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David Marshall

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.

We kicked off the second general session (day 2) today at VMworld 2013, with VMware president and COO, Carl Eschenbach, taking command of the stage in the absence of show fan favorite and former CTO of VMware, Steve Herrod. Big shoes to fill.

Carl kicked things off announcing what many of us already figured out due to the lack of wifi and seating at the event -- there are more than 22,500 people in attendance of the show this year, way up from the 1,400 that joined VMware at the very first show back in San Diego 10 years ago. Of course, Carl likes to round up, so he claims 23,000 attendees. Either way, attendance is up from the previous year and it shows. Many asked on Twitter if the show was in fact getting "too big."

BackupAgent, the leading provider of cloud backup software for service providers, has been awarded as Parallels Technology Partner of the Year. Parallels CEO Birger Steen announced BackupAgent as winner of the prestigious award at the Parallels Fourth Annual Partner Awards, held on the Parallels Summit that takes place on February 4-6 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Parallels, the hosting and cloud services enablement leader, today announced that small and medium business (SMB) adoption of cloud services from its partners using Parallels Automation and the Application Packaging Standard (APS) grew by more than 80 percent in 2012. This growth was fueled by SMBs who are now using an average of four cloud applications each, along with more than 50 percent of the top 30 global telecommunications providers now using the Parallels cloud service delivery platform. This is in addition to the 9,000 service providers and more than 50,000 web designers and developers also using the company’s software to serve millions of SMBs.

Parallels, the hosting and cloud services enablement leader, today announced the recipients of the Fourth Annual Parallels Partner Awards. Parallels CEO Birger Steen recognized thirteen companies during Parallels Summit 2013, which is being held in Las Vegas at Caesars Palace. Parallels Partner Awards recognize outstanding yearly achievements by partners who make the best use of the assets Parallels provides, with special attention given to those partners who have innovated and differentiated in the rapidly-expanding small and medium business (SMB) cloud services market.

Ravello Systems today announced the public beta of its service which enables developers to overcome their internal data center capacity constraints and leverage the unlimited resources of the public cloud to develop and test their applications faster and in a more robust manner. Ravello instantly enables developers to replicate their existing applications, without any changes, and deploy them to any public or private cloud.

With its first firmware release of the year, IGEL Technology is issuing a comprehensive update of Microsoft Remote Desktop Services for all models in its UD3, UD5 and UD9 series running Windows Embedded Standard 7. This support for Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) 8.0 will allow users to take immediate advantage of the many new features that Microsoft has introduced with the launch of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.

PHD Virtual Technologies, a pioneer in virtual machine backup and recovery, and innovator of virtualization monitoring solutions, announced today the appointment of virtualization and cloud expert, Roger Baskerville, as Vice President of Europe the Middle East and Africa.

Asigra Inc., a leading Cloud Backup, recovery and restore (BURR) software provider since 1986 today announced it will demonstrate cloud-based backup and recovery at the 2013 Parallels Summit in booth #519. This year's show takes place February 4-6 and is being held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. During the exhibition, Asigra will showcase groundbreaking backup and recovery capabilities for cloud service providers that leverage Parallels Application Packaging Standard (APS). Innovations to be shown include low-touch agentless deployment and operation, simple management of end-to-end physical/virtual/cloud/endpoint data backup, virtual machine disaster recovery and NIST FIPS 140-2 certified security for data in flight and at rest.

We're counting down the days until the kickoff of the world's largest virtualization and cloud event, VMworld 2012 in San Francisco. Ready or not, it's almost here!
 
And once again, I'm excited to be at the show... this is one of those must see events if you live in the virtualization world.  So VMblog is proud to announce that we will be providing live coverage of the event. We've been working hard behind the scenes to prepare for the show. And this year, we've received some help along the way to make things happen. A special thank you goes out to SolarWinds for sponsoring VMblog's live coverage of VMworld 2012.

As hard as it may be to believe, yes, VMworld 2012 is right around the corner.  I hope San Francisco is ready for us!  If you are attending the event and bringing your spouse, you need to know about Crystal Lowe's Spousetivities.  This function does a really great service of providing attendee spouses with something to do while we are geeking it out learning about our favorite IT topics, virtualization and the cloud. 

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