Feb 172011

This is part two of my interview with Andi Mann, VP at CA Technologies. Andi discusses clever emerging VDI deployment options for CIOs.

Virtualization is not easy and as a CIO moves up the virtualization maturity curve, he/she must have the conversation of deploying virtual desktops. A CIO must navigate and convey IT risk to corporate management. VDI is maturing and Andi discusses items to watch for: scale of servers, number of applications, technical support (server admins versus PC admins), management of virtual desktops, response times servers versus desktop, etc.

Andi discusses clever options that are emerging which make VDI easier to deploy for the CIO – they include:
• Separating all layers: hyper, OS, applications settings and data (combine them real-time on the fly)
• Data de-duplication, Multi-site replication

Feb 152011

I had the opportunity to interview virtualization expert Andi Mann. Andi is currently the VP of Virtualization Product Marketing at CA Technologies responsible for the go-to-market planning and delivery of CA Technologies’ software solutions. Andi has also held senior level analyst positions with Fuji, American Express and Exxon.

As a CIO, I know you are always looking for that seat at the executive table. In my conservation with Andi, he and I discuss approaches and language that you, the CIO, can use to avoid a virtual stall in your Virtualization Strategies. It is important for the CIO to approach virtualization as a strategy – – not a project.

Andi also suggests that IT executives emphasize business language when discussing Virtualization and Cloud such: agility, flexibility, faster time to market, innovation, generating faster cash, generating faster revenue, getting products onto the shelf, leapfrog competitors, etc.

Watch this video and learn from an expert how you can accomplish this.

Note: More video posts with my conservation with Andi to come – keep checking!

Dec 112010

I wanted to share this article with you by Andi Mann, VP with CA Technologies. I found out about this article from a tweet from Andi. Btw – if you don’t follow Andi on Twitter, please do: @andimann.

The CIO as a business leader needs to be a champion of technology tools that enable the business to meet the overall goals of the organization. How many times have you heard this? I like this article because it has ‘evergreen’ value. What I mean by ‘evergreen’ is that Virtualization is here to stay and from a business agility perspective, it is a core technology to enable strategic objectives.

Andi’s comments about Virtualization projects stalling is very observant. He says, “Typically as a virtualization deployment reaches around 30-40% of servers, IT is unable to scale up with the resources and processes that got them to that point. As a result, a virtualization deployment slows down or stops altogether. This is called virtual stall– the inability to overcome the “tipping points” needed to move the needle on virtualization maturity…”

As a CIO, you know Virtualization is here to stay. If your company is going to stay relevant you will need to participate in the directional shift within IT over the next 5 years with the CIO shifting into the role of Business Enabler and Business Leader. You need to make sure that your team is executing on Virtualization so that you can stay on the business enablement and agility side of the fence. I invite you to leave your comments below.