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Mark Twain and the Open Virtualization Alliance

by Tom Bittman  |  May 19, 2011  |  1 Comment

On May 17, 2011, HP, IBM, Intel and Red Hat (as governing members) joined BMC Software, Eucalyptus Systems and Suse to announce the “Open Virtualization Alliance”, or OVA (which means “eggs” in Latin, right?). Their stated purposes include “increase overall awareness” of KVM, “accelerate the emergence of an ecosystem” around KVM, and so on. Sure, [...]

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How Cloud Computing Reboots the Channel

by Tom Bittman  |  April 7, 2011  |  9 Comments

In the past two months I’ve spoken to an audience of channel partners, had 6-7 lunch roundtables with channel partners in the U.S. and Canada, and I’ve met with a few channel partners in Europe. Two things are becoming increasingly clear to me: the channel will be critical in broader adoption of cloud computing (and [...]

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The End of Server Growth?

by Tom Bittman  |  February 11, 2011  |  5 Comments

Will virtualization, multicore, and cloud computing trends send x86 architecture server and processor volumes down for the next decade? It certainly is a realistic scenario – and perhaps the most likely. At Gartner, we spend a lot of time trying to understand future scenarios, the likelihood of each, indicators that a scenario is likely to [...]

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Embracing the Blur

by Tom Bittman  |  February 9, 2011  |  4 Comments

We’re having an interesting discussion inside of Gartner (due credit to Neil MacDonald, Lydia Leong, Cameron Haight and David Cearley for the ideas in this post – I hope they post further on this). The concepts here aren’t new. For example, in 2004, I talked about “the walls coming down” between business, the data center [...]

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Virtualization Then & Now: Symposium 2009-2010

by Tom Bittman  |  October 18, 2010  |  19 Comments

My first presentation at Symposium 2010 was “Server Virtualization: From Virtual Machines to Private Clouds.” Attendance was crazy – the large room was packed, people were standing at the back, and apparently a few dozen were turned away at the door. This proves that server virtualization is not only a hot topic, it’s getting hotter [...]

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The Buzz at Gartner’s Symposium 2010: Cloud!

by Tom Bittman  |  October 18, 2010  |  1 Comment

Gartner’s Symposium this year is a blow-out – more than 7,500 attendees, and more than 1,600 CIOs. That means a very busy week of presentations and one-on-ones. As an analyst, what I always find interesting is “the buzz”. You get a real good sense of what’s hot based on one-on-one load, and one-on-one topics. I [...]

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IT Operations: From Day-Care to University

by Tom Bittman  |  May 24, 2010  |  2 Comments

After spending the day discussing IT operations, here are some musings on the future of IT ops. Traditionally, IT ops has been responsible for managing operationally "dumb" applications. These legacy applications are like infants – they need constant care and feeding. They can’t take care of themselves, and they rely entirely on others to survive. [...]

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The Private Cloud Sandbox

by Tom Bittman  |  April 16, 2010  |  9 Comments

Private cloud computing is rapidly moving up the Gartner hype cycle. In terms of raw market hype, I think we’ll peak late this year. VMware’s “Redwood” won’t be the only announcement – every major infrastructure vendor in the planet will likely put “private cloud” in their announcements, their marketing, their product names. So before we [...]

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Driving for Imperfection With Your Private Cloud

by Tom Bittman  |  March 13, 2010  |  5 Comments

Almost all large companies and many small and midsized enterprises are virtualizing. Based on surveys, the majority of large companies consider building a private cloud a core strategy. Surprisingly, that’s even true with midsized organizations – but slow down a bit. While the direction makes sense, be careful about getting too caught up in the [...]

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Talk of Clouds (and Virtualization) in Orlando

by Tom Bittman  |  October 22, 2009  |  7 Comments

At this week’s Gartner Symposium in Orlando, there was a noticeable shift in the end user discussions regarding virtualization and cloud computing, and a few surprises: 1) In my presentation on server virtualization on Monday, before I started, I asked the audience how many of them considered private cloud computing to be a core strategy [...]

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