Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “All About Implementing Virtualization” report to their offering.
rPath Introduces Cloud Computing Adoption Model
rPath today announced its Cloud Computing Adoption Model, which defines a pragmatic, five-step approach for the graduated adoption of cloud computing. The Cloud Computing Adoption Model will be rolled out on October 23, as part of an rPath webinar featuring guests Amazon Web Services, Forrester Research and MomentumSI.
Cloud computing holds real promise for enterprises and SMBs, as well as the ISVs and individual developers serving them. Among other benefits, cloud computing can help organizations:
- reduce capital and operating expenses by increasing infrastructure utilization and reducing server sprawl;
- reduce the cost of software consumption by allowing business lines to consume application functionality on demand and to align cost with value received; and
- dramatically improve business agility and responsiveness by compressing deployment cycles and time-to-value for application functionality.
To help organizations realize the promise and avoid the perils of cloud computing, the Cloud Computing Adoption Model provides a pragmatic, actionable, step-by-step framework for achieving measurable benefits now, while laying the foundation for the strategic benefits of a cloud infrastructure over time.
For each level, The Cloud Computing Adoption Model outlines strategic goals, investment requirements, expected returns, risk factors, and readiness criteria for advancement.
CloudCamp Sailing Into Brussels On A Boat (30 October)
CloudCamp is an unconference where early adopters of Cloud Computing technologies exchange ideas. With the rapid change occurring in the industry, we need a place we can meet to share our experiences, challenges and solutions. At CloudCamp, you are encouraged you to share your thoughts in several open discussions, as we strive for the advancement of Cloud Computing. End users, IT professionals and vendors are all encouraged to participate.
There was one in London previously, and now there’s one being held in (our home town) Brussels on the Biouel boat the 30th of October.
Tarry Singh, Founder & CEO at Avastu, alerted us on the news and will be speaking at the event, as will Q-layer‘s Tom Leyden.
Registration is free of charge, you can sign up for the event right here.
Embotics Releases White Paper on Virtualization Security
Embotics today announced “Understanding VirtSec,” a new study that focuses on virtual server security issues inherent in IT environments. The research addresses threats posed by virtualization deployments and the technology that is available to tackle these emerging issues. Authored by David M. Lynch, vice president of marketing of Embotics, the white paper identifies immediate and potential security threats so organizations can plan accordingly.
Virtualization security is a wide concern for IT executives and Embotics’ “Understanding VirSec” summarizes the new threats and issues associated with server virtualization. The research, containing a wide range of user feedback, helps IT executives differentiate the potential future security issues from those that are present today, and offers recommendations and best practices to minimize these risks.
As virtualization deployments expand and become more complex, organizations are facing increased risk of data center security threats. Embotics’ “Understanding VirtSec” provides an overview of why IT administrators cannot rely on IT policies and processes that existed pre-virtualization, and how the impact of an uncontrolled environment in the data center is detrimental.
VMworld 2008 – VMware CEO Paul Maritz Keynote Liveblog
Welcome to the Virtualization.come liveblog of the VMworld 2008 Keynote with CEO Paul Maritz.
[Updated with Q&A and more pictures]
[8.09] The program is starting. A video with testimonials from eBay, Qualcomm and the likes is on the big screens. There’s 14.000 people in the room ready for the first big keynote of the new CEO.
[8.10] The theme of the conference and the keynote is “Virtually anything is possible”.
[8.11] Paul Maritz takes the stage. Since VMware is now a public company, a disclaimer about forward looking statements is projected on the screen.
[8.12] 2008 is the occasion of two anniversaries: the 10th anniversary of VMware, and Paul Maritz stated working 30 years ago. Over the last three decades he’s seen several big “tsunamis” in IT. He’s looking forward to the next waves.
[8.13] Maritz recognizes two big forces, centralized and decentralized IT. Both have their strenghts and weaknesses. VMware brings the best of both: central, easy management, and a rich, customized user experience.
[8.14] Martiz spend a big part of the 1990s as an evangelist of client-server computing (while at Microsoft), leading to a big proliferation of x86 servers around the world.
[8.16] At the same time during the mid 1990s, the world wide web emerged, providing a rich yet decentralized user experience.
[8.17] Maritz recognizes the contribution of Diane Greene and Mendel Rosenblum, who founded VMware in 1998 and recently left the company.
[8.18] The roots of VMware are in the first product, VMware Workstation, a client-side product with extremely clever engineering.
As CPUs got more powerful, VMware introduced server products, the first being VMware GSX in 2000.
[8.19] The success of server virtualization made the VMware Infrastructure possible in 2004, to address the management issues that arose from an increasing number of servers, virtualized and physical.
Over the last few years, new application frameworks have emerged merging centralized computing and rich end user experiences. Examples are AJAX, RoR, Python-based frameworks like Django, ..
