Posts Tagged ‘ VMware ’

DaaS Floodgates Open, but the River Behind Them is Dry

DaaS Floodgates Open, but the River Behind Them is Dry

Today over at the Gartner.com blogs, leading analyst and all-around top bloke Gunnar Berger penned a great post on the announcement last week by Amazon (at re:Invent) of their Amazon Workspaces offering. Put perhaps too simply, this new solution uses the famous Amazon Web Services (AWS) backend to provide a so-called ‘Desktop As a Service’ (DaaS) solution, allowing end users to connect on-demand to their own desktop in the cloud, hosted on Amazon’s servers. The post – ‘The DaaS floodgates are open thanks to Amazon WorkSpaces‘ – is well worth reading, and one of the best balanced views I have seen so far. I am so happy to see an even analysis that attempts to get to the roots of this offering with real world insight. Seeing so many boosters posting uncritical reviews from re:Invent was driving me crazy, so it is great to see a more balanced view of…

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Why Boring Data Centers Are the Best – Slashdot

Why Boring Data Centers Are the Best – Slashdot

Data center designers should take a page from the High Performance Computing (HPC) market. I have always enjoyed talking with my mate Andy Patrizio, about all things tech. I recently had a chance to talk with him about standardization in the data center. He wrote up a great article on the how IT should approach uniformity, with some interesting case studies from Zynga and Southwest Airlines, and viewpoints from Peter ffoulkes, senior analyst with TheInfoPro (a division of 451 Research) and myself. Andi Mann, vice president of Strategic Solutions at CA Technologies, said he agrees with ffoulkes to a point. “I think it’s a good idea, a best practice, to standardize on a hardware build and hypervisor,” he explained. “It reduces the fragility of the environment and gives you the opportunity to have stability. But there are a lot of real world circumstances where it’s not a good idea. The…

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Private Cloud Roundtable: Issues and Challenges

Private Cloud Roundtable: Issues and Challenges

On February 19th, I was invited to join a great Google+ Hangout roundtable to talk about private cloud issues and challenges, with some really smart experts, including: Kurt Milne, Director of CloudOps Marketing, VMware (my ‘Visible Ops – Private Cloud‘ co-author) Gordon Haff, Cloud Evangelist, Red Hat Sam Charrington, Principal Analyst, CloudPulse Strategies Mark Thiele, EVP of Data Center Technology, Switch Andi Mann, VP of Strategic Solutions, CA Technologies Hosted by James Maguire, managing editor of Datamation, it was streamed live, with the expert panel providing advice about deploying a private cloud, addressing issues like security, costs, and the reasons private cloud fail. We also recorded it for posterity, so you can see it any time, right here: And make sure to check out the accompanying article on Datamation!

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Is the cloud really ready for prime time?

Is the cloud really ready for prime time?

I was very privileged to be interviewed by Brandon Butler over at NetworkWorld recently – and he kindly included some of my quotes in a great article on cloud,”Is the cloud really ready for prime time?”. With a bunch of smart people, including Gartner’s Tom Bittman, Rightscale CEO Michael Crandell, FireHost CEO Chris Drake, Rackspace CTO John Engates, Allwyn Sequeira, CTO at VMware. Here is some of what I had to say: But not everyone is as willing at Coupa and Naik to move completely to the cloud. Large enterprise customers are not yet widely using public, multi-tenant clouds for mission-critical applications, according to consultants and industry experts. “Large enterprises continue to embrace private clouds,” says Andi Mann, vice president of Strategic Solutions at CA Technologies, who recently wrote a blog post titled “Why the public cloud is a big fat enterprise fail.” “IT organizations increasingly understand the risks, opportunities,…

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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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6 Core Competencies to Use and Provide Enterprise Cloud Services

6 Core Competencies to Use and Provide Enterprise Cloud Services

There is a persistent (mainly vendor-driven) meme going around the world of IT that building and running a responsible, secure, available, enterprise-quality cloud is simple. The theory seems to be that it just needs some server virtualization, adding automation, maybe dropping in some change control, and calling it done. Or that all you need to do is to logon to a public cloud provider, give them a credit card number, then click a button to migrate your workloads to the cloud. You see it virtually everywhere you turn. It shows up in myopic discussions of ‘cloud lifecycle’ that conveniently ignore pre- and post-deployment activity like service planning, application design, security and compliance, and facilities management. It is the basis of posts that gush over benefits of cloud that only apply to new applications on mono-platform ecosystems. It is the premise for speeches advising you to ‘ring-fence’ any platform, technology, or…

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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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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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