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VMworld 2009 conference coverage

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VMworld 2009 conference coverage


Virtualization innovators vie for Best of VMworld 2009 Awards
The Best of VMworld 2009 Awards recognized the best technologies in categories ranging from desktop virtualization to cloud computing.
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VMworld 2009 TechTarget editorial staff. (From left to right: Hannah Drake, Alex Barrett, Colin Steele, Lauren Horwitz, Jo Maitland, Bridget Botelho.)

Security and Cloud: Day Three impressions at VMworld
IT managers from Disney Interactive Media Group who are building a new data center discuss their takeaways from VMworld: security, the cloud and understanding the ecosystem.

Brian Madden TV No. 17: From the VMworld floor
At VMworld 2009, Brian Madden and Gabe Knuth discuss vendor announcements, product demos and VMware's plans.

Attractive cloud computing offerings at VMworld 2009
Jo Maitland discusses some of the compelling cloud offerings that drew one British Telecom IT manager to VMworld.

Drew Kramer shows VMworld 2009 data center
VMware's Drew Kramer shows off the massive data center that powers all of VMworld's hands-on lab sessions. vs. Amazon EC2
Jo Maitland finds out how the offerings of compare with Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud services.

Best of VMworld Awards: HyTrust
Eric Chiu of HyTrust discusses his firm's Best of Show placing in the Best of VMworld 2009 awards and its gold medal in the Security and Virtualization category for its HyTrust Appliance.


VMworld 2009 conference recap
At the VMworld 2009 conference, VMware focused on its strategy of using virtualization to simplify IT infrastructure management. In this edition of This Week in Virtualization, expert Greg Shields talks about the vibe of the show, and VMware consultant Lew Smith discusses his interest in desktop virtualization.

ISVs grumble about VMware's posture
VMware independent software vendor partners say the company has acted competitively toward them.

Microsoft Hyper-V R2 not ready, researcher reports
Burton Group compares VMware's vSphere, Citrix's XenServer 5.5 and Microsoft's Hyper-V R2 for production environment readiness, and it dismisses Hyper-V once again.

Best of VMworld Awards at a glance
At VMworld 2009, held its third annual VMworld 2009 awards and designated Gold and finalist winners in eight categories. Check out the winners at a glance here.

Users wary of VMware's move beyond core virtualization
VMware's moves into desktop virtualization, consumer markets and cloud computing are very ambitious, but they lack real-world traction, VMworld attendees say.

VMLogix LabManager adds support for vSphere 4, Hyper-V R2
VMLogix's virtual lab management software now supports VMware vSphere4 for virtual infrastructure along with Microsoft Hyper- V R2 for shared storage. These new additions cooperate with VMLogix's new network policy and revised configuration.

VMware Site Recovery Manager to add support for NFS, multi-site failover
VMware demonstrates vCenter Site Recovery Manager 1.5 at VMWorld and says it will be available by end of year; NFS support could give customers more flexibility, but automatic failback won't make the release.

VMware cloud talk stirs interest -- and some skepticism
VMware's CEO pitches vSphere and related management tools as key to the company's cloud computing vision, but VMworld 2009 attendees want more proof, less talk.

VMware and Cisco support distance VMotion
VMware said it will officially support distance VMotion over Cisco networks, but that supports contains a lot of fine print, particularly for data migration.

VMware service to push SMBs to ESXi
VMware's new VMware Go remote-installation service should make it easier for SMBs to deploy ESXi, which enterprises have thus far rejected.

VMware extends vCloud with self-provisioning, APIs
VMware plants its flag in public cloud with vCloud brokerage service and APIs; prices reportedly undercut EC2 by half.

For additional VMworld 2009 news, check out our VMware conference coverage page.



Keynotes, new tech and Tweetups
VMworld 2009 offered the releases of VMware Go and vCloud Express; news on Virtual Profiles for VMware View; Teradici's PC-over-IP; long-distance VMotion; I/O Distributed Resource Scheduler; and vCenter ConfigControl. The show also provided opportunities for professional networking and vendor-hosted dinners and parties.

Analyst warns of software, server licensing perils
Learn five common gotchas of managing software application licenses in virtual environments in this quick take from a VMworld 2009 session by Burton Group analyst Chris Wolf.

Data Center and Virtualization group hosts VMworld 2009 party
Check out photos from the lively VMworld 2009 after-party, hosted by TechTarget's Data Center and Virtualization Media Group, following Tuesday's full day of sessions and keynotes.

A brush with fame at VMworld 2009
Amid a busy day of VMworld sessions, editor Jo Maitland happened upon AC/DC's Angus Young on Second Street in San Francisco.

vCloud Express, VMworld booth babes ... and vSphere 4.1?
Attending VMworld is like going to college (and no, I'm not referring to the many parties). Although 15,000 people may go to the same school, each person can have a unique experience. Here's my recap of day one, which involved attending the opening keynote, chatting with other bloggers and journalists about new technologies, and judging the Best of VMworld award nominees.

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CA Wily Application Performance Management suite demo
This VMworld booth demo shows CA Wily Application Performance Management's visual mapper in action. The visual mapper is intended to facilitate transaction monitoring across distributed systems.

RSA posts security dos and don'ts: News in brief
At VMworld 2009, RSA released report outlining security do's and don'ts to ensure security compliance in a rapidly-virtualizing world.

HP plug-in for vCenter simplifies data center management: News in brief
Hewlett-Packard and VMware announced the HP Insight Control for VMware vCenter Server plug-in, which allows admins to manage physical and virtual infrastructures through the vCenter console; Symantec and Altor Networks receive VMware certifications for their products.

Service assesses storage needs for server virtualization
Hewlett-Packard's SAN Readiness Assessment for Server Virtualization looks at current storage to see if it's enough for planned server virtualization projects.

Double-Take, Reflex and Zenoss: Product news in brief
These vendors, among others, have announced several developments and updated versions of their virtualization products at VMworld 2009.



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