CERN Goes Hybrid

DataCenterVirtualizationCERN goes hybrid: Have you heard the news that CERN is going to the cloud? The term CERN is used to refer to the European laboratory located in the northwest suburbs of Geneva snug on the Switzerland border. Its main function is to provide the particle accelerators and other laboratory infrastructure needed to perform high-energy physics research. CERN was originally established in 1954 as The European Organization for Nuclear Research. Research at the facility has moved past nuclear research, and it has fully expanded into one of the largest laboratories for particle physics research, using the Large Hadron Collider. On an interesting side note, the main site at CERN is also the birthplace of the World Wide Web; before that, these facilities were a major wide-area networking hub for sharing the scientists’ research with different scientists located elsewhere. Continue reading CERN Goes Hybrid

Best of Breed SDDC Management Stack

SDDC.Management.Stack.Reference.ArchitectureVMware will be the first vendor to deliver a Software Defined Data Center and a management stack for that data center. But if you want to, you can choose to build your own management stack for your SDDC out of products from vendors that specialize in one of the areas in our reference architecture. This would result in a Best of Breed SDDC Management Stack. Continue reading Best of Breed SDDC Management Stack

PaaS Secret Shopper 2 – The Application Lifecycle

CloudComputingA couple of years ago we did two “secret shopper” posts about our fairly good experience using Red Hat OpenShift  and our fairly dismal experience using CloudFoundry – then a VMware technology. CloudFoundry is now in the portfolio of a new company known as Pivotal, which has just launched a Version 2 of Red Hat has just launched a new version of OpenShift with private PaaS support, and we are re-visiting both offerings with a view to understanding how to adopt them, using an application we are developing for various other purposes. Continue reading PaaS Secret Shopper 2 – The Application Lifecycle

How DevOps Can Turn Fragile to Agile

agilecloudI was fortunate enough to catch the live stream of DevOpsDays, held at the tail end of the Structure 2013 conference in San Francisco a couple of weeks ago. There were many really good presentations, and I picked up on a common theme. It appears, and I have seen it first hand, that there is still a lot of confusion about what DevOps really is. Some companies think it is an IT role, like some kind of super systems administrator who can also magically code like a stud programmer. These companies create a new silo called “DevOps” and defeat the whole purpose of what DevOps is intended to do. One by one, presenters at DevOpsDays stomped their feet and said “DevOps is not a role, it is a culture shift!” Continue reading How DevOps Can Turn Fragile to Agile

VMware’s SDDC Management Stack

SDDC.Management.Stack.Reference.ArchitectureVMware will be the first vendor to deliver a Software Defined Data Center. The most likely scenario is that the SDDC will get completely fleshed out and announced at the US VMworld show and that then VMware’s SDDC Management Stack will be announced at the European VMworld event later in the fall. Continue reading VMware’s SDDC Management Stack

Privacy in a Big Data World

CloudComputingWe are seeing more and more cloud-based big data solutions for security, business analysis, application performance management, and many other things we see the results of every day, from when we search on Google, Bing, etc., to the email we get from various marketing campaigns. We know that governments and many others are using big data, whether in a cloud form or on-premise form, to correlate various forms of data to determine who we are, where we going, what we are doing, how we are doing something, and sometimes why we are doing anything. So with all this data out there in the hands of ‘others’, how can privacy be achieved for the individual? We touched on this within the Internet of Things: Expectation of Privacy article, and within this we spoke about the handling of personal and identifiable information (PII). Continue reading Privacy in a Big Data World