As if there needs to be any more evidence that virtualization is moving forward in a big way: It now has its own trade show. A Ziff-Davis event earlier this month brought together experts and technologies to convince people that server consolidation is only the beginning of what is expected to be a revolutionary shift in enterprise architecture.
It seems that 2007 is going to be the year that we get down and dirty with virtualization. Organizations like TechBuilder.org are out in front with detailed descriptions on how to implement the technology and the best ways to achieve both long-term and short-term goals.
And it's even playing a major role in the reunion of key industry players, like Intel and Sun. While much of the attention of their recent rapprochement centered around the use of Xeons in upcoming workstations and servers, keener eyes are focused on the potential for hardware-assisted virtualization as the x86 gains more ground in the server market.
Of course, not everyone is thrilled with every aspect of virtualization. Now that Apple is using Intel processors, the company is apparently leery about the possibility of people using the superior Mac OS on their PCs, rather than the Mac. But if there's one thing the designers at Apple should understand, it's that there's no way to put the genie back in the bottle.