From the Blogosphere

PrivateFew days ago I noticed a question on a LinkedIn group that made me thinking how important is the notion of private clouds. First, let's briefly look at what is the difference between public, private and community clouds as well as hybrid clouds. Once again those are very well de...
We (as in the industry) talk a lot about federating cloud. Usually solutions for federating cloud (aka hybrid cloud) are presented from the perspective of the end-user. We want to make it easier to transition between applications in the cloud and focus on identity management, single-si...
Joe McKendrick reviews Jason Bloomberg's new book and posits that public cloud is better than private cloud and he provides twelve very valid reasons. Yes, the debate is fierce between private and public..... security, cost, control, compliance In response, here are my twelve reasons...
Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently added EBS Optimized support for enhanced bandwidth EC2 instances (read more here). This industry trends and perspective cloud conversation is the first (looking at EBS) in a three part series companion to the AWS EBS optimized post found here. Part II...
It's the "do not disturb" sign on the hotel door.... I admit it. I'm guilty of using self-referential definitions when discussing the topic of programmable networks. Somehow, while trying to define what a programmable network is, I end up using the term "programmable". Because that s...
The cloud movement is about much more than the service offerings. It's a core ingredient of a larger commercial transformation movement -- where savvy leaders are using business technology to advance their operations and accelerate their key processes. According to the latest market s...
The Who asked ultimate Access Management question..."Who Are You?" So do we listen to Paul McCartney said and "Open the door and let 'em in" or kick them to curb as the Stones suggest..."Hey You, Get off of my Cloud" The answer is different for each organization because, not every empl...
A move to the cloud brings serious benefits, particularly for startups who often need to ramp up their IT capacity quickly without the burden of investing in new hardware or training staff. If your company is ready to offload its applications to the cloud, how do you decide which provi...
MaaS (Model as a Service) sets a new concept to order and classify data modeling design and deployment to the Cloud. MaaS changes the way to move data to the Cloud because allows to define data taxonomy, size and contents. Starting from data model design, MaaS might guide the DaaS (Dat...
It sure seems like 0-Days are now an every day occurrence. Headlines containing, ‘breach,’ ‘attack,’ ‘hack,’ ‘vulnerability,’ ‘passwords,’ ‘compromised,’ and ‘you’ are commonplace in the media these days. Typically a 0-day is described as a threat or an attack on a (previously) unkn...
Earlier this year, Gartner published their list of Top 10 Cloud Storage Providers, highlighting key features and differentiators of the top cloud storage providers in the world. More importantly, the report highlights the emergence of a maturing industry of cloud storage providers offe...
Our next seminar is scheduled for April 24th in New York City, with a headline theme of Big Data Cloud Computing. Specifically the agenda will be how to build a Big Data PaaS – Platform as a Service. This combines the NIST Cloud model for the middleware stack with the corporate a...
This blog post distills critical information from VMware to help with an evaluation of VMware vCloud Director. VMware vCloud Director is used by organizations wishing to build a private cloud (Infrastructure as a Service - IaaS). The purpose of this guide is to help you set up vCloud....
Linux has been the gold standard of open source operating systems since the early 90s. Today, it’s used by programmers, coders, designers and techies of all stripes because of the flexibility and security. So it makes sense, then, that when NASA and Rackspace set out to build an open c...
When first you build a bookshelf from raw wood, on your own, you learn a lot. While the first may be the only one you ever want to build, by the time you’re done, you know you could have done X, Y, or Z better. This is true of so many crafts. You get better by doing, in large part beca...
While IT vendors typically lead a product pitch with cost benefits, it should be no surprise that cost savings alone don’t always drive IT purchases. For many organizations, revenue growth may represent an even more compelling driver. Cloud compute and cloud storage have in many circl...
EMC and VMware (who is majority owned by EMC) have announced a new joint initiative called Pivotal (read more here and here) as part of their software defined data center strategies and architecture. Is this a pivotal moment for both EMC and VMware signaling that they will be going he...
According to a Wall Street Journal article today by Rachael King and Steven Rosenbush, the market for new databases serving Big Data reached $1.22B last year and is expected to more than double by 2014 (according to research firm Wikibon). That is quite impressive. Since relational da...
One of the ramifications of relying on off-premise cloud infrastructure is that you're necessarily stuck with some of the idiosyncrasies that come with it. For example, it's not your network, and thus topologically-related identifiers such as host names and IP address are not within yo...
