Virtualization, Cloud, Infrastructure and all that stuff in-between

My ramblings on the stuff that holds it all together

And so begins 2009..


Ok, well it was last week πŸ™‚ apologies for the lack of postings in the last month which was due to a mix of well-earnt holiday and some very busy periods of work in the December run-down.

Anyways, I would like to wish all readers a belated happy new year; I’ve been amazed at how much this blog has grown over the last year, since my last review its now topped 120k hits – and (un)interesting factoid; Thursdays are consistently the most busy day for traffic!

Rest assured I haven’t been idle in the month’s absence from blogging. I have a number of interesting posts in the pipeline, continuing my PlateSpin power convert series (with the new product names/line-up that was announced in the meantime!) and fleshing out my cloud reference architecture, VMWare vCloud, Amazon EC2 and some further work on cheap ESX PC solutions for home/labs.

In other news, VMWare have kindly offered* me a press pass to VMWorld Europe in Feb which I’m honoured to accept and will hopefully be following Scott’s example by blogging extensively before, during and after; although I’ll probably stick to a day by day summary like I did for TechEd last year and break out any specific areas of detailed interest into separate posts so that they get the attention and level of detail required.

I’ve also submitted for a number of presenter sessions so fingers crossed they’ll be accepted.

2009 looks to be a very interesting year for the virtualization industry with increased adoption and considering the current economic climate maybe the VI suite should be renamed the Credit Crunch Suite rather than vSphere as more and more companies consolidate and virtualize to save money πŸ™‚

Cloud computing also looks to be big this year and I’m hoping to be very active in this area, building on the work I did last year taking a more practical/infrastructure position on adoption, hopefully I will have some exciting announcements on this front in the coming months.


*In terms of disclosure, VMWare have offered me a free conference ticket in exchange for my coverage – there is absolutely no stipulation on positive/biased content so I’ll be free as ever to give my opinion, my employer is likely to be covering my travel expenses for the event as I was going to be attending anyway.

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