Archive for September, 2013

Job on new Dell Software Product

We are starting on a number of brand new products in Dell Software Group, yep, thats organic development rather than simply getting product via acquisition.

Here is an opportunity for someone with Liferay/Java skills, the Position is Senior Engineer. The job is based in Round Rock, come work with us!

Foglight for Virtualization

Among some of the products and enhancements we announced at last weeks VMware conference is the latest Foglight for Virtualization. Included in this announcement is the next version of the product that was formerly known as vKernal vOPS Standard.

Inside, it’s actually a suite of products that work together to streamline key virtualization, storage and cloud initiatives. The products are:

  • Foglight for Virtualization, Enterprise Edition 7.0
  • Foglight for Virtualization, Standard Edition 7.0
  • Foglight for Storage Management 3.0.

The solution suite tackles a number of key IT challenges, including detecting and eliminating inactive “zombie” virtual machines.

Foglight Enterprise has all the features needed to track, monitor and simplify operational complexity in increasingly virtual datacenters. The product suite is also tightly integrated with Microsoft Active Directory, and Microsoft Exchange.

My colleague and peer, John Maxwell has some great links to reviews and the formal product family community on Dell Commons. There is a good summary of the features on

If you are looking for an eval or simpler way to get into Foglight for Virtualization, you can try out the Free Edition. Virtualization Review picked Foglight for Virtualization, Free Edition, as the best free tool at the show, along with selecting Dell Desktop Virtualization Solutions (DVS) as best Desktop/VDI.

About & Contact

I'm Mark Cathcart, formally a Senior Distinguished Engineer, in Dells Software Group; before that Director of Systems Engineering in the Enterprise Solutions Group at Dell. Prior to that, I was IBM Distinguished Engineer and member of the IBM Academy of Technology. I am a Fellow of the British Computer Society ( I'm an information technology optimist.

I was a member of the Linux Foundation Core Infrastructure Initiative Steering committee. Read more about it here.

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