[Faccus] ST Professional Development Seminar

Bob Hicks bjhicks at uwaterloo.ca
Tue Mar 6 08:53:48 EST 2007

Title:    Virtual Systems: Current Practices and Future Possibilities
Date:     Friday March 9
Time:     9:00 - 9:45 am
Room:     MC 2009
Speaker:  Trevor Grove

Virtual machines and systems are an old concept in IT, one that was
exploited with great success at UW in the 1970s and 1980s. The use of
virtual machines is undergoing a renaissance today, driven by commercial
products from VMWare and Microsoft and open-source products like Xen.

There are compelling reasons to consider the use of VMs today beyond the
commonly-accepted "we can buy fewer computers", such as configuration
management, image deployment, backup/restore simplicity, classroom or
lab deployment.

This talk will discuss current technology and describe some of the
possible advantages for using VM technologies in standard platforms. An
example of a large-scale virtualization deployment, the Computer Science
Tetherless Computing Lab's Akimbi Slingshot/VMWare Lab Manager platform
will be described and demonstrated. And finally, a vision for the
widespread use of virtual-machine technologies in teaching and research
will be presented.

Bob Hicks
Senior Computing Consultant
Client Services, Information Systems and Technology
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1
Office: Math and Computer Building, Room 2029
Phone: (519) 888-4567, x32194
Fax: (519) 888-4331
Email: bjhicks at uwaterloo.ca
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