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Archives for February, 2009

Virtualization Becoming “Free-er?”

by Tom Bittman  |  February 24, 2009  |  1 Comment

At VMworld Europe 2009, Citrix made an important virtualization industry announcement – their XenServer package will carry no license price (just support). This package includes centralized management of distributed VMs, and live migration capability. It isn’t everything you need to manage a virtual machine pool, but many smaller companies who might have avoided virtualization completely […]

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Virtual Realities for Virtualization

by Tom Bittman  |  February 20, 2009  |  1 Comment

We spend a lot of time at Gartner looking ahead. But it’s also fun to look at what might have been… What if no one had developed an x86 hypervisor? How well would multi-core x86 processors be selling today? What if Microsoft had acquired VMware in 2001? Would they have snuffed it out (until something […]

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Building a Private Cloud: Are We There Yet?

by Tom Bittman  |  February 17, 2009  |  4 Comments

My last blog entry caused quite a ruckus. While the term “private cloud” has been in use for at least a year, there are still semantic, moral and religious issues with the term. I respect the issues, but I have also found the anti-private-cloud zealots to be a minority. In the past week alone, I […]


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Private Cloud Computing is Real – Get Over It

by Tom Bittman  |  February 5, 2009  |  37 Comments

There’s an argument over whether the term “cloud” can be used to describe the changes taking place in internal IT architectures. How silly! Regardless of the term, there is a major trend playing out over the next few years where internal IT providers want to make fundamental changes so that they behave and provide similar […]


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