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Cloud Watch: It's a VMworld World

Virtualization's biggest week of the year has wrapped up, and most of the sleepy attendees are home from Vegas. Time to pick up the pieces from VMworld 2011.

  • We noted last week that VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW)'s vSphere 5 came with a controversial new pricing structure, one that charges more if you're using more virtual memory. Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) grabbed the opportunity to tell the world that its Hyper-V server virtualization is now much, much cheaper.

    Microsoft has made claims like that before, but there's a "new urgency" this time, "given that virtualization costs are directly tied to the costs of building private clouds," CRN reports.

    Network World parsed through Microsoft's claims, which are based on a specific configuration and a dash of vendor math.

  • Network World also published a picture of the cloud monster, VMworld's not-so-cuddly mascot. He looks like he'd be at home in this data center.

  • One of the keynoters was Pat Gelsinger, chief operating officer of EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC), which is VMware's parent company. In a brief interview with Information Week, Gelsinger elaborates on EMC's big announcement of the week, a product that helps connect storage administration and virtual-machine administration.

  • VMware had some news of its own, of course. On Tuesday, the company unveiled Project Octopus, which is like Dropbox for the enterprise (and is not to be confused with these guys). It lets users save files from any device and retrieve them using any other device -- but it's got some enterprise tendrils in there, so IT can exercise some control over all this filesharing. VMware explains:

  • In a timely bit of opinion, Channel Partners Online posted a column about "cloud" backlash. Not a backlash against virtualization, but against the coining of everything in the network as "cloud." The Microsoft TV commercials are cited as an example -- which is rather old news, but still true. (Worst offender: the "cloud" app that doesn't even use the network.)

  • VMworld is indeed returning to San Francisco in 2012. Initial reaction has been less than universally positive. (See also: San Francisco Avoids Cloud Overload.)

  • Finally, beyond VMworld's borders, Palo Alto, Calif.-based CloudOn raised $7.7 million. VentureBeat describes the company as being vague about its mission, but we prefer the way the San Francisco Business Times describes the company: "something to do with providing applications to mobile devices."

    CloudOn's CEO is Milind Gadekar, a former marketing executive with Cisco and P-Cube.

    Elsewhere in the cloud (at VMworld and otherwise) this week:
  • cash-is-king 12/5/2012 | 4:53:04 PM
    re: Cloud Watch: It's a VMworld World



    Solid observations on VM World and visrtualization.  Of course, there are other flavors of hypervisor and systems management, so to answer your question, you should look for VMWorld of course, but also kick the tires on Citrix, BMC, MSFT and what the others offer.



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