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

Greg O'Connor

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Your product is your sales person. Technology and expectations have combined to shift away from a sales-rep model to one that is product centric; one that lets the buyer take it for a test drive and become self educated. In this model, the product is made available for evaluation and i...
Innovative technology deserves new words. Back when “EJB” was the new shiny, bright center of Java standards, I was part of the team that created “ESB” – both the moniker and the market. It was a natural for me to christen AppZero’s patented, OS-free server application virtualization t...
When I go on to tell them that AppZero software can encapsulate their Solaris 2.6 and 7 applications, pick them up, and deposit them on Solaris 10 and bright shiny, inexpensive, reliable machines, all without a line of code … they are intrigued. Of course they are. Here’s a very cost-e...
Give me physics over art any day. Something nice and measureable. Something really difficult to argue against. Here’s some AppZero Physics 101 for you: Moving an application packaged as an AppZero Virtual Application Appliance (VAA) is 30 – 600 times faster than moving that same appli...
AppZero scoop and move: This approach can be run up the flag pole and be operational in 48 hours. No recompile, no source code. Move your mess for less – time and money -- and run on reliable servers. Benefits are long; time and risk is short. Much has been written about applications...
“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 as...
The jury’s still out on the Loch Ness monster and alien abductions, but I can personally testify to the existence of Solaris 2.6 and 2.7 applications. They are very real -- the stuff of IT nightmares. Why? Because, undocumented by app dev owners long since departed, these applicatio...
How do we move old Solaris applications to new environments without re-engineering? We separate the application from the OS and put it in a very portable capsule. Imagine you are an IT professional or executive, and your teams are running a data center with 1,000s of machines and app...
You’ve got to love a good story with drama about money, sex and revenge. As everyone in the tech industry knows, that’s exactly the kind of story playing out with Mark Hurd, the former CEO from HP. I for one expect this story to have a happy ending for Oracle and Mark, as well as for...
I’m a serial entrepreneurial leader. It’s an art/science, left/right brain thing. I have to say that one of the most challenging parts of creating a compelling strategy, leading a company or building products is getting people to see the possibilities, transitions and tipping points. I...
I do dream in color, not always vivid color, but color just the same. Today, I was awakened by one of my 5 boys in the middle of a great dream about the future. In my dream, I was in a big white room just as a door was opening and someone was about to walk in. Who was that? That's when...
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, “App...
I'm arguing with myself, so I'm winning and losing. The argument? VMware's Zimbra acquisition: a) brilliant - and necessary -- building block in the drive to domination of the evolving cloud economy? Or b) distracting activity on par with a crow's attraction to bright, shiny objects? T...
So are we talking tomayto/tomahto or apple/orange here? Actually, when we compare VMware’s virtual appliance (VA) approach with AppZero’s virtual application appliance (VAA) it’s really a lot more like apple/orangutan. Not better and worse, winner and loser, but different in type and...
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. You will win either way. Today’s burgeoning virtualization market is a differen...
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. Question: “Will we be able to seamlessly move (applications) between in-house...
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... Break-thru - The point of entry at which a technology breaks onto the market scen...
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. The obvious thing here is ISVs should reduce POC installation and configuration time to near zero. It is obvious, isn’t it? And easy to understand. As it turns out, ...
VMWare’s purchase of SpringSource came as quite a shock to many in the industry. Why? Because, with this purchase, the Gorilla of Virtualization jumped from below the OS right smack up into application development and the runtime stack. Now they can deliver a Platform as a Service (P...