Virtualization is alive and well at ManageFusion 2008

I'm here in Las Vegas at the Mirage Hotel attending this year's Symantec/Altiris ManageFusion Event. It was one year ago at this time that Altiris announced that it was being purchased by Symantec, and if you ask anyone at the show (employee, customer, partner), things have gone extremely well and smooth with the transition. The good news for customers, it looks like Symantec is moving at a fairly fast pace with

I'm here in Las Vegas at the Mirage Hotel attending this year's Symantec/Altiris ManageFusion Event. It was one year ago at this time that Altiris announced that it was being purchased by Symantec, and if you ask anyone at the show (employee, customer, partner), things have gone extremely well and smooth with the transition. The good news for customers, it looks like Symantec is moving at a fairly fast pace with announcing new products and merging product lines where it makes sense.

At today's keynote session, Steve Morton, VP of Product Management and Strategy at Symantec, once again made keynotes fun and interesting. It's a hard task keeping people's attention during a keynote session, and Morton has this thing down to a science! There is no death by powerpoint, just a fun, informative talk show style presentation that quite simply - works.

Today, Morton spoke with Gregory Bryant, VP at Intel who showed off Intel's vPro technology. vPro looks to have a strong future in the desktop arena for Intel, and the technology will be combined with the dynamic virtual client.

We all know virtualization is a hot topic, and it's becoming a big part of ManageFusion as well. Symantec knows the virtualization market is hot, and they've acquired quite a bit of technology that plays well in this space with their acquisition of Altiris.

A few interesting things at the show that I'll be watching for:

More discussions and breakout sessions around SVS Pro, the Altiris application virtualization product that now incorporates streaming as one of the delivery methods.

Symantec Ghost solution Suite 2.5, which now sounds like Symantec has their own P2V and any to any imaging solution. Using hardware independence imaging, you can create ghost images of one hardware platform and then restore that same image to other hardware platforms or even to virtual machines. I'll be checking that out more tomorrow. Stay tuned.

And of course, if you have Altiris Deployment Solution and the Altiris Server Management Suite, you can deploy VMware ESX Server to bare-metal with an easy and scripted deployment solution and then manage the virtual environment along with your physical servers.

There are going to be plenty of good sessions tomorrow that cover the virtualization space, and I'll be navigating the show room floor as well to try and see what the exhibitors are showing off that meets the virtualization challenges.

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