As the dust settles on the Amazon Cloud Outage (or the mist lifts, or whatever cloud-related metaphorical cliché you prefer) I’d like to make a number of conclusions related to scalability performance, reliability and openness.
For those of you who haven’t followed the minutiae of the story, it appears that Amazon failed because a network event caused Elastic Block Storage (EBS) to start re-mirroring itself, which in turn saturated the network and caused more mirroring events in a cascade that made EBS unavailable. Continue reading Technically, the Amazon Cloud didn’t actually fail
In 1436 Johannes Gutenberg collaborated with a gem cutter and a paper mill owner to seek seed funding from venture capitalists to began work on the ‘Printing Press’. Their invention began the ‘Print Revolution’ driving a wider spread of knowledge and new understanding, innovation and industry. Printing is so fundamental that it is often overlooked as an IT service when migrating to virtualised desktops. In Part I, we considered issues with distributed printing and what printing functions you should consider for your desktop architecture.
VDI Printing. Is it the Nemesis it was with Presentation Virtualisation? If so would client hypervisors help, or is it that traditional desktops delivery is still the best method? In Part II we’ll consider the core printing options for the likes of Citrix XenDesktop, Microsoft RDS, Quest vWorkspace and VMware View; and how they match to our printing considerations. Do you still need third party products to make your print solution effective? We’ll take an overview of solutions from ThinPrint, triCerat and UniPrint to help find out.
Hopefully you can use this knowledge to avoid any user revolution to your hosted desktop implementation, and instead, press on to get the best printing solution for your organisation.
Continue reading VDI Printing. Is it the Nemesis it was for Terminal Services? Part II
BMC has announced that they have bought Coradiant, the leader in web applications performance management. Coradiant specialized in helping IT organizations understand the performance (response time) of their business critical and performance critical web applications. This allows IT organizations to be proactive in the management of the infrastructure supporting these applications leading to fewer brownouts and outages. Continue reading News: BMC buys Coradiant
In Virtualization Performance Management – What if we Started Over, we suggested that in order for virtualized environments to become great platforms for business critical and performance critical applications, that much of the infrastructure that supports virtualization might have to be reinvented. The assertion behind this suggestion is that running dynamic virtualized and cloud based workloads on legacy infrastructure is like driving a Ferrari on a gravel road – you can do it, but you will not be taking advantage of the Ferrari while doing so. We are now starting to see signs that some very bright and experienced technical people are getting together with leaders in the venture capital community to start to make this happen. Continue reading Reinventing the Infrastructure for Virtualization and the Cloud
At the InfoSec World 2011 conference, in the sessions I attended, there was quite a bit of discussion about moving to the cloud as well as cloud outages. What did I discover:
- Migration to the cloud requires planning and resources
- Migration to the cloud requires a team including legal
- Diversification is very important
- It must be easy to migrate
- Security as a Service is a valid option
- I should not lower my standards just to enter the cloud
Some of this was discussed at InfoSec World 2011, The Virtualization Security Podcast of 4/21, and while at Innovations at Epcot Center. Continue reading Cloud Outages or What I learned at Disney/InfoSec World
I was reading the post Small Business Virtualization and that really got me thinking about Small to Medium Businesses and what part Cloud Computing will play in that market. There are plenty of small businesses in and around my area and I have a couple of friends that are the owners of a couple of these small businesses. A majority of these small businesses have a single or a couple of point of sale machines that feed to the accounting program. It is these businesses that I think of when I think of what a small business is. Would virtualization help these companies? Sure, I think so but would it really be worth the cost to setup and maintain? Continue reading The Cloud and the SMB: Diversified?