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Greg O'Connor

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One of the questions I get asked most frequently is, “How is AppZero different than App-V?”  Until somewhat recently the answer was pretty simple, “App-V virtualizes desktop applications; AppZero virtualizes server applications.”  Desktop …… big boy apps. We had a hallelujah moment here when Microsoft announced that App-V would be handling server applications.   After all, with Microsoft throwing its hat in our ring, they’ll also be throwing their marketing machine in right along with it.  Good news for us.  Right? Not so fast... Perception shapes vision.  I remember as a kid in school, being bored looking at a black and white sketch of some woman sitting at her mirror.  It got more interesting when the teacher told us that it was really a picture of a death's head.  And instantly I saw a skull.* What you think defines what you'll see. AppZero's bread and butter is... (more)

Who Invented Virtualization?

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 ... (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)

Cloud Market Crosses the Chasm: Wins, Sign Posts, and Deals

Nothing says fun like a hurricane party, a bottle of "Jack," and a little game theory debate as lights begin to flicker across New England. And speaking of "Jack," what can possibly explain the handlers at HP letting Leo Apotheker get off the reservation long enough to proclaim the obvious market shift brought on by the iPad? Note to Leo: Never tell the world your business problems right before you put up the "for sale" sign. Never. Note to Larry: Please put Leo, the board and shareholders out of their misery.  Can you imagine? Ahhhhh.  I feel better.  Now .... turning to the ch... (more)