VMWorld Day 3 Wrap

The VMWorld 2007 conference wrapped up Thursday with a keynote from VMware co-founder Mendel Rosenblum, and commentary from many points about the conference and the momentum it created for virtualization in general and VMware in particular. On to the links:

  • “Magic Data Center Pixie Dust”: That’s how many people think of virtualization, according to Rosenblum. A live-blogging summary from Bob Plankers at The Lone Sysadmin.
  • Cool new technologies… But useful?: Boulke Groenescheij from the Jume blog explores the “green” practicality of new VMware portability advances discussed in the keynote. “Now, while this latest technology is fantastic, it won’t help get the environment better. If I want to use this technology I would most probably need to double the size of my datacenter, meaning more cooling, more power.”
  • InovaWave: More I/O Virtualization: Yesterday we noted that startup Xsigo used VMworld as the coming out party for its I/O virtualization product. It turns out that a competing product from InovaWave, a competitor of Xsigo, was named “Best New Technology” by SearchServerVirtualization. In this video, InovaWave CEO Chris Ostertag describes his company’s approach to I/O virtualization.

  • The VMWorld Bag of Swag: TechTarget staffers Jan Stafford and Bridget Botelho unpack the mountain of t-shirts and trade show freebies.
  • VMware: No Major Deals in the Offing: Tarry Singh of Virtualization for Everyone notes CEO Diane Greene’s comments from a press conference early in the conference: “We don’t anticipate a large acquisition. That being said this is an opportunistic business and we are keeping our eyes and ears open. However, I don’t see a large acquisition anytime soon.” In the pre-IPO period there were rumors that VMware would buy Opsware once it completed its IPO and was flush with cash. Instead, HP scarfed up Opsware before VMware could go public.

Whew! I’m feeling some serious virtualization fatigue. I don’t normally track virtualization news quite so closely, but had the sense VMWorld 2007 would be newsworthy. I welcome feedback on the show roundup and our virtualization coverage.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.