[8.21] VMware has continued to invest in client-side computing. like VMware Fusion in 2007 – lowering the barrier of Macs to enter into most corporate environments.
Nowadays, in 2008, the big buzzword is “cloud”. Paul Maritz says everyone’s got “cloud fever”.
We’re moving fundamentally away from a client-centered world. The applications and services get more flexible, and move around between places and devices. This requires the IT environments to be managed as a giant environment – a cloud.
[8.23] VMware is responding to this trends with three initiatives: Virtual Datacenter OS, vCloud Initiative, vClient Initiative.
The driving forces:
- Internal cloud – IT departments are forced to use their resources and applications even more efficient and efficiently.
- Scaling outside the firewalll – Making the connection between the internal cloud and external cloud providers in public datacenters. (such as Amazon EC2, ..)
- Solving the “desktop dilemma”
The first announcement is the formal announcement of the “virtual datacenter OS” – a new level of abstraction that separates the underlying infrastructure from the application workloads, to create a self-healing, self-managing elastic compute cloud.
[8.27] Several collaborations made this vCompute, vCloud, … initiatives possible. The first one is a collaboration between Intel and VMware.
Intel Xeon 7400 series provide the next generation of FlexMigration technology, making VMotion between heterogeneous CPUs possible.
Cisco formally announces the first third-party virtual switch for the Virtual Infrastructure.
vStorage: disaster recovery collaboration with lots of storage vendors to enable Site Recovery Manager. Up on the slide now: 3par, Falconstore, Compellent, IBM, Dell EqualLogic, EMC, Netapp, HP, Lefthand, Xiotech and Netapp.
 vApps: extending the Virtual Appliance approach. Initial support from IBM, SAP and Novell. vApps describes collections of appliances (for multi-tiered applications), and their service level properties. This metadata enables the VDC OS to provide service levels to this collection of apps.
[8.33] New management services to help manage this extensive datacenter OS. VirtualCenter becomes vCenter: a framework into which new plugins that extend the services can be integrated. It also interacts with third party management software from BMC, CA, HP, IBM Tivoli, …
[8.36] The strategic, business benefits of a VDC-OS, according to VMware:
- Increase infrastructure efficiency with standardized management and efficient use of resources
- Increase application agility with simple provisioning, repurposing and zero downtime
- Enable business driven IT, whith shorter response times, quick disaster recovery, pay-for-usage models and reduced energy and real estate needs
[8.39] Even though this all sounds quite new, the needs for this cloud are here today. VMware hopes to be able to make the internal infrastructure, the “internal clooud” to be more compatible with external cloud providers.
Service provider partners today: more than 100. On the slide: BT, Verizon, Sungard, Savvis and T Systems. They provide compatibility with workloads defined as vApps.
[8.43] Technology preview of the vCloud on stage. Demo: an application has an SLA with a response time under 4 seconds. If the SLA is not met, the app will be pushed to an external cloud provider. The SLA is defined using the Appspeed component of vCenter
[8.48] Extra load is being generated. The internal VM can’t meet the SLA anymore, so a VM is being launched in the cloud to which the load is diverted.
Interesting demo, but a bit hard to grasp from a distance, not as impressive as continuous availability last year (now called VMware Fault Tolerance). This will be cool nonetheless.
[8.50] Now on to the Desktop Dilemma. IT wants to bring down costs, the users want to be mobile, use macs, don’t want the info locked up in a single device, want the info anywhere, anywhere, and in a rich experience. This will be the VMware View announcement.
Data lifetime spans device lifetime, so it should not be lockup up in a single device.
VMware has always continued to invest in client-side products.
[8.53] The first solution to this problem was the VMware VDI concept. This way, the users workspace was no longer tied to a single device.
[8.56] A next demo of VMware View. First they demo the existing VDM product on a thin client. There’s lots of other devices on the stage though. The VM is saved on a USB key, which is used to boot a laptop. They also demo improved 3D graphics support.
New announcement: codevelopment with Teradici to improve the remote desktop protocol.
The new product family of VDI products is going to be called VMware View.
[9.05] And with that, the keynote comes to an end. Paul Maritz seems to have forgotten the Twitter questions…
So that wraps up our first live keynote blog. Keep watching Virtualization.com for more updates from VMworld. A video overview of the keynote will be following soon.
Update: Some of the questions from the Q&A session afterwards:
Q: What do you see as the two major challenges for VMware in the coming years?
A: Paul Maritz – Several related challenges: Deepen and extend the value proposition of the products, and extend this to the cloud. The organisation needs to mature further to be able to deliver this into actual products. Maintain high quality, interact with the ecosystem around virtualization, mature as a partner. Reach out better to the community. Articulate this all to the customers.
