I've been following Cassatt for a number of years and have always thought that the company has taken a fresh, different view of the concept of virtualization in the implementation of its product "Collage". In an attempt to catch up with what the company is doing now, I spoke with Jay Fry and Ken Oestreich. After the conversation, I was even more convinced that the company is taking a strategic, not tactical, approach to the concept of virtualization. In bullet form, here are the high points of our conversation.
- Virtualization monitors are best thought of as operating systems that support other operating systems. That is, they must inventory available resources (down to a very granular level), optimize the use of these resources based upon an organization's policies and automatically respond to real time events to maintain service level objectives.
- Physical and virtual environments are created on the fly based upon templates when needed.
- It's important to take the broadest possible view and avoid point solutions. From this vantage point, a failure of some resource must be handled in the same way as any other condition that causes the configuration to no longer meet service level objectives.
I'm hoping to speak with some of Cassatt's customers and get their views on Cassatt, what they considered before acquiring the company's software, any tangible results they've gotten from the use of this software and what learning they would pass on to others.
Are there any other questions you'd like me to ask when I get the opportunity to speak with Cassatt's customers?