The Virtualization Room:

May, 2007

May 6, 2007  12:23 PM

Five cool reasons to use blade servers; one big caveat

Jan Stafford Jan Stafford Profile: Jan Stafford

Why use blade servers when your rack servers aren't giving you any hassles? I met up with Craig Newell at the Server Blade Summit this week, and he gave some answers to that question. I've put them in the list below. Newell has more field experience working with blades than anyone else I met at...

May 4, 2007  11:18 AM

VDI on display at VMware analyst day

Alex Barrett Alex Barrett Profile: Alex Barrett

VMware kindly invited me for the tail-end of its annual Analyst Day held at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, Mass. yesterday, where I got to see some product demos and drink a Mojito. And while I would much rather have sat in on the NDA briefings with which they regaled the analyst community, it was...

May 3, 2007  1:00 AM

VMware proof of concept shows big RHEL, app, management savings

Jan Stafford Jan Stafford Profile: Jan Stafford

TransUnion Interactive, a direct-to-consumer credit reporting bureau, is running a proof of concept (POC) project to determine if virtualization could deliver server and space reductions and better TCO than its current infrastructure. I met Daniel Hahn, TranUnion Interactive (TI) associate...

May 2, 2007  2:49 PM

Microsoft exec: Most virtual desktop technologies are too edgy for businesses now

Jan Stafford Jan Stafford Profile: Jan Stafford

Centralizing business desktops using virtualization technologies is a good idea, but its time hasn’t come, according to Mike Neil, Microsoft general manager for virtualization strategy. I had a one-on-one interview with Mike following his keynote today at the Server Blade Summit in Anaheim,...

May 2, 2007  12:57 PM

Blade servers, Battlestar Gallactica and Mick Jagger

Jan Stafford Jan Stafford Profile: Jan Stafford

Virtualization is the primary reason why IT shops are buying and using blade servers today, and that's a big impetus but there's got to be more, said Andrew Kutz, Butler Group analyst and site expert, during the TechTarget Ask the Expert session at

May 2, 2007  12:36 PM

Server Blade Summit: Show me the users!

Jan Stafford Jan Stafford Profile: Jan Stafford

I know they're here, and today I'm going to meet some in person. For sure. I'm talking about blade server users. I'm at the Server Blade Summit in Anaheim, Calif. On opening day, yesterday, I scanned many-a-badge and identified and talked to 13 IT...

May 2, 2007  12:08 PM

The next big hassle: SOAs will pose bigger management problems than power and cooling

Jan Stafford Jan Stafford Profile: Jan Stafford

If it's not one thing, it's another. Today, it's data centers' power and cooling hassles. Tomorrow, according to researcher Jerry Murphy, "your next big problem will be managing your service-oriented architectures (SOAs)." Murphy, senior vice president and service director for Robert Francis Group,...

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