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New Issue, New Content

The Feb./March issue of our magazine is out now, and on the Website, so I wanted to give everyone an overview.

First, I've made a change to our news/reviews section of the magazine, which is called Upfront. I've moved much more into product reviews, since virtualization still has that new car smell, and many (or most) of you haven't used these product before. It's not like trying out another IDS system for Windows, after all.

We have three of them this month: Reflex security, VMware's ThinApp application virtualization offering, and Microsoft's System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008. And while you're at it, let me know what you think of this new focus on products vs. news coverage and analysis. My rationale is that the nature of print magazine doesn't lend itself to that kind of coverage anymore, since it's all Web based.

There are a couple of features, written by yours truly. One deals with virtualization on the chip: I take a look at what Intel and AMD are doing to further the use of virtualization technologies by building more and more virtual functionality on the processor, and what we can expect to see coming in the future.

The other feature is a case study of a virtual desktop infrastructure implementation at the University of Maryland. The admin there needed a better way than sneakernet, and found it with Pano Logic zero-client devices. It was an eye-opening story for me to do, and showed the potential of VDI, and why I can see this technology making serious inroads in the near future.

Our sensational columnists weigh in with their latest as well. Chris Wolf, your Virtual Advisor, counts the many ways that virtualization complicates troubleshooting, and gives some suggestions for vendors on making it easier.

Virtual Architects Danielle Ruest and Nelson Ruest take a different look at Live Migration. Is it always necessary? They say that even Microsoft says it's not necessary in every case.

Finally, my Take 5 column is one I really enjoyed writing. It's about surviving in these worst of times. What should you and your company be doing?

As always, let me know what you think of the issue. Which stories did you like, which ones did you think were a waste of space? What would you like to see in upcoming issues? Tell me all...

Posted by Keith Ward on 03/06/2009 at 12:48 PM


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