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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Monitoring for Agile Operations and DevOps

November 5, 2013
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Agile Cloud Development

Building an Agile Operations process will require changes in organization, processes and tools. This is an essential journey for any organization that wishes to remain relevant in the age of Agile Development, the Software Defined Data Center and the Cloud.

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Are Market Dynamics Going to Kill IBM?

October 23, 2013
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DataCenterVirtualization

While IBM is still a huge (and profitable) technology company it is on the wrong side of nearly every important market dynamic in the technology industry. We have a long way to go before IBM is a buggy whip, but things are definitely headed in that direction.

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VMworld 2013 Update: VMware’s Management Strategy

October 22, 2013
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DataCenterVirtualization

With this set of announcements, VMware has solidified its position as a leader in providing a suite of management solutions across its own data center virtualization platform, the VMware Hybrid Cloud Service, Microsoft Hyper-V and Amazon AWS. As more of the data center gets virtualized, virtualization and cloud focused solutions like these from VMware become…

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Moka5: Managed Local Desktops in the Cloud

October 7, 2013
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Moka5: Managed Local Desktops in the Cloud

Moka5 is tackling the problem of desktop management with their LivePC bare metal and software operating system virtualization solutions. If you consider that one of the major challenges in desktop management is the constant need to keep the base systems updated with system and security patches, and application updates that come just as often.

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VMworld 2013: ViewSonic’s Android Based Thin Client, a Hidden Treasure

September 6, 2013
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VMworld 2013: ViewSonic’s Android Based Thin Client, a Hidden Treasure

Amongst all the major infrastructure and cloud announcements at VMworld this year, I was looking for some interesting technology that would stand out from a EUC perspective. Released back in May, the ViewSonic SD-A225 and SD-A245 (22 and 24 inch respectively) smart display devices peaked my interest.

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VMworld 2013 Wrap Up – The Software Defined Data Center

September 4, 2013
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DataCenterVirtualization

In order to sell the Software Defined Data Center, VMware needs to prove that it delivers a hard dollar ROI to the customers of the Software Defined Data Center. Commoditizing the expensive networking hardware business and commoditizing the expensive storage hardware business are two excellent ways for VMware to deliver that hard dollar ROI, and…

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Booths to Visit at VMworld 2013

August 21, 2013
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VMworld 2013 is upon us and one of our tasks is to figure out which vendor's booths to go see. With over 230 booths to choose from this is a daunting task. If you are interested in finding creative new solutions to your management, monitoring, deployment, security, data protection, and desktop management problems, this list…

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Rethinking Thin Clients from a Security Perspective

August 1, 2013
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DesktopVirtualization

The recent events surrounding the treacherous activities of Edward Snowden should make most of us think long and hard about the measures we are taking to secure our corporate data. Are we giving our administrators too much access? Do we fail to audit and report on how the data is being accessed and used? Is…

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The Benefits of Virtualizing Networking and Storage

July 30, 2013
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DataCenterVirtualization

The benefits of virtualizing networking and storage will be very different than were the benefits of virtualizing CPU and memory. VMware's success to date has not come at the expense of server vendors. However VMware's success with virtualized networking will come at the expense of Cisco. The success with virtualizing storage will come at the…

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