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Jerry Melnick

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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)

Understanding XenServer HA

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)

A Closer Look at System-Level Fault Tolerance

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 seminars. 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)

Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2009

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)

Marathon Prepares to Spring Forward

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)