Posts Tagged ‘ CIO ’

Top Ways to Start and Expand Your Virtualization Deployments

Top Ways to Start and Expand Your Virtualization Deployments

Last week I spoke with Pam Baker, a writer with CIO Update, for an article titled The Top 5 Places to Use Virtualization. As you would expect from an experienced professional like Pam, it was a great article, with solid contributions from many others as well. Pam specifically asked me to provide readers with advice on how to move into production with virtualization, and following our discussion published her article, including this section on ‘Low Risk Services’: Move the easy stuff — Web servers, print servers, file servers, single-system applications, etc. — first. “Co-locating these environments on virtual machines delivers quick wins in business continuity, agility, resource efficiency, and of course cost savings — both cap-ex and op-ex,” explains Andi Mann, vice president of Product Marketing at CA Technologies Virtualization and Service Automation Business Unit. Moving low-risk services such as HR systems — file servers and Intranet applications, for example,…

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Vendor FUD: How Should Vendors, Enterprises, and Influencers React?

Vendor FUD: How Should Vendors, Enterprises, and Influencers React?

I, along with many others, witnessed this week (or was it last week?) a public squabble between two well-known vendors in the virtualization market. Of course, this is nothing new. The whole world has been watching as Adobe attacked Apple (and Apple responded) over Flash support on the iPad. Before that, of course, America was regaled by the amusing Verizon campaign attacking AT&T (‘There’s a map for that’). Last year the gloves were well and truly off between VMware and Microsoft over Hyper-V bluescreens. Apple and Microsoft were at it last year when both ran their ‘I’m a PC’ ads (each side taking very different interpretations), and they were at it again just this week. Now, a lot of these ‘fights’ seem to be what is referred to in rugby circles as ‘handbags at 10 paces’ – a long-distance squabble with a lot of pushing and posturing and preening, but…

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Cloud Computing in the Public Sector

Cloud Computing in the Public Sector

If there was still any doubt about the real world use cases for cloud computing, the US Federal Government last week published a 38-page report  entitled “State of Public Sector Cloud Computing” (link to PDF at CIO.gov). Attributed to the Federal CIO Vivek Kundra, it is stamped with the seal/logo of the CIO Council, which comprises the CIOs of some 28 federal government agencies. The report details 30 case studies in public sector cloud computing (for both state and federal governments), covering IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS service models; using private, public, community, and hybrid cloud deployment models; with both on-premise and off-premise implementations. Measurable Benefits from Key Case Studies After perfunctorily reciting what it calls “the broadly recognized and adopted NIST Definition of Cloud Computing,” and using the opportunity to briefly push its own barrow on cloud standards (a subject I plan to blog about in more detail at another…

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Is ‘VM Stall’ the Next Big Virtualization Challenge?

Is ‘VM Stall’ the Next Big Virtualization Challenge?

There appears to be a challenger to ‘VM sprawl’ as the scourge of virtualization success - a problem I call ‘VM stall’. We know about ‘VM sprawl’ – because new virtual machines are so easy to deploy, organizations can end up with more VMs that they can handle, or even use. This has the potential to cause severe problems to availability, performance, compliance, costs, security, and more. However, I am seeing more and more evidence of this new phenomenon I think of as ‘VM stall’ – the tendency for virtualization deployments to stall once the ‘low-hanging fruit’ has been converted (typically around 20-30% of servers). I think it happens more or less like this...

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Does Virtualization Security Really Matter?

Does Virtualization Security Really Matter?

Whatever happened to virtualization security? Back in the day, everyone was talking about blue pills and red pills, about sideways attacks and DOM-0 threats, about security profiles and isolation policies, about perimeter defense and security embedded in the hypervisor. Then, all of a sudden, the buzz seemed to disappear. It really seems like organizations simply don’t have the time, money, desire, or otherwise to pursue dedicated virtualization security. Indeed, it seems like most of the pure-play virtualization security vendors have folded, been sold, or reworked their strategy. For example: Blue Lane ended up being sold to VMware, reputedly at a bargain price, after failing to get any traction. Third Brigade was rolled up into Trend Micro, and now offers a solution for combined ‘physical, virtual and cloud’ protection. Reflex and Catbird have repositioned to highlight their value in configuration, compliance, and/or systems management (in addition to their security value). Tripwire…

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Is BYOPC Really Key to Attracting Millennials?

Is BYOPC Really Key to Attracting Millennials?

There is a growing chatter about the idea that businesses should provide staff with a free choice of PC technology (including Windows, Mac, Linux, or other devices), and indeed that staff should be given a cash allowance (at Citrix, for example, the allowance is $2100) to purchase and use their own PC for company and personal use. Many claims are made to support this so called Bring Your Own PC (BYOPC) approach – although they seem mostly, if not only, to originate from vendors (notably desktop virtualization and application virtualization vendors) that have a vested commercial interest in its success. I disagree with many of these claims (especially the questionable claims of cost reduction), but I do agree that BYOPC can have some benefits. However, one of the many claims in support of BYOPC is that it will help organizations to attract and retain an important demographic of young, technologically…

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The CIO Dilemma – Balancing Tactical and Strategic Projects

The CIO Dilemma – Balancing Tactical and Strategic Projects

I had an interesting discussion last night on Twitter with Tajeshwar Singh (@tsingh4IT), a thoughtful and experienced IT pro working with a leading IT outsourcing provider,  about the differences and overlaps between strategic and tactical CIO planning. It was triggered by the disdain I have for a new “Top Technologies for 2010” prediction I saw, which included the caveat that these technologies will have a “significant impact in the next 3 years”. I tweeted that I think such predictions are useless when most CIOs must prove return on investment (ROI) for major IT projects in less than 6 months. Tajeshwar got me thinking more deeply about this idea with his reply:

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HP & CIO Magazine’s New Virtualization Survey

HP & CIO Magazine’s New Virtualization Survey

HP Software & Solutions recently conducted a global CIO survey with CIO Magazine on virtualization trends.  Shay Mowlem, Director Virtualization Strategy with HP, and Jim Malone, Editorial Director of CXO Media’s Custom Solutions Group, held a free webcast last week to cover the details of the survey.  If you missed it, you should certainly check out the replay. The survey revealed some very interesting data, with a very well thought out instrument and a quality sample – 300 respondents (100 each from the US, EMEA, and Asia Pacific) with at least 500 employees in the US (250 in the UK, France, Germany, Australia, Singapore and India), and all with a current or planned investment in server virtualization. A number of data points stand out for me:

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