I recently had the opportunity to speak with Correlsense, a business transaction management company, along with one of its customers, GAINSCO Insurance. We discussed Correlsense’s product, SharePath, which monitors and tracks all of an application’s transactions in real time, and can rapidly deliver root-cause analysis and display where transactions are slowed or stalled. In fact, SharePath can pinpoint transaction bottlenecks spanning from the discrete user client to the IT infrastructure to the number of bytes read, or written, at the disk storage level. In my opinion, this makes finding a bottleneck in real time–or the needle in a haystack–easy.
In this contributed article posted to VMblog, Gluster CTO, AB Periasamy, predicts the future of virtualization for 2011. Specifically he predicts that the cloud will redefine operating systems, stating “In 2011, the operating system (OS) as we currently know it will be categorized as a legacy system. Virtualization and the cloud will cause fundamental changes in the design and composition of the OS, once the innovation reaches a mature stage. We will see the first evidence of this evolved OS in 2011, witnessing its ultimate realization over the next five years.”
Read the full article on VMblog.
On Dec. 13, Dell announced it has “entered into a definitive agreement for Dell to acquire Compellent … ” Dell also said it expects the transaction to be accretive to Dell non-GAAP earnings in its fiscal year 2012. There is no doubt that I, along with others in the industry, have blogged and written quite a bit on this topic over recent days. There has been no bidding war, no firing of shots across the bow from one vendor to another, and no soaring stock price in this quickly executed company acquisition. In my opinion, Compellent as a brand gets a big boost now, and Dell has bolstered its storage line up. So what’s next for the Compellent brand as it integrates within Dell, and is Dell finished with storage vendor acquisitions?
On Dec. 9, Compellent and Dell announced that they “are engaged in advanced discussions regarding a possible business combination involving the two companies.” I blogged about Compellent here on Oct. 8 and one day before the joint Compellent-Dell announcement. Some voices in the industry, not associated with Network Computing, have raised thinly veiled arguments that question the sense, and value, of an acquisition of Compellent by Dell. In my opinion, Compellent will be a strong addition to both the Dell Virtual Information System (VIS) architecture and Data Center Solutions (DCS) capabilities. Should it come to fruition, this potential acquisition is a win-win-win for customers, Compellent and Dell.
On Nov. 22, Compellent announced the newest release of StorageCenter version 5.4, new Live Volume software, new Enterprise Manager multisite tool capabilities, and next-generation hardware that is faster, stores more data and connects to FCoE and 10GbE iSCSI. Back in October, I wrote that Compellent was rising to the enterprise challenge. With this announcement, it’s clear to me that Compellent is taking on the enterprise challenge and may be swinging the acquisition pendulum in their direction.