As ever, the market in which we’re all focused continues to grow and then converge. The recent acquisitions by VMware of DynamicOps and Nicira are two key examples. I’m very lucky to have worked, and be working, with some of the game changing technologies in cloud and virtualization. Some of my past clients’ companies have been gobbled up by bigger players and some of the others continue to stay ahead of the game by product innovation and good sales and marketing .
Currently, I’m excited to be working with 2 emerging startups that have really unique capabilities and IP that i very compelling, not only to an honorary-geek like me but also to customers and partners alike.
One is focused in cloud and virtualization management and the other is focused on cloud and VDI. One of the things I love about my role is working with vendors that have totally complementary solutions – clearly as a “me, myself and I” business I can’t have competing solutions in my portfolio J
I’ll start with VMTurbo. They have seen big success with their Intelligent Workload Management solution, VMTurbo Operations Manager. In particular, Kendrick Coleman includes VMTurbo Community Edition in his Top 10 Free Utilities for VMware. The people behind VMTurbo are the ex-SMARTs guys (EMC acquired SMARTS in 2004) and, for me, the real smarts is in their Economic Scheduling Engine. The way this works is a market-based approach to IT, by and is based on modeling the virtualized IT stack as a service supply chain, where components consume services of other components. So, for example, excessive demand over supply results in rising prices of that resource. Applications competing over the resource may shift their workloads to alternate resources thus lowering their costs. Using economic solution techniques VMTurbo re-distributes the demand, or increases the supply, as appropriate – really cool stuff. In summary, VMTurbo automates the decision-making process, prevents, versus predicts, problems, assures application performance at the lowest TCO and simplifies control across any hypervisor or cloud architecture.
The other is Nutanix. These guys are really extraordinary, both in terms of product innovation and people – dynamic is an understatement for them! Like VMTurbo, the founders have already created previous successful companies. Nutanix counts the people that created the Google File System (GFS) and co-authored distributed database patents among its founders. Their fundamental offering is ‘SAN-free’ datacenters, but the scale and impact of what they provide is multi-faceted. Nutanix is unique in design approach by taking the storage and compute (server) layers from the traditional datacenter architecture model and converging into a single appliance based on commodity x86 hardware that scales out linearly to thousands of nodes. The benefits delivered combine all the desirable elements of a high-end SAN (shared storage, high capacity, enterprise storage features) with the value of local storage complete with integrated flash technology connected directly to the processors. Nutanix’s definition of “converged” is quite different and is inspired by the approach of Google, Facebook, Yahoo etc. who continue to build enormous datacenter capacity based on commodity x86 servers connected with standard 10Gb Ethernet.
John Abbott of 451 Research recently commented, “The Nutanix Complete Cluster sidesteps many of the costs and complexities of networked storage by taking a new look at the problem.”
Both companies are exhibiting at VMworld San Francisco and Barcelona, so I hope you’ll find the time to stop by and find out more if you’re attending either, or both, events.