For many years, the focus in IT has been on building robust systems that invested heavily in avoiding failures. To accomplish this goal, methodical processes were implemented to guide IT through a list of known use cases so that systems could try to avoid failing and have a plan for recovery if a failure did occur. This approach often led to long delivery cycles and a high degree of complexity which in reality, increased the risk of failure and created fragile systems. Fragile systems are those systems that cannot adapt to unpredictable, volatile, and random events often referred to as “shocks to the system”. Continue reading Antifragile Systems: Designing for Agility vs. Stability
VMware, Microsoft, Red Hat, and Citrix have all successfully virtualized CPU and memory in their respective hypervisors. VMware is building a Software Defined Data Center with the intention of virtualizing networking and storage as well. Perhaps it is time to take a step back and think about what exactly it means to virtualize these various resources, and what benefits come from the virtualization of each one. Continue reading The Benefits of Virtualizing Networking and Storage
Checking out the possibilities of a storage cloud platform with Atmos and Panzura: The advancement, acceptance, and continued growth in use of the public cloud storage and backup services gives us, the end users, options and capabilities that we just did not have available to us before the birth of the cloud. How many times have we used services like Dropbox to move, share, or store some form of data that we might been working on. Having this kind of capability helps to make our lives easier, but it is also a nightmare for corporate security folks whose job is to protect and secure the corporate data. Continue reading Checking Out The Possibilities Of A Storage Cloud Platform With Atmos and Panzura
Legacy solutions from IBM, BMC, HP and CA are not going to be the foundations upon which the management stacks for virtualized data centers, the SDDC, private clouds, hybrid clouds and public clouds will be built. Rather a new ecosystem of management vendors is going to emerge with a new set of leaders providing the core platforms around which the SDDC and clouds are managed. Continue reading The New Management Platforms for the SDDC Management Stack and the Cloud
When it comes to the secure hybrid cloud, Identity has many different definitions from a device a user is using to the combination device, location, password, and other multi-factor authentication means. Even with all the technology there is still the question of where the identity store lives (the bits that contain the identity for all users, devices, etc.) as well as how do you prove identity once the user goes somewhere within the cloud which is outside your control?
In our series of posts about the reference architecture for the software defined data center and the cloud, we make the case that the requirements for managing a SDDC and the cloud are so different from the requirements for managing dedicated physical hardware that these requirements will be met by new vendors instead of legacy management vendors. Continue reading Shopping for Solutions to Manage the SDDC and the Cloud