IT Transformation: No Changes to Management

CloudComputingIn previous articles, we discussed IT transformation in general, IT transformation and security, and the top-down and migration approaches to IT transformation. Now, it is time to discuss a method of IT transformation I call “no changes to management.” With this method, IT transformation happens by natural, existing means within the data center, by adding software to aid and augment existing management software. That software forms the core of a transformation engine that, in effect, migrates and manages your cloud presence from your on-premises existing management suite. Continue reading IT Transformation: No Changes to Management

VMware Solves Delegate User Problem

VirtualizationSecurityI have spoken and written quite a bit on the delegate user problem facing cloud and virtual environments. It is a growing problem, as we delegate actions from logged-in users to service accounts to implement changes on our systems. Any system, for example, that proxies administrative requests suffers from the delegate user problem. In essence, when we go to determine who did what, when, where, and how, forensics leads us to a delegate user or service account. We do not know beyond a shadow of a doubt who the user really was. We can correlate multiple log files, and based on time we may be able to come up with a set of users who could have done the deed. However, unless only one user was involved, we just end up with a set of users. Those sets of users, themselves, can be other service accounts—other delegate users, abstracting the real user. Continue reading VMware Solves Delegate User Problem

Skynet or Eagle Eye: You Decide

CloudComputingSkynet or Eagle Eye: you decide. There is a little military exercise going on in the US that you might have heard about, called “Jade Helm.” What makes this interesting for me are the computer systems that are involved in this military exercise. All militaries enjoy using acronyms for just about everything, and JADE Helm is an example of that. JADE stands for “Joint Assistant for Deployment and Execution.” From what I can tell, this is a cloud system that is controlled by an artificial intelligence (AI) system and is sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

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IT Transformation: Migration

CloudComputingIn previous articles, we discussed IT transformation in general, IT transformation and security, and the top-down approach to IT transformation. In this article, we discuss migration as a means to IT transformation. Migration as a means to IT transformation hooks into an organization’s disaster recovery procedures, using these existing mechanisms to migrate workloads from on-premises to in-cloud. At that point, the migration can continue to power on workloads to take over for those on-premises, to run side-by-side with what is on-premises, to run cooperatively with those on-premises, or to just be ready in case a disaster requires their use. The fact is that cloud can be a fairly large cost saver over maintaining a hot site within another data center. Instead, you maintain one in the cloud. Continue reading IT Transformation: Migration