MSPs Prepare for VMworld 2009

Managed services and virtualization. The two have been converging for several years. But even I'm surprised by all of the MSP-oriented activity that will likely occur at VMworld 2009 (Aug. 31-Sept. 3, San Francisco). Here are some initial thoughts.

Let's start with the basics: Vendor involvement. Many of the companies MSPmentor tracks -- Asigra, Azaleos, Catbird, ConnectWise, Rackspace, and so on -- plan to exhibit at VMworld. Perhaps I shouldn't be surprised. MSPs and their software providers are seeking to blend on-premise and cloud offerings. And increasingly, those cloud or SaaS (software as a service) applications need to be virtualized.

I'm also curious to see if the desktop virtualization theme continues at VMworld 2009. In recent days, I've heard from a range of technology companies (and a few MSPs) that are involved in desktop virtualization partner programs.

I've heard from a few readers who plan to attend VMworld. If you're among them please tell me more. What are you hoping to research at the conference? And what role will virtualization play in your business for the rest of 2009 -- and beyond?

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