Hypothetical question: If a big ISV were to fall in love with AppZero
technology but turn out to be a VMware sibling, do I have a.) a great
opportunity, b.) a giant time sink, or c.) a competitive trap on my hands?
I love talking with Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) about how Virtual
Application Appliance (VAA) is the way to go for delivering applications to
their users. It's true. It's fun. It's revolutionary.
Last week my CTO and I were in a room with 5 engineers who were describing
the challenge of supporting close to 10,000 customers on a software
application that does replication for mirroring, backup, business continuity,
and other such mission critical functions. Their comments went pretty much
"Every day we have an install that doesn't seem to work"
"We had Microsoft and InstallShield on a call with a customer last week"
"Files are sometim... (more)
There are people who take life slowly, accept it on its terms, meditate, read
about meditation, and internalize books like "Wherever You Go, There You
Are," a bestseller by a guy with a hyphenated name. I'm more of a Malcolm
Gladwell fan -- Outliers or his newest book "David and Goliath: Underdogs,
Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants."
Maybe I'm just naturally the type that will spend 10,000 hours practicing,
sharpening, mastering, thinking about the advantages a startup has over
leaders in the market, getting back in the game. I've been in enterprise
software for 30 years a... (more)
VAA on Ulitzer
We've all been there. Minding our own business in a local establishment,
when a discussion's heat rises to the level of a sporting bet. Sides are
chosen, money plunked down, combatants await the reveal. Other than adult
beverages, the thing these bets seem to have in common is that the winning
fact generally runs against commonly held assumptions.
Here's a winner for you:
Q: What company "invented" virtualization technology?
A: The long defunct Burroughs Corporation first brought mainframe
virtualization to market in the 1960s. But it was not until the then ... (more)
Greg O'Connor on Ulitzer
Three of the chattiest executives on God's green earth were struck suddenly
speechless when the Q&A segment of their VCE coalition announcement produced
a straight forward question from customer Joseph Hooks (at point 48:50 in the
Question: "Will we be able to seamlessly move (applications) between in-house
vblocks (private clouds) and service provider vblocks (public clouds)?"
There was complete silence. There were multiple fingers that swiftly and
decisively pointed to Paul Maritz of VMware There was silence. There was
nervous laughter f... (more)
AppZero Session at Cloud Expo
Did you ever have the invisible dream? I don't like it. It's the one
where I have "the answer" to a big problem (usually involving giant,
malevolent aliens) but everyone walks right past me because I'm invisible. I
had that feeling yesterday reading James Urquhart's blog titled, "Application
packaging for cloud computing: A proposal".
He'd written a series of posts considering deployment and operations in
infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS)
environments. Looking at the impact of cloud computing on the use of virtual ... (more)