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Greg O'Connor

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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 laggard IBM brought it to their 360 line in the 1970s that the concept was legitimized. I'm willing to make this little bet with you:  Most people of a certain age are more than willing to bet folding green that IBM ‘invented' virtualization.  Gen-any-letters will bet VMware with confidence.... (more)

Note to Mark Hurd: AppZero Prescribes “Virtual Viagra” for Solaris

Imagine you are an IT professional or executive, and your teams are running a data center with 1,000s of machines and applications.  You know that there is a set of 10-15 year old applications running business critical functions on SUN hardware and the Solaris operating systems. These applications, their OS and the underlying infrastructure are old.  In fact, measured in "IT-years," where the lifespan of an infrastructure is 3-5 years, they are ancient.  By my calculations, an IT year is equivalent to 20 people-years, making these systems 200-300 years old ...and .... ... strande... (more)

AppZero Announces Contest to Name Tool

Application virtualization pioneer AppZero has announced a contest to name its groundbreaking tool for automatically moving enterprise applications to, from, and amongst clouds without engineering or lock-in. The company will debut the capability at Cloud Expo West in Santa Clara, CA November 7-10, demonstrating it in booth 422. After viewing a demonstration of the capability, attendees will be encouraged to name the tool and explain the reasoning behind the name.  Non-attendees can also enter at http://www.appzero.com/contest. AppZero CEO Greg O'Connor explained the contest's ... (more)

Cloud Computing + POC = ‘Obvious’ ISV Revenue Growth

I've always found that the obvious things in life are easy to understand once you see them. I've got a good one for you. Question: If an ISV can bring install time close to zero, their proof of concept (POC) efforts will: Take less time Become predictable and repeatable Go more smoothly in the eyes of the potential customer Provide more time for actually working with the customer and proving the concept Look impressive compared to competitors who need to send SEs on site for hours and days of sweating through glitch-filled installation and configurations Increase the likelihood o... (more)

VMware’s Genius: Doing Something Old

Virtualization Magazine on Ulitzer Here's my premise:  high impact, culture-bending technological innovations - however different they may be one from another - conform to a predictable template of evolution.  It goes something like this: 1.       Break-thru - The point of entry at which a technology breaks onto the market scene doing something old in a dramatically new way.  The break-thru vendor, frequently a modest sized venture or start-up, faces the uphill struggle to educate, and otherwise evangelize its would-be market.  It is an expensive, labor-intensive phase in which t... (more)