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09 Sep 2011 The risk problem: "If it ain't broke ... it will be"; Sept 29th Webinar [24557]
Legacy Lowdown – Options when migrating legacy Solaris applications

The battle cry of IT brinksmanship, "If it ain't broke, don’t fix it," means that risk has triumphed over cost. This fate is commonplace for legacy applications which can be found sitting on an outdated/unsupported box, running on ancient OS sporting a "Do Not Touch" sign.

Not important enough to fix; too important to fail. These applications are at risk of failure. And everyone knows it.

AppZero offers an alternative that changes the risk/cost math by eliminating the risk at a slashed cost/effort – with no re-engineering or coding required.

Over the last few years, we have helped a number of significant IT operations use our application virtualization solution to migrate their legacy Solaris applications onto newer systems that are reliable and powerful systems. Prior to learning about AppZero, these organizations lived with risk hunting spare parts for their hardware systems from Ebay and Craigslist – sites that, like the old buffalo grounds, are now hunted-out. At this point, risk becomes probability.
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06 May 2011 Amazon EC2, Solaris 2.6, and the San Andreas Fault [24159]
By Greg O'Connor, AppZero

As it turned out, the brilliance and competence of Amazon’s technocracy were no match for simple human error. An incorrect manual update to the network set up a domino effect of Catch-22-esque compound failures to Amazon’s EBS (Elastic Block Store) details of which can be found in a 6 page explanation the company offered last week.

Although cloud naysayers will no doubt try to make this event the poster child for Luddite agendas, it won’t work. Data was lost. Business was lost. News was made. But overall, the fallout has not been too bad as users have quickly come forward to stand by Amazon and the choice to use its services.

And the risk was largely knowable. As Jason posted in an article "On Cascading Failures and Amazon’s Elastic Block Store ", "This is not a "speed bump" or a "cloud failure" or "growing pains", this is a foreseeable consequence of fundamental architectural decisions made by Amazon.
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01 Apr 2011 ”Move your mess for less”; Solaris Modernization [24057]
By Greg O'Connor, AppZero

Much has been written about applications that are stranded on Solaris 2.6/7 OS and rare-as-unicorn hardware. In fact, much of it has been written by me. My trusty biz dev leader suggested that I take an ROI run on the topic in my next blog .... which is this one. But I just can’t bring myself to do it.

Why? Because I can’t see building an elaborate spread sheet showing how AppZero is the best option, when the choice is a no brainer that my 7 year old son could make.

Let’s play the model out and you tell me if a spreadsheet would help clarify the choices:

  • Magical thinking
  • Call in the cavalry
  • Binary compatibility
  • AppZero scoop and move

Read on for details and a link to a Webinar.
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11 Mar 2011 Define and compare: Virtualization technologies for Solaris [23998]
By Greg O'Connor

"So, VMware ... separate hardware from OS = virtual server, right? Well, we’re like that but completely different – we separate application from OS = virtualized application." Because we’re in the vast virtualization market space with a technology that is unique (patented), I am often asked to differentiate AppZero’s server-side application virtualization from the rest of the pack. Especially in the Oracle/Sun/Solaris/SPARC context.

And especially since we’ve been promoting a Webinar series drawing a straight line from ancient Solaris 2.6 and 7 applications to execution on OS and hardware from this millennium. (We broke the marketing bank naming the webinars: "Virtualize-2-Modernize; Solaris 2.6 + 7 applications run unchanged on 9 + 10" and the follow-on "How to run Solaris 2.6 and 2.7 applications unchanged on Solaris 9 and 10")
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10 Feb 2011 Solaris 2.6 and 7 Apps - Urban myth or IT nightmare? [23904]
By Greg O'Connor

The jury’s still out on the Loch Ness monster and alien abductions, but I can personally testify to the existence of Solaris 2.6 and 7 applications. They are very real -- the stuff of IT nightmares. Why? Because, undocumented by app dev owners long since departed, these applications are chugging away on antiquated hardware that can not be replaced at any cost - when they fail.

And that’s the key point here: when they fail. In this case, "if" is an exercise in delusion and denial.

I have the answer for apps that go bump in the night. AppZero virtualizes legacy Solaris applications without re-compiling or change so that they can quickly and easily run in supported environments on current hardware. Fast. Painless. Inexpensive. Effective ...
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