Best-of-breed tools for the next-generation data center

I've just run across this article, and haven't had the time to read it thoroughly.  From a quick glance, however, Antonopoulos (an analyst and co-founder of Nemertes Research) has done a nice job laying out the (first) four constituent parts, and nominated a few offerings as leading lights.

I have a sense that the selection of commercial offerings is impacted by the Nemertes clientele and their specific focus, but I like the categorization and taxonomy.

Link: Best-of-breed tools for the next-generation data center.


Novell details layoffs, restructuring plans

This is going to be brutal, but Novell has some assets that could be parlayed into a truly butt-kicking company.   It's just not clear to me that the folks in charge are willing to take the body blows that would inevitably result from creating a new, improved Novell.

Link: Update: Novell details layoffs, restructuring plans - Computerworld.

Novell Inc. said today that it plans to lay off 600 employees, or 10% of its global workforce, part of an effort to save more than $110 million annually as the struggling software maker restructures to focus on products such as SUSE Linux.

The announcement came a day after the enterprise software maker promoted Ron Hovsepian to be its president and chief operating officer. Hovsepian had been serving as executive vice president and head of global field operations,

In addition to Linux, Novell said it will concentrate on open-source and identity and resource management products. ...


Virtual Iron widens support with 2.0

Another "player" in the compute virtualization game.  This early stage tech company is worth watching. 

Link: Virtual Iron widens support with 2.0 | InfoWorld | News | 2005-10-31 | By China Martens, IDG News Service.

Data-center virtualization and management startup Virtual Iron Software is expected to make the second release of its software, Virtual Iron 2.0, generally available Monday. The new version of the company's software adds support for Advanced Micro Devices' Opteron chip and for IBM's (Profile, Products, Articles) BladeCenter blade servers as well as expanding policy-based management capabilities, according to a Virtual Iron executive. ...


Red Hat sees virtualization as route for 2006 - Computerworld

Another significant player shows up with aspirations to be the centerpiece in the Next Generation Data Center sweepstakes.   When the battle is over, who will wear the crown?

Link: Red Hat sees virtualization as route for 2006

... Though Red Hat offered few specifics on its virtualization plans, the company is expected to include Version 3 of Xen in its upcoming Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 product, which is expected sometime in 2006, according to Tony Iams, a senior analyst at research firm Ideas International Inc.

But the more interesting part of Red Hat's virtualization road map will be based on the load-balancing and workload automation tools that it will eventually develop to take advantage of the Xen virtualization capabilities, Iams said. That software, which is probably still several years away, will put Red Hat in competition with vendors of proprietary systems, such as Microsoft Corp. and EMC's VMware Inc. subsidiary. But it may also put Red Hat in competition with its Linux partner, IBM.

Red Hat is fixated on management opportunities and wants to have open-source versions of higher level management software, according to Iams. "That's quite ambitious, because now you're going after the bread and butter of the VMwares and even the IBMs out there," he said.  ...


Why Microsoft Is Going "Live"

The BusinessWeek take on Microsoft's strategy for "Live" software is interesting.  They're treating this as the opening act of another sea change at MSFT, of a scale and with the same importance that their internet move took on.

Link: Why Microsoft Is Going "Live".

There's more in a series of articles in Information week.
Link: Microsoft Making 'Sea Change' In Software Strategy

But, Phil Wainewright doesn't see it in quite the same light:
Let the great Microsoft mash-up begin

Today's announcement of Microsoft's "live era" is a holding operation. It's just like in 1995, when Bill Gates ripped up Microsoft's intended Internet strategy and had it rewritten with barely minutes to spare before the scheduled launch of what became known as 'embrace and extend.'

Now in 2005, Gates and his lieutenants, recognizing the need to pull something out of a hat, have had a quick look around and hurriedly cobbled together whatever they could find to at least give the appearance that Microsoft has something to offer in the on-demand arena. They know that Microsoft has to look as though it has a credible strategy, otherwise investors and employees will start wondering whether they should move their allegiance elsewhere (those that haven't already). ...