Welcome!

Agile Computing Authors: Jonathan Fries, Elizabeth White, Tim Hinds, Liz McMillan, Pat Romanski

Related Topics: Containers Expo Blog

Containers Expo Blog: Article

Managing the Virtual Infrastructure Is Crucial: VKernel CEO

SYS-CON's Virtualization Journal conducts an Exclusive Q&A with Alex Bakman, Founder & CEO of VKernel

"Properly managing the virtual infrastructure will have a huge impact on pushing more virtualization projects forward," declares Alex Bakman, Founder & CEO of VKernel, in this Exclusive Q&A with SYS-CON's Virtualization Journal.

"Organizations need visibility into how resources are being utilized not only for current planning, but also for what is next," Bakman adds. Here is the interview in full...

Virtualization Journal: Starting at 35,000 ft...where is VKernel positioned in the virtualization universe?

Alex Bakman: VKernel is positioned as a hypervisor agnostic provider of innovative virtualization management products. VKernel is the only company that can help customers predict future capacity and performance problems and how to avoid them.

Virtualization Journal: And why is performance and systems management such an important issue for Enterprise IT professionals? What are the typical pain points?

AB: Organizations are deploying mission-critical applications in virtualized data centers. Performance problems and outages can impact the business and result in lost business, loss of customers, etc. This is why it is essential that mission critical applications are monitored and problems are prevented.

Virtualization Journal: Can you give a quick concrete example of the specific business benefit of knowing in this kind of detail how your virtualized network is being used?

AB: Specific business benefit would include:

  • better utilization of existing hardware and delaying additional hardware purchases of SANs and hosts, which are expensive
  • assuring great performance and user satisfaction by identifying and removing performance bottlenecks, and with predictive monitoring preventing future problems
  • proving viability of virtualization as a platform for enterprise mission critical applications

Virtualization Journal: Are you suggesting that, without access to this kind of insight, that companies might risk wasting their investment in virtualization, and missing out on the cost savings?

AB: Exactly. Without this kind of visibility organizations will:

  • Spend more on virtualization hardware than necessary, a very expensive proposition
  • Run the danger of the virtualization platform being labeled as "not ready for primetime" if performance problems develop

Virtualization Journal: Backing up just a bit, what's the conceptual difference between a virtual appliance and a virtual machine?

AB: Virtual Appliance is a virtual machine. The difference is the design philosophy. A well designed Virtual Appliance is small, has minimum OS, and is designed to solve a particular problem. It is truly optimized for virtual environments.

Virtualization Journal: And can a VKernel virtual appliance run under VMware, Citrix, VirtualBox, whatever? Or is it only VMware compatible?

AB: At this time, we support VMware.  We are currently developing solutions that support Microsoft Hyper-V.

Virtualization Journal: How, as succinctly as possible, would you sum up what VKernel is trying to help its customers accomplish?

AB: VKernel is committed to helping our customers:

  • Save money by utilizing existing hardware and resources better
  • Increase VM density - safely adding more VMs per host
  • Delay hardware purchases - getting more out of organizations' existing virtualization investments
  • Predict and avoid performance problems - know about potential issues ahead of time

Virtualization Journal: So in these recession-sensitive times, business benefits are both real and tangible, from virtualization - when properly managed?

AB: Absolutely...  Management tools (the right ones) enable you to do more with less.

What we saw in 2008 was a proliferation of management solutions introduced throughout the year from both vendors large and small. Both VMware and Microsoft also started talking about the importance of managing the virtual infrastructure in the second half of the year. Why, because properly managing the virtual infrastructure will have a huge impact on pushing more virtualization projects forward. Organizations need visibility into how resources are being utilized not only for current planning, but also for what is next.

Virtualization Journal: VMware just reported a 25% earnings increase for its Q4. What message do you think that sends to Enterprise IT managers and indeed to their CEOs?

AB: It is no longer just for test and development anymore. Mass adoption for production environments is now underway. And, even in these economic times, organizations are looking at virtualization to cut costs.

