Qualifications: Certified for SAP NetWeaver SAP InterfaceSAP Release LevelsSolution Interface SoftwareCertified FunctionsCertification DateBC-BRI HPUX 700 - Backup Tools 7.00 w Oracle DB 10g, HP Unix 64Bit SAP NetWeaver Application Server 7.0

18 Dec 2007

For the rest of the information please see SAP and click here to go to Asigra

Desktop Virtualization Benchmark Mac OS; No clear winner

This is where those tests were carried out:

When we were choosing computer models, we set out to choose not the fastest, latest models, but ones that would be a good representation of what most people may have. Certainly, the faster models of these computers will perform even better.Similarly, we had a greater focus on XP simply because it's more prevalent at this point, but we did want to get an understanding of how Vista performed as well.The baseline PC we used was a brand new Fujitsu Lifebook A6025, with an Intel Core Duo running at 1.86 GHz, 1GB RAM, running Windows XP SP2.We chose three Mac models to compare alongside a name brand PC: a MacBook, a MacBook Pro, and a Mac Pro.The MacBook was a 2GB RAM machine, running a 1.83 GHz Core Duo processor. The MacBook Pro was a 4GB RAM machine, running a 2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo processor. And, the Mac Pro was a 4GB RAM machine, running a Quad Core configuration with two 2.66 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors.Test TypesThere are three kin…

Larry Ellison's NetSuite IPO soars

Here at Google's Finance

Bloomberg covering:

NetSuite Inc., the software maker majority-owned by Oracle Corp.'s Larry Ellison, rose for a second day after its initial stock sale, advancing 10 percent as investors seek to tap demand for business programs.

The San Mateo, California-based company's applications handle accounting, inventory management and sales tasks over the Internet. They were designed for firms with 1,000 or fewer employees. Small-business spending on that type of software will outpace corporate purchases through at least 2010, NetSuite said this week, citing research firm Gartner Inc.

The stock rose $3.64 to $39.14 at 4 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading, after a 37 percent gain yesterday in its debut. The company raised $161.2 million, selling 6.2 million shares for $26 each.

Bloomberg here.

VMware ESX 3i download ready; Limited hardware support

Check it out yourself:

Introducing VMware ESX Server 3iThis release introduces VMware ESX Server 3i, the industry's first ultra-thin hypervisor. With this ultra-thin architecture, ESX Server 3i provides unprecedented levels of security, reliability, and manageability. ESX Server 3i provides all the benefits and features of VMware ESX Server hypervisor including:Increases security with a small, virtualization-centric package that minimizes attack surface area and requires minimal patchingProvides full integration with VirtualCenter 2.5Integrates with hardware to ensure compatibility, certification, and optimized configurationsEnables standards-based management of the underlying hardwareWorks in conjunction with VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) to achieve plug-and-play capacity scaling for your datacenter.ESX Server 3i Installable is supported only on Dell 2950 (full support) and on HP DL380 G5 (experimental support).Download it here.

2008: Virtualization to remain hot item for Venture Capitalists

Well for the industry as well, I'd say...

"Virtualisation across the board is already hot, and it's going to get hotter," says Maeder. Once applied mainly to servers in the datacentre, this technique will find more applications as enterprises look to get their arms around unruly IT systems. "It's getting more segmented, it's going to pop up in a lot of places, but ultimately it all amounts to the same thing; taking something that's currently uncontrollable, labour-intensive and vulnerable to security breaches and making it safe and more economical to operate."

Another trend Maeder predicts for 2008 is, at long last, the death of antivirus software and other security products that allow employees to install and download any programs they'd like onto their PCs, and then attempt to weed out the malicious code. Instead, products that protect endpoints by only allowing IT-approved code to be installed will become the norm.

"There are much bette…

Hitachi: Data Mobility coming next

Well its logical isn't it ;-)

According to the report; a major source of carbon emissions comes from the generation of electricity. The increasing demand for compute power, network bandwidth and storage capacity will increase the need for data centre power and cooling; economic uncertainty: doing more with less will drive it to consider ways to consolidate IT resources through virtualisation, increase utilisation of resources such as server cycles and storage capacities, eliminate redundancies where ever possible through de-duplication and single instance store, and reduce the working set of production data through the aggressive use of archive products.

An avalanche of unstructured data will be driven by RFID tags, smart cards, and sensors that monitor everything from heartbeats to border crossings. This will call for new types of archiving systems that can scale to petabytes and provide the ability to search for content across different modalities of data, predicts the company.Th…

Virtualization ROI: Logicalis has a virtualization "before and after tool"

Applies only for US IT folks, click below to calculate:

More tools:

Uptimes True TCO Calculator
Platespin's Cost Calculator

Virtualization in 2008: Where are we heading?

That is what 95% of the 2000 professional and amateur investors seem to agree upon:

More than 95% of the more than 2,000 professional and novice investors at Motley Fool CAPS have agreed that EMC will outperform the market. Nearly a quarter of those bullish investors are considered All-Stars, top-rated players who consistently outperform their peers. And 16 Wall Street analysts tracked at CAPS unanimously support the enterprise software solutions provider.

His take:

Yet even in its infancy -- analysts estimate that there is only 5% market penetration so far -- the virtualization field is so promising that the opportunity for competitors is still vast. That could mean that VMware may face greater competition from Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT). Microsoft is currently a distant second in the industry, with approximately 7% market share. However, with Citrix Systems (Nasdaq: CTXS) acquiring Microsoft virtualization partner XenSource, Microsoft could see an increase in the number of virtual serv…

AmeriVault turning SMBs "green"

AmeriVault, a leading provider of online data backup, offsite storage, and recovery services, today is offering small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) data backup options for “green data storage” practices that support broader “green” programs and initiatives.

