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

Greg O'Connor

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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 .... ... stranded on an island. It is not a question of if one of these servers will break or die; it is a take-it-to-the-bank-matter that these mission critical application servers will die.  The only question is when. There is no replacement hardware available.  You can't even find these servers on eBay ... (more)

Cloud Market: Rites of Passage

Blink twice and "Can we get a puppy?" becomes "Can I take the car tonight?"  Cloud computing took a little longer.  By my calculation, it's taken roughly eight Cloud Expos to move from "Cloud what?" to "Cloud how?" - I know because I've been at all but the first.  So, returning from New York where last week 7,500 people attended the 8th, I reflected on how much the questions being asked about "the cloud" have changed since the first Cloud Expo in 2008. 2008 - What is cloud computing? Translation: Okay, what is it?  Does ‘The Cloud' = Amazon Web Services or what? What are the key ... (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)

“Move Your Mess for Less”; Solaris Modernization

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Much has been written about applications that are stranded on Solaris 2.6/7 OS and rare-as-unicorn hardware. In fact, much of it has been written by me. My trusty biz dev leader suggested that I take an ROI run on the topic in my next blog .... which is this one. But I just can't bring myself to do it. Why? Because I can't see building an elaborate spreadsheet showing how AppZero is the best option, when the choice is a no brainer that my 7 year old son could make. Let's play the model out and you tell me if a spreadsheet would... (more)

The Risk Problem: 'If It Ain’t Broke . . . It Will Be'

The battle cry of IT brinksmanship, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," means that risk has triumphed over cost. This fate is commonplace for legacy applications which can be found sitting on an outdated/unsupported box, running on ancient OS sporting a "Do Not Touch" sign. Not important enough to fix; too important to fail. These applications are at risk of failure.  And everyone knows it. AppZero offers an alternative that changes the risk/cost math by eliminating the risk at a slashed cost/effort - with no re-engineering or coding required. Over the last few years, we have hel... (more)