The Virtualization Room


September 13, 2007  10:55 AM

Talking about Veeam Reporter, VMworld Awards winner

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Veeam CEO Ratmir Timashev talks about virtualization problems that spurred the creation of Veeam Reporter, which won gold in the SearchServerVirtualization.com VMworld Awards utility category.

September 13, 2007  10:53 AM

ClearCube tops VMworld Awards in desktop virtualization

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ClearCube’s Rick Hoffman desribes how ClearCube moved from blade servers to virtual desktops to winning a top VMworld Award.


September 12, 2007  7:34 AM

Storage comes on strong at VMworld

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TechTarget’s Mark Schlack surveys the VMware-friendly storage products scene at VMworld and says it’s a good thing.


September 12, 2007  7:32 AM

Abundant products at VMworld shows technology’s maturity

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Vendors are showing more advanced products for VMware environments at VMworld this year. That’s a sure sign that the technology is maturing, says TechTarget’s Mark Schlack.


September 12, 2007  7:30 AM

Why it’s best to pre-register for VMworld

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Failing to pre-register for hands-on labs at VMworld can lead you in interesting directions.


September 12, 2007  7:28 AM

Virtualization products step beyond niches, Lowe says

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Before 2007, VMworld’s booth held simple one-note products, but this year products has orchestral reach, says virtualization expert Scott Lowe.


September 12, 2007  7:27 AM

Sizing up key backup, storage trends at VMworld

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Steve Norall and Alex Barrett talk about backup and storage trends they spotted at VMworld today. Both covered the show today for SearchServerVirtualization.com.


September 12, 2007  7:23 AM

Automation a key theme at VMworld, Dugan says

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Tom Dugan explains why this VMworld is rich in automation tools for managing virtual environments.


September 12, 2007  7:21 AM

Beyond server consolidation at VMworld

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There’s more to virtualization than server consolidation, says consultant Bernard Golden after a day canvassing products at VMworld.


September 11, 2007  10:43 AM

Standardized virtualization: DMTF accepts Open Virtual Machine Format proposal

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They may compete for customers, but virtualization rock stars Dell, HP, IBM, Microsoft, VMware and XenSource have settled their differences long enough to submit a draft proposing an industry standard format for portable virtual machines to the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF).

The DMTF announced its acceptance of the draft yesterday.

“This is a great effort by these companies to bring forward a draft specification to deploy different kinds of virtual machines and virtual appliances in a secure way,” said Winston Bumpus, DMTF president.

“Right now you can download virtual appliances from lots of places, but some are hypervisor specific, some have hardware requirements. There are all kinds of dependencies. This scenario allows you to download and try an application without doing all of the configuration steps,” Bumpus said.

The proposed format, called the Open Virtual Machine Format (OVF), would package all virtual machines (VMs) with an XML wrapper that would allow all virtualization platforms to safely and efficiently run the VM.

The OVF would also incorporate a security check to ensure that the VM had not been tampered with from the time the image was created to the time of download, and a license check.

“We really envision ISVs being able to encapsulate their products in virtual machines. I’ve been comparing it to an MP3 file — it’s more than just music, there’s metadata in a standardized format. It’s really going to change how software is deployed and distributed,” Bumpus said.

According to Bumpus, the OVF should roll out in the next 6-9 months.

For more information on DMTF and what they do, see SearchDataCenter.com’s article, DMTF tries to SMASH system management costs.


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