Business Agility

Business Agility covers using the technical agility delivered by virtualization and cloud computing to improve business agility, performance and results. This includes the agility derived from the proper implementation of Agile and DevOps methodologies, the agility derived from proper application and system architectures, (Read More)

the agility derived from the proper implementation of Infrastructure as a Server (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) clouds, the agility derived from proper monitoring of the environment coupled with a process to resolve problems quickly, and the agility derived from have continuous availability through the use of high availability and disaster recovery products and procedures in place.

Virtual Thoughts Ep 2: Veeam Endpoint

veeam_logo_100x30In Virtual Thoughts episode 2, Rick Vanover (@rickvanover) and I sit down to talk about Veeam Endpoint, the latest free product from Veeam. Endpoint provides a method for backing up your Windows endpoints to and from a backup store. That store can be managed by Veeam Backup & Replication v8 as well. This implies that Endpoint can also run on any modern Windows Server (though that is not the initial intent) or desktop running within the cloud without having a direct Veeam presence within the cloud. Veeam Endpoint runs as an application (read this as agent) within the Windows Server or desktop. Continue reading Virtual Thoughts Ep 2: Veeam Endpoint

Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent Announce Potential Engagement

Network VirtualizationWho knew Nokia was still a thing, after Microsoft bought it? Well, as it turns out, Microsoft only bought the Devices and Services division. Nokia still has a number of other divisions, including NSN (the network infrastructure division), HERE (maps and location-based services), and Advanced Technologies (a licensing and development arm). Microsoft has been paying Nokia a big wedge of cash over the last two years to license Nokia’s HERE services, and the contract extends for at least two more years. For Nokia, getting out of the phone market was an astute move. It had lost the handset war and had moved from a position of dominance to being an also-ran. Its high-end Lumia phones, while nice, weren’t delivering an adequate return on R&D investment when going head to head with the now-dominant Apple and Samsung handsets.

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Virtualization & Cloud Security Ep 1

VirtualizationSecurityWe are trying out a new format for the Virtualization & Cloud Security Podcast: video. We’ll post it up on YouTube as well as posting it via Talkshoe and iTunes. In this episode, Mike Foley (@mikefoley) of VMware Technical Marketing joins me to discuss IoT security, the RSA Conference, and hardening guides. We have spoken about the last item quite a few times and featured the RSA Conference on a previous podcast as well. IoT security is now something very interesting.

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Internet of Things Security Gets Personal

CloudComputingEvery new advancement in technology brings security challenges. When the Internet became popular, many people had serious concerns about exposing the enterprise to the outside world. For companies to adopt Internet technologies, they had to accept a tradeoff: taking on new vulnerabilities in return for game-changing business value creation. With the emergence of cloud computing, history is repeating itself. It no longer is feasible to resist the movement to the cloud because of security fears. There must be some acceptance of risk and an effort to minimize that risk with sound architecture, good process, and continuous monitoring. The business value of cloud is too great for businesses to sit on the sidelines.

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Are Enterprises Changing Directions?

BusinessAgilityNo, this is not an article about changing jobs or anything like that. This is an article about the changing directions we have been seeing within the community and companies surrounding cloud and virtualization: a change that signals a new round of innovation and a fundamental shift in thinking. Before, we thought of cloud + virtualization as the bees’ knees. We now realize that cloud + virtualization is just the starting point. Virtualization can safely be ignored within the confines of the cloud.

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Docker Buys SocketPlane As Demand for Network Portability Increases

dockerDocker has announced the acquisition of SocketPlane, a relatively new startup focused on driving DevOps-defined networking by enabling distributed security, application services, and orchestration for Docker and Linux containers. This move is a talent acquisition play. SocketPlane’s Madhu Venugopal, Brent Salisbury, and Dave Tucker are three of the top twenty committers of the OpenDaylight project. An open platform dedicated to network programmability, OpenDaylight enables software-defined networking (SDN) and creates a solid foundation for network functions virtualization (NFV) for networks at any size and scale. These three industry experts have deep roots in networking technologies and extensive experience leading and participating in large open-source projects. The SocketPlane team also includes industry veteran John Willis, an infrastructure and networking expert himself, who is probably best known for his early contributions as one of the original drivers of the DevOps movement.

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