On January 11, 2017, AppSense announced the general availability of version 10.1 of its DesktopNow suite. Version 10.0 has been around since June of 2016, but the imminent arrival of Server 2016 led to a rapid movement toward 10.1, which is now viewed as the latest “stable” release. This seems to have been a one-off, in terms of the accelerated 10.1 release, and the schedule is now expected to revert back to the normal AppSense lifecycle. The standard lifecycle encompasses a major version release at the start of each calendar year (so the next major release would be in early 2018), with incremental minor updates and feature releases in between.
How is artificial intelligence development going in your environment? That question might make you pause for a moment as you ponder the idea and then find yourself scratching your head wondering what artificial intelligence (AI) I could possibly be referring to. Let me present this construct. Artificial intelligence, much like cloud computing, has a definition that varies depending on who you are talking to.
I’m going to diverge ever so briefly from my “Reversed Assumptions” posts to share some happenings in this current engagement I’m on and to tie in some of the previous posts on design and architecture. This post focuses on what architecture is and what it isn’t. As I have engaged with many different sizes of customers over the years, one thing remains true: architects and architecture are many things to many people. There has been a lot of talk and debate on this, and I thought it necessary to be sure about what architecture truly is, and who is qualified to practice it.
After the end of a year, we often pause and reflect to celebrate our successes and to try and gain closure for our failures and tragedies. For many, 2016 has been a horrible year. I am not going to talk about politics, as that is far too contentious, but the world seems a little darker today than it did in January of 2016. We lost music icons like David Bowie, Prince, Rick Parfitt from Status Quo, and George Michael. Comedians Victoria Wood, Caroline Aherne, and Gene Wilder passed away. For the fantasy and science fiction geeks, we lost Alan Rickman (Harry Potter and Galaxy Quest), Carrie Fisher (Star Wars) on Christmas day, and Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) in June. The sporting world lost Muhammad Ali, Arnold Palmer, Johann Cruyff (the founder of Sexy Football—the proper sort with a round ball that is kicked by a foot). We also lost John Glenn, former US senator and astronaut. In the technology world, we lost Intel founding father Andy Grove, email inventor Ray Tomlinson, and AOL co-founder Jim Kimsey.
On January 5, 2016, I was joined by Mike Foley, senior technical marketing architect for VMware vSphere Security, and Kapil Raina, HyTrust VP of product marketing, on the Virtualization and Cloud Security Podcast to discuss moving to a hybrid cloud IaaS model. As always, we strive to provide actionable advice. The key question we tried to answer was “Can you just extend your security into your cloud?” The answer was not as simple as one would expect. Have a listen and let us know what you think. In the meantime, here are our thoughts.
No matter how much technology we have, everything is about people. Even the best tools and automation can fail if the people operating them are not good at IT. Often we buy tools to fix problems, only to find that the tool is not the solution. The problem is not with the tool: more often, there is a problem with the people who operate the tool. Many times, there is also a problem with the people who manage the people who operate the tools.