All posts by Alastair Cooke

Alastair Cooke is an independent analyst and consultant working with virtualization and datacenter technologies. Alastair spent eight years delivering training for HP and VMware as well as providing implementation services for their technologies. Alastair is able to create a storied communication that helps partners and customers understand complex technologies. Alastair is known in the VMware community for contributions to the vBrownBag podcast and for the AutoLab, which automates the deployment of a nested vSphere training lab.

Do You Have a Workspace?

DesktopVirtualizationWhat do you give to the person who has everything? You give them somewhere to keep it. In this post-PC era, we need to provide our users with one place to go to find all of their IT resources. Ten years ago, there were two things that were going to save IT: single sign-on and portals. Neither really did what we wanted, but times have changed. Now we have the workspace category, which combines the two. A workspace is really about bringing access to all your resources to wherever you happen to be.

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Citrix: The Impact of Bob Calderoni’s Operational Announcements

CloudComputingLate Tuesday, November 17, Citrix provided a public operational review update. The short summary is that the GoTo products will be spun off into an independent business, Citrix is focusing on its core competencies, and 1,000 people have been laid off. Having talked to a few people at Citrix, I know that these are challenging times.

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2016 Will Be the Year Your IT Business Case Matters Most

BusinessAgilityThe recent 2016 State of IT Report from Spiceworks reveals that IT budgets either are not increasing or are barely increasing from what they were in 2015. This has IT execs worried about how they will do more with less, not to mention helping the business drive top-line growth.

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Will 2016 Be the Year of VDI — Sorry, EUC?

DesktopVirtualizationWho or what is EUC? In an industry plagued by TLAs (three-letter acronyms), EUC, or end-user computing, is the new nomenclature for VDI, or virtual desktop infrastructure. This is not just the emperor’s new clothes, but a redefinition of the paradigm of adopting a more inclusive view of the software, hardware, and processes that shore up the client side of corporate infrastructure.

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Tools of the 21st Century Data Centers

BusinessAgilityWhat helps make up 21st century data centers? In my last article, I focused on the automation aspect of the modern-day data center. My main point was that there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to choosing which automation engine to use in your environment. There are plenty of options available, and you should make your decision based on which solution makes the most sense for your environment and the systems that are running on it. You should also take advantage of other automation tools or engines that may be provided as part of another solution. Native functionality that is vendor-provided is a gift that should be opened and taken advantage of. Continue reading Tools of the 21st Century Data Centers

A Redundant Array of (In)expensive Clouds

CloudComputingThe cloud is all very well—buy resources as you need them, and don’t care about the infrastructure required to deliver those resources. But there is no cloud: it’s just someone else’s computer. So you should still think about what is required and what happens when things go wrong. In particular, what happens when a cloud service shuts down? If cloud services are known to fail or be withdrawn, then a good cloud strategy should consider alternatives to each service. This is one item of the service level that should get some attention before you rely on a cloud service.

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