Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing focuses upon how to construct, secure, manage, monitor and use public IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS clouds. Major areas of focus include barriers to cloud adoption, progress on the part of cloud vendors in removing those barriers, where the line of responsibility is drawn between the cloud vendor and the customer for each of IaaS, PaaS and SaaS clouds, (Read More)

as well as the management tools that are essential to deploy in the cloud, ensure security in the cloud and ensure the performance of applications running in the cloud. Covered vendors include Amazon, VMware, AFORE, CloudSidekick, CloudPhysics, ElasticBox, Hotlink, New Relic, Prelert, Puppet Labs and Virtustream.

Privileged Accounts within SDDC

As your software-defined data center (SDDC) grows, so does the quantity of privileged accounts. This was the discussion on the Virtualization Security Podcast of February 13, 2014, where we were joined by Thycotic Software. Privileged accounts are used by administrators and others to fix issues, set up new users, add new workloads, move workloads around your SDDC, harden those workloads, and perhaps even log in to just pull down logs for further use. The list of reasons to use privileged accounts is as endless as your system administrator’s stack of work. Yet today, almost always, access to these accounts is made by those who know the password.  Continue reading Privileged Accounts within SDDC

Who Runs What Hypervisor?

CloudComputingHave you taken any time answering this question? Who runs what hypervisor? Is it just me, or do there seem to be a lot of articles and posts about OpenStack recently, so many that one almost gets the feeling that everything is running on OpenStack? It looks like there’s a push to help keep OpenStack on the path to becoming more mainstream, and the new partnership with Red Hat might just be the ticket. For now, OpenStack is still going through its adolescence, but it has great potential to go out and really make a difference in this world. Until then, have you ever stopped to consider which underlying hypervisors are supporting the clouds we all know and love?

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VMware’s Sr. Cloud Realist: A Conversation with Mike Laverick

CloudComputingSo, if you don’t know Mike Laverick, do yourself a big favor and listen to the podcast below. He is a VMware vExpert currently working as the Senior Cloud Infrastructure Evangelist for VMware. His focus is vCloud Director, vCloud Automation Center, and pretty much anything else at VMware that has “Cloud” in the title. He has a very realistic sensibility about all technology, probably due to the fact that he has been in the business for twenty years.

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To Do List for Satya Nadella, New Microsoft CEO

DataCenterVirtualizationSo, Microsoft has settled on the successor to Steve Ballmer, and it is Satya Nadella, who was most recently the president of Microsoft’s Server and Tools Division. Microsoft was once the greatest and most influential software company on the planet, and Nadella has both the opportunity and the mandate to restore Microsoft to some semblance of its former position in the industry.  Continue reading To Do List for Satya Nadella, New Microsoft CEO

What Will the Fallout Be as IBM Leaves the x86 Market?

DataCenterVirtualizationWith the sale of its x86 server division for $2.3B, IBM exits the marketplace it started in the early 1980s. Some have argued that this is a good move for IBM and tolls the death knell for the x86 server marketplace. “Well, if IBM is closing shop, surely the end is nigh. What with all that virtualization malarkey, nobody is purchasing x86-based servers anymore.” While it is true that the glory days may be behind for a company based on server hardware due to the consolidation of large numbers of compute entities on single-host servers, there is still a significant marketplace for x86 servers: according to IT Candor, over $46B in 2013. Although the server market suffered its third quarter of revenue decline, dropping 4%, actual numbers shipped increased by 2%. The plain fact is that people are still buying x86-based servers.

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Are US Tech Companies Suffering a Slow and Agonizing Death?

VirtualizationSecurityAre technology companies in the United States now suffering from a slow and agonizing death? In what is being called “The Snowden Effect,” the infamous former National Security Agency contractor’s disclosures revealing the extent of NSA worldwide spying efforts have prompted companies to avoid or leave US technology firms in droves. This has been especially true with regard to US-based cloud services since it was realized that most of the largest US tech companies’ cloud computing systems have had their data accessed by the NSA. This revelation has caused approximately a ten percent drop in customers from cancelled contracts, according to a survey from industry group Cloud Security Alliance. Some argue that that President Barack Obama has added fuel to the fire of tech industry problems by emphasizing how the NSA surveillance program focuses on people outside of the United States. One of the biggest problems that plague these US companies is the perception that they are giving their data directly to the NSA.

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