IT as a Service

IT as a Service (ITaaS) covers private clouds hybrid clouds and the cloud management offerings used to create and manage these clouds. This includes coverage of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) private and hybrid cloud offerings, Platform as a Service (PaaS) private and hybrid cloud offerings, and Software as a Service (SaaS). (Read More)

Emerging areas like Desktop as a Service (DaaS), Storage as a Service, and Applications as a Service are also covered. The key issues covered include which enterprise applications and use cases are appropriate for private and hybrid clouds, and how vendors should select the cloud management offerings that are going to be used to manage these various types of cloud services. Covered vendors include VMware (vCloud Automation Center), VirtuStream, CloudBolt Software, Intigua, ElasticBox, ServiceMesh, Cloudsidekick, and Puppet Labs.

Beware of the Franken-Monitor

Franken-MonitorsmallTen years ago, legacy management software vendors were busy building Franken-Monitors. Those Franken-Monitors now consist of legacy management offerings that are neither well integrated, nor in any way able to keep up with pace of innovation in the industry. In order to survive your transition to the software-defined data center and the cloud, you will need a management software strategy and a management software architecture that will allow you to keep up with the pace of change without buying or building a Franken-Monitor. Continue reading Beware of the Franken-Monitor

Monitoring for Agile Operations and DevOps

Agile Cloud DevelopmentIn Agile without Ops Is Not Really Agile, The Virtualization Practice analyst Mike Kavis did an excellent job of pointing out that just making development agile does not make the entire IT organization more responsive to the business—as it ignores all of the things that can and do go wrong in production. Making production support agile requires addressing the processes and tools that are used in Operations. A huge part of agile operations involves monitoring and the processes that use the monitoring tools. Continue reading Monitoring for Agile Operations and DevOps

Are Market Dynamics Going to Kill IBM?

DataCenterVirtualizationOn October 17, the Wall Street Journal reported that IBM revenues have now declined for six straight quarters. IBM has told financial analysts that the company is capable of generating revenue growth in the low to mid single digits, but the fact is that IBM has not achieved that kind of growth since 2011. According to the report, IBM’s hardware revenue has fallen by 17%, with the hardware unit losing $167M, and the growth in the software business has gone from 4% to -1% (in other words, the software business has shrunk). Continue reading Are Market Dynamics Going to Kill IBM?

VMworld 2013 Update: VMware’s Management Strategy

DataCenterVirtualizationVMware’s Management Strategy continues to evolve, both on its own and as a part of the vCloud Suite. At VMworld in Barcelona, VMware made an important series of announcements that both clarified strategy and demonstrated significant progress in some important areas. Continue reading VMworld 2013 Update: VMware’s Management Strategy

Moka5: Managed Local Desktops in the Cloud

moka5Desktop Virtualization has forced us to change the way we deploy and manage desktops, and for the most part we have evolved our process to streamline updates, patches and security for these hosted environments.  Not every use case can support a connected virtual desktop.  For these users, they are often subject to the legacy tools and deployment methods, which makes the management of them challenging and limits the admin’s ability to control the quality of the desktop service. Continue reading Moka5: Managed Local Desktops in the Cloud

VMworld 2013: ViewSonic’s Android Based Thin Client, a Hidden Treasure

VMworld2013.150pxAmongst all the major infrastructure and cloud announcements at VMworld this year, I was looking for some interesting technology that would stand out from a EUC perspective.  Every which way I turned there were great solutions displayed on the exhibit hall floor, but hidden in the back row of this highly attended event was the piece of technology that I was looking for.  Released back in May, the ViewSonic SD-A225 and SD-A245 (22 and 24 inch respectively) smart display devices peaked my interest.  The devices are loaded with Android Jelly Bean 4.2 operating system and come pre-configured with Citrix’s XenMobile MDM client, so right out of the box you can apply application and device level security using your existing XenMobile infrastructure. The devices are very feature rich, providing a touch screen that puts out 1920×1080 resolution in full HD powered by a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad core processor, Bluetooth, Gigabit Ethernet, Speakers, USB ports, WiFi and Webcam. Continue reading VMworld 2013: ViewSonic’s Android Based Thin Client, a Hidden Treasure