Just before Christmas I made a post on CIO Magazine’s “10 Virtualization Vendors to Watch” list. My first post was about Cirba and the second one covered VizionCore. I met with both companies at Summit. Cirba was a sponsor of Summit and George Pradel from VisionCore came down as well.

Unfortunately, travel in January to visit partners and Citrix Summit have kept me so busy I haven’t had much time to continue this series. Here is the next company from the list with some added background –

Akorri –

Akorri’s BalancePoint suite can help solve one of the toughest questions IT teams have around virtualization: How far can I push this physical server by adding on more VMs without affecting application service levels? BalancePoint’s analysis tools can see across server, storage and software issues to help you plan and manage workload balancing issues.

Here is how Akorri describes their product on their website -

A true breakthrough in cross-domain data center management, BalancePoint is a new class of agent-less management software for the virtualized data center. It uses advanced analytics so IT managers and business managers can understand how well data center resources are performing. BalancePoint also helps IT optimize server and storage resource utilization. BalancePoint customers are able to reduce IT infrastructure costs, by using servers and storage more efficiently, and manage the environment with fewer people.

BalancePoint’s Cross-Domain Analysis™ technology collects information from servers, storage, and infrastructure software, and automatically correlates application performance across these domains. By providing a single view across IT silos, Cross-Domain Analysis shortens troubleshooting, saves money, and helps prevent disruptive outages to business-critical applications.

As with the first two partners on this list, Virtual Strategy Magazine did a podcast on Akorri –

Podcast Summary:
Length: 9:49

  • Introduction
  • Tom Joyce, CEO and President of Akorri (:10)
  • The focus at Akorri (:22)
  • Akorri’s work with Cross-Domain Performance Management (:50)
  • Typical usage case for Akorri’s BalancePoint product (3:07)
  • How BalancePoint is different from system management tools (5:57)
  • What’s next at Akorri (7:23)
  • For more information (8:47)
  • Close

David Marshall of VMBlog.com and the Virtualization Blog on InfoWorld recently wrote a story reviewing the accolades Akorri has received -

- SearchDataCenter.com’s Silver Data Center Product of the Year

- VMware’s Best of VMworld Gold Award for Performance Monitoring and Optimization

- SearchStorage.com’s Product of the Year Finalist

- Five Star Recommendation within CMP Channel’s CRN Test center review

- CIO Magazine’s 10 Virtualization Vendors to Watch in 2008

- Network World’s 10 IT Management Companies to Watch

- Byte and Switch’s Top 10 Startups to Watch

- One of American Venture Magazine’s 2008 most promising start ups selected for vision, market leadership and technological achievements

I found a few Akorri specific videos on the web.

First, an interview with their CEO (done by TechTargetTV ) regarding their Best of VMWorld award –


I also found these white board videos in the ZDnet “At the Whiteboard” Series done by Akorri’s VP of Marketing, Tom Joyce (who has apparently been promoted to CEO since these videos were made).

Managing Application Performance Across IT Domains – At the WhiteBoard Series from ZDNet

Application Service Level Management

Akorri is certainly on the radar, and I personally expect them to be engaged in our Alliance program and Citrix Ready in the near future.

Next up is Platform Computing…