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Cloud Computing Expo on Ulitzer SYS-CON's 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, held on November 2 - 4, 2009, in Santa Clara, attracted more than 40 sponsors with over 2,000 delegates, a record attendance. The three content-packed days emphasized value with a rich array of sessions led by exceptional speakers about the business and technical value of cloud computing. Enjoy here our photo album of the show. Now held three times a year -- in New York, Prague, and Santa Clara -- the Cloud Computing Conference & Expo series is the fastest-growing Enterprise IT event in the past 10 years, devoted to every aspect of delivering massively scalable enterprise IT as a service. The event in Santa Clara, CA, was co-located with our 7th International Virtualization Conference & Expo. Cloud Computing Expo 2010 East to Attract More Than 5,000 Delegates from ... (more)

Virtualization Conference Europe 2009: 18-19 May 2009 in Prague

Virtualization is quickly becoming an important technology across all parts of the IT environment. The technology is rapidly being deployed in server, storage, networking, as well as client environments. The theme of SYS-CON's Virtualization Conference Europe 2009, to be held in Prague, Czech Republic, on May 18-19, 2009, is 'Deploying Virtualization in the Enterprise' and the Call for Papers (Submissions Deadline March 15), welcomes submissions from exceptional speakers with high-quality use cases not only of how virtualization maximizes the use of resources and thus saves companies money, but also of how it is fundamentally altering the way that businesses run IT throughout Europe and indeed the world. Virtualization is becoming an increasingly important concept, not only to IT staffs, but to CIOs and line-of-business managers as well. Virtualization technologies ar... (more)

Citrix & Dell Partner on Server Virtualization

Citrix announced the availability of Citrix XenServer software factory integrated on Dell PowerEdge servers. Citrix and Dell have partnered to make integrated server virtualization technology a reality for customers of all sizes. The initial products now available to Dell customers worldwide include the Citrix XenServer Dell Express Edition and Citrix XenServer Dell Enterprise Edition as part of factory-integrated solutions designed to make it even easier for customers to begin implementing their virtualization strategies. The Citrix XenServer Dell products are virtualization solutions that feature integrated Dell management agent technology. As a result, customers can use the same familiar Dell OpenManage System Management software on their existing Dell servers to help increase server and storage utilization. By coupling Citrix XenServer with Dell’s PowerEdge serv... (more)

The Future of Virtualization: Six Predictions

VMBlog.com The virtualization industry has seen its fair share of change in the past year or so, with Microsoft releasing its long-awaited Hyper-V and VMware taking on new leadership and potentially a new direction. The action is set to continue in 2009, with further developments and trends emerging to shape the impact of the impact of the technology. Here are six predictions for the coming year: Prediction #1: The sky’s the limit for Cloud Computing The vendor landscape will dramatically change as we see a significant increase in the opportunities available to providers of cloud-based services. This will impact all types of service providers: web and managed hosters; telcos and ISPs; independent software vendors offering their software as a service; online services companies; traditional systems integrators; value-added resellers that are becoming managed service prov... (more)

InstallFree to Exhibit at SYS-CON's Virtualization Conference & Expo

InstallFree is a provider of application and desktop virtualization solutions. InstallFree enables corporate IT departments to centrally deploy software applications and complete desktops to employees at any location enabling corporations to lower their Total Cost of Ownership, improve the manageability of applications and desktops, and improve the end-user's productivity. The company has leveraged its patent-pending virtualization technology to provide comprehensive solutions that focus on IT operational efficiency and end-users' experience. InstallFree’s products allow IT departments to virtualize any application and/or complete desktop and deliver it for local processing on any XP or Vista based PC as well as 64bit and server-based solutions such as Citrix Presentation Server, Windows Terminal Server and Windows-based virtual machines. The implementation do... (more)

