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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.

The Irony in IT

CloudComputingOh, the irony in IT. Early in my career, the Windows operating system dominated the corporate world, until Linux came along and presented an alternative to Windows dominance. Flash forward to today, and now both Amazon and Google, two of the largest cloud computing platforms that have Linux supporting the hypervisor, are able to support Windows Servers and other platforms. Continue reading The Irony in IT

Shortage of Highly Skilled Technology Workers: Fact or Fiction?

DataCenterVirtualizationIs the shortage of highly skilled technology workers fact or fiction? If you listen to the likes of Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, it seems an absolute fact. Yet, I find myself questioning that notion. Can any of you tell me exactly what “highly skilled technology worker” means? Which skillsets are the ones that make up this worker? Is “highly skilled technology worker” the best term to use, or would “highly specialized technology worker” be a better one?

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Workflows in the Cloud Are On Track to Expand

CloudComputingWorkflows in the cloud are on track to expand to the point that by 2018, three quarters of all workflows will be done in the cloud. Think about that for a moment. Within four years, three quarters of data processed will be processed in the cloud, if an article I came across in CloudTech is correct. The article goes on to present some interesting statistics from Cisco’s latest Cloud Index study, such as a predicted quadrupling of global cloud IP traffic over the next five years.

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Will Technology Be Our Ultimate Downfall?

CloudComputingQuestion of the day: Will technology end up being our ultimate downfall? In the not-so-distant past, I wrote a series of blog posts on the expectation of privacy with user device tracking. If you are interested, you can check them out here. Lately, there have been a few things in the news that make it worth writing another post in that series.

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The End of an Era: The End of Backup Exec

VirtualizationBackupIt’s the end of an era: the end of Backup Exec. Symantec has released a notice that it will stop selling the Backup Exec 3600 appliance on January 5, 2015. When this topic caught my eye while I was reading the latest cloud computing news, I must admit the announcement brought on a feeling of nostalgia about the early days in my IT career. Backup Exec was one of the earliest products that I supported and became proficient with, and now, about twenty years later, this announcement brings on what I would call an end of an era in itself. I understand that the Backup Exec 3600 appliance is a completely different product than what I worked with in those early days, but let me ask you this. How many of you reading this post have worked with some version of Backup Exec throughout your career? I am willing to make a small wager that if you have a few years under your belt, and especially if you have been working in IT since sometime around the turn of the century, you have.

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The Software-Defined Data Center with Nuage

Network VirtualizationThe software-defined data center was all the rage at VMworld 2013, when NSX, VMware’s network virtualization platform, was announced. At VMworld 2014, the honeymoon of the NSX hype had worn off some, yet network virtualization is still a key growing and maturing technology. Nevertheless, it is still too immature for an all-out adoption at this point, in my opinion. I had an opportunity during the VMworld 2014 Tech Field Day Extra to sit in on a briefing and demo from Nuage Networks.

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