Extending Virtualization

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2008-01-21 Print this article Print


Orecklin said it is too early to discuss exactly how Calista's technology will find its way into Microsoft presentation and desktop virtualization products, but said Microsoft thinks of this as a platform technology and wants to ensure it makes virtualization as ubiquitous and available as possible, consistent with its overall strategy.

Orecklin did say that Microsoft intends to use Calista technologies to extend what it's doing on the terminal services side to the VDI side; according to Orecklin, Hyper-V and System Center will operate at the data center level, while the tools from Calista combined with the Xen desktop will act as a connection broker and also provide some of the key pieces allowing customers to manage the client virtual machines.

While there might not always be T-1-type connectivity between all the instances, Calista's technology will make that experience as rich as if it were working locally on the machine. According to Boettcher, the technology uses software-based compression, codecs and network optimization capabilities, meaning no additional hardware will be required.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at www.eweek.com.


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