Virtualization Journal: How about Microsoft? What impact do you see their virtualization offerings eventually having in the market?

AB: They are already popular in the SMB Market. Over time Microsoft will get bigger clients as Hyper-V matures and meets their needs. Microsoft will become a threat to VMware long term. In the short term, they will own the SMB market.

Virtualization Journal: Aside from testing, where else does VKernel see most potential growth for virtualization technologies?

AB: Clearly, the biggest immediate growth potential is for running production server applications. The next frontier is desktop virtualization and cloud computing, which has the potential to really change traditional computing. And, of course, create significantly more opportunities for management solutions.

Virtualization Journal: As you know, SYS-CON as an organization is laser-focused not only on virtualization but also on cloud computing: how does VKernel define itself in relation to the new world of the cloud?

AB: Virtualization is the enabler technology for cloud computing. Cloud computing has the same set of systems management challenges: Capacity and Performance Management, Chargeback, Inventory, etc...VKernel tools are directly applicable to manage and optimize cloud computing applications.

Virtualization Journal: You are venture-funded. Tell us a little about your backers.

AB: We are backed by Polaris Venture Partners (Boston) and Hummer Winblad Venture Partners (San Francisco). Both are top notch firms that have backed many successful companies in this space.

Virtualization Journal: One of your directors, from one of those same backers, is Mitchell Kertzman. He was nominated by SYS-CON as being the most prescient man in the industry - does that surprise you?

AB: Not at all surprised. Mitchell has a keen sense of what organizations will need in the brave new world. He's a great advisor to VKernel and provides solid guidance for what we need to do and how to do it. I'd like to offer my congratulations to Mitchell for this honor.

ABOUT ALEX BAKMAN: Alex Bakman will be speaking at the 5th International Virtualization & Expo in New York (March 30-April 1, 2009). He is the founder and CEO of VKernel, a provider of easy-to-use and quick-to-deploy virtual appliances for managing virtual server environments. A recognized expert in systems management, server virtualization, IT security, and configuration management, Bakman was prior to VKernel the founder and CEO of Ecora Software and remains the company’s chairman of the board. He is a frequent speaker at many industry events and conference, and a published author in various technology and business publications. His experience as director of IT for a Fortune 500 insurance company adds “real world” perspective to his understanding of the challenges facing today's IT executives.

