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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.

Are US Tech Companies Suffering a Slow and Agonizing Death?

VirtualizationSecurityAre technology companies in the United States now suffering from a slow and agonizing death? In what is being called “The Snowden Effect,” the infamous former National Security Agency contractor’s disclosures revealing the extent of NSA worldwide spying efforts have prompted companies to avoid or leave US technology firms in droves. This has been especially true with regard to US-based cloud services since it was realized that most of the largest US tech companies’ cloud computing systems have had their data accessed by the NSA. This revelation has caused approximately a ten percent drop in customers from cancelled contracts, according to a survey from industry group Cloud Security Alliance. Some argue that that President Barack Obama has added fuel to the fire of tech industry problems by emphasizing how the NSA surveillance program focuses on people outside of the United States. One of the biggest problems that plague these US companies is the perception that they are giving their data directly to the NSA.

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News: VMware’s Latest Acquisition, AirWatch

VMware100x30It appears that VMware has been on quite the acquisition kick lately, first with the $1.3 billion acquisition of its Palo Alto neighbor Nicira in 2012, and now with its largest acquisition in company history: the $1.54 billion purchase of mobile management and security firm AirWatch. The AirWatch acquisition is aimed at tightening companies’ security and peace of mind, particularly with regard to the growing use of mobile devices for work, referred to as “bring your own device” (BYOD).

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Social Servers

agilecloudThe twenty-first century has brought with it the rise of virtualization and cloud computing, along with the ascent of social media. Nowadays, it appears that a solid majority of people have participated in some sort of social media outlet, such as Facebook, Twitter, Yammer, SocialCast, and SnapChat, just to name a few. There is no arguing that there aren’t a number of good things about social media, like the ability to more easily keep in touch with family and friends, but have you ever considered the idea of using social media to keep in touch with your servers? Could having social servers be beneficial in your environment?

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Something Is Wrong: It Must Be the Hypervisor!

VirtualizationSecuritySomething is wrong—it must be the hypervisor!

If you work in any virtual or cloud environments, how many times have you heard that statement as soon as any kind of problem surfaces? Way back when during the twentieth century, as a problem deflection, the network would immediately be blamed. As we got into the twenty-first century, virtualization quickly became the go-to area for any and all problems. As part of the virtualization and cloud computing teams, we would have to prove that a problem was not caused by virtualization before any other teams would really dig in and troubleshoot the issue. Even after the fourteen years since the turn of the century and the mainstream acceptance of virtualization technology as a whole, I still see that kind of blame mentality today. And just when I thought I’d heard it all when it comes to virtualization blame, a news story comes out that takes this immediate blame game to a whole new level. Continue reading Something Is Wrong: It Must Be the Hypervisor!

Dell and Red Hat Collaboration, Part 2

OpenStack LogoIt has been around a decade since Dell and Red Hat’s collaboration, when they helped launch Red Hat Linux into the mainstream. Now, they have gotten back together to collaborate on an enterprise-grade version of OpenStack, based on the Havana version. This announcement recently followed another announcement from Red Hat that they would be bundling OpenStack with the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5. Continue reading Dell and Red Hat Collaboration, Part 2

Get Off the Hypervisor and Get Into the Cloud

CloudComputingIn my last couple of posts, I wanted to express my thoughts about the future of cloud computing. In the first post, I shared what appears to be a bright outlook for the future for people working in the cloud space, given the soaring demand for skilled engineers and not enough quality people to fill those roles. In my second post, I presented a couple of key skill areas that currently seem to have the most demand. I want to share my thoughts, or more to the point, concern, that this “gap” of skilled engineers is only going to increase unless we can help guide people off the hypervisor and into the cloud.

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