Virtualization Industry Advances Took Center Stage at VMworld 2007
SAN FRANCISCO, September 13, 2007 – VMware, Inc., the virtualization leader, today announced that more than 10,800 IT professionals and executives, technology providers and industry experts from around the world convened at VMworld 2007 this week to discuss and share ideas on virtualization, including unveiling the newest technologies and products and best practices for deploying virtualization solutions.
“A year ago, we were talking about virtualization becoming mainstream. Now, we are talking about a virtualization industry. It’s an incredible time to be part of it,” said Diane Greene, President and CEO of VMware, in her opening keynote. “Virtualization is driving a complete infrastructure refresh. The data center is getting modernized and getting optimized as well as all the infrastructure products; the virtualization layer is offering a better way to handle disaster recovery, security, provisioning and more and we’re helping companies use less power.”
Greene continued: “Hardware is increasingly going to be delivered virtualization-enabled with a hypervisor pre-installed, and it can be up and running with virtualization in under two minutes. The hypervisor sits right on top of the hardware. A lot of times a hypervisor is seen as being in the same class as the operating system. But the operating system does far more than the hypervisor—it manages the applications for the end user. The hypervisor just manages the resources, and the virtual infrastructure aggregates those resources and provides reliability and responsiveness for the software running in virtual machines.”
Greene concluded: “Virtualization is also valuable for running desktops on a server, and making them accessible remotely. Such an architecture makes it easier for IT departments to secure and manage centrally, and it becomes a workspace that you can access from anywhere, and access from any form factor.”
VMworld 2007 general session also included keynotes from Hector de J. Ruiz, Chairman and CEO of AMD; John T. Chambers, Chairman and CEO of Cisco; Patrick Gelsinger, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Digital Enterprise Group for Intel; and Mendel Rosenblum, Chief Scientist and Co-founder of VMware. Video addresses were given by Michael Dell, Chairman and CEO of Dell; Barbara Schädler, Chief Marketing Officer of Fujitsu Siemens Computers; James Mouton, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Hewlett Packard Industry Standard Server Group; Bill Zeitler, Senior Vice President and Group Executive of IBM Systems and Technology Group; and Yoshikazu Maruyama, Senior Vice President at NEC Corporation.
General session included a panel on “Reducing the Energy Footprint of Data Centers” moderated by Quentin Hardy, Silicon Valley Bureau Chief of Forbes Magazine. Panelists included Ray Cline, Vice President of Infrastructure Services at EDS; Andrew Fanara, Product Development Team Leader of EPA ENERGY STAR Program; David Brooks, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Harvard University; and John Gibson, Chief Technical Specialist at HSBC Bank.
The virtualization conference featured more than 250 unique sessions, 147 sponsors and exhibitors and more than 100 hands-on labs.
About VMworld 2008
The fifth annual virtualization industry conference will be held September 16-18, 2008 at The Venetian in Las Vegas. The first-ever VMworld Europe will be held February 26-28, 2008 in Palais des Festivals et des Congrès Cannes, France.
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