I believe technology can be exploited to greater levels than we have allowed. We are constrained by 20th century business models and ideas. Collectively, we need to move past technology for the sake of technology and truly focus on moving markets beyond the status quo!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Citrix Embraces Virtual Lab Management and Acquires VMLogix

Citrix is acquiring VMLogix! For those who may be unaware of VMLogix, the company is the creator of products in the market segment known as “virtual lab management”. This is the part of virtualization that is going to transform the application lifecycle as we know it.

This acquisition is big news, especially for anyone that deals with getting software or applications to market on time, on budget, and with a high level of quality. I just realized, that sums up pretty much every business in the world, so why hasn’t VMLogix and its product category of virtual lab management taken the world by storm? We believe that virtual lab management is the biggest innovation for software to come to fruition since the introduction of the IDE (integrated development environment).

If you use virtual lab management technology in your organization it is guaranteed that you have saved your organization lots of money, lots of time, and have become the favorite technical professional of anyone you deal with.

Here is how virtual lab management can help save time and money and even create peace between developers and testers.

• Virtual lab management can help operations professionals get away from the tactical and time consuming task of provisioning physical hardware. This means less money spent on capital expenditures (read hardware), less time worrying about physical machines, and more time to work on more strategic initiatives.

Virtual lab management can help developers easily replicate a defect discovered by testing. Testers know how fond developers are of saying “it works on my machine”. Virtual lab will allow developers to test in an environment as close to production as possible and easily replicate those pesky defects testers so frequently find. This will then lead to peace between developers and testers.

Virtual lab management can help testers build out the perfect production-like test lab without spending exorbitant amounts on hardware, software, and infrastructure. There is no need to wait for provisioning of equipment, schedule scarce resources, and worry about exceeding capital budgets.

If you think this is too good to be true, visit www.vokeinc.com and listen to our free webcast series on “What Tool Should I Buy: Virtual Lab Technology” and hear from leading vendors in the market on “How to Justify the Purchase: Virtual Lab Technology”. We also have an in-depth piece of vendor neutral research “Market Snapshot: Virtual Lab Management” available to our subscribers.

Virtual lab management delivers a clear and quick ROI and can be used in an organization of any size and any vertical market. We know what virtualization technology has done for the data center; check out virtual lab technology to see what virtualization can do for the application lifecycle. In fact, voke predicts that virtual lab technology will be the hub of the modern application lifecycle.

Watch for Citrix to begin to set strategic directions for the application lifecycle. And, watch for Citrix and Microsoft to expand and strengthen an already strong and complementary industry partnership.

We have only begun to scratch the surface of what virtualization and cloud technology will enable and deliver to the market.


Thursday, August 19, 2010

HP and Fortify – Application Security Now in the Lifecycle

HP announced its intent to acquire Fortify Software. Fortify represents one of the last standing original independent application security software vendors. Back in 2003, application security vendors were all the rage. The idea that security vulnerabilities occur rather frequently at the application level was 100% accurate. The problem with getting development and QA shops to fully embrace the notion of application security was one of skills and communication across organizational boundaries.

Think about developers and testing professionals, they have full time jobs that keep them more than busy. Now, add the complexity of developing and testing for security – that is a difficult task to add to an already full docket. Thus, application security, while necessary and vital, never gained the traction in the market that was expected.

So, slowly one by one, the pure play application security vendors were either acquired or disappeared. Fortify represents one of the last pure play application security vendors. And while what Fortify stands for and can deliver, application security needs a heftier brand to put the message forth at the executive level. This is where HP comes into play.

HP’s acquisition of Fortify is important to the market in many respects. The intended acquisition helps HP shore up its application lifecycle offering in the developer arena, this is a big win for existing HP customers. HP can talk about the desired outcomes with C-level executives and have a comprehensive message for the business. Overall, this acquisition is positive for market.

Read a more detailed analysis of the HP acquisition of Fortify in our voke First Impressions research here.


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