Boston Linux & UNIX was originally founded in 1994 as part of The Boston Computer Society. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Building E51.

VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3 and the Changing Role of the OS

Date and Time

Wednesday, December 20, 2006 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm


MIT Building E-51, Room 335
Tichomir Tenev , Staff Engineer , VMware
Scott Devine , Principal Engineer , VMware


Scott and Tichomir explain VMWare's vision of virtual infrastructure


There is a significant change underway in systems infrastructure. The traditional infrastructure model of a single monolithic system running a single, monolithic OS and a single application at wastefully low levels of utilization is obsolete. There is a rapid shift by customers to an infrastructure that is fully virtual, simpler and robust, composed dynamically from granular and standard physical hardware components. Virtual Infrastructure has emerged as the new model for customers to deliver systems infrastructure services universally to any application and OS by harnessing pools of server, storage and network. In this model, the operating system's role has changed from managing the underlying infrastructure to providing the best set of services for applications. As OSes become customized and integrated with the application stack, virtual appliances are emerging as the optimal mechanism for customers and software vendors to deploy and manage software in a virtualized world.


Tichomir works in VMware's Virtual Infrastructure Management group. He is responsible for the development of core infrastructure components and protocols that make up VMware's virtual infrastructure management software. Prior to joining VMware in 2001, Tichomir worked for APX, an energy market company, where he built an electronic exchange for trading energy and transmission. Before APX, Tichomir worked for InXight, where he researched and developed information visualization tools. Tichomir holds an M.Eng. degree in EECS from MIT as well as bachelor degrees in CS and Math from MIT.
Scott Devine was a Ph.D. candidate in computer science at Stanford University prior to co-founding VMware. His primary research interests are in operating systems and computer architectures, and he was a key member of the SimOS and Disco virtual machine research teams. He holds a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a master's degree from Stanford University.


  1. VMware Infrastructure 3

BLU is a member of BostonUserGroups
BLU is a member of BostonUserGroups
We also thank MIT for the use of their facilities.

Valid HTML 4.01! Valid CSS!

Boston Linux & Unix /