Posts Tagged ‘ Enterprise Management Associates ’

VM Stall – More Than Four Reasons

VM Stall – More Than Four Reasons

I recently saw a great article in IT World Canada titled “Virtual stall: What it is and why you have it,” written by Jay Litkey, that took up my idea of VM stall, which I first came up with in my blog from May ‘Is “VM Stall” the Next Big Virtualization Challenge?‘. Though they barely acknowledge my blog as their inspiration (and as a competitor to CA Technologies – my employer – why would they?), it seems Jay and his team have wholeheartedly taken up my concern with VM stall, and not just in the IT World Canada article. Marketing lead David Lynch was quoted on the topic in a post by Bruce Hoard of Virtualization Review, and in a recent Tech Target article on ‘ISV stall’. Several posts on their corporate blog also address the issue as if it was their own baby. In my past life at EMA,…

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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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On My Leaving EMA to Join CA

On My Leaving EMA to Join CA

For those who have asked, and others who may care to know – the rumours are indeed true. After many happy years leading the fantastic systems and storage management team at one of the very best IT industry analyst and consulting firms, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), I have moved on to take up an exciting new opportunity.

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You Cannot Separate Security and Systems Management

You Cannot Separate Security and Systems Management

A few days ago I was pleased to brief again with Reflex Systems. Apart from the fact that they are doing some very cool things with virtualization management, their approach struck me as, if not unique, at least pleasantly rare. Good for them! What I liked most was that they are trying to break down the barriers between systems and security management.

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