Will be experimenting with posting and updating posts from the conference via my trusty 3G iPad.
For those readers who are not of the technical bent, VMware sell software that enables you to create virtual computers and servers. This is a very useful way to have multiple servers share the same underlying hardware, which can save you money.
Virtualisation is also one of the most effective ways to have a really agile IT infrastructure, and one of the best tools to aid DR and IT Service Continuity that has come along for many years.
All, of course, if it is done properly. If done badly it is just another IT boat anchor.
One of the big issues around the forum is the link between cloud computing and virtualization, an ongoing theme from my recent post on Cloud Computing .
In the keynote session we learned that there were more virtual servers deployed last year than physical servers, so this stuff is probably being explored or deployed in your organization today. If you are responsible for BC you should go talk to your IT guys about how this technology can aid your program.
Not surprising that Australia is one of the leading adopters of virtualization, leading in so many aspects really.
The event left me with mixed feelings, perhaps a little disappointing overall. While there is a massive amount of useful technology on display and the partner network are leveraging the platform to build some good things – there were just too many references to how the technology stack provides “business continuity.
Shame that it doesn’t – even with VMware’s wonderful management tools, even achieving just IT DR still needs some people.