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.

It Is Time To Expand The Virtual Playing Field

CloudComputingIt is time to expand the virtual playing field. Since the release of both Hyper-V 2012 and vSphere 5.1, there have been an abundant amount of posts comparing the two hypervisors in a head to head fashion.  All the different charts, graphs, and tables point to the fact that when comparing maximum values head to head. This has been the way the two different hypervisors have been compared against each other all along and Microsoft and VMware have gotten to the point where things are pretty much even across the board. It was just a matter of time until we got to this point where Hyper-V catches up with vSphere and now that we have, I believe we need to change the scope of the comparisons beyond the maximum values.  After all, how many people actually get anywhere close to those maximums deployed in your production environments?  “Just because you can do something, does not mean you should.” Continue reading It Is Time To Expand The Virtual Playing Field

Will Cisco Buy Citrix in Reaction to VMware’s SDDC Strategy?

DataCenterVirtualizationTwo things have popped up recently. One is VMware’s full page ad campaign in the Wall Street Journal. The ad states that VMware has saved companies billions of dollars, and promises to save them billions more – through the Software Defined Data Center. The second that has has popped is rumors that Cisco is going to acquire Citrix. Which brings up an interesting question. Is buying Citrix part of Cisco’s reaction to VMware’s Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) strategy? Continue reading Will Cisco Buy Citrix in Reaction to VMware’s SDDC Strategy?

12 Step Program to Enter the Cloud

VirtualizationSecurityOn the 11/29 Virtualization Security Podcast Omar Khawaja the global managing principle at Verizon Terremark Security Solutions joined us to discuss Verizon’s 12 step program for entering the cloud (found on slideshare). This 12 step program concentrates on the IT and Security admins working together with the business to identify all types of data that could be placed into the cloud, and to classify that data. Once this is complete, the next steps are to understand the compliance and security required to protect the data and to access the data. It is a Data Centric approach to moving to the cloud. Continue reading 12 Step Program to Enter the Cloud

The Pivotal Initiative — EMC and VMware’s Application Strategy

CloudComputingSo now we know what Paul Maritz’s real job is going to be. VMware has announced on its Executive Team Blog that they will form a new organization, The Pivotal Initiative, which will collect EMC’s and VMware’s application focused people and assets into one group. This will include the people and the technology assets from EMC’s Greenplum and Pivotal Labs organizations, and the people and technology assets from the VMware vFabric (Spring and Gemfire), Cloud Foundry and Cetas organizations. Continue reading The Pivotal Initiative — EMC and VMware’s Application Strategy

Windows 2012 Hyper-V – the hypervisor for your Cloud? Part III

DataCenterVirtualizationWindows 2012 Hyper-V is the hypervisor for the cloud. VMware’s vSphere is a dead man walking?

In parts One and Two I shared a chunk of what I learned from Aidan Finn‘s enlightening and entertaining session “Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V & VSphere 5.1 – Death Match” delivered at the E2E Virtulisation Conference in Hamburg.  We’ve considered pricing, scalability and performance, as well as storage  then gone on to consider resource management, security and multi-tenancy and what a flexible infrastructure can give.

Some have found this a useful comparison. Others have highlighted that this isn’t a feature-by-feature comparison and that if it was, the tables would be very different: they would, they’d be longer for a start.  But more importantly, would they give the high view that many are focused on? Is the goal a technical  Top Trump  victory, or alignment to business goals? If aligned, how aligned? A friend used to often quote the difference between cabinet making, carpentry and joinery is effort and measurement: they each had their place, the trick was knowing what level to apply.

In Part III, lets question further Aidan’s premise that Hyper-V kills vSphere. Here we’ll consider High Availability and Resiliency.

Continue reading Windows 2012 Hyper-V – the hypervisor for your Cloud? Part III