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.

Then There Were Two. Or Were There?

CloudComputingThen there were two. Or were there? According to the annual report of research firm Gartner, the cloud computing competition in the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) space is focusing on two clear leaders of the pack. It should be no surprise that Amazon Web Services (AWS) is still in the lead, but making its move and catching up fast is Microsoft Azure.

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One Step to Destroy Your Business

VirtualizationBackupAidan Finn commented recently on a Microsoft infographic about How to Kill Your Business in 5 Simple Steps—and they are very good steps to consider. (Thank you to @gilwood_cs for pointing this out to me.) However, regardless of those issues, there is one, just one, simple way to destroy your business these days. Five is a nice number of items to consider, but one item was missing from the list: one item that has already destroyed one business overnight and put countless others at serious risk. That one item can be addressed with one simple question: Continue reading One Step to Destroy Your Business

Citrix’s Future under Threat from Elliott Management

DesktopVirtualizationActivist hedge fund Elliott Management is shaking things up at Citrix Systems after disclosing a 7.1% stake in the company and offering a plan to create a leaner, meaner Citrix, citing the need for change following “years of layered complexity and expenses.”

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Ready or Not, Hybrid Cloud Is Here

CloudComputingEveryone uses the cloud. It is a plain, simple fact that everyone uses at least one consumer cloud and that those consumer clouds (iCloud, Google, Dropbox, etc.) translate into cloud usage within the workplace. The workforce likes to get its job done, and part of doing that is using the tools they know, regardless of how IT feels about everything. In the past, IT would block access to those consumer-grade tools with the mistaken thought that they were not secure, that data was leaking, or that they were just plain bad to use. That is not the opinion of the workforce. IT did not substitute anything in place of those tools, so in many cases, IT became marginalized, shadow IT propagated, and we are now behind the eight ball when it comes to having a solid plan on how to handle the cloud tools. Because the workforce uses these Software as a Service (SaaS) tools, we are working within the world of the hybrid cloud. Continue reading Ready or Not, Hybrid Cloud Is Here