IT as a Service

IT as a Service (ITaaS) covers private clouds hybrid clouds and the cloud management offerings used to create and manage these clouds. This includes coverage of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) private and hybrid cloud offerings, Platform as a Service (PaaS) private and hybrid cloud offerings, and Software as a Service (SaaS).|Emerging areas like Desktop as a Service (DaaS), Storage as a Service, and Applications as a Service are also covered. The key issues covered include which enterprise applications and use cases are appropriate for private and hybrid clouds, and how vendors should select the cloud management offerings that are going to be used to manage these various types of cloud services. Covered vendors include VMware (vCloud Automation Center), VirtuStream, CloudBolt Software, Intigua, ElasticBox, ServiceMesh, Cloudsidekick, and Puppet Labs.

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Will the SDDC Be the Norm in Two Years?

May 16, 2014
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Come on, let’s get real here. The software-defined data center may become the norm in two years in the gilded cages of Silicon Valley, North Carolina’s Research Triangle, and the other “centers of excellence” out there. But in the real world—you know, the one where companies are still using NT4 servers to deliver real and…

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News: Oracle v. Google — Why Is This Important?

May 16, 2014
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agilecloud

On the 9th of May, 2014, something happened in the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that could have massive ramifications for our fledgling cloud orchestration industry. Circuit judges with no knowledge about the software industry and how that industry works made a judgement that could pull the rug out from under the…

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CumuLogic Provides Database as a Service for On-Premises Cloud Foundry

May 15, 2014
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CloudComputing

Last week, CumuLogic launched a preview edition of its Database Service Broker for Cloud Foundry, a self-service managed SQL and NoSQL database service platform. Database Service Broker provides functionality equivalent to public Database as a Service (DBaaS) platforms such as Amazon Relational Database Service (for SQL) and Amazon DynamoDB (NoSQL), but with the database hosted…

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Citrix Workspace Services Promises Next Step Toward Virtual Workspace

May 9, 2014
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DesktopVirtualization

At its annual Synergy Conference in LA’s Anaheim Convention Center on Tuesday, Citrix announced Citrix Workspace Services (CWS), its new flagship product. CWS is a management platform for controlling the creation, management, and delivery of distributed virtual workspace services across multiple public and private clouds. According to Citrix’s marketing message, CWS will design, build, and deliver amazing…

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Open Sorcerer, XenServer Ambassador—Tim Mackey Speaks from the Citrix Mother Ship

May 7, 2014
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Citrix100x30

Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with Tim Mackey on the User Experience Podcast, Episode 8. Tim has been with Citrix for ten years and has been working with XenServer exclusively since 2009. Our conversation revolves around what the XenServer density capabilities are. There has been an ongoing conflict between density stories about Citrix…

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Death to Active Directory? Is the Windows Domain Still Relevant in the Modern IT World?

May 5, 2014
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CloudComputing

In a meeting recently, I was quite taken aback to hear a reason given for not moving to 2012 R2 forest functional level—a reason to which I hadn’t previously been privy. The stated reason was, “in a few years, the Windows domain won’t be relevant anymore.” As someone who cut his IT teeth on Windows…

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Is SDDC a Product or a Mindset?

April 30, 2014
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Secure Hybrid Cloud

My response to Stephen Foskett’s tweet of a post about the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) Symposium led to an interesting conversation about the nature of the SDDC—what it is, what it is not, and why we should care. The software-defined data center is considered by some to be an instrument of vendor lock-in, vaporware, or…

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Happy Birthday, Citrix — Now, Get Back to Work

April 23, 2014
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Citrix100x30

Citrix is twenty-five this year. It’s done pretty well; not everyone can say that they created a market-defining end user computing platform that is used by every major organization in the world—and a few other places as well. So Happy Birthday, guys, and please take the rest of the day off. Just make sure you’re…

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Virtualization Must Be Intuitive and Easy

March 21, 2014
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DataCenterVirtualization

With so many vendors in the virtualization marketplace, new products are released daily, and only some of them will ultimately prove to be successful. The competition for both mindshare and wallet is fierce, and this is forcing new vendors in particular to simplify new products brought into the marketplace in order to achieve success.

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