From the President & CEO of AppZero - The Inventor of the ESB

Greg O'Connor

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We were all there at the beginning when, "The Internet changed everything," morphed into the paradigm buster we now call "The Cloud." As an industry, we watched Amazon (AWS) break the $100M revenue mark in 2008; scanned Gartner's first cloud computing vendor list in 2009; and heard Microsoft declare itself "all in" in 2010. The cloud-as-infrastructure journey from promise to powerhouse has been at once exciting and disappointing. Exciting for obvious reasons and disappointing because the reality of cloud usage has largely remained the purview of development. To date, the predominant use of cloud has been for development/test sandboxes and new applications. From this vantage point, the cloud is an infrastructure play that has grown from development roots - from virtualization technologies to packaged delivery of computing as a service. This cloud platform is great f... (more)

Agile Application Migration & Modernization By @AppZero_Inc | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Agile Application Migration & Modernization The market transition from education and evaluation to remediation is marching along as the End of Support (EOS) nears for Windows Server 2003. The market has moved from being unaware of the challenge that EOS would pose for most IT organizations at the beginning of 2014 to POCs, trials, and evaluating how to get help with these projects by the end of 2014. You can get a sense of how the market has moved by reading the 2014 Windows Server 2003 End of Support Survey Results. As a company that helps organizations migrate and modernize the... (more)

Define and Compare: Virtualization Technologies for Solaris

"So, VMware ... separate hardware from OS = virtual server, right? Well, we're like that but completely different - we separate application from OS = virtualized application." Because we're in the vast virtualization market space with a technology that is unique (patented), I am often asked to differentiate AppZero's server-side application virtualization from the rest of the pack. Especially in the Oracle/Sun/Solaris/SPARC context. And especially since we've been promoting a Webinar series drawing a straight line from ancient Solaris 2.6 and 7 applications to execution on OS and ... (more)

Measuring Cloud Agility in Lunches, not Days

Question: Why did the server application cross the network? Answer: For the same reason the chicken crossed the road - to get to the other side ... (in this case) of the datacenter and clouds. Follow up question:  If all a server application ‘wants' to do is get to another server - physical or virtual - why would it drag along an OS?  Answer: Because it didn't know it had a much more agile and faster option - OS-free server application virtualization. And here we get to the heart of the matter .... Server application virtualization is frequently misunderstood because when they th... (more)

ISVs Caught in the Chasm: Between Heaven and Earth – SaaS and On-Premises

Software as a Service (SaaS) is the darling of today's real world, enterprise-impacting cloud computing use cases. Industry analysts and research firms are tripping over each other extolling mega-CAGR for SaaS, with the 451 Group going so far as attributing 75% of PaaS spending for use cases that are attached to SaaS deployments. In its 2011 research report "Cloud Computing Takes Off," Morgan Stanley is bullish on the future of PaaS stating, "The low capex requirements, robust cloud enablement and rapidly improving developer toolsets are significantly lowering the barriers to en... (more)