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The New Age of Edison

Had a briefing this morning with Veeam Software, a startup that focuses on extending the functionality of VMware in a number of ways. They have products that improve on VirtualCenter's reporting, monitoring, configuration and (coming soon) backup capabilities. The company, led by legendary Russian entrepreneur Ratmir Timashev, is coming out with a host of new product versions, along with new products, in 2008.

One of the coolest things about this job is that most of these companies are brand new, with brand-new products (aside: kind of strange wording, isn't it? Ever hear of a "brand-old" product?). My boss Doug Barney put it really well when he said that they're really "inventions." It's not like coming out with a new database app; many of the products I've taken briefings on, and have been reading about, have never been seen before, will do things that have never been done before.

Look at what Xsigo's doing with I/O virtualization, as another example. If you're an IT admin, wouldn't you love to have one or two cables coming out of your ESX server, rather than 10? It's truly a brave new world.

Posted by Keith Ward on 01/24/2008 at 12:48 PM


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