All posts by Steve Beaver

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.

Migration to the Cloud — My Personal Experience

CloudComputingIn my post A Look Forward to 2015, I mentioned the drastic jump in revenue that Microsoft has had with the growth of its cloud services, including Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Microsoft Dynamics, as well as other SaaS platforms. When you look at the array of products and services Microsoft has developed, it’s clear that Microsoft is gearing up to take the title from the current reigning cloud champion, Amazon. When will Microsoft overtake its rival? Time will tell, but my safe bet is that it will be within the next five years.

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The Internet of Things: BlackBerry?

CloudComputingHow big of a future will the Internet of Things have in the cloud? At the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, vendors of all shapes and sizes shared their products and roadmaps for the future. One such report came from BlackBerry, a company we don’t hear much about these days. BlackBerry announced the rollout of its cloud-based Internet of Things platform, in addition to indicating that its BBM messaging technology will support Android-based smartwatches.

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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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