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

Greg O'Connor

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Windows Server 2003 End of Support is here and there is little most enterprises can do at this point to change the fact that they are now dependent on an unsupported operating system. Here we are at Microsoft's World Wide Partner Conference again, muttering "I'm late, I'm late," just like the herald-like white rabbit of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, (We have a cool White Rabbit twitter campaign going this week - check it out) except that we cannot manipulate time. This is the event where, last year, there were many sessions highlighting processes, tools and partner ecosystem to help companies migrate off of Windows Server 2003. Analysts, the media and Microsoft were talking in terms of close to 20 million machines in production still running Windows Server 2003. Back then, the opportunity was characterized as a Y2K situation that would result in ... (more)

Windows Server 2003 Migration By @AppZero_Inc | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Everything You Want to Know about Windows Server 2003 Migration It's spring in the Northeast, and this week we're launching a new blog post series, "Everything You Want to Know about Windows Server 2003 Migration." Why a series of posts on WS2003? Even as summer and EOS is just months away, our "State of Readiness for Windows Server 2003 End of Support" survey reveals the shocking truth: most of you haven't done anything about remediation yet, and most will not complete your upgrades before the deadline. Fortunately, AppZero and our partners have been very, very busy. In case you... (more)

Amazon EC2, Solaris 2.6, and the San Andreas Fault

As it turned out, the brilliance and competence of Amazon's technocracy were no match for simple human error. An incorrect manual update to the network set up a domino effect of Catch-22-esque compound failures to Amazon's EBS (Elastic Block Store) details of which can be found in a 6 page explanation the company offered last week. Although cloud naysayers will no doubt try to make this event the poster child for Luddite agendas, it won't work. Data was lost. Business was lost. News was made. But overall, the fallout has not been too bad as users have quickly come forward to sta... (more)

The “Invisible Hand” Accelerating Cloud Adoption

As the cloud computing market continues to mature, explaining the platform shift gets easier and more succinct. There are a wide variety of benefits to this next wave of computing, each resonating in shape, tone and strength depending on the listener's role in an organization. C-level and financial people like the economic drivers of the cloud. Limiting capital investment by converting CAPEX to OPEX; paying for what the business needs with scalable, success-based pricing; and enabling efficient use of limited internal resources. These are a few of the benefits that strike a chor... (more)

Following the Hurd

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 AppZero.  Here's why. Under Hurd's leadership, HP has been the leader in sales of desktop computers since 2007, and laptop computers since 2006.  In 2008, again under the leadership of Hurd, HP saw its market share in inkjet and laser printers increase to 46% and 50.5%, respectively. Hurd is a ti... (more)