Moving Past the OpenStack API Debate

OpenStack LogoThere has been a great deal of passionate debate over the last few months within the OpenStack community. There is one camp that is advocating for building APIs that are compatible with Amazon Web Services (AWS) APIs, while the other camp argues for augmenting the existing OpenStack APIs. Those in favor of making the APIs more compatible with AWS are focused on standardization and compatibility between OpenStack and AWS. Standardizing on the AWS APIs makes moving workloads between OpenStack and AWS clouds easier, thus giving OpenStack a competitive advantage over other private cloud stacks. It also makes it easier for customers to move workloads off of AWS (public cloud) to OpenStack (private cloud) for customers wanting to deploy on bare metal machines, keep critical data out of the public cloud, or have the flexibility to target a cloud endpoint based on their customers’ desires (for those delivering solutions to customers outside of their enterprise). Continue reading Moving Past the OpenStack API Debate

HyTrust Expanding Role in Secure Hybrid Cloud

Hytrust100x30HyTrust released version 3.5 of their virtualization security proxy and compliance tool. This tool is core to a growing ecosystem of partners and systems. HyTrust has also expanded its role within the secure hybrid cloud by covering more of what is traditionally part of the data center. HyTrust is a proxy that sits between an administrator and sensitive systems by providing both advanced role-based access controls and advanced logging. With HyTrust fronting your VMware vSphere environment, HP ILO,  Cisco UCS UIM, and Nexus Switches, administrators gain a fine-grained level of control over actions, improved logging in these environments, and the ability to vault critical passwords. With HyTrust there is no need to share passwords, but there is a need for robust control of an Active Directory environment. Continue reading HyTrust Expanding Role in Secure Hybrid Cloud

Management Frameworks Will Die

BlindDinosaurWe are at an unprecedented place in the history of the computer industry. Both technical and economic forces are at work to drive innovation at an unprecedented rate and scale. These forces are creating new types of uses of IT services, new applications, new platforms, new infrastructures, and new models for selling and buying management software. Any form of management software that cannot address these new environments, and keep up with rate of change will die. It is therefore inevitable that management frameworks will die. Continue reading Management Frameworks Will Die

Infinio Accelerator

InfinioWith SSD, RAM, and flash prices falling but storage vendors maintaining their margins on array hardware there is an increasing niche for flash-based caching solutions. These solutions promise better performance at lower costs than retrofitting your legacy arrays and are becoming quite a market, especially for virtualization infrastructure. Infinio is one startup that is competing in this space. Continue reading Infinio Accelerator

Passwords Are Dead or Dying

VirtualizationSecurityPasswords are dead or dying:  According to Google security executive Heather Adkins, Passwords are dead for Google and warned that any startups that will rely on passwords are going to be dead in the water. Heather Adkins did not offer any real specifics on how Google is going to innovate tomorrow’s security but did hint that Google is experimenting with hardware-based tokens as well as something that Motorola has created that authenticated users by having them touch a device to something embedded. Continue reading Passwords Are Dead or Dying

VMware Rejoins the Automated Service Assurance Debate

PerformanceManagementAt VMworld 2013, one of the three imperatives for IT was to “Replace Management with Automation”.  This builds upon some things that VMware has been doing for quite some time, and restarts an initiative that was first kicked off by Paul Maritz a few years ago. One the one hand VMware has been replacing manual management with automation for quite some time. On the other hand, VMware has talked about automated problem resolution in the past but never delivered. All of this inevitably leads to the notion of automated service assurance. Continue reading VMware Rejoins the Automated Service Assurance Debate

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