It's no secret you can run various flavors of Windows on Intel Macs using Apple's Bootcamp or other popular virtualization software options like Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion. Any of these work great if you need to run Windows software on your Mac or even test beta software worry free, but a fairly recent discovery of mine might be a better choice. VirtualBox is the free, cross-platform, open-source virtualization software I used to get the Windows 7 beta running on a Mac, and it just received a major update.
Virtualization company VMware says that its new platform to let organizations virtualize smartphones and mobile devices will show up in handsets next year.
The mobile phone is now as important to businesses at desktop computers, and acts as a mobile computer in many cases, said Stephen Herrod, VMware chief technology officer, speaking at the Interop industry conference in Las Vegas on Tuesday.
Although Herrod said the project is still in its "early stages," researchers at VMware are working on a VMware Mobile Virtualization Platform, which will create a virtual machine for mobile devices, allowing users to move their … Read more
Paglo has been steadily building out its feature set as a Web 2.0-style solution to IT management. The latest improvements to hit the service include support for monitoring virtual machines, as well as patch management. Being able to monitor both physical and virtual machines from the same cohesive interface like this is really killer and the new patch management system is sure to ease some headaches during upgrades.
Paglo also seems firmly set on a price point of $1 per device monitored, per month. This seems like a good pricing strategy, but I would like to see Paglo adopt … Read more
Last week's announcement of enhancements to Citrix Cloud Center (C3) at Citrix Synergy 2009 was one that made me sit up and take notice. Awhile ago, I proclaimed that the era of the "cloud OS" had begun, and I called out VMware vCloud, Citrix, C3 and 3TERA AppLogic as examples of what would eventually become cloud operating systems.
Strangely, however, Citrix (and the former XenSource team) has been strangely silent since that post. Yeah, there have been one or two "announcements" that basically positioned existing Citrix technologies as being cloud infrastructure, but all in all … Read more
LAS VEGAS--The Day One keynotes at Citrix Synergy 2009 were about users and desktops. Today was nominally about data centers and clouds--of which there were a variety of announcements. However, Citrix's XenClient ("Project Independence") loomed large as well.
Of the products discussed on stage, XenClient is perhaps furthest from being a fully realized product. But is also offers an intriguing window into how the PC as we know it is likely to fundamentally change over the coming years.
XenClient is a "Type 1" native hypervisor that sits on a PC and hosts one or more … Read more
VMware's first-quarter financial results are out.
Revenue increased 7 percent from the first quarter of 2008 to $470 million. GAAP net income for the first quarter was $69.9 million, or 18 cents per diluted share, compared to $43.1 million, or 11 cents per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2008.
These are respectable results, though "analysts, on average, were expecting a profit of 20 cents per share on sales of $474.4 million, according to a poll by Thomson Reuters." Furthermore, guidance was disappointing, Reuters noted:
VMware, majority-owned by EMC, estimated second-quarter revenue to … Read more
This was originally posted at ZDNet's Between the Lines.
VMware announced on Tuesday its cloud operating system--dubbed vSphere 4--with plans for general availability in the second quarter.
With the effort, VMware is attempting to bridge virtualized data centers--now known as "private clouds"--and growing cloud computing services from the likes of Amazon.com and others. However, this bridging process is a work in progress due to the lack of standards. VMware's big pitch is that vSphere can run your data center and allow you to bridge out when external resources are needed.
John Gilmartin, director of … Read more
VMware has come up with a tool that lets users access the virtualized machines in their data center from a mobile phone.
According to VMware, the VCenter Mobile Access tool will also allow system managers to migrate virtual machines from one virtual host to another, using their phones.
The software was introduced on Friday on VMware's VMTN blog by Srinivas Krishnamurti, the director of product management for the company. In addition to its search-and-migration capabilities, VCMA could also be used to remotely execute recovery plans, access scheduled tasks, and respond to alarms and events, Krishnamurti said in the blog. … Read more
I noted last month that embedding the code for server virtualization directly into the hardware, something called an embedded hypervisor, hasn't taken off to any significant degree.
Rather, most IT shops continue to purchase virtualization as a third-party add-on (typically from VMware or Citrix), or they acquire it as part of Linux distribution or Microsoft Windows.
Many of the management and other services associated with virtualization are going to be added on, in any case. However, the thinking of a lot of people went, wouldn't it make sense to at least get the foundation in place as part … Read more
CANNES, France--VMware will release future versions of vCenter, its flagship virtualization-management software, in Linux versions as well as for Windows, the company's chief technology officer said Wednesday.
Chief technology officer Stephen Herrod announced the move for vCenter, formerly called Virtual Center Server, in a keynote speech at the VMworld 2009 conference here.
"We have enabled vCenter Server to be installed directly on Linux," he said. VMware first said it would release a Linux versio of the management software at its last VMworld conference, in September.
"We have also released a (Linux) version of vCenter Server that … Read more