Enterprises are moving more and more applications to the cloud. Gartner
predicts that the bulk of new IT spending by 2016 will be for cloud computing
platforms and applications and that nearly half of large enterprises will
have cloud deployments by the end of 2017.1
The far-reaching impact of cloud computing is summarized in a recent McKinsey
report on disruptive technologies: "Cloud technology has the potential to
improve productivity across $3 trillion in global enterprise IT spending, as
well as enabling the creation of new online products and services for
billions of consumers and millions of businesses alike."2
For many organizations, moving applications that can tolerate brief periods
of downtime to the cloud is a straightforward decision with clear benefits.
However, concerns about how to provide high availability and disaster
protection in the cloud may mak... (more)
Following the XenServer HA announcement, we’ve been approached with
questions like “How exactly does XenServer HA work?” and “How does
XenServer HA and everRun VM work together.” Rather than respond ourselves
we thought it would be best to point to a few fellow bloggers who have
already answered these questions.
First, here’s a good post written by Anil Madhavapeddy at Citrix discussing
how the overall architecture of XenServer HA works. Second, Scott Lowe has
put together a great summary of why Citrix and Marathon worked together to
develop XenServer HA.
If you want more detai... (more)
Last week at VMworld we demonstrated our everRun VM Lockstep Option for
Citrix XenServer 5. Despite the decrease in foot traffic on the show floor,
the turnout was much higher than expected. High airline prices (or possibly
just the Vegas night life :)) may have kept some people away, but we presume
our high turnout was a result of the increase in innovative sessions and
For those of you who weren’t able to attend or were there but didn’t get
an up-close look at our everRun VM Lockstep demo, Michael Keen (a.k.a.
C1tr1xguru) shot this video of our CTO, Jerry Melnick, gi... (more)
A couple of weeks ago Gartner released their “Top 10 Strategic Technologies
for 2009.” Each technology is defined as, “one with the potential for
significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years.” The
technologies listed have been available for quite some time – many of which
were present on last year’s list – but one that continues to move up in
rank is virtualization.
Considering the state of the economy, we anticipate this to be an area that
will continue to flourish over the next 12-24 months as virtualization
technology becomes feasible for businesses of all siz... (more)
Spring has brought a number of welcomed events here in New England –
more than one or two days above 40 degrees, Josh Beckett looking good in the
Red Sox home opener, and a snow-free driveway and yard (fingers crossed they
stay that way).
At Marathon, we’re also looking forward to some other exciting Spring
events including Citrix Synergy and Microsoft Tech Ed where we’ll be
speaking in a session with Microsoft. And within the coming weeks, we are
ramping up to launch the next generation of our flagship everRun technology.
We’re not ready to spill the bea... (more)