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Ubergeek and expert technologist, Andi Mann, breaks down containers, microservices, and unikernals | Cloud Era Institute

Ubergeek and expert technologist, Andi Mann, breaks down containers, microservices, and unikernals | Cloud Era Institute

I was recently privileged to hear from Kristin Zhivago, who reached out to me from the Cloud Era Institute, a really interesting group who (among other things) publish an excellent online journal with loads of educational content on business technology. In part 2 of a 2 part series, we talked about microservices, containers, and unikernels:  Microservices, unikernels, and containers. In some ways, these are not new ideas.The basic concept of microservices is that you simply break large, monolithic clumps of code into smaller clumps – microservices – that can be more easily built, managed, and integrated. These smaller clumps are designed from the start to be integrated. This model is changing the way we write software. It’s a positive trend, but very disruptive. There is a lot more at the source, Ubergeek and expert technologist, Andi Mann, breaks down containers, microservices, and unikernals | Cloud Era Institute. While you’re there, check out some…

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Fantastic Cloud Expo West … Again!

Fantastic Cloud Expo West … Again!

This past week I attended the 13th International Cloud Expo West out in Santa Clara. Once again it was a fantastic event. I had meetings with some really interesting start-ups in cloud, attended several excellent sessions, met with some great friends from years past, and made some new friends too. Apart from all that, I was there to present too. My session was on “Harnessing APIs to Deliver Competitive Applications in the ‘Cloud Of Clouds’”. You can read the abstract here, or you can download a PDF of the whole deck here. I guess it was perhaps an overly SEO-heavy title, but in all seriousness, the intersection of rapid innovation, cloud computing, API economy, and devops – the core of this presentation – is a critical space that I am very excited about. In this preso, I explained the modern consumer-driven world of IT, where customers and staff expect everything…

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11 Tips for Successful Cloud Computing Adoption

11 Tips for Successful Cloud Computing Adoption

Today I was published in one of the top cloud computing journals. In fact, it is the Cloud Computing Journal, part of the SYS-CON stable and the same organization that runs the excellent Cloud Expo events. The article is called “Eleven Tips for Successful Cloud Computing Adoption“: Key issues can make or break an organization’s strategic cloud adoption. The intersection of cloud computing with business strategy, Big Data, vendor lock-in, globalization, collaboration, security, licensing, virtualization, confidence, and the ‘new normal’ can act as huge points of concern. So I put down some thoughts on this, and ended up – in no particular order – with the following 11 tips for the successful adoption of cloud computing: Please read the whole article at the Cloud Computing Journal. — So what do you reckon? Are these tips useful for you? What tips did I miss? I would love to see your comments…

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CA Putting Cloud Pieces Together

CA Putting Cloud Pieces Together

I was interviewed for a great article published today in CRN titled, “CA Putting Cloud Pieces Together”. In it, Jack McCarthy writes:

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10 Virtualization and Cloud Predictions for 2012

10 Virtualization and Cloud Predictions for 2012

Welcome to IT prediction season! Again, I am inspired to throw my exceedingly fallible hat into the ring with my predictions, specifically for virtualization and cloud. I seem to have had a decent run of predictions last year, but I claim more luck than credit. I still think predictions are a mug’s game, and continue to eschew both the importance and reliability of predictions. That said, here are my predictions for 2012: 1. Brands May Come and Go – But No Technology Will Die Not only are we not living in a ‘post-PC’ world, we are not even living in a ‘post-mainframe’ world! Cloud will not kill data centers, virtual will not kill physical, tablets will not kill PCs, Mac will not kill Windows, Android will not kill iOS, streaming will not kill DVDs. The technology pie is growing, our choices are expanding, and almost every slice is getting bigger.…

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Top 10 Things I Learned About Cloud Last Week

Top 10 Things I Learned About Cloud Last Week

While travelling back from VMworld EMEA last week, I stopped at London and visited with a fantastic CA Technologies customer and partner, Logicalis UK. Logicalis UK is an international provider of integrated information and communications technology (ICT) solutions and services, part of a group that employs over 2,000 people worldwide, with annualized revenues in excess of $1 billion. Logicalis is doing some amazing things to deliver both public and private hosted cloud using CA Technologies, alongside key strategic partners Cisco and NetApp. While visiting their site in the UK – just outside of London, I learned a lot about the real world of cloud service providers. The top 10 things I learned about cloud from my visit to Logicalis UK were: 1. Cloudbursting is real & it is happening today There is a lot of hubbub over whether or not cloudbursting – “the ability to shift an application from a…

