Photo Essay: VMworld 2008

Sights and sounds from the industry's largest virtualization conference.

  • VMware's CEO made his pitch on Tuesday for a new type of operating system for the data center, and in the process assigned the "traditional OS" to the dustbin of history.

  • Maritz introduced the company's Virtual Data Center Operating System at the VMworld show in Las vegas Tuesday. It will ship in products next year and extends virtualization from servers to storage and networking devices.

  • Maritz addresses more than 14,000 attendees at VMworld 2008.

  • What do you think of the news coming out of VMworld 2008?

  • WMworld is the larget annual (and only) industry conference dedicated to virtualization. The event is attended by IT professionals and executives, technology providers, industry experts, researchers and analysts from around the world. VMworld, in its fifth year, is expected to draw more than 12,000 attendees. What follows is a series of pictures straight from the big show.

  • Intel VP Doug Fisher talks up Intel's efforts to improve virtualization performance with its Xeon server chips at the VMworld show in Las Vegas Tuesday.

  • VMware has faced some rather public upheaval over the past few months: the departures of founders Diane Greene and Mendel Rosenblum, big drops in stock prices, and an embarrassing technical mistake that temporarily prevented customers from logging on to virtual servers. Paul Maritz, newly appointed president and CEO, had his biggest opportunity yet to address public concerns about VMware and provide a road map for the future of virtualization. He delivered a keynote in front of 14,000 attendees at VMworld in Las Vegas, and answered questions in a Q&A session.

  • Intel's Doug Fisher talks to VMware CTO Steve Herrod on stage at the VMworld conference in Las Vegas Tuesday.

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