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First-Ever Print Buyers' Guide

It's the same reason as always for my reduced blogging output lately: print issue of the magazine coming up. I hope you won't mind so much when you get the results -- the first-ever print buyers' guide for virtualization.

We've put a lot of work into this special issue, the first of its kind. The buyers' guide contains more than 90 products, broken down by virtualization category:

  • Server
  • Storage
  • Application
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
  • Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery
  • Management/Optimization
  • Security
  • Miscellaneous (a category for products that didn't fit into one of the other categories, like training, power and cooling and outsourcing.)

It's a strong list. We didn't get every product in every category; that would require a magazine the size of Computer Shopper, circa 1998. But we're very pleased with what we've got; I've gone over the list a number of times, and firmly believe this is an excellent overview of what's out there.

There's more to the issue than just the buyers' guide. In addition, look for highlights from a one-on-one interview myself, Executive Editor Tom Valovic, Editor-in-Chief Doug Barney and Editor Ed Scannell from Redmond magazine did with Paul Maritz; Chris Wolf analyzes the recent VMware announcements from VMworld in September, and what it means for the future of the industry; my "Take 5" column is a list of the top five news headlines in virtualization for 2008; and Barney highlights the great development work being done by virtualization-focused companies in Russia and Israel.

It's an issue to file away, for sure. Keep an eye out for it.

Posted by Keith Ward on 10/27/2008 at 12:48 PM


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