The Evolution of Virtualization: Anand, Intel & VMware Chat on Videoby Anand Lal Shimpi on April 7, 2010 1:18 PM EST
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For those of you who read the RV870 and RV770 stories, you'll know the sort of information that can come out of a meeting with experts in the industry. Carrell Killebrew is a unique example because he's the type of person who is not only a master of his field, but does a great job telling stories.
I've had the pleasure of working with a handful of these types of people in the industry. Folks like Pat Gelsinger, Jonah Alben and Ronak Singhal to name a few. Unfortunately, it's usually very rare that I get to write about most of what we talk about in these sorts of meetings. The most interesting details are usually too sensitive to let out and even if they're not, PR is usually too nervous to let one of these discussions proceed openly. Carrell was the first exception, and I'm working to try and make more things like that happen in the future.
One opportunity presented itself a few months ago that is finally coming to fruition. Intel and VMware want to have a discussion about virtualization and where it's headed. They want to do it live on camera. And they want to do it with me.
I told them that it's only interesting if we can get a couple of these types of folks. Masters of their domain, certified genius types to partake in the discussion. I wanted it to be good. And I wanted to be able to talk, live, uncensored, about their respective roadmaps and what sort of stuff we can expect in the next 5 - 10 years. I even wanted to talk about GPU virtualization.
It looks like it's going to happen. In two weeks I'll fly to Portland for the fireside chat between myself, Rich Brunner (Chief Platform Architect for VMware) and Rich Uhlig (Intel Fellow & Chief Architect). No PR, no one limiting questions, just a behind the scenes look at what these sorts of discussions look like. A day in the life of an AT editor in one of those mythical meetings I'm always talking about.
If you're interested in seeing how it all works and care about virtualization at all (and where it's headed), head over to this page to register for the chat. The more support we can get, the more of these types of opportunities we're going to be able to convince folks to do in the future so signing up does help.
For now, it's back to finishing up this iPad review :)