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Heroes Of The Cloud – Part 6 (Google and VMware)
If there is one company that defines the growth and importance of the Internet, the company would have to be Google. Google did not invent everything that it does on the ‘net, and to be sure, some of the things that the company is attempting to do are in arenas where Google is playing catch-up. There is no denying that in Google’s core business, search, they are still the “go-to” application for most users. Google’s power and influence make them a contender in almost any field they choose to operate in. Really, not bad for a company that a pair of Stanford students started in a friend’s garage in 1997.
Google and the Cloud
One of Google’s first ten employees was Urz Hozle, a former associate professor of computer science at UC Santa Barbara. Hozle’s current title is Google’s Senior VP for technical Infrastructure. Hozle was an early Enthusiast of Cloud computing, but realized that the current data center architecture was insufficient for the needs of Cloud users. Using concepts outlined in his very influential paper “The Data Center as a Computer: An Introduction to the Design of Warehouse-Scale Machines” (co-authored by Luiz Barroso) Hozle supervised the building of Google’s own data centers. These data centers are noteworthy in that they use half the energy of conventional enterprise data centers.
The heart of Cloud Computing is using resources and equipment located in the virtual world of the Internet to do work for the customer so that he avoids the trouble and expense of actually owning the resources or equipment himself.
The current IT scenario for most businesses is running behind because of these expenses. As IT goes, so does the core business in the modern market place, and it is a rare firm that can afford to keep up using its own hardware.
VMware officially launched in Feb, 1999 and delivered its first product, the VMware Workstation, in May of the same year. The company entered the server market in 2001.
The VMware Workstation is a “hypervisor”, or virtual machine management system, which allows users to set up and use one or more virtual machines using their own x64 computers. In essence, the hypervisor allows several operating systems to run on a single computer, including OS which are not designed for the native computer architecture.
VMware cofounder Edouard Bugnion, the company’s chief architect left the company in 2004 to found Nuova Systems, which was funded and eventually acquired by Cisco. In 2008 VMware announced that they would be collaborating with Cisco to provide joint data center solutions.
By Peter Knight
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