Rumors, News and OMG posts!

Citrix and VMware institute tweet only support: In similar cost cutting moves, both Citrix and VMware customers running free hypervisors (XenServer or ESXi) will begin to only receive support via twitter.  Although customers will now be challenged to explain their problems with 140 characters or less, they can expect faster response times from engineers trolling the social media networks than with traditional call centers.

iPad to ship with client side Hypervisor: Notoriously secretive on product launches, Apple this week leaked news that the upcoming iPad will feature a client side Hypervisor built in.  Unlike the smaller iPhone which excelled at SingleTasking, Apple hopes to leverage the Citrix XenClient hypervisor to finally crack the code on Mobile device multitasking.

Hewlett Packard, Dell and Toshiba all to debut Virtual Laptops:  Riding the wave and growing buzz surrounding Virtual Desktops and VDI, three major hardware vendors are set to release their own versions of Virtual Laptops (vLVM).  Compatible with all three of the current hypervisors, administrators will now have the option to create lightweight virtual laptops within their virtual infrastructures replacing the bulky virtual machines of the past further reducing their virtual footprint on their virtual desks.  While pricing has not been announced, Virtual Laptops promise infinite battery life and will come in unlimited colors (in the form of Visio stencils and Management Console icons). 

Cisco to release 802.11v Virtual Wireless Access Points: Compatible with all new vLVMs, vWAPs will allow network administrators to leverage new virtual wireless cards within the vLVM to connect to standard vSwitches within ESX.  Wireless encryption is not necessary since all vLVM and vWAP traffic never actually leave the physical vSphere hardware making 802.11v extremely fast and efficient.  vWAPs will be included with the PLUS licensing of vSphere Enterprise adding to the incredible list of must have features that the PLUS license entitles enterprises to.

VMware mulls over relocation plans: Although they sited earthquake concerns for moving the Palo Alto location, sources confirm that it was just too close to Redmond for their comfort level.  At the top of the prospective list is Gateway’s former Ohio Complex (Cow Town) located smack in the middle of the country.

Microsoft buys the Internet: In spite of analyst reports that confirm Bing’s ever growing market share in the search engine wars, Microsoft has taken the extreme measure of purchasing the entire Internet for a lump sum cash payment.  With an endless cash reserve in their war chest and now sole ownership of the internet, Microsoft lawyers have instructed Google to Cease and Desist all indexing of it’s property.  While indexing Gmail accounts will still keep Google spiders busy for a while, analysts predict Bing will become the dominant search engine of choice by the end of the year.

That’s about it!