Juniper Networks acquired Altor Networks, a popular virtualization security vendor, for $95 million today.
Altor makes Virtual Firewall, which took the bronze medal in the security category of our 2009 Virtualization Products of the Year. Virtual Firewall 4.0, announced in June, added compliance and automation features, as well as deeper integration with VMware’s VMsafe APIs.
The Juniper-Altor acquisition continues the trend of major vendors buying up smaller companies that sell management tools and other point products for virtual infrastructures. It also raises questions about whether security should be a point product for virtualization.
Virtualization management ISV Reflex Systems abruptly replaced President and CEO Peter Privateer Nov. 12 with its former VP of sales and business development Preston Futrell, and with very little explanation.
Get your crystal ball out! It’s time to make some virtualization predictions for 2011.
Email me your predictions by Dec. 17, and we’ll randomly select two winners. One will get a copy of “Grow a Greener Data Center” by Douglas Alger and another will receive “VMware VI and vSphere SDK: Managing the VMware Infrastructure and vSphere” by Steve Jin.
We’ll also publish the best predictions as part of our year-end package. Try to be somewhat realistic — no “Oracle will buy EMC and make all customers move to Oracle VM” — but have fun too!
Americans and Europeans often have different tastes when it comes to football…
It may be time to add virtualization to that list. A new virtualization survey by the German analyst firm KuppingerCole shows significantly higher adoption of Microsoft Hyper-V in Europe than we’ve seen stateside.
We had a lot of interest in the opening on our Server Virtualization Advisory Board. Virtualization experts from all over the world — five countries and three continents, in fact — applied to become the new member.
I’m happy to introduce our selection, Maish Saidel-Keesing. Many of you know him as a moderator on the VMware Communities site or through his popular blog, Technodrone, which was ranked No. 32 on Eric Siebert’s latest poll of the best VMware blogs. You may also follow him on Twitter, @maishsk.
Maish is an infrastructure administrator and virtualization architect for NDS Group in Jerusalem, Israel, and he’s spent 12 years working in IT, with a focus on virtualization for the past five years. He’ll bring an international perspective to the Server Virtualization Advisory Board and fit right in with the other expert users and consultants. Welcome, Maish!
Yesterday I caught a brief but an interesting exchange between two of the people I follow on Twitter. “All my storage conversations used to push to virtualization. Now all my virt / cloud conversations push to backup or security,” said Ed Saipetch, a senior vSpecialist at EMC Corp. Greg Knieriemen, a vice president at VAR Chi Corporation, retweeted this with the comment, “Agree.”
I can also agree. My own conversations since I started covering virtualization have followed a similar path, away from the hypervisor and back toward concerns about the underlying infrastructure. As Saipetch notes, this is particularly true when it comes to data security (as well as virtual backup, which is mostly a separate discussion).
It’s hard to avoid the obvious cliche on this one: Microsoft’s private cloud messaging is getting very cloudy.
Back in July, at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference, all the talk was about Windows Azure and the company’s Platform as a Service-based approach to private cloud computing. Steve Ballmer talked about the “dramatic” difference between cloud computing and virtualization, and VP Robert Wahbe said Infrastructure as a Service was “just a feature” of a private cloud.
Those comments showed a major difference between Microsoft’s cloud strategy and VMware’s virtualization-centric, IaaS approach. And Microsoft was delivering a clear, consistent message.
That all changed last week, when we got some news about System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012.
Despite a report by the Wall Street Journal September 15 that VMware was in talks to acquire at least a piece of Novell, the majority of the company will be acquired for $2.2 billion by Attachmate, primarily known for its mainframe connectivity and terminal emulation software. Another portion of Novell’s IP, some 882 patents, will be sold off for $450 million to a consortium led by Microsoft.
The users and consultants on our advisory board are our go-to experts who help us stay on top of the latest news and trends in the server virtualization market. Their primary responsibility is to answer the question of the month, where they weigh in on hot topics in the industry (or answer seasonal questions, like in this month’s Thanksgiving-themed article). Often, they’re also the first people we call when we need perspective on a breaking news story, a podcast guest, or a technology sanity-check.
If you’re interested, email me a short bio and why you think you’d be a good fit for the board. Please send all responses by Monday.
While vendors and vendor coalitions are putting together preconfigured bundles of storage, networking, virtualization and applications, industry analysts say interest among IT pros in turnkey stacks seems high. But actual sales figures for such products are difficult to pin down, and anecdotal opinions vary widely about their actual popularity.
For example, yesterday, the coalition between VMware, Cisco and EMC (VCE) launched new Vblocks targeting VDI and SAP deployments, but VCE’s senior vice president of solutions Todd Pavone declined to comment on how many customers Vblocks have garnered since they officially began shipping last November.