Upgrade to the Clouds

CloudComputingQuite a few upgrades and new products have come out over the last few months. Some have forced many people to rethink their stance toward the cloud, management of resources, and technologies involved. For many, upgrades should upgrade but not change major functionality (or at least the way they use the upgraded tool). When this happens, there is usually a backlash from the users. To avoid that, different solutions, or even new ones, may be needed to replace those that caused the serious issues with the users. Upgrades should cause very little change to how business is done except to provide new features. Unfortunately, we are seeing a rash of upgrades that are forcing people to rethink how they use a cloud and are actually forcing people to use clouds. Continue reading Upgrade to the Clouds

Replacing Franken-Monitors and Frameworks with the Splunk Ecosystem

Franken-MonitorsmallIn Beware of the Franken-Monitor, we explained how many enterprises ended up with Franken-Monitors and the dangers associated with assuming that the present state of management tools can make the transition into the software-defined data center (SDDC) and the cloud. In Getting Rid of Your Franken-Monitor, we explained how to use green-field islands to put in place new ecosystem-based management stacks with the intent of eventually retiring your legacy management stacks. In this post, we detail how one could deploy one example of such an ecosystem of tools based upon Splunk and the vendors that comprise its ecosystem. Continue reading Replacing Franken-Monitors and Frameworks with the Splunk Ecosystem

The Cloud: Looking Forward

CloudComputingIt is the day after Thanksgiving in the United States, and as technologists, we have quite a bit for which to be thankful, as we live in interesting times. We live between the computing that was (mainframes, PCs, etc.) and the computing of tomorrow (fully functioning cloud). We live within a hybrid world. We are no longer chained to our desks with their big and clunky terminals or computers, but instead we can roam freely around the world (and even into the atmosphere), accessing anything we want, including pictures, files, data, documents, and more (even those pesky cats that inhabit the Internet). With such access comes great power, and with great power comes responsibility. Continue reading The Cloud: Looking Forward

The Future in the Cloud Technology Space

CloudComputingIt is that time of year, at least for those of us in the United States or Canada, to pause and give thanks for the blessings of the harvest and the preceding year. This holiday gives us a moment to reflect on the good things we have in life while sharing a feast with family and friends. To my friends and peers scattered across the globe who share my passion for virtualization and cloud computing: we have something to be very happy and thankful for, and that is the future of the employment options in the cloud computing space. Continue reading The Future in the Cloud Technology Space

Cloud Foundry: Life Is Too Short

agilecloudPivotal’s public cloud version of Cloud Foundry really struggles with the loose integration of third-party services. To appeal to ISVs and others with real-world complexity in their applications, Pivotal needs to identify a coherent product and concentrate on delivering something that works. I tried assiduously to use it and ultimately failed. In case you think I’m being a bit harsh on Pivotal, this system has been in beta for more than two years. By now, it should work.

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VMware vSphere Flash Read Cache

VMware100x30  I’ve written in the near past about a number of different products that are helping enterprises use flash as a cache to accelerate their traditional storage workloads. One product that is helping to push the whole market forward, if only by raising awareness of the options in this space, is VMware’s own vSphere Flash Read Cache. Continue reading VMware vSphere Flash Read Cache

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