The Growing Need For Intelligent Workload Management

Life used to be so good. An operating system was loaded onto a server of some sort and an application stack loaded on top of that. Provided the workload remained pretty static, the performance was pretty much guaranteed. The problem was that most workloads weren’t static. As such, resource ceilings were often hit, and the […]

Cloud Data Protection: The Three Factors That Will Ease Your Transition

More data and applications are being moved into the cloud than ever before. If you believe the marketing hype, the cloud will solve all of your problems, for 1/10th the cost, in half the time, and make you a cup of coffee in the process. But what happens when you move data protection (backup, snapshots, […]

Why The Cloud Beats Legacy Compute Models

Recently I was a speaker at Westcon’s Cloud event in Orlando, FL. While the event was being held close to Disney, Universal Studios, and other hot spots for fun and games, the event itself was all business as the audience of value-added resellers (VARs) were busy trying to figure out how to position cloud and […]

5 Ways To Make New Technology Easier To Adopt

There is no shortage of potentially useful business technology. What is in short supply is the time and budget needed to implement it. With that in mind, here are a few things to look for or do yourself that should make the process easier and cheaper. What we are seeking here is the equivalent of […]

Google Rolls Out An Easy-To-Use Cloud

At first glance, making the shift to cloud seems like it’s fairly easy. Call up the cloud provider, turn on the service, and away you go. As my kids say: easy peasy lemon squeezy. However, as is the case with many things, be careful what you wish for, as there is often more to the […]

Extend Cloud Computing To Your Remote Access Network

Recently, I’ve been looking into installing solar panels on my house to lower my energy bills, but the upfront costs are still quite expensive. But can you imagine if every house had its own power plant? Each home would have to buy, manage and support the equipment and systems, and hire personnel to run it. […]

If You’re Doing Cloud, You’d Better Be Doing Network Virtualization

It’s interesting how the networking industry tends to get fixated on certain topics that everyone tries to get a piece of while they are hot. It’s a little like NFL offenses. Years ago, during the 49ers dynasty, everyone was trying to do some version of the west coast offense. More recently, the wildcat was something […]

Network Challenges After iPhone Meltdown

There were a number of interesting aspects to Apple’s recent iPhone announcements, not least of which were the record-setting sales, but a couple stood out as red flags for the near future of the enterprise network. There were the usual oohs and aahs that seem to greet every Apple product launch, even for a pair […]

Welcome to the New IP Network

A short while ago, data center specialist, Brocade, held its annual financial analyst conference. During his keynote, CEO Lloyd Carney, introduced the audience to a concept called the “new IP network”. The concept behind the new IP network is that the network needs to evolve to meet the demands of cloud computing, mobility, and the […]

Cloud, SDN, and The Perils of Ignoring Reality

Unlike people with regular jobs (a questionable premise for a mainly IT audience, but just play along with me for a moment) I spend most of my working hours reading, researching and talking to analysts and the builders, sellers. and buyers of IT products and services. Not surprisingly, not everybody — STRIKE THAT — rarely […]