IoT Devices May Turn Round And Bite You

Is your Wi-Fi enabled light bulb only using AES 128 encryption? If so, you’re in trouble already!  Security research company Context IS identified a security vulnerability in the LIFX LED light bulb with just this level of protection. LIFX has since worked with Context IS to produce a firmware update to fix the security vulnerability […]

Disaster Recovery DOs and DON’Ts For The ‘Always-On’ World

Having recently spent a day with a group of HP’s reliability assurance engineers — whose motto should be “Our business is breaking things and business is good” — I couldn’t help thinking about other groups that like to break things (i.e. the Bad Guys or clumsy/lazy/disgruntled employees/partners/customers) and the growing importance of business continuity. “Business […]

Add To (and Subtract From) Your Data Security Paranoia

The USA PATRIOT Act.  The Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).  The NSA/GCHQ data snooping issues.  The issuance of a disclosure warrant under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) by a US judge to Microsoft to disclose information held in emails in an Irish datacenter. These and other issues have focused thoughts yet again as […]

Silver Peak for AWS: Streamlined Cloud, Streamlined Billing

Starting today, customers can purchase Silver Peak Cloud Acceleration for Amazon Web Services (AWS) as an annual subscription directly from the AWS Marketplace. According to a recent ESG IT spending report, 42% of organizations that have operated 10 or fewer years are using Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from providers like Amazon Web Services. As […]

Internet of Things Shifts Computing From the Cloud to the Fog

Mark Twain is rumored to have once said, “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco”. And if you’ve ever been to San Francisco any time of the year, you’ll know that one of the distinguishing characteristics of the city is how cool, damp, and foggy it can be.  I’ve been […]

A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats

Whether a tugboat or luxury yacht, the axiom holds true: “a rising tide lifts all boats.”  Any improvement in an industry will benefit all members within that group — large or small. With this in mind, it’s easy to see how an advancement in applications and services delivered over shared networks might spur the networking […]

Cloudzilla vs. Chuck Norris & The Big G/Bet Bigger

Celebrating its 60th birthday (and 31st remake), Godzilla is once more back on the big screen, but if monsters fighting urban blight isn’t your thing then you might want to check out the most recent developments in cloud computing, including: a Chuck Norris-grade cloud rollout, Rackspace considering pulling the plug, and IBM’s bragging rights. Then […]

How Does IT Become More Agile?

My friend Steve Mullaney of VMware is fond of saying that we are entering a time of “new IT or no IT”.  What Steve means is that if IT organizations don’t get notably more agile, that companies will increasingly bypass their internal IT organization and will acquire all or most of their applications and services […]

IT Will Never Be The Same (And Why That’s Good)

Whatever you call it — Shadow IT, Cockroach Technology, or Bring Your Own App — it is transforming IT, and organizations ignore it at their peril. Given the negative connotations associated with the first two terms, let’s stick with BYOA. Like BYOD, BYOA is already a major factor in most organizations, and while it brings […]

Who’s Who in Virtual Networking: Cody Bunch

Cody Bunch is a private cloud/virtualization architect, VMware vExpert, and VMware VCP from San Antonio, Tx.  He works as a private Principal Architect, Private Cloud at Rackspace Hosting. Where can you find him? Cody’s probably best known for his work on the #vBrownBag podcast at ProfessionalVMware. He’s the author of several books including OpenStack Cloud Computing […]