Seagate has announced that it reached a milestone of having shipped 2 billion hard disk drives (HDDs), something that is round stores data that keeps growing. As part of their announcement, Seagate has a good info graphics and facts page here going back to 1979 when it was founded as S...
There are CloudStack, Eucalyptus, and a few other OpenStack competitors. With all the momentum of OpenStack, it might seem that these open source alternatives are little more than also-rans, doomed to drop further and further behind the burgeoning leader. But there’s more to this story...
NIST conducts proof of concept on trusted geolocation in the cloud – A group of NIST scientists working with Intel, VMWare and RSA Archer have created of proof of concept for trusted geolocation in the cloud. This allows managers to locate the exact hardware that is running their cloud...
It is interesting, talking with people about what they read, and seeing how what they read is reflected in their daily lives. Even the occasional reader of this blog would not be surprised to find that I spend some amount of time with my nose buried in epic fantasy books and military h...
Consolidating data centers has always made sense. Having the data securely tucked away into well-managed data centers has got to improve performance and even cyber security. It will also require fewer of those really smart, well-trained (expensive) system administrators to keep things...
There's been a growing focus on scalability as the Internet of Things has continued its rapid growth. Perhaps due in part to large online failures during periodic or individual events, perhaps due in part to simple growth, the reason is less important than the reality that scalability ...
I’ve been working with a number of companies lately on their API strategies. People seem to recognize that having an API is modern day necessity, but they’re not sure how to get started. Since APIs are viewed as a technical innovations, responsibility for rolling them out is frequent...
The cloud world seems to have been received some interesting announcements and offerings over the last week. There were some new feature releases and price offerings from Amazon. Microsoft has announced some important updates to Windows Azure Mobile Services. Plus, Cloud Foundry has...
Two years ago, my team decided to extend our community portal to become “a real”APM Community where members (both commercial and free products) can go to find help and educational content on all topics regarding Application Performance Management (APM). The most critical pieces to that...
"The unexamined life is not worth living," said Plato. There's no doubt he was on to something. The observation, from Plato's Apology, is a recollection of the speech Socrates gave at his trial...and for all that Socrates may have lived a little before Tim Berners-Lee and knew nothing ...
Younger enterprise IT employees understand how easy it is to consume services from the cloud. They are becoming instrumental in helping corporations find better solution alternatives than currently available. Enterprise IT‘s focus is moving from software development to data analytics...
Long-term growth opportunities in government contracting will make for an active M&A market for players with sights beyond the current business cycle. Technological capabilities in areas such as big data, C4ISR and health IT, will drive deals as they will be better funded than some tra...
Here is a pretty common use case. You have an existing file server like windows 2003 or windows 2008 in the local office. Everyone in the local office is using a network share from the file server. There are some users from the branch office that may need to access the file server shar...
The term 'datastore’ is one that many of you who work with VMware are familiar, but which doesn’t really translate to the world of Microsoft’s Hyper-V. “Since Hyper-V does not require a different formatting of the underlying physical disk structure like VMFS(VMware’s proprietary disk...
Recently the Windows Azure Mobile Services team released official support for Android. Along with the SDK Microsoft has also written a number of tutorials to help you get started. The best place to start if you’ve never used Windows Azure Mobile Services before is the Getting started w...
If you’re like most people, when you notice something really odd about your body, the first thought to enter your brain is not “I need to call the doctor”. Of course let me clarify, if you look down after a fall, and think “My arm really shouldn’t bend like that”, then yeah, you call a...
You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means... An interesting and almost ancillary point was made during a recent #cloudtalk hosted by VMware vCloud with respect to the definition of "hybrid" cloud. Sure, it implies some level of integration, but how muc...
EMC (@EMCflash) has announced some new, enhanced, renamed and a rebrand flash solid-state device (SSD) storage portfolio around theme of XtremIO. XtremIO was the startup company with a new all flash SSD storage array that EMC announced they were buying in May 2012. Since that announcem...
A few months back, Gartner placed big data at the peak of its hype cycle for cloud computing, meaning most big data products are solutions looking for a problem. I always find this bad entrepreneurial habit to be one of the most frustrating of our industry. Having recently joined Meltw...
At IBM’s investors day meeting in San Jose, CEO Ginnie Rometty specifically talked about its focus on Big Data and Analytics business. This is what she said - IBM expects to continue its big bets on technologies like Big Data and analytics. “Data will be the basis of competitive adv...
Last summer, I was having lunch with my friend Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja) and we were discussing some ideas about how to better engage the Cloud Computing technology communities. As a whole, there is quite a bit of change happening in this space (technology, market dynamics, business mode...