More Stories By Jeremy Geelan

Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


@ThingsExpo Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that MangoApps will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. MangoApps provides modern company intranets and team collaboration software, allowing workers to stay connected and productive from anywhere in the world and from any device. For more information, please visit https://www.mangoapps.com/.
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, wh...
The IoT is changing the way enterprises conduct business. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Eric Hoffman, Vice President at EastBanc Technologies, discuss how businesses can gain an edge over competitors by empowering consumers to take control through IoT. We'll cite examples such as a Washington, D.C.-based sports club that leveraged IoT and the cloud to develop a comprehensive booking system. He'll also highlight how IoT can revitalize and restore outdated business models, making them profitable...
SYS-CON Events announced today that ContentMX, the marketing technology and services company with a singular mission to increase engagement and drive more conversations for enterprise, channel and SMB technology marketers, has been named “Sponsor & Exhibitor Lounge Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York. “CloudExpo is a great opportunity to start a conversation with new prospects, but what happens after the...
The essence of data analysis involves setting up data pipelines that consist of several operations that are chained together – starting from data collection, data quality checks, data integration, data analysis and data visualization (including the setting up of interaction paths in that visualization). In our opinion, the challenges stem from the technology diversity at each stage of the data pipeline as well as the lack of process around the analysis.
The 19th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo, to be held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, brings together Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Containers, Microservices and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportunity. Submit y...
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with the 19th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world and ThingsExpo New York Call for Papers is now open.
Designing IoT applications is complex, but deploying them in a scalable fashion is even more complex. A scalable, API first IaaS cloud is a good start, but in order to understand the various components specific to deploying IoT applications, one needs to understand the architecture of these applications and figure out how to scale these components independently. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Nara Rajagopalan is CEO of Accelerite, will discuss the fundamental architecture of IoT applications, ...
In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Bruce Swann, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Adobe, will discuss how the Adobe Marketing Cloud can help marketers embrace opportunities for personalized, relevant and real-time customer engagement across offline (direct mail, point of sale, call center) and digital (email, website, SMS, mobile apps, social networks, connected objects). Bruce Swann has more than 15 years of experience working with digital marketing disciplines like web analytics, social med...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Enzu, a leading provider of cloud hosting solutions, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Enzu’s mission is to be the leading provider of enterprise cloud solutions worldwide. Enzu enables online businesses to use its IT infrastructure to their competitive advantage. By offering a suite of proven hosting and management services, Enzu wants companies to foc...
Customer experience has become a competitive differentiator for companies, and it’s imperative that brands seamlessly connect the customer journey across all platforms. With the continued explosion of IoT, join us for a look at how to build a winning digital foundation in the connected era – today and in the future. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Nguyen, Group Product Marketing Manager at Adobe, will discuss how to successfully leverage mobile, rapidly deploy content, capture real-time d...
IoT generates lots of temporal data. But how do you unlock its value? How do you coordinate the diverse moving parts that must come together when developing your IoT product? What are the key challenges addressed by Data as a Service? How does cloud computing underlie and connect the notions of Digital and DevOps What is the impact of the API economy? What is the business imperative for Cognitive Computing? Get all these questions and hundreds more like them answered at the 18th Cloud Expo...
As cloud and storage projections continue to rise, the number of organizations moving to the cloud is escalating and it is clear cloud storage is here to stay. However, is it secure? Data is the lifeblood for government entities, countries, cloud service providers and enterprises alike and losing or exposing that data can have disastrous results. There are new concepts for data storage on the horizon that will deliver secure solutions for storing and moving sensitive data around the world. ...
What a difference a year makes. Organizations aren’t just talking about IoT possibilities, it is now baked into their core business strategy. With IoT, billions of devices generating data from different companies on different networks around the globe need to interact. From efficiency to better customer insights to completely new business models, IoT will turn traditional business models upside down. In the new customer-centric age, the key to success is delivering critical services and apps wit...
SYS-CON Events announced today that 24Notion has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York, New York. 24Notion is full-service global creative digital marketing, technology and lifestyle agency that combines strategic ideas with customized tactical execution. With a broad understand of the art of traditional marketing, new media, communications and social influence, 24Notion uniquely understands how to con...
WebRTC is bringing significant change to the communications landscape that will bridge the worlds of web and telephony, making the Internet the new standard for communications. Cloud9 took the road less traveled and used WebRTC to create a downloadable enterprise-grade communications platform that is changing the communication dynamic in the financial sector. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Leo Papadopoulos, CTO of Cloud9, will discuss the importance of WebRTC and how it enables companies to fo...
SYS-CON Events announced today TechTarget has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7–9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. TechTarget is the Web’s leading destination for serious technology buyers researching and making enterprise technology decisions. Its extensive global networ...
Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) will feature the upcoming 18th Cloud Expo | @ThingsExpo in a New York news documentary about the "New IT for the Future." The documentary will cover how big companies are transmitting or adopting the new IT for the future and will be filmed on the expo floor between June 7-June 9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York. KBS has long been a leader in the development of the broadcasting culture of Korea. As the key public service broadcaster of Korea...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo 2016 in New York and Silicon Valley. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 17th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty ...
There are several IoTs: the Industrial Internet, Consumer Wearables, Wearables and Healthcare, Supply Chains, and the movement toward Smart Grids, Cities, Regions, and Nations. There are competing communications standards every step of the way, a bewildering array of sensors and devices, and an entire world of competing data analytics platforms. To some this appears to be chaos. In this power panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists will discuss the vast to...