Cloud interoperability remains wispy, but progress being made – Network World
The group will let individual vendors demonstrate interoperability between two clouds and document methodologies to ensure that interoperability, according to Staten. The group thus tackles interoperability on a case-by-case basis, but the hope according to Staten is that this process will spur the development of industry-wide standards over time.
But unlike VMware competitors Citrix and Microsoft, it looks as though Red Hat is going to be allowed to participate as a Gold Sponsor at VMworld 2009. Even though the company’s Linux operating system is a supported guest OS in VMware’s ESX platform, Red Hat is instead looking to the KVM technology as its virtualization platform of choice. Since Red Hat acquired Qumranet last September, they’ve made a strategic decision to use KVM as its core virtualization technology and are building a suite of virtualization tools to accompany it.
Disaster recovery strategies for virtual machines – SearchDisasterRecovery.com
According to Symantec Corp.’s 2008 annual Symantec Disaster Recovery Research Report, 35% of virtual servers aren’t covered in organizations’ disaster recovery (DR) plans. In addition, only 37% of those surveyed back up all of their virtual systems. The primary reason cited for insufficient data protection and disaster recovery of virtualized servers is a lack of resources. IT departments that are already stretched to their limits don’t have the time to put workable disaster recovery plans in place for many of their virtualized systems.
Greenpeace International has released its annual “Guide to Greener Electronics” where it ranks leading electronics companies on their policies towards toxic chemicals, recycling and climate change. This year, PC makers made up the bottom of the list, Apple floated somewhere in the middle and cell phone makers got the highest marks.
Best Buy to Sell Green Vehicles – The Wall Street Journal
Industry experts say that electric vehicles won’t be a cash cow for Best Buy anytime soon. But many concur that the investment could prove wise over time, noting that Best Buy has a history of sharp turns that have kept it ahead of competitors.