Are Things Becoming too Automated?

DataCenterVirtualizationAre things becoming too automated? That is a question I cannot believe I am asking. I have spent most of my virtual career creating automated processes from my virtual environments. I spent a great deal of time creating a “toolbox” of scripts to perform almost all of the tasks that I found myself needing to do in an automated fashion. A lot of my peers and I were all creating automated build and automated configuration of our environments from the very beginning and now are seeing a great deal of the automation that we created in one way or another being added to the product suite. Is that a bad thing? No, on the contrary, this shows the active deployment of the technology and gives us insight to the direction the technology may follow. Continue reading Are Things Becoming too Automated?

Public Cloud Reality: Cloud Application Performance Management is your problem

PerformanceManagementThe Virtualization Practice is in the middle of physically moving our data center servers from one city to another. Since it proved impractical to keep them online while they were on the moving van, we moved the web site to a public cloud until we could rebuild our data center in our new location. We encountered several interesting issues with public cloud computing in this process. Continue reading Public Cloud Reality: Cloud Application Performance Management is your problem

Public Cloud Reality: Application Security is in your Hands

VirtualizationSecurityWe recently moved workloads to the public cloud and the public cloud reality does not match the hype, nor does it match the application security requirements of a small or even large organization. There are two sides to the public cloud security discussion, the one that covers management access and the other that covers application security. For the former, you must trust the cloud, however for the later, you basically get the security you bring to the cloud. The public cloud reality is that you do not magically gain application security when using a cloud. Continue reading Public Cloud Reality: Application Security is in your Hands

AppSense Live in the Now: DesktopNow Now More Than Just a Name Change?

www.appsense.comNow, this isn’t a question of how many times can I get now in the title in some sort of unusual Now Bingo game. In January, AppSense, quietly went about re-branding its Management Suite (consisting of Management Center, Application Manager, Environment Manager and Performance Manager) as  AppSense DesktopNow although it’s all official now.

Now, the reasoning was straightforward: while AppSense has a history in helping organisations manage the user workspace, they’ve also been working hard to broaden horizons. AppSense now has two other significant offerings, DataNow and MobileNow.

Now, eschewing suggestions from Interflora, rather than say it with flowers AppSense celebrated Valentines Day by announcing a number of enhancements to DesktopNow, including new enterprise features and capabilities. What are these? Are they more than just some in-play re-branding and how important are these changes in a world that, some say, no longer needs the PC?

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Public Cloud Reality is Much Different than the Hype

CloudComputingThe Virtualization Practice recently moved their systems to the Cloud, being cost conscious we chose one of the public clouds to use. The reality of such a move is much different than the hype. We expected stellar support, better performance, improved security, improved DR, and 5 9s uptime, and the hypervisor is a commodity. In essence, it should be better than we could do ourselves. That is the promise of the cloud; the hype of the cloud. What we have seen is something far different. Continue reading Public Cloud Reality is Much Different than the Hype

Virsto: Software Defined Data Center: Tip of the Iceberg

CloudComputingVMware buying Virsto is a big move and after considerable discussion a logical step for VMware in many technical areas as well. We previously mentioned that Virsto would add to VMware’s existing in Software Defined Data Center (SDDC), but there is more to this than just SDDC, which I believe is the end goal. Getting there absolutely requires a storage abstraction layer. So what does VMware gain other than SDDC with Virsto. Continue reading Virsto: Software Defined Data Center: Tip of the Iceberg