Ken Novak of Replicate Technology will give a talk on “SaaS Rapid Release Cycles Drive Virtualization Demand” at LinuxWorld in San Francisco Aug 7-9, 2007.

SaaS Rapid Release Cycles Drive Virtualization Demand

Here is the text of press release announcing a talk by Ken Novak of Replicate Technology at LinuxWorld in San Francisco Aug 7-9, 2007.

Palo Alto, CA – July 12, 2007 – Gone are the days of annual release cycle. Software companies need to operate with rapid releases while maintaining high quality and tight integration. For Software as a Service (SaaS) companies, weekly releases are the new standard. Virtualization helps SaaS companies deploy their software faster and more flexibly. At the same time, it promises faster and simpler delivery of on-premise software, competing with SaaS. Ken Novak, CEO of Replicate Technology, is honored to speak about these emerging trends at LinuxWorld in San Francisco Aug 7-9, 2007.

LinuxWorld is the premier event for the Linux and open source community, bringing together industry leaders shaping the future of new enterprise technology in the largest single gathering of business and technical leaders deploying Linux and open source solutions.

About Replicate Technologies

The Replicate Rollout testbed is a hosted virtual service for a broad range of server, application and database environments. It saves time and money in software quality assurance, system integration, and ongoing software support. It helps cut software release cycles from months to weeks, and enables more customer-specific problem resolution, while lowering hardware and labor costs. It is provided on demand, in response to testing needs, without up front investment. Replicate is based on common virtualization platforms and supports nearly all X86 operating systems.

About LinuxWorld Conference & Expo

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo is the premier event exclusively focused on Linux and open source solutions. As the world’s most comprehensive marketplace for open source products and services, LinuxWorld provides business decision-makers with information and resources to implement Linux and open source solutions into business infrastructure and enterprise networks. For more information or to register for the event, visit the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo Web site or call (800) 657-1474.

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Summary of Talk

If you missed Ken Novak at LinuxWorld 2007 in San Francisco, here’s a short summary. Ken detailed the strengths of Software as a Service (SaaS) as a business model:

  • SaaS firms tend to have shorter sale cycles.
  • SaaS is a pay-as-you-go business model where customers only pay for the services used.
  • SaaS providers scale as the demand scales.
  • Remote access from anywhere is built in, not an after thought.

SaaS lacks the software customization and integration that are available with traditional software. The trade-off with SaaS software is updated continuously allowing for rapid customer input and improvement. Additionally, traditional software supports a single tenancy model which is simple and clean.

Virtualization is succeeding in the market place because it offers lower cost, improved software management, and streamlined operations like backup, disaster recovery and load balancing.

An interesting application of virtualization is enabling utility computing. Virtualized utility computing handles the scale up and scale down for SaaS companies. As importantly, multi-tenancy management issues are now the responsibility of the utility company: the SaaS firm’s development and release environment now looks like a simple, clean single tenancy.

Ken Novak Presents at Linux World 2007 in San Francisco August 23rd, 2007

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