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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Using Microsoft SCOM to Manage the Performance of Virtualized Applications on vSphere

March 29, 2011
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Using Microsoft SCOM to Manage the Performance of Virtualized Applications on vSphere

BlueStripe has integrated its applications topology views and end-to-end response time monitoring information into Microsoft SCOM. This creates an appealing solution to manage applications performance on a response time basis across virtualization platforms, and across both physical and virtually host applications.

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Multiple Hybrid Clouds Kludged Together? — Cloud Architecture

March 28, 2011
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With the diversity of cloud's available today, data being sent from one to another could appear to be a hodge-podge of security. As one colleague put it recently when I asked what he was expecting to maintain integrity of data in motion between clouds: "... what kind of kludge can things end up being when…

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Security as a Service: Is it Safe?

March 23, 2011
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Security as a Service: Is it Safe?

Last week I spoke with two different Security as a Service vendors, each with their own approaches to security as a service. The first company I spoke to was CloudPassage who just exited stealth mode in time for RSA Conference, and Zscaler who is a well known company. Both provide Security as a Service with…

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Applications Performance Equals Response Time, not Resource Utilization

March 22, 2011
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Applications Performance Equals Response Time, not Resource Utilization

Transaction rate, an average response time goal, and an allowable upper bound, combined with transaction rate will come to define performance and capacity. These new metrics will get monetized allowing applications owners to shop for price/performance curves across internal and external service providers on a rational and economic basis.

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Constructing a Best of Breed Alternative to VMware vCenter Operations Enterprise

March 15, 2011
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Constructing a Best of Breed Alternative to VMware vCenter Operations Enterprise

With VMware vCenter OPS, VMware has stated that performance, capacity, and configuration data need to be integrated into a self-learning model in order to monitor a dynamic system. This model can be implemented as well using third party solutions like those from Quest, CA Technologies, AppDynamics, Bluestripe, dynaTrace, VKernel, NetApp, Netuitive, Net Relic, Coradiant, VMTurbo,…

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A Perfect Storm in Availability and Performance Monitoring

February 25, 2011
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The right approach to monitoring a virtual or cloud based environment is to start with a clean sheet of paper, determine your requirements, and assemble a horizontally layered solution out of best of class vendor solutions that address each layer. Vendors should be evaluated on their mastery of one or more layers, their ability to…

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Hosting.com Cloud Trends Report

February 17, 2011
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Hosting.com Cloud Trends Report

Hosting.com has done a survey of over 500 companies on their cloud and virtualization usage patterns, plans and concerns. The report concludes that in the next 12 months, there will be a fundamental and measurable shift in how companies view and utilize cloud-based solutions.

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The Beginning of the the End of the Era of Windows?

February 16, 2011
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While we may well be on the road towards VMware becoming the layer of software that talks to the hardware in the data center - removing Microsoft from that role, this is not the end of Windows. If Windows were just an OS, it would be severely threatened VMware insertion into the data center stack.…

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VMware Executive Management Team Changes – The Implications

February 7, 2011
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Todd Nielsen has already succeeded twice at what he is now being asked to do at VMware - once at Microsoft and once at BEA. This time what hangs in the wind is VMware's ultimate destiny. Will VMware be the device driver to the dynamic data center (vSphere), or will VMware be that and the…

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