Lessons Learned From a Cloud Migration

It’s hard to go anywhere today and not be inundated with the cloud. I see billboards on highway 101 between San Jose and San Francisco, there are cloud signs in airports, and it seems every TV show has some kind of cloud commercial embedded in it. This has put tremendous pressure on IT leaders to […]

Hot Air Hype or a New Route to The Hybrid Cloud?

Claiming to have a unique ‘hybrid cloud’ delivery strategy, HP has now released its Helion hybrid cloud portfolio for cloud builders, service providers, ISVs and enterprise customers. But coming almost ten years after the first cloud launch, HP may seem a little behind the curve. With its new technology essentially a set of cloud platforms […]

Eight Best Practices For Cloud Security

There’s been a lot of FUD spread around in recent years on the subject of the public cloud. But as often happens in technology, convenience trumps security as far as users are concerned, and cloud services are just too convenient to turn down. Whether it’s to access your work files from home, to speed up […]

Cloud Islands & Fantasy Islands: Addressing the Cloud’s Dark Side

Remember the TV show Fantasy Island? The late 70s/early 80s show would start with a character named Tattoo shouting “The plane! The plane!” and pointing to the sky at a plane coming to the Island filled with a bunch of people looking to fulfill a fantasy. The other main character, Mr. Roarke (aka Khan Noonien […]

What Is A Next-Generation WAN?

In one of my last two blogs I discussed how a software defined WAN will automate the configuration of WAN edge routers and enable a WAN with multiple links to automatically reallocate traffic based on changing network conditions. In the other I discussed some of the WAN design options that the Open Networking User Group […]

Addressing Business Outcomes Through The Intercloud

At this year’s Cisco C-scape EMEAR analyst event, the vendor downplayed its hardware product launches, focusing instead on its rapidly evolving business credentials. Cisco, with its oft-repeated message of massive Internet traffic growth, talked this time about business outcomes, and delivering all the elements – hardware, software, and professional services — to make that happen. […]

CloudStack Competition Endangers Enterprise Open Source Adoption

When disruptive cloud architectures began to shake corporate IT foundations, it required a ‘cloud stack’ to create, manage, and deploy infrastructure cloud services. Today, such stacks are available from a wide range of providers, some use proprietary code, but increasingly corporate users are adopting open source products. However, like other disruptive paradigms, most cloud deployments […]

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 […]