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!

Feb 102011

Peter Silva, Technical Marketing Manager with F5 and I discuss Virtual SSL VPNs that run on VMware. I love SSL VPNs because they have revolutionized remote access and secure remote access control. Peter discusses how you can leverage your investment in VMWare with virtual SSL VPN appliances from F5. Peter is a great speaker and evangelist for elegant architecture and design. We discussed a very tactical important area to be aware of when it comes to leveraging your Virtual Infrastructure investment.