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There can be no real arguing against the fact that Amazon Web Services reigns supreme with regard to public cloud. Its recently announced quarterly results show that AWS is not only gaining revenue, but actually making a “small” surplus. OK, maybe not so small: a tad over half a billion dollars, compared to a $57 million loss for the same quarter in 2015.
What I have found interesting whilst watching it grow is how much like VMware it has become. I can hear you all saying, “It is nothing like VMware.” But please hear me out. AWS’s growth cycle is very similar. Why do I say this? Continue reading Has AWS Peaked?→
Those of you who know me know that disaster recovery is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. For those of you whom I have not had the pleasure of meeting, I have spent most of my professional career working in Florida; I hope that offers a little insight into my special interest in disaster recovery.
When we talk about monitoring for performance, security, and business rules, we often refer to monitoring of infrastructure or Platform as a Service mechanisms. But how do you monitor Software as a Service? Do you just tally the dollars spent for the service, or can you look at application performance, security issues, or even your business rules today? Or do you trust the SaaS to provide data?
I spent a week in April at the OpenStack Summit in Austin. This was my fifth OpenStack Summit, so it was not an entirely new experience. I attend the summit to organize the vBrownBag TechTalks, so I see the event quite differently from many of the attendees. One of the things I learned early on is that there are actually two summits going on at once. There is the conventional trade show, with vendors whose business is selling products and services to customers. But there is another summit, a little less obvious, that goes on alongside. The Design Summit is where some real magic takes place. One of the big differences between open-source and proprietary software is how public the software development process is.
At Zenoss GalaxZ 16, there was a button titled “Talk Data to Me.” That got me thinking about the nature of data or, more importantly, what we keep, what we use, and the future of data altogether. Do we throw away data because we have no way to store it or analyze it, or because we consider data to be a renewable resource? Areenterprises embracing data? Or is this just a next-generation application concept?
We are approaching the countdown to the release of Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 2016. It is estimated that it will be released sometime during Q3 of this year, most likely early September. We’ve already seen Technical Previews One through Five, each enhancing the previous one and introducing new features.