VMware Roars at VMworld
As our intrepid review czar Peter Varhol stated in yesterday's
, VMware is indeed planning to hit it out of the park at VMworld
in San Francisco this week. In fact, the company is hoping to hit it out of
the park again and again.
The spate of announcements the virtualization virtuoso has made at VMworld
this week begins with the company's release of source code for most of its tools
to the open source world as part of VMware's Open Virtual Machine Tools project.
The tools are virtualization components to help improve virtual machine performance.
Check them out here.
VMware is also working with open source vendors like Novell, Red Hat and Ubuntu
to integrate its tools into those vendors' installation process. Virtualization
meets open source, everybody's happy.
VMware also unveiled its ESX Server 3i, the company's next-generation thin
hypervisor that will be built into server hardware from manufacturers like Dell,
HP, IBM and NEC. This direct integration with server boxes promises to simplify
and speed up deployment and management of virtual machines.
The company also announced it has just
acquired Dunes Technologies, which offers process orchestration software
for managing virtual environments. "Dunes has developed a powerful orchestration
platform that will allow us to automate the entire virtual machine lifecycle
from requisition to de-commissioning, while complementing existing VMware management
and automation solutions such as VMware Lab Manager and the recently announced
VMware Virtual Desktop Manager," said Raghu Raghuram, VMware's vice president
of products and solutions.
It's not just new tools and new deals: VMware also reports that more than
300 academic institutions are now participating in its Academic Program. As
part of this program, qualified academic institutions get VMware tools for free
to use for research and educational purposes. VMware also plans to roll out
an online Academic Community Center later this year. The online center will
include courseware, research papers, discussion groups and other resources to
promote virtualization higher education.
It's a logical progression for the company. "VMware itself grew out of
academic research and many of our earliest customers were at universities,"
said Dr. Stephen Herrod, vice president of technology development at VMware.
"The VMware Academic Program is our way of contributing back to academia
by making our products available free-of-charge for research and teaching."
When do you suppose the first Bachelor of Science in virtualization be awarded?
Seems like virtualization will soon touch every aspect of computing. How are
you using virtualization? Send me a real message and let me know at email@example.com.
AMD Ups Ante in Chip Wars
Launching another volley at Intel, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) this week released
the next generation of its Opteron quad-core server processors.
It's been a tough battle AMD has fought with archrival Intel. During earnings
reporting season a few weeks ago, we reported that AMD had endured its third
losing quarter in a row.
It's not all bad news for the Sunnyvale chippers, though. Server shipments
and market share are creeping up. Sill, Intel isn't making it easy, as it just
announced its own new line of Xeon dual-core chips.
While Intel still has a solid lock on laptop and desktop chips, AMD has friends
in the server world. It first rolled out the Opteron line in 2003 to lukewarm
response. This time, since some of the major server manufacturers like HP, Sun
and IBM already run their servers with AMD chips, they're more likely to do
What's your take on the chip wars? Are you solidly one way or the other? Check
in with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
States Lobby for More Microsoft Supervision
Microsoft just can't avoid the hot seat. While it has dodged regulatory and
antitrust bullets here and there, a consortium of six states are now petitioning
the federal courts to extend
judicial supervision by five years.
The group of six states argued that Microsoft needed more federal judicial
supervision to keep it from annihilating any competition to the Windows juggernaut.
The gang of six, which includes California and Massachusetts, formally requested
a federal judge in Washington to extend the supervisory provisions of the 2002
decree, which are currently scheduled to expire on Nov. 12 of this year.
The feds and Redmondians agreed on the original decree after an appeals court
ruled that Microsoft had indeed acted illegally in its aggressive protection
of its Windows monopoly. If the decree expires as scheduled, Microsoft will
have greater freedom to crush competition from Web-based software, particularly
those competing with its Internet Explorer browser.
Microsoft had no comment on the request for an extension.
Where do you stand on Microsoft's activities -- fair competition or gold medalist
in the antitrust Olympics? File your motion with me at email@example.com.
Three Months, 1 Million iPhones
In just three months since its Hollywood-like premiere, Apple has sold more
than 1 million iPhones. That's quite a landmark, and a major victory for
the hype-a-palooza that preceded the iPhone's rollout.
Even with some technical and security setbacks -- plus an embarrassing price
cut that reddened the faces of early customers -- the iPhone continues to be
one of the hottest digital accessories. By comparison, it was almost two years
before a million pairs of ears were plugged into an iPod -- iCaramba!
Apple's iCEO Steve Jobs reports that he hopes the iPhone will become Apple's
third largest revenue stream, following the Mac and the iPod. He has also stated
that customers who paid the original price of $599 when it came out last June
will get a $100 store credit. That should help soothe the angered masses of
early iPhone adopters. He further states his expectations of selling 10 million
iPhones in 2008, digging into the realms of the BlackBerry and Palm Pilot.
Have you succumbed to iPhone mania? Do you use something else? Send me an i-mail
-- I mean an e-mail -- at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lafe Low is the editorial liaison for ECG Events.