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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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10 Preconditions for IT Solution Design

10 Preconditions for IT Solution Design

With VMworld EMEA coming up next week, I am reminded of an evening at VMworld last year, and a stimulating discussion about good product design with Prabhakar Gopalan (@PGopalan), a former colleague at CA Technologies who is now with Dell. Prabhakar is insightful to a depth few people reach, and passionate about innovative thinking. In Copenhagen he talked excitedly about a small museum he had visited called the Danish Design Centre (and yes, that is the correct spelling ), and what Danish design could teach us about building better software. I visited it a couple of days later*, and one exhibit really caught my eye, with 10 ‘preconditions for good design‘ laid out in stylized writing on a plain brick wall (see photo top left). It was interesting to think about how these provided 1o principles for CIOs in designing better IT solutions. Notwithstanding the potential value of ‘blue sky’…

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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 really…

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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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Using Public Cloud To Sort Through VMworld ’11 EMEA Hotels

Using Public Cloud To Sort Through VMworld ’11 EMEA Hotels

I have to say, I really have not enjoyed using the VMworld 2011 website. For VMworld US I managed, but when it came to booking a hotel for VMworld EMEA, I was totally floored. Booking through the VMworld website, I was presented with a list of 39 (yes, 39!) different hotels, each with an address, a price, a pop-up description, and a link to an individual PDF (yes, PDF, and yes, 39 of them) with more details on each hotel. That meant wading through 39 individual PDFs, opening 39 map pages (in Bing Maps, no less),  and trying to sort out where they are and what they cost. Ugh!! Well, what sort of übergeek would I be if I let that slide? So, I did a slow-and-dirty Extract/Transform/Load (ETL), and mapped the addresses into a great mapping tool called batchgeo. This is a really fantastic (cloud-based) tool using the Google…

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