Securing the Hybrid Cloud

The secure hybrid cloud encompasses a complex environment with a complex set of security requirements spanning the data center (or data closet), end user computing devices, and various cloud services. The entry point to the entire hybrid cloud is some form of End User Computing device whether that is a smart phone, tablet, laptop, or even a desktop computer. Once you enter the hybrid cloud, you may be taken to a cloud service or to your data center. The goal is to understand how the data flows through out this environment in order to properly secure it and therefore secure the hybrid cloud, but since it is a complex environment, we need a simpler way to view this environment. Continue reading Securing the Hybrid Cloud

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

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