Cricket-crazy Indians certainly are very familiar with the word Hat-trick. I was quite surprised early on that it wasn’t a popular terminology in the United States, even though it is equally applicable in any general scenario.
Winning awards is always a feel-good thing. When these come about consistently and in large setting environments, it is even better.
This year, Quali performed a hat-trick, or three-peat as our press release seems to suggest, winning the finalist award for the third year in a row. This award by industry media giant TechTarget has a multiple judging tier and has several categories. This year, we were given this for the category of Cloud Native App Development and DevOps, which is certainly the direction where the industry is going.
New Release 9.0 is generally available!
While such awards are welcome, what was even more gratifying was the quality of conversations at VMworld this year. Heading into VMworld, we made a couple of strategic announcements, as the version 9.0 of Quali CloudShell became generally available.
These included the ability to save-and-restore sandbox environments, giving customers the ability to save environments and come back to it at a later stage, giving them the ability to manage resources far more efficiently, thereby saving costs and increasing productivity. The second was around the ability to add flexible cloud provider deployment templates, recognizing that we’re increasingly in a multi-cloud world and there may be several clouds other than just the well-known public and private clouds. These announcements were received quite well and resulted in some interesting conversations.
Tech Field Day participation at VMworld Extra
We also got to participate in the Tech Field Day sessions and give analysts a peek into who Quali is and what we do. We went beyond PowerPoint here showing live demos. It was eye-opening for some of the attending analysts and certainly resulted in some interesting discussions towards the end. For those exploring automation and orchestration of their Dev/Test, DevOps, Demo, or Cyber Range environments, I encourage taking a look at the set of these three videos:
The aggregated set of these videos and Quali’s participation are also captured on this page by Tech Field Day.
Webinar on Cloud Security
We also got to participate in a webinar on Cloud Security with a couple of panelists from SaltStack, HGST, and Trace3. Quali’s Director of Technical Marketing, Dos Dosanjh, did the honors here.
Quali Booth on the Show Floor
VMware as a company is going through a significant transformation as it embraces a world of hybrid and multi-cloud. This is clearly reflected in its products and consequently bringing diverse attendees into the VMWorld event. Traffic to the Quali booth was no different, and there was considerable interest in the wares we were peddling, i.e. how to (in the VMware audience context) set up the fastest, most heterogeneous environments for IT, on demand, and as-a-service. Our theme, not surprisingly, was around environments-as-a-service.
Generally, Quali’s ability to orchestrated physical environments, in addition to virtual ones, was highly differentiated, as were its rich modeling capabilities and its ability to support a variety of private, public and hybrid clouds.
In fact, Quali was being used in a couple of other vendor booths on the show floor as well, included at Tintri, to demo their storage solutions.
Dos Dosanjh gave a brief overview and demo. The traffic in the booth was quite good and the conversations were great. We couldn’t match Team Rubrik’s basketball firepower on the show floor, or Team Cohesity’s Snoop Dogg party off the show floor, but we’d like to think we were a close second, in large part due to conversation-starting Dos’s hat.
Till next time.
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word: “Israel”?
This is a question I’ve been asking people I meet when I visit places outside of Israel and although the answers are varied, in a way they all come from the same connotation: The Middle East, desert, camels, and war.
Hello, my name is Revital. I’m an Israeli living and working in Silicon Valley. Even here in the Valley: Heterogeneous, multicultural, highly educated population, the responses are similar.
Soooo, I invite you to come visit the Start-Up Nation Fair, on Feb 20th at Stanford University to meet the real Israel, the part that doesn't show up in the news: Israel in Jeans!
In this fair, numerous Israeli Start-up companies will present their products and ideas on the Expo floor and there will be a panel of innovators discussing their experiences and answering questions from the audience. These companies also have some open positions for interns. The entrance is free and open to the public.
In the meantime, I have gathered for you some fun facts about Israel and Israelis:
It is the second year for Quali to participate in the Start-up nation fair. I’ll be at the booth, come say hello and hear all about CloudShell: A sandbox automation platform that provides self-service access to on-demand application and IT infrastructure environments across private, public, and hybrid-cloud.
Get a glance on the event and what you can expect to see:
Looking forward to seeing you!
Yesterday I had the privilege of meeting wonderful people at the Start-up Nation Tech Fair: Highly motivated San Jose State students, Club members and volunteers and high-tech leaders who have contributed their free time to come and socialize with the students, answer their questions and educate them about the tech industry which is booming around them but still at times seems far and unattainable. Start-up Nation org: “The main objective of this fair is to showcase Israeli technology and innovation and provide internship opportunities for students with Israeli companies”. Fourteen companies had booths at the exposition floor and four CEOs had participated in a panel.
