Virtualization technology is hot again,
but for the right reasons?
BY mache cReeGeR, moDeRatoR
this Month WE present the second in a series of
ACM CTO roundtable forums. Overseen by the ACM
Professions Board, the goal of the forums is to provide
high-powered expertise to practicing IT managers to
help inform their decisions when investing in new
architectures and technologies.
The topic of this forum is virtualization. When investing in virtualization
technologies, IT managers must know
what is considered standard practice
and what is considered too leading-edge and risky for near-term deployment. For this forum we’ve assembled
five leading experts on virtualization
to discuss what those best practices
should be. While the participants
might not always agree with each other, we hope their insights will help IT
managers navigate the virtualization
landscape and make informed decisions on how best to use the technology. Next month we will present Part II
of this forum, discussing such topics
as clouds and virtualization, using
virtualization to streamline desktop
delivery, and how to choose appropriate virtual machine platforms and
Mache Creeger (Moderator): Creeger
is a longtime technology industry veteran based in Silicon Valley. Along with
being an ACM Queue columnist, he is
the principal of Emergent Technology
Associates, marketing and business
development consultants to technology companies worldwide.
Tom Bishop is CTO of BMC Software. Prior to BMC, Bishop worked at
Tivoli, both before and after their initial public offering and acquisition by
IBM, and also at Tandem Computers.
Earlier in his career Bishop spent 12
years at Bell Labs’ Naperville, IL facility and then worked for UNIX International. He graduated from Cornell
University with both bachelor’s and
master’s degrees in computer science.
Simon Crosby is the CTO of the
Virtualization Management Division