What do you do when you are giving a session on virtualization migrations, and no one shows up? You sit down and blog about how you are giving a session on virtualization migrations and no one showed up! In all fairness, TechTarget is giving away a Mercedes-Benz right now, so I think people are eagerly awaiting that drawing, and my session is right after lunch, AND it *is* a repeat of one I did earlier today. Yes, those are the things that I will tell myself tonight as I curl into a fetal position and sob in a corner 🙁
DCD 2007 has been a natural extension of last year’s conference. 2006 saw virtualization come into its own in the enterprise, and 2007 has seen virtualization mature into a ready-to-use, ready-to-integrate solution for many of today’s data center related problems. One of those problems has been disaster recovery, business continuity, and business resumption. This year’s DCD conference has had no shortage of innovative and instructional sessions on how to create cost-effective BC solutions using virtualization. Two technologies that are paving the way for these SMB to enterprise BC solutions are iSCSI and 10 GbE. Virtualization requires shared storage to enable any of the features used in DR and BC scenarios (LiveMigration, Resource Scheduling, Power Management), but for the longest time shared storage has meant fibre channel SANs, an expensive proposition for many. The continued success of iSCSI and the eventual commoditization of 10 GbE will enable enterprise-class shared storage at a fraction of the cost for SMBs and enterprise data centers alike. Inexpensive, enterprise-class shared storage will result in the availability of virtualization’s high end features that contribute to DR and BC solutions for all organizations — small, large, and everything in between.
Once again, DCD 2007 was a natural extension of 2006 — the data center has continued to evolve around virtualization. What will next year bring? My best guess? To steal from a colleague, we are going to start hearing about the highly-utilized data center, the dynamic data center, the data center that can be managed and monitored from a single console. And who is to say that the data center management of the future will require any human interaction at all?