Transformation & Agility

Transformation & Agility concerns the utilization of the technical agility derived from the benefits delivered by virtualization and cloud computing, coupled with Agile Development practices that improve business agility, performance, and results. This includes the agility derived from: (Read More)

  • The implementation of Agile and DevOps methodologies
  • The  application and system architectures
  • The  implementation of IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS clouds
  • Monitoring of the environment, coupled with processes for resolving problems quickly
  • Having continuous availability through the use of high-availability and disaster recovery products and procedures

Transformation covers the journey from A to Z and all points between: how you get there and the roads you will travel; how decisions made on day zero or one, or even day three, will affect later decisions; and what technical, operational, and organizational pitfalls can be associated with an implementation. We examine what tool sets are required for Agile Cloud Development, and it delves into other aspects of Agile Development that integrate with cloud computing, SaaS, and PaaS environments, including DevOps, Scrum, XP, and Kanban.


Successful Cloud Is Not Commodity

CloudComputingThere seems to be a trend of providers abandoning the commodity public cloud market. We saw HP exit its Helion Public Cloud, and more recently, Verizon shut down one of its Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) products. At the same time, we see Amazon and Microsoft heavily committed to public cloud and making a lot of money. I think there is a fundamental difference between what the successful cloud providers and the commodity VM providers offer.  The big difference is that successful cloud providers sell mostly non-commodity services. They sell services that are not available elsewhere. The value proposition for AWS and Azure is not really in running your VMs. It is in offering services that your applications, or users, can consume. These cloud services are consumed by application developers: information systems people rather than information technology. They lock in customers by delivering unique and valuable services. They have a low cost of entry to entice customers and a high cost of exit to retain customers.

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Monitoring: How Much Can You Do with What You Know?


A few weeks ago, Tom Howarth asked me one of those simple questions that leads to a very long answer. Like all good questions, it made me think. He asked, “In an ideal world, what would you monitor?” Of course, the analyst in me immediately turned that around. Context is key, and such a broad question needs a much narrower definition before it can be any use. Monitoring a VDI environment will mean measuring different indexes than monitoring a web farm, or a database cluster, or a WAN. The things that concern the end user are different than those that concern a lowly sysadmin like myself, and very, very much different than those that matter to a CxO. There is one thing, though, that is true across all of these metrics: there’s no point measuring something you can do nothing about.  

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Virtualized Mobility

PresentationVirtualizationMobile World Congress is in full swing in Barcelona, Spain, this week. This year, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and numerous other devices were added to the myriad options that users can purchase. While there have been many announcements about new mobile devices, manufacturers are making it clear that this year won’t be as robust as last in terms of sales of new smartphone and tablet devices. Nevertheless, last year was the turning point when the number of mobile devices worldwide exceeded desktop devices, so as expected, mobility continues to reign as monarch.

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The Race to Own Orchestration

agilecloudThere are a number of companies that are in a race to own the enterprise landscape when it comes to infrastructure automation and development pipelines (aka continuous integration and continuous deployment). What is unfolding here is very similar to what we have witnessed in the cloud market.

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Copy Data vs. Data Protection

VirtualizationBackupCopy data software is becoming much more prevalent and could be a replacement for many data protection products. But is it? Do copy data solutions provide data protection or just movement of data around the cloud? That is really the crux of the discussion. Is having multiple copies of data out in the cloud sufficient for data protection, or do we need more?

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