Q: What about the threat posed by Red Hat/Qumranet/KVM
A: Paul Maritz – Open Source is a great phenomenon. Open sourcing ESX has been discussed already. First step is making ESXi free. They’re not religious about not supporting for instance Xen in the VDC framework.
Q: How does SRM fit in with the vCloud initiative. Will it not make SRM redundant?
A: vCloud federation complements SRM in a way that it facilitates DR for companies that have no external disaster site, to be able to get up and running faster on an external cloud.
Q: Is VMware becoming an OS company?
A: Paul Martiz – In a way. That’s why it’s explicitly called Virtual Datacenter Operating System. The name came from customers, who kept calling it a Datacenter OS.
It’s an OS in the sense that it abstracts the applciation loads from the underlying hardware. Not in a traditional OS/app sense, but it has lots of parallels with traditional OS’es, so the name does apply. The services and APIs can be used to deliver OS capabilities, to frameworks like Ruby on Rails, so that the underlying [JeOS] gets thinner and thinner in the complete framework.
Q: VMotion today is restricted to a network domain. Are you working on enabling this across networks and geographies?
A: Yes. On the storage side we need replication for this. On the network side you need stretched VLANs or interaction with routing tables. VMware is working with its partners to provide this capabilities.
Q: Are there initiatives coming for non-profits and educational customers?
A: Today there is already academic pricing for US schools. There also will be an academic program to provide software to schools around the world, which will later be extended to non-profits.
No timeframe on this yet.
Q: Are you going to further expand your product line to the Mac? Specifically ESX and ACE.
A: More on this in the Fusion / ACE sessions..
Q: The issue with update 2 (the timebomb bug) was a wake-up call that VMware is becoming a single point of failure for the complete datacenter. How do you address this very real concern?
A: Paul Maritz: We’re continously maturing and improving our QA and security procedures. The issue with update 2 was amateur hour. We do take this serious and try to make sure this never happens again.
[NB: There’s a session with Paul Maritz on this issue tomorrow afternoon.]
Q: It seems like everytime I dream about a new feature I’d like to see in VMware, you guys come up with it. However, one big issue with the vCloud initiative is time drift in application. How will you fix this?
A: It is a big dilemma. On the Linux side we’re submitting patches to the kernel to improve this. Paravirtualization also helps OS’es communicate with the hypervisor to avoid timing issues.
Q: With the VDI solution where the desktop can reside on different devices. How’s the licensing going to work out? Per client? Per devices?
A: Not worked out yet.
Q: When are you going to release a VirtualCenter client for Linux?
A: Paul Martiz – I think VirtualCenter as a modern application should be OS independent. It’s not out of the question, but it’s hard work, not in a defined roadmap yet.
Countdown For The Business Technology Summit (India)
The power team for Workhorse IT – SOA & Web Services, SaaS/PaaS, Virtualization and Enterprise Content Management (ECM) – will be center stage at Saltmarch Media‘s Business Technology Summit, for which Virtualization.com is proud to be one of the media sponsors.
The premier annual gathering for business technology stakeholders from across the world, the 2008 edition of Business Technology Summit will be held September 22-26 in Bangalore and Mumbai. (Also make sure you check out our Events page)
Expected to attend the four day conference and expo will be nearly 800 decision makers, analysts, product managers, architects, engineers, project managers, designers, developers, programmers, entrepreneurs, VC, marketers and business strategists – who are embracing the opportunities created by these mature and workhorse enterprise technologies. The attendee spectrum will also encompass the IT Channel – Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), Value Added Resellers (VARs), System Integrators (SIs), and Distributors.
Centered around the theme of “Riding the Workhorse IT Hockey Stick”, BT Summit features four co-located tracks — SOA & Web Services, SaaS/PaaS, that offer complimentary synergistic for a robust IT infrastructure that no IT decision-maker, manager, architect or professional can afford to ignore in their quest for business technology success. Attendees to the summit will be able to attend talks from all four tracks.
Speakers, handpicked by the BT Summit chair, include Alan Pelz-Sharpe (ECM Analyst), Chris Harding (SOA Visionary), Peter Coffee (SaaS/PaaS Expert), Ismael Ghalimi (BPM Pioneer) Robert Marcus (Grid Visionary), Matjaz B. Juric (BPEL Mentor) Ravi Gururaj (Founder, VMLogix), Morris Panner (SaaS Workflow Expert) Sasa Ana (SOA Researcher) Nitin Borwankar (Father of Data 2.0), Hans de Groot (Web Globalization Expert).
In addition to keynotes, power panels, focussed sessions, and hands-on workshops over four days, one of the best reasons to attend BT Summit is the vibrant exhibition, which features leading business technology companies and their projects and services. Intalio, SDL Tridion, Progress Software and OpenAir among others are sponsors at the summit. Business Technology Summit sponsorship information is available here.