Round-up: VMworld 2009

Round-up: VMworld 2009

Your complete guide to VMware's 2009 global show

With this year’s VMworld virtualisation conference drawing to a close, ARN has assembled a collection of news and views that rocked the event.

VMworld 2009: Virtualisation, controversy and eating your own dog food The Online Virtualisation Conference, one of the industry's biggest virtualisation conferences and VMware's home turf, was hosted this week at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Click here to find out about 15 things seen and heard at the show.

VMware says Microsoft 'shenanigans' led to new VMworld restrictions VMware has defended its decision to place new restrictions on sponsors and exhibitors at this year’s VMworld conference, blaming the move on “shenanigans” pulled by Microsoft at last year’s VMworld in Las Vegas. One year ago, Microsoft handed out casino chips directing VMworld attendees to a website titled “VMware costs way too much.” At the time, Microsoft was a “gold sponsor” of VMworld. But at this year’s show in San Francisco Microsoft is no longer a sponsor and claims that new VMworld rules prevent it from exhibiting the latest version of System Center Virtual Machine Manager. Citrix has made similar complaints. More on this story here

VMware cloud initiative raises vendor lock-in concerns VMware talks a good game about interoperability, but its cloud initiative threatens to introduce a type of vendor lock-in that rival virtualisation vendors claim they would not impose. While competitors, Citrix and Microsoft, have embraced the notion of supporting multiple virtualisation platforms with their software, VMware has long maintained that its management tools will support only its own hypervisor. Now its growing cloud initiative, highlighted at this week's VMworld conference, depends upon customers and vendors using its vSphere virtualisation platform, which could prevent true cloud interoperability. More on this story

Cisco UCS, Nexus 1000 virtual switches power labs A year after introducing the Nexus 1000 virtual switch, Cisco is using that switch and its unified computing system servers as a proving point at VMworld in San Francisco. A Cisco-based implementation that taps into both EMC and NetApp SANs is powering the show's lab sessions. More on this story

VMware partners to offer Amazon-like compute services VMware announced a new program to allow service providers to offer pay-as-you-go computing services similar to those from Amazon Web Services. Using VMware's vSphere virtualisation software, the managed hosting providers will allow customers to configure virtual servers over the Web and pay for the computing capacity they use on an hourly basis with a credit card, much as AWS does today. Click here to find out which companies signed on first.

Maritz: Virtualisation takes IT beyond mainframe performance As VMworld kicked off on Tuesday, VMware CEO Paul Maritz contended that only virtualisation can deliver the next transformation of IT, but he kept casting his gaze back to a technology invented in another era - the mainframe. Virtualisation, and VMware's vSphere platform in particular, can be thought of as a "software mainframe," used to build a giant computer or cloud that can take care of every IT need, Maritz said. More on this story here

Microsoft Hyper-V still a work in progress, group says Windows Server 2008 R2 will help Microsoft narrow the feature gap with virtualisation products from VMware and Citrix Systems, but its new Hyper-V software still won't be "production-ready" for most enterprise applications, according to Burton Group. Despite several improvements, Hyper-V will still lack three of the 27 features that Burton Group considers requirements for most enterprise applications running in production, Burton Group analyst Richard Jones said at VMworld. More on this story here

Half of new servers are virtualised, survey finds More than half of new servers installed in 2009 will be virtualised, and that number will hit 80% by 2012, signaling huge growth in the hypervisor market, according to a report released at VMworld by TheInfoPro, a research company. In 2008, about 30% of new servers were virtualised, says Bob Gill, managing director of search research at TheInfoPro. The data includes all types of servers, although the trend toward virtualisation is largely being driven by the x86 market. More on this story here

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