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How will the private cloud affect virtualization strategies?

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As Mike Vizard says in this blog, Cloud Computing and the Cost of Virtualization, the shift toward private cloud computing is also going to cause more than a few IT organizations to rethink their virtualization strategies. So how do you think the private cloud will affect virtualization?

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  • Mike brings up a few very interesting points. However, what really grabbed my attention was the following statement:

    "... Canonical this week partnered with Convirture to add an open source virtualization management platform to its Ubuntu distribution of Linux."

    Now that is interesting. Imagine every operating system/platform with its own virtualization capability. Wait, it's already happening! Furthermore, the built in virtualization is optimized for the platform and vice versa.

    Pretty cool, or is it?

    Now think back to the time when Microsoft bundled its browser, IE, with its Windows Operating System.

    If you can't recall, here's a refresher:

    "United States v. Microsoft was a set of consolidated civil actions filed against Microsoft Corporation pursuant to the Sherman Antitrust Act on May 18, 1998 by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and 20 U.S. states who alleged that Microsoft abused monopoly power. The issue central to the case was whether Microsoft was allowed to bundle its flagship Internet Explorer (IE) web browser software with its Microsoft Windows operating system. Bundling them together is alleged to have been responsible for Microsoft's victory in the browser wars as every Windows user had a copy of Internet Explorer. It was further alleged that this unfairly restricted the market for competing web browsers (such as Netscape Navigator or Opera)..."

    Funny how history has a way of repeating itself. Let's just hope that in this case it stops repeating itself at the "bundling" part and not at the "billions of dollars spent in legal fees" part.

  • I think Mike's article talked about moving to open source virtual machines and virtualization management systems because of the cost of scaling proprietary ones.

    The virtualization layer should abstract both the hardware and the OSs on top to enable real choice and virtualization management systems should manage multiple types of virtual machines.

    As often, the private cloud is just an instance of a vendor's full stack that one buys and owns, there is little choice of virtualization though.

  • I think the answer is pretty simple. Virtualisation strategy will simply be looked at being moved to the private cloud. Sure the private cloud idea will then demand a closer look at the capabilities of virtualisation and its limitations, but essentially the two fit together well...I dont really see any major issues with organisations doing this....

    With that in mind, I dont think the article really privdes much discussion or even thought, rather its a quick article that looks at a quick bit of background information on bundling with the Ubuntu Linux platform...Almost a press-release...

    Tarak raises a good point though, bundling in the past has shown to raise a number of issues, and if private clouds take off massively, then perhaps we will see litegation for this kind of bundling in the future...

  • It may come as a surprise (but only to a denying few, and even the vendors know it) but the relevance of virtualization will now be forever hinged with current and future private cloud strategies.

    And since the world is caving in for virtualization, there's compelling need to step up their game by making itself more accessible and affordable just as open source alternatives slowly take over -- by itself or coupled with private cloud vendor initiatives.

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