VMware vExpert Class of 2013

VMware100x30At the end of May, VMware announced the new VMware vExpert class of 2013. There were 581 vExperts named which is the largest group so far in the 5 year history of the program. On an interesting side note, of these 581 vExperts, there are forty two of them that were part of the original 300 in the vExpert Class of 2009. Continue reading VMware vExpert Class of 2013

SDDC Automation and Orchestration

DataCenterVirtualizationWhat is the point of moving the control pane out of the hardware that comprises the Software Defined Data Center into the software which comprises the SDDC? The point would be to surface that control pane through a consistent set of human and programmatic interfaces to allow for SDDC automation and orchestration. Continue reading SDDC Automation and Orchestration

DevOps and Security

VirtualizationSecurityI recently read the book Project Phoenix by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, and George Spafford. If you are in development, IT, or security it should be #1 on your reading list. In this book the authors discuss all the horrors we hear about in IT with a clear direction on how to fix them. There is politics, shadow IT, overzealous security professionals, overworked critical employees, lots of finger pointing. But there is a clear solution, at least as far as the story goes. We also know that DevOps works, most of the time. Continue reading DevOps and Security

Database as a Service: Agility vs. Control

Agile Cloud DevelopmentOver the last few years there has been an increase in the number of database as a service (DBaaS) offerings that have entered the market place. IaaS providers like Amazon have released solutions such as RDS that automates database administration tasks in the area of scaling, replication, failover, backups, and more. There are a number of companies offering automation around NoSQL databases like Hadoop, MongoDB, Redis, Memcache, and numerous other database technologies. PaaS solutions like Heroku, Openshift, Azure, and others all offer database automation services so that developers can focus on business functionality and not database administration. Database as a Service promises agility in delivering software because it eliminates a large amount of engineering that goes into building scalable, reliable, and fault-tolerant databases. Continue reading Database as a Service: Agility vs. Control

News: Compuware PureStack adds a Focus on Application Operations

PerformanceManagementThe traditional view of APM is that APM has been 1) all about custom developed applications, and 2) all about finding the problem in the custom developed code that is creating the performance, throughput, or availability problem. However, as more an more applications are being put in highly distributed, shared, dynamic (virtualized), and cloud based environment, it is increasingly becoming the case that problems in the infrastructure are impacting the applications. Continue reading News: Compuware PureStack adds a Focus on Application Operations

EUC Security: Much More Than VDI

VirtualizationSecurityOn the May 30th Virtualization Security Podcast, Shaun Donaldson, Director of Alliances at Bitdefender Enterprise, joined us to discuss end user computing (EUC) security and how their new Gravity Zone product ties their enterprise products together under one scalable management umbrella. We had a very interesting conversation on the subject of EUC security, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) security, and all aspects of the the EUC stack. There are quite a few moving pieces in the EUC stack. It is greater than your mobile device and the system it is accessing; there is a complete networking and political stack between the two, and perhaps many systems you have to jump through to access your data. Continue reading EUC Security: Much More Than VDI