Organizations of all sizes are generating significant amounts of data, resulting in an ever-increasing data footprint. With the recent focus surrounding “green” awareness, many companies are now seeking solutions to reduce the environmental impact of their operations and storage practices.

Online data backup and storage can provide a “green” alternative for many who are currently using tape-based backup solutions. Those using tape-based systems increase their carbon footprint as a result of the manufacturing, packaging, power consumption and waste issues that tapes incur as they wear out and require disposal. Online data backup and storage also eradicates the need for trucking services that contribute large amounts of CO2 emissio…

Reflex Security CTO interviewed; Security discussed!

A little about Hezi Moore

Hezi is the founder of Reflex Security and pioneer of the automated network intrusion response system. He brings more than 15 years experience in security, networking and entrepreneurial experience. Prior to founding Reflex Security, Hezi was president and co-founder of MicroTech Systems - a firm specializing in network design and configuration of point-of-sale systems - which was subsequently acquired by Retail Technologies International of Sacramento, California. He has also held such diverse occupations as a technical support and research analyst for GE Technology.

And what I thought about Hezi?

I think Hezi came upfront and was very open about their strategy. Hezi fits in many ways rather snugly in the world of "Connect and Collaborate", the new world, the one ridden with the Cynefin puzzles.

We discussed some real issues that we are facing in the industry, which is at the cusp of a total data center overhaul, if you will. I think a lot of firms, wh…

Virtualization: 3PAR interview coming up; More interviews coming!

I chatted with 3PAR VP, Craig Nunes, and we chatted over several issues. The written Q&A will come soon. Hopefully tonight!

Craig has been with 3PAR since the beginning, 3PAR was founded in 1999, and Craig was pulled on board in 2000. So we spoke to someone who really knows what 3PAR is and where it will be in the near future

And today I'll be talking to our Marathon Technologies CTO , Jerald H Melnick and discuss Marathon, everrun and all they have to offer to the big great virtualization world.

I did speak to Reflex VSA (CTO, Hezi Moore) and CatBird (Dir, Howard Fried) as well and those interviews will as well be published the minute I have them.

Other planned interviews for 2007:

- PanoLogic
- VKernel
- Vyatta

So you if are interested in talking about your virtualization, data center or even any other emerging tehcnology strategy and product, just drop me a line at my gmail address. We'll do a thorough interview and will give you the visibility you desire and obviously exchang…

Virtualization: Africa gets it

In the corporate environment this energy shortage is equally apparent. Increasingly, IT managers are being told there is no more electricity available for their data centre, forcing organisations to relocate it to accommodate their continuing growth or to look at other strategies to reduce power consumption.

A moderate-sized data centre with 100 servers and 10 terabytes of networked storage uses 1300 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy a year. It is estimated that data centres represent 2% of global energy consumption; about the same as all the world's airlines combined. With ever increasing demands on IT, how do organisations rationalise energy consumption in the data centre while accommodating growth?

AllAfrica is covering

SNIA Australia/NZ lauch a "Storage Academy"

Storage Academy events will be divided into two conference tracks and an exhibition area. Track One presentations are completely vendor neutral and will be delivered by SNIA representatives while Track Two presentations will be delivered by conference sponsors and include vendor-specific material.

The new, one-day format, has been adopted by SNIA ANZ as other SNIA groups worldwide have had considerable success with events of this type.

The Storage Academy program for 2008 will commence with the following dates:

* Sydney Hilton -- 18th March 2008
* Auckland Langham -- 26th March 2008

More on this

VKernel's Alex Bakman talks about Chargeback in Virtual Environment

Learn how to achieve Cost Visibility and implement Chargeback in a virtualized datacenter. Understand why Cost Visibility and Chargeback are needed, what organizations need to Chargeback for and discuss when to begin the process. The advantages and disadvantages of various Chargeback models will be explored followed by a presentation of how to calculate Chargeback rates for CPU, memory, storage and network. The discussion will conclude by reviewing a suggested roadmap for Chargeback adoption and implementation to help you move forward with your current project.

Check it out.

CIO Today: Security concerns cloud Virtualization

I just finished talking to Howard Fried, from Catbird , a Virtualization Security firm, and we spoke a great lengths about the security issues. Howard drew some interesting analogies with about Spaceshuttle, Startrek and interesting things that will need to be policed and secured. A lot of flexibility will be offered to the customer but it all has to happen while keeping security in mind. You don't do it, your business will leak out, leaving you naked!

This CIO article too addresses such issues:

I.T. managers worry that security attacks designed to exploit a hypervisor could infect virtual machines that reside on the same physical host, in what is known as a "virtual-machine escape". If a virtual machine is able to "escape" the isolated environment in which it resides and interact with the parent hypervisor, industry experts say it's possible an attacker could gain access to the hypervisor, which controls other virtual machines, and avoid security controls d…

Virtualization and ITSM: StackSafe interviewed

I chatted up with the folks at StackSafe and we spoke at large about the impact that virtualization is having on business processes. 95% of the server market still needs to be virtualized. So what is keeping the organizations, big or small, from adopting virtualization in their environments? It is the complete overhaul of your total business bulk, that is keeping people on their toes. Change Management is a very crucial part of your business, and with virtualization, a lot changes. And it changes all over the place, vertically and horizontally. A lot is at stake and a lot gets horizontal as VMs start "floating" across hardware seamlessly. Silos are bound to shift and tumble and we have a complete sprawl.

StackSafe is still its "Stealth Mode"but they will be getting out of it soon by end Jan 2008 next month.

I spoke to Joe Pendry, Dir Marketing, Andrew Gross, Chief Scientist (check out their profiles on StackSafe) Here is a summary, in the form of a Q&A, of what w…