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Red Hat CTO Brian Stevens, Citrix CTO Simon Crosby, Egenera CTO Pete Manca, Allen Stewart, Group Manager, Windows Virtualization at Microsoft, and Brian Duckering, Sr. Director of Products and Alliances at Symantec were the top industry executives who joined Jeremy Geelan in the 4th Floor Reuters Studio overlooking Times Square for a special SYS-CON.TV "Virtualization Power Panel" recorded on June 22, 2008, the day before the opening of SYS-CON's 3rd International  Virtualization Conference & Expo - which was held 23-24 June 2008 in New York City. Between them, aided and abetted by Geelan, these five industry executives covered not only the basic value propositions for adopting virtualization (consolidation, optimization of resources, flexibility etc), but also painted a compelling vision of the future ­ in which virtualization is set to fundamentally alter the mann... (more)

Virtualization Player Citrix Buys VMware's Open Source Rival for $500M

The day after the great VMware IPO Tuesday, supposedly the hottest thing since Google went public, Citrix, a Microsoft camp follower with the scars to prove it, said it's acquiring VMware's open source commercial competitor, XenSource Inc, the company that developed Xen's chi-chi hypervisor. It's paying about $500 million in cash and stock (60-40), a pricey number not all that different from the $635 million that EMC paid for VMware early in '04. But considering it's for an open source start-up not yet three-years-old with 80 people and under $5 million in annual revenues, it's ric... (more)

SYS-CON's Virtualization Journal Opens Its "Readers' Choice Awards" Nominations

SYS-CON's Virtualization Journal announced today its first annual Virtualization Readers' Choice Awards. SYS-CON's Readers' Choice Awards, also known as the "Oscars of the Software Industry" has been one of the most prestigious industry award programs for more than a decade. This year's virtualization awards will be given in 17 categories and award-winning products and services will be selected by Virtualization Journal readers. Virtualization takes the cost and complexity out of IT, and can even help us reduce the CO2 footprint. IDC has stated that the virtualization services ma... (more)

Sun Microsystems Announces Agreement to Acquire MySQL

Sun Microsystems announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire MySQL AB, an open source icon and developer of one of the world's fastest growing open source databases for approximately $1 billion in total consideration. The acquisition accelerates Sun's position in enterprise IT to now include the $15 billion database market. Today's announcement reaffirms Sun's position as the leading provider of platforms for the Web economy and its role as the largest commercial open source contributor. With millions of global deployments including Facebook, Google, Nokia, Bai... (more)

NetApp Improves Storage Efficiency in Virtualized Environments

NetApp announced new products and capabilities as part of the NetApp Manageability Software Family to enable customers to transform their data center architectures. This announcement was driven by NetApp storage innovations for virtualized servers that will help customers improve their IT infrastructure and processes. Enterprise customers are undergoing data center transformations to enhance IT flexibility and efficiency as server virtualization moves into broader deployment. To enable this transformation, NetApp is providing customers a proven storage platform for virtualized ... (more)