At the panel discussion: “Starting and Growing a Business: Challenges and Opportunities” the CEOs had talked about their background, education, the beginning of their career and the things that have brought them to choose the path they’re on: a path of leadership and innovation.
All panelists have emphasized the idea of following the heart and pursuing their dream and passion.
When Tal Behar, the panelist asked about the differences between working in a big company vs. working in a tart-up, all smiled and nodded. Working in a start-up is like riding the roller coaster. It is addictive, there are highs and downs. On the other hand, in start-up you can have a greater influence. Lior Koriat: “Sometimes a larger organization will be able to offer you access to technology and budgets that smaller organizations may not. However, smaller organizations will offer you the opportunity to develop faster in your career because the more you would be willing to undertake, the more the organization will actually give you and allow you to do.”
Another question was about the secret sauce of an entrepreneur. The panelists have emphasized the importance of persistence: For each success, there are tens of failures. Lior Koriat: “Always look back and debrief how you could have done things better… Be open and admit to your mistakes and learn from them.”
The panel discussion was very interesting and that is thanks to the panel members who were very open and really wanted to give some of their experience to the younger generation. The question I found to be most interesting wasn’t about technology or fund raising. It was about the culture of the organization: How do you keep a start-up culture in an organization that is relatively big?
Lior Koriat:” The culture actually starts with and radiates from the founders and the CEO of the company. You have to make sure that you broadcast it throughout the organization, especially when opening new branches and new sites. This is why I moved here six years ago, because you cannot build an organization with the culture you’d like to have without migrating that DNA into that territory. You need to hire people that fit the culture in your organization and they will help you instill that DNA”.
After the panel session, the students had the opportunity to visit the companies’ booths and mingle with their representatives.
I wish I had this kind of an opportunity, to meet with market leaders, when I was a young student not too many decades ago 😉
As an Israeli living in the Bay Area and working in a high-tech company, I’d like to share my perspective of the concept of “start-up nation.” Quali will present at the upcoming Start-Up Nation Tech Fair and our CEO, Lior Koriat, will speak on the panel of experts. Quali has a story that is very similar to other Israeli companies in the Bay Area: founded in Israel, keeps R&D center in Israel and moves the headquarters to the Silicon Valley. You see, it is essential for the success of the company and for its exposure to be here rather than there and yet, Israel is the start-up nation.
Why Israel? Why now?
Israel was founded in 1948 and is the only democracy in the Middle East, but it wasn’t always a tech state:
Nowadays, Israel ranks 1st in number of start-ups per capita.
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: “Maslow's theory suggests that the most basic level of needs must be met before the individual will strongly desire (or focus motivation upon) the secondary or higher level needs.”
What is the force behind Israel becoming the start-up nation?
In a nutshell: Israel’s only resource is its Sabras.
I’d like to suggest that on top of the establishment of the state and its progress up Malslow’s pyramid of needs, which allowed its citizens to focus and develop things that are beyond merely existence, lay cultural reasons.
“Due to its lack of natural resources and raw materials, Israel's one advantage is its highly-qualified labor force, scientific institutes, and R&D centers”.
Sabras are raised on a system of values, some of which are:
These values shape a person that always thinks for himself, never takes things for granted, isn’t afraid to challenge authority and always looks for a better way—an easier way—around.
These are only my two cents of interpretation, but while searching the web I found some supporting articles that claim there is a strong positive connection between criticism and innovation.
What’s between criticism and innovation?
According to the Harvard Business Review, “In order to find and exploit the opportunities made possible by big changes in technology or society, we need to explicitly question existing assumptions about what is good or valuable and what is not—and then, through reflection, come up with a new lens to examine innovation ideas. Such questioning and reflection characterize the art of criticism.”
As Jonathan Bendor, Professor of Political Economics and Organizations at Stanford says, “Criticism and creativity have to live together.” Next time your child asks “WHY?” try and be more patient. She might be a tech innovator someday!
In some aspects, there are a lot of similarities between Israel, the start-up nation, and Silicon Valley, the start-up center of the world: high rate of educated population, encouragement of critical thinking, creativity and individualism.
Come visit Israel to learn more and to have some good food, good conversations and make some friends!
Where: San Jose State University, Student Union Ballroom
When: Tuesday, March 14th at 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM.
The event is open to the public.