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VMworld Europe 2009: Keynote Live Blogging

VMware CEO Paul Maritz kicked off VMworld Europe today and fired a shot directly across Citrix's bow. You may recall Citrix's Jan 21 Announcement of a bare-metal desktop hypervisor to be developed in partnership with Intel. Now, just a little over a month later, VMware signals it's not ready to give up the desktop by making virtually the same announcement.

VMware's Client Virtualization Technology, leveraging Intel's vPro, is a direct match for Citrix's Project Independence. Maritz was clear that the desktop is key to VMware's 2009 strategy, adding that the View (VDI) suite announced in December will be fully rolled out by the end of 2009.

Also, Maritz premiered VMware vSphere, a blanket rebranding of the VI suite which seems to include (replace?) the Virtual Data Center Operating System (VDC-OS) branding of 2008. At first glance, the new brand aims to break down any distinction between internal, external and "private" clouds: they are all one extended virtual fabric infrastructure. This led to a sweeping vision of VMware's vCenter management strategy, but I'll save that for another post.

  • Premiered: 02/24/09
  • Author: Taneja Group
Topic(s): virtual infrastructures Virtualization VMWorld VMWare


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