A few snaps from The Boys' visit

Private Hazard


Hanger deck on the Midway


Top Guns on the Flight Deck


Mandatory visit to Tesla Motors


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Trying out Snap Shots

As I return to tending the blog, I've installed a nice tool on this site called Snap Shots that enhances links with visual previews of the destination site, interactive excerpts of Wikipedia articles , LinkedIn profiles and Amazon products , display inline videos , RSS , photos and stock charts .

Snap Shots often presents you with the information, without your having to leave the site, while other times it lets you "look ahead," before deciding if you want to follow a link or not.

Should you decide this is not for you, just click the Options icon in the upper right corner of the Snap Shot and opt-out. I'd like to get your reaction to the tool, so please let if me know if it's an asset or a distraction.


Attention Span 09.05.18

What caught my eye today. I expect quite a flurry around Interop and other meetings going on in the US and Europe regarding cloud computing.

10 Cloud Computing Companies to Watch

It's not that there haven't been lots of "companies to watch", but CIO Magazine's list strikes me as ... odd.

AT&T Synaptic Storage as a Service

This is no mean feat. AT&T's offer sounds pretty solid, and if they're telling the story straight, this is a real 'have-it-your-way' offer for everyone from the enterprise to the SMB.

Synaptic Storage as a Service is a virtualized on-demand storehouse that easily scales up and down to any size your enterprise needs and allows you to pay only for the storage you use.

Nimsoft acquires selected assets from Cittio

The Cittio website says that they're in the process of winding-up and dissolving the company. So, in a relatively short span of time ... Tidal gets bought by Cisco, Hyperic is absorbed by SpringSource, and now Cittio. Given the timing of the downturn and the likely course for a number of VCs, I suppose we should expect to see more acquisitions, asset sales and wind-ups in coming 2 - 3 months.

Nimsoft Inc., the Big 4 alternative for IT performance and availability monitoring solutions, today announced that it had acquired the Intellectual Property assets of Cittio Inc., a former provider of automated network and systems monitoring software. Financial details were not disclosed. The purchase, which includes extended capabilities in the areas of layer2/layer3 network discovery, topology mapping and root cause analysis, will enable Nimsoft to rapidly deliver these advanced capabilities within its core products, further strengthening its ability to monitor the performance and availability of an organization's entire physical, virtual and cloud infrastructure.


Attention Span 09.05.11

Citrix C3 - Where are the partners?

At its annual customer get together, Citrix Synergy 2009, the company fulfilled our prediction of the true value of its XenSource acquisition in 2007 – an enabling technology for Presentation Server (now XenApp) and its desktop virtualization efforts (now XenDesktop). By adding these capabilities to its C3 platform for Internet service providers (ISPs) it has significantly differentiated its Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) play from VMware vCloud, 3Tera AppLogic, and the other platform efforts in the market today. Instead of an ISP getting a relatively generic IaaS platform, they now get a robust set of service offerings – IaaS, Windows application hosting (somewhat of a SaaS offering) and desktop as a service.

But the announcement left me a little concerned when it wasn’t coupled with a list of brand name ISPs who have signed on to deliver this service to enterprise customers. Anyone out there? Perusal of Citrix’ C3 web site and Citrix Service Provider partner pages offer no insights either (Ingram Micro? Softcat? ExpressData? Not exactly ISPs). The technology without the partners looks a little incomplete. Citrix has started a timeclock on the credibility of this effort that it will need to fulfill soon.

New rPath CEO Torto charged with growing company

Raleigh software maker rPath, which has raised $25.5 million since being started by two former Red Hat executives in 2005, has hired Michael Torto as CEO.

Torto brings a decade of CEO experience in the software industry to rPath, which downsized earlier this year at about the same time that company co-founder Billy Marshall stepped down as CEO.


Attention Span 09.05.10

Happy Mothers Day!


... It is a framework on which to build, use, and deploy an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solution. Companies may use it to build public or private clouds.

It can be used as a simple proxy between two IaaS management APIs, as a library for IaaS management frontends, or as a complete IaaS solution. It is protocol agnostic, meaning that it can provide various frontend and backend IaaS management APIs for a wide range of compatibility with existing public and private virtual infrastructures.