In “Public Cloud Computing—Economics and Throats to Choke,” we pointed out that among the big four cloud vendors (Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and VMware), only one vendor offers both a complete on-premises offering and a public cloud offering and, at the same time, has complete technical and economic control of its software stack. That vendor would be Microsoft. In the post, we pointed out that Microsoft was in the unique position of being able to leverage its massive on-premises installed base to feed its cloud business. Continue reading Active Directory: Microsoft Azure’s Secret Weapon
We all understand what it means to virtualize CPU and memory (compute). This is what VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V have been doing for years. We are starting to get our arms around what it means to virtualize networking and storage, as VMware progresses down its path to virtualize all of the key resources in the data center as a part of its software-defined data center strategy. Now, along comes Intigua with an offering that virtualizes the management stack in your virtualized data center. Continue reading News: Intigua Virtualizes the Management Layer
Recently I spoke with Mike Chase of dinCloud regarding its desktop virtualization offering. I hadn’t actually come across dinCloud before, as it is a fairly youthful company. However, its VDI offering—which it refers to as HVD (hosted virtual desktop), making an important distinction, because the solution can be on-premises, off-premises, or hybrid—is effectively a separate, purpose-built VDI infrastructure that can be deployed as public or private cloud.
So, Microsoft has settled on the successor to Steve Ballmer, and it is Satya Nadella, who was most recently the president of Microsoft’s Server and Tools Division. Microsoft was once the greatest and most influential software company on the planet, and Nadella has both the opportunity and the mandate to restore Microsoft to some semblance of its former position in the industry. Continue reading To Do List for Satya Nadella, New Microsoft CEO
A few weeks ago I had a chance to speak at length with Andres Rodriguez, the incredibly passionate founder and CEO of Nasuni. Nasuni is a highly innovative storage company providing storage infrastructure backed by the cloud. I’ve been writing a lot about caching and flash in virtual infrastructures, and went into the conversation thinking that they’d be another company improving storage performance with SSD, oh, and they had this cloud thing going on. Boy, was I wrong. After a lot of questions, I came away with a real respect for what they’re doing: attacking a number of big storage-related enterprise IT problems all at once. Continue reading Nasuni: Rethinking Every Aspect of Your Enterprise Storage
In Beware of the Franken-Monitor, we explained how many enterprises ended up with Franken-Monitors and the dangers associated with assuming that the present state of management tools can make the transition into the software-defined data center (SDDC) and the cloud. In Getting Rid of Your Franken-Monitor, we explained how to use green-field islands to put in place new ecosystem-based management stacks with the intent of eventually retiring your legacy management stacks. In this post, we detail how one could deploy one example of such an ecosystem of tools based upon Splunk and the vendors that comprise its ecosystem. Continue reading Replacing Franken-Monitors and Frameworks with the Splunk Ecosystem