Hands on with AppInsight @ VMWorld 2011

Today I had an opportunity to spend some time with AppInsight, a new product being delivered by VMWare as they enter into the application virtualization space. Essentially, AppInsight is an attempt at addressing the Visualization concerns within the Application Delivery space.

AppInsight allows you to breakup your virtualized network into logical segments, or tiers. For example, you might have a load balancing tier, web server tier, app server tier and database tier. Superficially, the product is on par with other user-to-database monitoring solutions. My problem, however, is their approach.

Personally, I think the idea that organization would, or could, virtualize 100% of their infrastructure is far fetched. Not to mention the plethora of catch 22 situations you could find yourself in. For arguments sake, lets say that we virtualized our load balancers. And our load balancers front infrastructure services like DNS and NTP. What would happen if we had an outage where we had to reboot ESX? Well, the load balancer instances can’t be started until ESX is running, but ESX relies on DNS!

Without digressing too far, I think the point is clear. Virtualization makes sense, in certain places. Therefore, for products like AppInsight to really take off they’ll need to develop API’s that can call into physical infrastructure appliances and gather the necessary information.

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Carolina SaaS Panel Video

Finally, after much adieu the video from the Carolina SaaS user panel is available. Checkout the YouTube video here.

HR Technology Conference 2007

So this year we (Morehead, a predictive human capital research company) placed a booth a the 10th annual HR Technology Conference. As usual, the theme is Employee Performance Management. The interesting thing is that Employee Satisfaction and Employee Performance Management go hand-in-hand. However, we’re still trying to understand more about how to talk to buyers at a technology conference. Most people have approached us with an ASP mentality, meaning that they expect to buy our software. However, since our systems are only the enablers of our services. You can’t separate them.

Well, off to the shows again tomorrow. Here’s a pic of our booth for the day.

Morehead Associates Booth #927

Carolina SaaS Event at Bank of America Stadium

I’ve been asked by Hosted Solutions to join a panel of SaaS experts October 10th 2007 in Charlotte, NC. The event is big enough to have the attention of Charlotte’s Mayor Pat McCrory and renowned speaker Jeff Kaplan of Think Strategies.

If you live in the area I suggest you take the top to stop by this event, it should be a good time.

Carolina SaaS User Group