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Rene W. Schmidt, VMWare

 Rene W. Schmidt Rene W. Schmidt is an architect in the virtual infrastructure management group at VMware in Palo Alto, California. Rene is a key contributor to the VirtualCenter product line, and spends most of his time fiddling with ideas on how to simplify application development and datacenter operation using virtual machine technology. Before joining VMware in 2002, Rene worked at Sun Microsystems. Rene was the technical lead of the Java Web Start product, and also part of the development team that shipped Java(TM) Hotspot(TM) Virtual Machine 1.0. Before Rene joined Sun in 1997, he had a brief look at the business world while wearing a tie and working for one of the top IT consulting firms. Rene holds an MS in Computer Science from both University of Washington, Seattle, and the University of Aarhus, Denmark.

Presentation: "Service-oriented Computing in a Virtualized Datacenter"

Track:   Service Oriented Computing (SOA)

Time: Monday 17:00 - 17:45

Location: Conference Hall 2

Abstract: In service-oriented computing, a central aspect is to build components that can be integrated and orchestrated into services that have identifiable business relevance. Each component exposes a well-defined interface, which allows easy repurposing when business priorities change. These advances in software architecture have an impact across the entire software lifecycle from development, assembly, deployment and, not least, ongoing operation. To fully utilize this model, a flexible datacenter operational model that allows dynamic service provisioning and repurposing must be adopted.
Virtual machines (in the VMware sense) are a complete and highly scalable software encapsulation of a physical x86 server. In this talk, we will discuss how the encapsulation and resource-management features of virtualization technology can be used as a core foundation for managing services. The decoupling of services from the underlying hardware opens the possibility that business-level goals and policies can be linked to lower-level resource and configuration controls to enforce alignment of IT operations with business objectives. We will argue that the central technology required to achieve this alignment is a concept we call a resource pool. We describe work that implements fully dynamic resource pools and discuss additional pieces needed to achieve true business service management.

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