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Stephen Beaver is the co-author of VMware ESX Essentials in the Virtual Data Center and Scripting VMware Power Tools: Automating Virtual Infrastructure Administration as well as being contributing author of Mastering VMware vSphere 4 and How to Cheat at Configuring VMware ESX Server. Stephen is an IT Veteran with over 15 years experience in the industry. Stephen is a moderator on the VMware Communities Forum and was elected vExpert for 2009 and 2010. Stephen can also be seen regularly presenting on different topics at national and international virtualization conferences.

Skynet or Eagle Eye: You Decide

CloudComputingSkynet or Eagle Eye: you decide. There is a little military exercise going on in the US that you might have heard about, called “Jade Helm.” What makes this interesting for me are the computer systems that are involved in this military exercise. All militaries enjoy using acronyms for just about everything, and JADE Helm is an example of that. JADE stands for “Joint Assistant for Deployment and Execution.” From what I can tell, this is a cloud system that is controlled by an artificial intelligence (AI) system and is sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

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Cloud Storage Built with Security in Mind

CloudComputingCloud storage built with security in mind. If you have not heard of Cloud-Clout before, then let me be the first to introduce you to the Cloud-Clout Platform as a Service (PaaS) systems to deliver Cloud-Clout Software as a Service (SaaS) for secure cloud data storage. Cloud-Clout has offices in both the Ukraine and North Palm Beach, Florida. This makes Cloud-Clout a local home team company for me, and one that is presenting a much more secure option for public cloud-based storage. Who wouldn’t be into that?

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Whatever Happened to Mobile Virtualization?

DataCenterVirtualizationWhatever happened to mobile virtualization? Just a couple years ago, there seemed to be a ton of hype about mobile virtualization. The goal was to be able to run multiple isolated virtual instances on a single physical device. I remember walking the expo floor during the VMworld conference that year and seeing all the demo phones on display; I also saw a demo of the technology during one of the keynote presentations. Then, focus seemed to move over to network virtualization.

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Then There Were Two. Or Were There?

CloudComputingThen there were two. Or were there? According to the annual report of research firm Gartner, the cloud computing competition in the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) space is focusing on two clear leaders of the pack. It should be no surprise that Amazon Web Services (AWS) is still in the lead, but making its move and catching up fast is Microsoft Azure.

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CloudComputingHave you heard about the new movie that is out, called Tomorrowland? I can’t tell you anything about the movie, but when I saw a commercial for it on the television the other night, the title Tomorrowland got me thinking. It left me wondering about the direction technology is leading us in. What kind of Tomorrowland are we heading full steam ahead to? Some technologies, when you think about them, are really pretty cool, and others, well… they can be downright scary.

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