In an era of otherwise tepid IT spending, virtualization technology remains white hot. Here's a snapshot of the latest virtualization news from key market leaders VMware Inc., Citrix Systems Inc. and soon-to-be contender Microsoft and the features you'll want to know about in VMware vSphere 4, VMware View 3, Citrix XenServer and XenSource and Microsoft Hyper-V.
• Citrix virtualization technology news
• Microsoft virtualization technology news
VMware launches vSphere virtual infrastructure software Get the latest news on vSphere 4, including the release of VMsafe security API, key storage features and its overall stability.
Parallels, VMware square off in Mac virtualization Parallels and VMware want channel partners to promote their rival's virtualization products.
Virtual Data Center OS ready for prime time
VMware's enterprise marketing director spoke out at the 2008 Virtualization Forum to promote the Virtual Data Center Operating System.
View 3 enters desktop virtualization market
VMware is pushing its new View 3 software as the upcoming leader in the desktop virtualization market.
VMware partners reap benefits of virtualization support products Solution providers are keeping an eye on new virtualization technology, but they say the real money comes from selling servers, storage and other virtualization support products.
VMware spin-off, EMC acquisition rumors don't rattle partners Partners aren't worried about potential EMC and VMware acquisitions.
unveils mobile phone virtualization hypervisor
VMware's new mobile virtualization platform leaves solution providers wondering how they can use the technology to bring in more business.
Partner News Podcast: VMware leadership change The Burton Group's Chris Wolf talks about what VMware will do to fend off Microsoft's Hyper-V.
News Podcast: Citrix discusses server virtualization benefits
Citrix's John Humphreys tips off Citrix partners on where to find the ripest opportunities for application and desktop virtualization and talks about the curious Microsoft-Citrix relationship.
looks to improve Web application delivery with NetScaler 9
The company claims its latest Web application delivery release will shorten sales cycles and create new channel opportunities.
XenServer virtualization hypervisor helps Citrix, partners say
Prepare for the hypervisor wars. Citrix is giving away XenServer 5 along with live migration, native Windows and Linux support and other advanced features.
XenSource acquisition falls short of some partners' hopes
VARs are underwhelmed with the Citrix Systems's XenSource acquisition.
desktop virtualization hypervisor garners partner interest
Channel partners expect the new desktop virtualization hypervisor will fill gaps in today's virtual desktop tools.
Micro distribution deal raises questions for Citrix partners
Citrix's exclusive distribution deal with Ingram Micro could cause problems and force solution providers to make tough choices.
Hyper-V raises questions about Microsoft-Citrix partnership
Hyper-V's availability raises renewed questions about how Microsoft and Citrix will coexist and where channel partners fit.
desktop virtualization strategy debuts at Synergy '08
The company's desktop virtualization strategy centers on Citrix XenDesktop, which stores images of operating systems, applications and user settings.
CEO urges IT to get flexible, use virtual desktops
At Interop 2008, Mark Templeton said the IT industry has been in a recession since 2001 and needs to rethink network computing.
desktop virtualization tool open to VMware, Microsoft customers
The new offering will support VMware environments.
XenServer pricing helps Citrix, partners compete in virtualization
The new pricing model aims to make Citrix Systems more competitive in the server virtualization technology market.
and disadvantages of Hyper-V
Microsoft is taking on VMware ESX and Citrix XenServer by building hypervisor and virtualization management tools directly into its operating system.
partners see opportunities in Windows 2008 launch
Of the Microsoft Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 product wave, partners are most excited about the server OS and its built-in Hyper-V virtualization capabilities.
amps up virtualization push
Microsoft is relying on help from its friends to drive its virtualization effort.
Hyper-V vs. VMware ESX cheat sheet
When choosing the right hypervisor for customers, solutions providers must know which features are most important, the pros and cons of the technologies and the correct installation and implementation methods.
to partners: Growth opportunity lies in virtualization, UC
Microsoft execs have VMware in their crosshairs with Hyper-V coming online.