Right now is a particularly interesting time in the world of IT. Historically, IT has swung back & forth between centralization and decentralization, closed and open, tightly controlled and loosely controlled. Lately, though, a third option has cropped up: centralized control with decentralized workloads. In my opinion it’s a function of speed, implemented through bandwidth and processing capacity. We now have enough bandwidth between our devices to start treating the device in the next rack column like a slightly-less-local version of ourselves. We also have enough bandwidth that we’ve outstripped our need for separate storage and data networks, and can converge them into a single wire, running a single set of protocols (most notably TCP and IP). On the processing side, each node is basically a datacenter unto itself. 16, 32, 64 cores per server, terabytes of RAM. The advent of SSD and PCIe flash rounds out the package, lessening the need for large monolithic collections of spindles (aka “traditional storage arrays”). The problem then becomes one of control. How do we take advantage of the performance and cost that local processing brings, but maintain all the control, redundancy, and management benefits we had with a monolithic solution, while keeping the complexity under control? And while we usually talk about doing this at great scale, can we do this on a small scale, too?
The 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?
There was recently a rather heated twitter discussion between @Guisebule, @VirtualTal, and @Texiwill (myself) about using virtual desktops as a part of cyber defense. While this could be true, there is a need to ensure you know where your virtual desktop(s) start and end, not only within the network, but your applications in use. In addition, it is very important to fully understand the scope of a virtual desktop architecture as well as use. There are some use cases that work very well for use of virtual desktops as a part of cyber defense or for that matter just make sense for virtual desktops. There two ways to make virtual desktops part of your cyber defense but they both require more than network security.
Data Protection and patch management of virtual desktops, while not a sexy topic, is one that should happen on a regular basis within any organization implementing or working to implement virtual desktops. Recently, we have been testing virtual desktop software and there is a huge difference between patching and protecting data in a small number of instances and 1000s of instances. There are scale considerations as well as ease of use for file level and system recovery as well as issues with patching virtual desktops (not to mention other security issues). Continue reading Virtual Desktop Patching and Data Protection
End User Computing security seems to be in the hands of the users not actually the IT Security department. At least not yet. So what can we do about this? IT security can be draconian and not allow EUC devices into the office, but the users will be up in arms. They use their smart phones, tablets, laptops, and services on their desktops to get their job done. Draconian IT security measures will hamper timely completion of critical projects, deals, and workplace moral, thereby impacting the bottom line. However, the bottom line will be impacted just as heavily by the lack of security by the end user devices. So how can we alleviate this problem? Continue reading Training and More Training for EUC Security
- VMware announced the intention to become a hypervisor only company, and announced therefore that they were shedding all non-core assets including the end user/mobile division, the hybrid cloud division, and the management software division.
- Intel announced that they will implement the hypervisor in the next generation of their X86 server platform chips, making software hypervisors completely unnecessary. Intel further announced that the Atom chip is its future strategic chip architecture
- Dell announced that they have ported the now unnecessary VMware hypervisor to the Atom chipset and will be using this chipset in all future desktop, server, laptop, tablet and phone offerings
- Microsoft announced that it is abandoning Windows, will adopt open source Ubuntu as its strategic operating system, will cease all further development on Windows, will port all products and services that used to only run on Windows to Ubuntu and will adopt the open source KVM hypervisor as its future virtualization layer.
- EMC announced that “the day of storage virtualization is here”. EMC further announced that it was abandoning its hardware storage business and would now only sell storage virtualization software at a price of $1 per terabyte per year.
- The US Federal Government announced that due to its previous investment in legacy and now worthless IT hardware and software assets that it was declaring bankruptcy in order to remove these now worthless assets from its balance sheet. The US government further announced that it would be using Amazon EC2 for all future computing needs.
- Amazon announced that due to demand from the government for its services, it would no longer offer commercial customers any kind of an SLA.
- Amazon’s commercial customers cheered this move as recognition of the fact that Amazon’s SLA’s were worthless in the first place.
- CA, IBM, and BMC announced that they are finally abandoning their mainframe systems management software businesses to focus entirely upon Intel X86 based systems software just as Intel announced the move from X86 to Atom- ensuring another 20 year legacy systems management software revenue stream for CA, IBM and BMC.
- Adobe announced a digital signature program for PDF files ensuring that customers would never have to print a PDF, sign it, scan it and then email it again.
- HP announced that it was going to go “back to its roots” and become just a vendor of printers. HP then announced that it was acquiring Adobe so that it could become the market leader in the printing of the PDF files that Adobe just said would never have to be printed again.
- Bill Gates fired Steve Ballmer as the CEO of Microsoft and replaced Steve with himself in this role. Gates then decided to focus Microsoft entirely upon improving the primary and secondary educational system in America and told every Microsoft employee to get a job as a teacher or else they would not get paid.
- Steve Ballmer decided to start a new professional sports league focused upon the throwing of chairs.
- Veeam announced that it has backed up all of the data in the world, making further backups of any other data unnecessary.
- Splunk announced that it has indexed all of the data in the world that Veeam backed up and announced that its future business model was a fee of $1 for each query against that database.
- Google announced that it now knows everything about every person in the world that it needs to know. Google further announced that it would open source this data store so that no one could accuse Google of “doing evil”.
- Paul Maritz’s new company, The Pivotal Initiative announced a point and click application development interface that allows any code monkey anywhere in the world to develop any desired big data application against the respective data stores of Veeam, Splunk and Google in less than one hour.
- Cisco announced that it was abandoning the switch hardware and router hardware businesses and would now be only a vendor of software defined switches and routers at a cost of $1 per software switch and router port per year.
- New Relic announced that it was changing its name to Byru, an anagram of Ruby which replaces New Relic which is an anagram of Lew Cirne the founder of New Relic. The company stated that this new name was designed to broaden the appeal of the company beyond the initial 36,000 customers who are personal fans of Lew Cirne.
- AppDynamics announced that it was changing its name of StaticApps, because it has discovered that moving applications around hurts their response time and performance.
- VMTurbo announced that it has exhumed the body of Milton Friedman, put his brain through a CAT scan, and discovered an algorithm that perfectly allocates IT resources to their highest and best uses across all customers and providers in the world based upon global supply and demand curves.
- SolarWinds announced that they were changing the name of the company to MoonWinds, because there are no winds on the moon, in the hope of eliminating all of the barriers to the sale of their products.
- ManageEngine announced that they were exiting the business of managing computer systems so as to focus fully on the brand equity of the “Engine” in their product name. The new company will be called CarEngine, and will allow you to manage the engine of your car from your smartphone.
- AppSense announced that having virtualized the user, that the next frontier was to virtualize the significant others of every user in their installed base. However AppSense discovered that abstracting users from each other did not generate any revenue other than in the case of impending divorces, which turned AppSense into a law firm that advertises on television.
- All of the software start-ups in Silicon Valley who did not want to own servers decided to buy coffee makers with Intel X86 processors, creating a “shadow IT” server infrastructure in these software start ups.
- IBM, CA and BMC announced a growth strategy of managing these new farms of X86 server based coffee makers.
April Fools 2013. Nothing in this post is true. If anything in this post becomes true then we are all fools for not foreseeing it.