Everyone uses the cloud. It is a plain, simple fact that everyone uses at least one consumer cloud and that those consumer clouds (iCloud, Google, Dropbox, etc.) translate into cloud usage within the workplace. The workforce likes to get its job done, and part of doing that is using the tools they know, regardless of how IT feels about everything. In the past, IT would block access to those consumer-grade tools with the mistaken thought that they were not secure, that data was leaking, or that they were just plain bad to use. That is not the opinion of the workforce. IT did not substitute anything in place of those tools, so in many cases, IT became marginalized, shadow IT propagated, and we are now behind the eight ball when it comes to having a solid plan on how to handle the cloud tools. Because the workforce uses these Software as a Service (SaaS) tools, we are working within the world of the hybrid cloud. Continue reading Ready or Not, Hybrid Cloud Is Here
Citrix is back in hardware mode. Risking the wrath of the demo gods, Citrix CEO Mark Templeton and head of emerging technologies Chris Fleck took to the stage at Citrix Synergy last month to show off their latest toy—the Citrix Workspace Hub. This potentially game-changing new product does for the real world what until now only Tony Stark could do for the Marvel Universe. Continue reading Citrix Workspace Hub
Have you heard about the new movie that is out, called Tomorrowland? I can’t tell you anything about the movie, but when I saw a commercial for it on the television the other night, the title Tomorrowland got me thinking. It left me wondering about the direction technology is leading us in. What kind of Tomorrowland are we heading full steam ahead to? Some technologies, when you think about them, are really pretty cool, and others, well… they can be downright scary.
Cloud computing is starting to come of age. It has fundamentally altered the IT landscape, dramatically boosting IT agility while lowering costs. What started out as a side project for companies like VMware has led to the proliferation of cloud providers and stacks from IaaS providers based on OpenStack, PaaS providers like Cloud Foundry, and SaaS providers like Dropbox and Salesforce.
Containers are all the rage these days. Many large enterprises are experimenting with containers, and some have implemented them in some form or fashion. Most of the excitement and experimentation is a grassroots effort, and containers are being used within pockets of the enterprises. In many cases, management is aware of container technology but has not yet bought into an all-out container strategy. Some of the hesitation that I hear from C-level executives is that containers are not mature enough yet, containers have security gaps, there is a lack of skills and training, and they don’t want to give up their investment in VMs. The practitioners who are implementing containers see huge opportunities in agility, quality, portability, and manageability. So, how can we explain the value of containers to our bosses so we can get broader adoption of a technology that can solve a lot of business problems?