Tuesday May 26, 2009

Interview talking about xVM Ops Center

A few months ago I was filmed at our Grenoble Engineering Center talking about xVM and xVM Ops Center's architecture... it was ad-libbed, Luke, doing the interviewing, deliberately didn't follow the rough interview structure we'd agreed upon (thank you Luke!), this shows a little in places, but all the same, people locally have said that it explains quite well some more about xVM, so here it is for you to see too:

The second half is a white-board session that explains how xVM Ops Center's distributed management approach manages both physical and virtual machines through their various different management access points, a picture might be worth 100 words at least...

I was also the interviewer in another video, this time with our local resident Principal Engineer, Roch Bourbonnais, talking about storage performance, and in particular the performance of the blazingly fast and cost-efficient new Open Storage storage appliances that are capable of leveraging ZFS, flash memory, and JBODs.


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Friday Oct 17, 2008

Tech Talk on the xVM Portfolio - VDI, Virtual Box, xVM Server, xVM Ops Center

As I've mentioned before, I organize regular internal tech-talks at Sun's Grenoble Engineering Center, on a wide range of themes from blogging to virtualization, from collaboration and work-from-home tools to sun-labs projects.

This week it was my turn to animate a tech-talk again, and the theme was on and around the xVM Portfolio.

xVM Ops Center
xVM VirtualBox
xVM Server

Sun VDI Software

Read the full article for a whole bunch of screenshots like this one:

xp console

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Thursday Jan 31, 2008

xVM Q&A with Steve Wilson

If you're interested in reading a good Q&A session about xVM with Steve Wilson, our VP, there's an excellent interview I'd recommend.

 [ Nick ]

Friday Dec 07, 2007

Open sourcing technology from xVM Ops Center - the Common Agent Container

As the first product from Sun to be released under a GPLv3 license, there's a ton of interest and questions coming up around our Ops Center open source plans.

The first piece that is being open-sourced just next week is one of the bits I'm the most involved in - the Common Agent Container, or 'CAC'. We've been working on, and using, the Common Agent Container for several years now, and it's an exciting moment for us all to be able to make it available to the community, especially under the new GPLv3 license.

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Monday Nov 19, 2007

xVM launched

xVM was launched by Jonathan Schwartz, Rich Green, and Steve Wilson last week at Oracle Open World where it got quite a lot of press coverage including titles such as:

"Sun Wows the Crowd"
"Sun Commits $2 Billion to Virtualization" and
"Sun rises on xvm stategy".

I'm proud to be a small part of this, being involved in the management infrastructure used by xVM... it's great to see the spotlight come our way after all the hard work being done by our team... and going open-source with the great road-map we've got lined up is even better!

Want to see Steve Wilson, Vice President of xVM, demonstrating xVM Ops Center?
  At the same time we launched OpenxVM, the project to house all the xVM open-source projects, this is something I'm pretty busy with at the moment, since we're going through the process of  open-sourcing our management infrastructure, the Common Agent Container, I'll be blogging more about this soon...

Monday Nov 12, 2007

Diving in at the deep end - testing scalability of the xVM Ops Center at TACC

xVM Ops Center is the software that we are busy building for managing data centers (yes, in the plural).

It needs to scale up to thousands and thousands of managed systems, spread across multiple geos.

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Monday Oct 15, 2007

Sun's Customer Engineering Conference, and xVM Ops Center

As I said in my previous blog article, I've been on the road visiting the 'states again, with a packed agenda.

After a few days at the Innovation at Sun conference and a couple of days working with the team in the bay area, I then flew out to Las Vegas to go to Sun's Customer Engineering Conference, a 3-day event for Sun's customer-facing engineering work-force and some of Sun's partners... a big event, with a total of four thousand people.

The conference was pretty impressive, with some excellent general sessions and several different tracks of breakout sessions, with a total of about 80 presentations going on plus plenty of discussion time. I gave a presentation on Sun's xVM Ops Center, which was well received in a packed session.

ops center presentation

There were plenty of other things going on at CEC, from a huge party to the launch of a whole new range of servers and blades based on the state-of-the-art, 8-core, 8 threads per core UltraSPARC T2 processor. Yes, that does mean 64 threaded hardware concurrency, not to mention the multiple on-chip crypto-units and 10 Gb Ethernet... This whole system is designed about serving the web, securely, fast.




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