Why Microsoft Should Finally Buy Citrix

DISCLAIMER: This is long and the opinions are mine. I’ve written a good bit here about the various ways Microsoft and Citrix overlap in the hypervisor space, ranging from topics like shared code base through competition for the desktop space. To me, these two players have always been the underdogs battling for the right to go head-to-head against VMware in the main enterprise (and now cloud) virtual data center event. I’ve long said here that I think Microsoft is in the best position to make that move, but to be honest, Citrix currently has better technology. In other words, Microsoft has a better strategic play, Citrix a better tactical play. The announcements that came of out Synergy last week prove that. Citrix knows what it’s doing and they know how to build virtualization products to compete with VMware. As has been asked many times before, here and elsewhere:... (more)

New Era for Open Source Xen Begins

"By widening the scope of collaboration under The Linux Foundation, the Xen Project community can set the bar even higher for innovation," said Peder Ulander, VP of Open Source Solutions at Citrix, as Citrix and The Linux Foundation today announced that open source community development for the Xen virtualization platform will become a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project. Leveraging its proven model of collaborative development for the new Xen Project initiative, The Linux Foundation will provide infrastructure, guidance and a collaborative network. Peter Ulander brought Cloud.com to Cloud Expo...and was soon afterwards acquired by Citrix "Citrix remains committed to the project," Ulander (pictured above in his Cloud.com days) added, "and advancing the technology for Xen Project-based products across the industry, including its own Citrix XenServer. Industry inte... (more)

Virtualization: A Promising and Justifiable Investment

"There is a shift in focus and it is from technologies that enable virtualization to technologies that manage virtualization," says Bala Murugan, Chief Architect at eG Innovations, in this Exclusive Q&A with SYS-CON's Virtualization Journal. Overall, Murugan maintains, virtualization is "a promising and justifiable investment, particularly in the current economic downturn." Virtualization Journal: Do you agree with the view that Virtualization is one of the most promising technology investments in the current economic downturn? Bala Murugan: Virtualization, when done right, has been proven to provide significant reductions in direct cost. It also helps your indirect cost by improving your IT’s performance, reliability and capacity management. So yes, I would say that it is a promising and justifiable investment, particularly in the current economic downturn. Vir... (more)

Citrix Virtualizes NetScaler

Citrix' NetScaler MPX hardware appliance - the application accelerator that Citrix claims is used by the biggest consumer web sites, touching 75% of all Internet users everyday - is going to get a low-end standards-based virtual counterpart. The software-based virtual appliance is called NetScaler VPX and is meant to push NetScaler functionality down the food chain as well as into the cloud. Citrix says it will be downloadable and will run on any standard server, enhancing the delivery of virtualized server and application resources. It will also be usable as a virtualized service in and of itself. VPX is supposed to be a fundamentally different approach to the convergence of virtualization and networking than the usual proprietary hardware. NetScaler functionality includes caching, security and compression that VPX can make deployable on a per-application basis. Multiple... (more)

Citrix Starts Shipping Receiver

Citrix - which has been promising this stuff for a while - has announced the general availability of Citrix Receiver, a free lightweight plug-in-like software client that it says makes accessing virtual desktops and applications as easy as turning on a TV. It's supposed to let IT function as a service provider to its own employees. Citrix compares it a satellite or cable TV receiver and says it will deliver high-def desktops and applications on-demand to any device anywhere - including a PC, a Mac, a thin client, a netbook or an iPhone from a Citrix Delivery Center such as XenApp or XenDesktop. The widgetry requires one-time installation and otherwise works in background. When installed it's supposed to be responsible for security, performance and user experience. Citrix says apps will run on any and point that has a Receiver installed and vendors won't have to worry ab... (more)

Citrix Aims To Dazzle

Citrix is planning to introduce a so-called self-service "storefront" for enterprise applications later this year called Dazzle. It's supposed to provide corporate employees with 24x7 access to a broad swath of apps, desktops and content to give them what they need when they need it. Dazzle derives from Citrix' theory - itself derived from examples like DirecTV and Apple's iTunes store - that consumerization is changing the shape of enterprise IT and that business dare not ignore all the web-based consumer services available outside the office. It's pull versus push. And Citrix claims push is boring and counterproductive. Expected to ship in the second half, Dazzle will run on Windows and Mac PCs and act as a lightweight storefront for all the applications IT has centrally staged in a head-end infrastructure product like XenApp or any of the Citrix head-end products. ... (more)