Future of Virtualization = Embedded Hypervisor + Operating System Streaming
With recent reports of VMware “ESX Lite” as well as the advent of Operating System streaming technology such as Citrix Ardence, the future looks promising for virtualization.
Imagine using a combination of VMware ESX Lite embedded into 1st tier hardware manufacturers such as Dell, IBM, and HP’s servers and desktops. You could manage the servers and desktops using Virtual Center and then stream the operating system to the ESX Lite hypervisor on the server or desktop using Ardence. Embedding ESX Lite in the hardware and using Ardence to stream the operating system would allow for complete hardware abstraction at the server and desktop level as well as the ability to remove spinning disk from servers and desktops, use solid state storage strictly on these devices, reduce storage utilization by using Ardence shared images, reduce cooling costs in the data center by using less disk, and many other advantages which these two solutions provide when paired together.