July 24, 2018

VMworld 2018 Q&A: NanoVMs Will Showcase Real Unikernels Running Real-World Software in Tiny VMs with No Traditional OS

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Are you attending VMworld 2018 in Las Vegas, NV?  If so, I invite you to add NanoVMs to your MUST SEE list of vendors. 

With so many vendors exhibiting at VMworld, how do you know which booths to visit and who to get on your busy schedule?  One of the companies on VMblog's MUST SEE list this year is a new comer to the show, a company called NanoVMs.  They have something extremely interesting and worthwhile to check out, a type of container called unikernels.  This is a specialized, very lightweight form of virtualization with some key benefits and features that you are going to want to learn more about... trust me!

Read this exclusive pre-show interview with NanoVMs to learn what they have planned for the upcoming VMworld 2018 event.

 

VMblog:  As a VMworld 2018 sponsor, how can people find you at the event?

NanoVMs:  We'll be in the New Innovator Pavilion - 1074 and we'll be kiosk S. We'll have the entire team there ready to show you what virtualization really can do.

We had a very successful exhibition at the recent RSA event, and we hope to have similar great conversations with VMworld attendees.

VMblog:  Can you give readers a few reasons why your product or service is considered unique? 

NanoVMs:  NanoVMs can produce incredibly tiny vms - 10-20mb large. The reason they are so small is that they contain only a single application. This eliminates a lot of remote code execution attacks out of the gate by design but we also get a huge performance boost from running one app per vm.

VMblog:  Why should a VMworld attendee add you to their MUST SEE list?

NanoVMs:  We can provision thousands of VMs on a single server and have completely reinvented how you can deploy software in a secure manner.

VMblog:  Can you give VMblog readers a sneak peek as to what you will be showing off at your booth this year?  What should attendees expect to see and hear at your booth?

NanoVMs:  We will be showing real Unikernels running real world software in VMs as small as 5-10mb with no traditional operating system such as Linux or Windows.

VMblog:  How does your company and product fit within the VMware ecosystem?

NanoVMs:  Our company might look like a security company at times considering all the security benefits unikernels bring, however, we are at the core a software infrastructure company. Our software can provision specialized virtual machines known as unikernels that run on any existing hypervisor. These vms are incredibly tiny and don't contain a traditional operating system.

VMblog:  And what about the Cloud?  Does your solution work with cloud computing?

NanoVMs:  Absolutely. NanoVMs can easily slide into your existing on-premises cloud infrastructure or you can run it in the cloud as a managed service. This includes compute, networking, storage and more.

Unikernels fit in perfectly well with existing on premises cloud installations and managed unikernel solutions. Whether your organization uses VMware ESX, XEN, KVM, or no hypervisor the NanoVMs unikernel platform can transparently slide in well. OpenStack and other private Infrastructure as a Service offerings work well with NanoVMs too.

VMblog:  Is this your first VMworld event as a sponsor? 

NanoVMs:  Yes - this is our first time and we're excited to meet everyone.

VMblog:  What do you think we need to do collectively as an ecosystem to strengthen the industry?

NanoVMs:  We need to realize that virtualization allows us to do things we couldn't do before on real machines. There's a whole slew of innovative technology that can be made. I think there is a renaissance coming for virtualization driven by security, cost and performance needs as more and more companies have to adopt ever increasingly amounts of software.

David Marshall

David Marshall has been involved in the technology industry for over 19 years, and he's been working with virtualization software since 1999. He was able to become an industry expert in virtualization by becoming a pioneer in that field - one of the few people in the industry allowed to work with Alpha stage server virtualization software from industry leaders: VMware (ESX Server), Connectix and Microsoft (Virtual Server).

Through the years, he has invented, marketed and helped launch a number of successful virtualization software companies and products. David holds a BS degree in Finance, an Information Technology Certification, and a number of vendor certifications from Microsoft, CompTia and others. He's also co-authored two published books: "VMware ESX Essentials in the Virtual Data Center" and "Advanced Server Virtualization: VMware and Microsoft Platforms in the Virtual Data Center" and acted as technical editor for two popular Virtualization "For Dummies" books. With his remaining spare time, David founded and operates one of the oldest independent virtualization news blogs, VMblog.com. And co-founded CloudCow.com, a publication dedicated to Cloud Computing. Starting in 2009 and continuing all the way to 2016, David has been honored with the vExpert distinction by VMware for his virtualization evangelism.

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