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Real-World Applications for the Private Cloud

Real-World Applications for the Private Cloud

Not surprisingly, since the release of my new book, Visible Ops – Private Cloud, I have been talking with a lot of people about how to deploy private cloud, where to start, what to avoid, etc. So far, the most common question has been, “What type of existing workloads are organizations putting into private cloud environments today – and what are they avoiding?” So I thought I would jot down some of my answers, specifically related to ‘cloud-migrant’ services, as opposed to ‘cloud-native’ services – and without getting too hung up on whether the use cases are 100% cloud or not! One recurrent use case is to provide dynamic desktop allocation, especially for education and projects use cases. A number of schools, universities, training centers, and even some larger enterprises, have adopted private cloud to allocate servers, clients, applications and data for reusable desktop systems. This seems especially prevalent for…

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VMworld Wrap Up: Extending VMware for Mission-critical Virtualization and Cloud

VMworld Wrap Up: Extending VMware for Mission-critical Virtualization and Cloud

I had a great time at VMworld 2011 Las Vegas this year. As I predicted in my last blog post, I met with loads of amazing people – too many to list out here, let alone in 140 on Twitter! I also saw some great technology in the solutions exchange, dropped in on some fascinating sessions, and of course enjoyed some excellent meals, drinks, and parties! I was also very pleased to present on Extending the Value of Your VMware Solutions to Design, Deliver and Maintain Reliable, Mission-critical Virtualization and Cloud Services. I certainly was not there to ‘pitch’ any CA Technologies products or solutions (after all, I know that no one wants a sales pitch at a tradeshow like VMworld). Instead, I tried to provide strategic advice to the audience on how to look at their migration to cloud, and especially how to extend VMware’s excellent virtualization and cloud…

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Why Do You *NOT* Love Going to VMworld?

Why Do You *NOT* Love Going to VMworld?

In my last post, I asked why you love going to VMworld, and gave you a few of my reasons – like the people, the technology, the announcements, the sessions, the labs, and the parties. But like any business trip, it is not all fun and games, beer and skittles, rainbows and unicorns. So why do you *not* like going to VMworld? Like my last post, I’ll go first. Here are some things I really do *not* love about going to VMworld – as well as some upsides to take the sting off 🙂 : Las Vegas – Moscone at San Francisco was great, but I have been to Vegas so much now that I am getting tired of it. Upside: if it has to be in Vegas, I think the Venetian is the best venue in town, with the best casual dining on the strip. Copenhagen – Copenhagen is…

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Why Do You Love Going to VMworld?

Why Do You Love Going to VMworld?

I love going to VMworld. It may be my favorite conference of the year (after CA World, of course!). If you love going to VMworld too, then I would really like to know why. I’ll start … For me, the best part of going to VMworld is the people, the technology, the announcements, the sessions, the labs, the parties, and the buzz: I meet great friends, colleagues, customers, analysts, tweeps, and journalists who I hardly see during the year – even though I never seem to have enough time to see everyone I want to! The labs are reportedly excellent, and it is hard to beat them for in-depth hands-on training. I’m hoping to finally attend these myself this year, if only I can find the time! There are always interesting announcements, whether from VMware or their partners (like CA) with a load of cool new tools. I can’t wait…

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The Coming Crisis of IT Management – More Opportunity Than Challenge

The Coming Crisis of IT Management – More Opportunity Than Challenge

I saw an interesting post at Forbes.com last week titled ‘The Coming Crisis of IT Management,’ lamenting that “consumerization, virtualization, cloud computing, software as a service, mobility [sic] are all increasing the complexity of the job of managing IT by orders of magnitude.” I certainly cannot disagree with that. I have written about these topics extensively, most recently tackling the impact of consumerization of IT. By looking at the problem through the lens of the (perhaps less than) average CIO — the follower, the ‘lights-on’ manager, the order taker – Forbes.com contributor Dan Woods is painting doom and gloom instead of highlighting the potential for the innovative CIO to embrace and extend these trends to drive business advantage. To me, this is missing the real story — that these changes are more opportunity than challenge. Consumerization of IT “End-users and departments are choosing their own devices, selecting and using Software…

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