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.

VMware vCloud Hybrid Service

VMware100x30On Tuesday VMware announced their answer to the public cloud: the vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS). One of the biggest hurdles for the roughly 500,000 VMware customers has been that their on-premise, private infrastructure isn’t directly interoperable with any sizable public clouds, like Amazon AWS or RackSpace. If you want to move towards a public or hybrid cloud model you need to add additional software, like Enstratius’ offerings or VMware’s own vCloud Automation Center. You could also use the vCloud Connector, but that relies on having another vCloud available. One of VMware’s frustrations has been the adoption rate of partners, most refusing to build full vCloud implementations, effectively trapping VMware customers inside their own data centers. Continue reading VMware vCloud Hybrid Service

Software Defined Data Center Analytics

SDDC.Management.Stack.Reference.ArchitectureMoving the configuration of the environment from the hardware that supports the environment to a layer of software which can collectively manage all of the storage, networking, compute, and memory resources of the environment is one of the main points of the SDDC. Once all of the configuration of the data center is moved into software, and some of the execution of the work is moved into software, SDDC Data Center Analytics will play a critical role in keeping your SDDC up and running with acceptable performance. Continue reading Software Defined Data Center Analytics

News: VMware Announces the vCloud Hybrid Service

CloudComputingFor years, VMware has offered a public cloud service through cloud service providers who were licensees of VMware vCloud suite of products (essentially the same software that VMware customers run on premise with a different revenue share based licensing model).  However the vCloud offering completely failed to put any dent in the rapid growth of Amazon EC2. Microsoft beefed up its Azure cloud offering last year making it into a full IaaS offering. Google has jumped into the fray with Google Compute Engine. Continue reading News: VMware Announces the vCloud Hybrid Service

Is Automation Killing The Engineering?

DataCenterVirtualizationIs automation killing the engineering? When MTV first appeared on the air, the first video it played was, “Video Killed the Radio Star.” Fast forward a few decades and I have to wonder if automation is killing the engineering. In the early days of virtualization the administrators were expected to be proficient in using the command line, and to be honest, if you wanted to really understand how things worked, command line administration was an absolute must-have skill.  Virtualization has evolved from those early days. More and more features and services are being added to the infrastructure, such that the need for the vast number of skills required seems to be fading as the technology continues to mature. Looking forward to a time when cloud computing is working to achieve complete and total automation, I have to wonder how administrators will handle the stress of getting issues resolved when automation is not an option. Continue reading Is Automation Killing The Engineering?

Internet of Things: Expectation of Privacy

VirtualizationSecurityFor years we have had an expectation of privacy while using our computers, tablets, phones, email, etc. However, with the advent of big data analysis and everything being on the internet, the internet of things, there is no longer the veil that makes up an Expectation of Privacy. Big Data has allowed us to be tracked in new ways and as we add more devices onto the internet, more of our habits will be tracked: Such as location of boats, planes, your mobile device. Purchasing habits, your location within a store, or theme park. Perhaps even your usage of  your toaster, house doors, your refrigerator, etc.

Where do we draw the line?  Is there such a thing as personal privacy anymore or do we assume we are being tracked everywhere? When does our social media life end and privacy begin? What is considered to invasive? Continue reading Internet of Things: Expectation of Privacy

Can Microsoft succeed as a DaaS provider with Mohoro?

DesktopVirtualizationThe recent rumors of Microsoft working on a hosted virtual desktop (DaaS)  solution to add to their cloud services offering  may actually end up being one of the most viable options for organizations who already rely heavily on Microsoft infrastructure to run their business.  Having all of your core services being delivered from a single location and  provider could ease the operational concerns of some who find running a hybrid of on-premise and hosted solutions still requiring the same amount of operational support. Continue reading Can Microsoft succeed as a DaaS provider with Mohoro?