I think this was one of our best episodes.


With VMworld coming up, and Matt Ray back, we discuss VMware’s cloud portfolio and dive into what it is exactly. Pretty much virtualization plus the ability to manage other clouds and “burst” out to public VMware clusters with cloud management layered on-top. Add a hefty dose of XML and you have a delightful cake that Matt Ray has been enjoying of late. We also discuss private equity investments in technology, including Thoma Bravo in Sailpoint, the European stance towards technology, and our weekly recommendations.

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With Brandon Whichard, Matt Ray, and Coté.

If you like video, see this episodes’ video recording.

Show notes:

  • What’s up with the Europe tech scene? They like privacy and, like most of the non-tech world, probably just want the technology to do a job and go away

  • With VMworld coming up next week and VMware renaming vCSH to Air, Coté asks, “so what exactly is the VMware cloud?” Thankfully, since Matt Ray has been wiring it up the Chef, he knows. Spoiler: get out your XML reference book.

  • PE firms buying and investing in companies is a think now-a-days, case in point: Thoma Bravo buying a majority stake in Austin-based Sailpoint. See 451’s assesment of the transaction as well.

  • This also gives Coté a chance for an impromptu assessment of how Attachmate has done with Novell and NetIQ. Check out my last 451 report on SUSE for the revenue numbers and other such momentum.

  • On that topic, what’s the state of identity and access management as a market and technology wise? Brandon gives a good assessment having worked in that field in the past. How’re outfits like Symplified (acquired by EMC/RSA recently) and Okta doing?

  • Also, not so snazzy new cover art for the podcast. You’re welcome!


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