VMworld – EUC and Analytics Recommendations

Regrettably, I won’t be at VMworld this year, Vegas nor Barcelona 🙁 Instead I will be in Hawaii, so not a bad trade-off I guess 🙂

In advance of the events, though, I want to share with my readers news about two of my clients’ presence and activities at VMworld Vegas.

Let’s start with Liquidware. If your responsibilities include EUC/VDI in any shape or form, then Liquidware should be on your list of “must see” vendors in the Solutions Exchange. They’re on booth 1126 and will be demoing the last versions of their award winning UEM, App Layering and Visibility solutions; ProfileUnity, FlexApp and Stratusphere respectively. They’re also giving away some pretty cool t-shirts:

Prior to the show opening on Sunday, they’re hosting, in conjunction with IGEL and NVIDIA, The Inside Track – an exclusive, invite only EUC event. If you’re an EUC/VDI influencer or VIP and haven’t received your invite, ping me and I’ll get you on the guest list.


Liquidware has been sponsoring VMworld ever since their market entrance back in 2009! For more details, read this interview with their Founder and CEO, David Bieneman, with VMBlog.

Next up is Runecast. I’ve been working with these guys since February and the feedback from customers and the community on their Runecast Analyzer solution has been very motivating! This is their third appearance at VMworld, having launched at VMworld in 2015. Runecast will be on booth 832 and will be demonstrating the latest version of Runecast Analyzer that is due to GA just before VMworld!

If you’re a vSphere admin, Runecast Analyzer really is a #MustHave for you. Utilizing the VMware Knowledge, Best Practices and Security Hardening guidelines, Runecast Analyzer enables you to proactively protect your environment. So, if you spend too much time troubleshooting your environment, visit Runecast on booth 832 to discover how to decrease troubleshooting, increase security and help your organization to be more compliant!

Great community advocates, Runecast is sponsoring #vGolf on Sunday, organized by Anthony Spiteri. You can read more about the event here. They’re also a sponsor of the famous (infamous?!) CXIParty. Christopher Kusek has been hosting this event for many years, with a hiatus on a couple of occasions IIRC and it’s always great fun. Details can be found here.

Runecast will be giving away some fab Lego “Runecasters” on their booth, so add them to your ‘must visit’ list too.

I look forward to seeing on Twitter and VMworld bloggers’ post how everyone is getting along at VMworld and, if you’re going, enjoy!

Remember, sleep is highly overrated; you can do that when you get home!



Kazoup Showcased at Cloud Expo Europe

UPDATED March 27th, 2015 *

Kazoup was unveiled at Cloud Expo Europe and as I was attending the show on the first day, I visited their booth to see the solution and to speak with Radek Dymacz, the co-founder and CTO of Kazoup.

In a nutshell, Kazoup is a simple way to manage your unstructured file date, intelligently leveraging the cloud to drive down storage costs.   Firstly, it analyses what you have, it then indexes it to, secondly, allow search and then, thirdly, it archives.  For me, this is the really clever bit; companies can choose low-cost cloud-based object storage to archive unused data. And Kazoup can automate the whole process for you. A screen shot from the Kazoup website encapsulates what Kazoup is all about:

Jane Rimmer: Please walk me through Kazoup, what it provides around ‘dark data’ and what it delivers to the business?

Radek Dymacz: Firstly, let me explain ‘dark data’.  Gartner’s definition sums it up well: “Dark Data is the information assets organisations collect, process and store during regular business activities but generally fail to use for other purposes.  Storing and securing this data typically incurs more expense than value.”  So we developed Kazoup to deliver business value.

Kazoup is a DIY solution, it easily installs in less than 30 minutes and our belief is there should be no need for long, expensive professional services consultancy around analytics, it should be simple enough do it by yourself. Once you’ve connected to your datastores, you are presented with the analytics screen. Firstly, we analyse the metadata, and we extrapolate growth of your data; you will see a condensed view in the dashboard.

Kazoup analytics provides data by location, type, duplicates, etc. and, once you’ve enabled archiving, you can analyse what has been archived too.  These views can be exported to .CSV format if desired.  As Kazoup indexes all file and content data, once the data has been analysed, you are presented with a powerful search option. The best way to describe this is Google for your file data!  Users can search archived files, and, when they want to download a file, they just click on it.  When analysing the data, we can set the policy to archive.  Currently we support Amazon S3 and Google, and very soon we’ll be adding Azure.

JR: In your Archiving policy – is that where you can also set retention policies?

RD: Yes, as an example you can set up Kazoup to move anything, say from 5 years ago, to Amazon.  Your users still have access to this data as it’s indexed, but it’s on cheap cloud-based objective storage.

JR: The reports that Kazoup provides, are they for the business?

RD: Our reports are presented in a way that is easily consumable by the business.  In particular the executive summary is designed for this purpose.

The outcome of our analytics is reporting to enable ease of management. Kazoup can identify ‘bad behaviour’, we can see how data is growing, and if a particular user is, for example, creating multiple .PST etc. Kazoup will highlight this and management can then take appropriate action with that user.  By providing visibility we enable ease of management in a dark data world.

JR: What about support?

RD: In line with our DIY/self-service belief, documentation is available online and in-app support is provided by Kazoup to answer questions as they arise.

JR: In 140 characters, or less, sum up Kazoup.

RD: Kazoup provides visibility and intelligence to your unstructured file data.

JR: And what does the future hold?

RD: Today we support on-premises data but in the near term we will be supporting SaaS datastores, such as Microsoft OneDrive, Box, etc.

Thank you Radek for your time!


The ‘icing on the cake’ for Kazoup came in the evening of 11 March at the UK Cloud Awards, hosted by the Cloud Industry Forum and CloudPro, where Kazoup won the Newcomer category – congratulations to the whole team!

Johan Holder, co-founder and CEO holding the award and Radek Dymacz, co-founder and CTO, to Johan’s left

* Further good news for the Kazoup team, they won the ITE Awards Big Data, Business Intelligence and Analytics Solution of the Year on 25th March – congrats!