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Desktop Virtualization: Qumranet, KVM and SolidICE

Desktop virtualization will get too many hides and it might get increasingly difficult to choose the right ones from the right ones, you know what I mean.

Moshe Bar, who helped raise XenSource, wants to do something whacky with SolidICE. Do I again hear that huge sucking noise from IBM towers...they have this thing for Israeli outfits :-)

A startup is looking to tackle desktop virtualization by leveraging an open-source hypervisor and building management tools to help keep track of an entire fleet of PCs.

The company, called Qumranet, is leveraging the virtualization technology found in the open-source KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) hypervisor to create its first commercial product, dubbed Solid ICE (Independent Computing Environment). The new desktop virtualization is available now.

Qumranet, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., has its roots in open-source virtualization. The company’s co-founder, Moshe Bar, helped create XenSource, which uses the Xen hypervisor for its own virtualization products. Citrix Systems bought XenSource in 2007.

The concept of desktop virtualization is gaining some traction as IT administrators look for better ways to both manage a fleet of PCs and ensure that the machines are secure. The technology works by separating the physical PC itself from where the user is accessing the PC. This allows for the keyboard, mouse, video display and other components to be redirected across a network through a desktop remoting protocol.



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Whale Fall

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
we're the survivors

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