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When I was writing about the cloud and disaster recovery I was only considering the tip of the iceberg, the obvious over-provisioning of expensive, specialized infrastructures needed in case the production environment failed. A duplicate data center is necessary today but perhaps less...
In our Internet-driven world, both organizations and consumers have come to expect fast, always-on data access from any device. As a result, content providers are tasked with delivering massive files and streaming media to tablets and smartphones while simultaneously ensuring superior ...
Outsourcing commodity capabilities to the low-cost provider while focusing your strategic value-add on customized offerings is an oft-repeated pattern in the world of business, but it hasn’t really taken hold in the world of IT until the rise of Cloud Computing. The reason it’s taken s...
The most essential element in optimizing performance is detecting issues before they impact your systems. However, you need to implement constant monitoring on your operating environment to gain this early insight. There are tools to help, but finding one that provides all the right in...
Testing tools and frameworks are infinitely useful when planning cloud architecture for many reasons. “The confidence of a well-tested codebase brings the ability to deploy quickly, and often. Testing infrastructure assures that incremental changes to the codebase do not affect the ov...
Last night CloudVelocity CEO Rajeev Chawla was able to talk to Brian Gracely at The Cloudcast on CloudVelocity and the hybrid cloud. The 33 minute interview (Accelerating the Hybrid Cloud (#83) is now available for download. A special thanks to Brian, who asked some of the most probin...
In recent years, IT departments have been confronted with the convergence of several highly disruptive trends that have fundamentally altered the enterprise IT landscape, particularly when it comes to how data and applications are managed. Mobility and the rise of BYOD (bring your own ...
As the proliferation of the cloud continues, Cloud Protection Gateways are increasingly being discussed as a way to address security issues surrounding cloud adoption. Whatever stage of cloud adoption your organization is in, a thorough vetting of the different gateways available will ...
The "Force Majeure" provision, a Latin term roughly meaning an "Act of God" is commonly found in most services agreements. But should it be included in your cloud services contract? This nugget is a common clause in contracts that essentially frees both parties from liability or obli...
Forward-thinking organizations realize that accelerating the speed with which they can deliver new applications and services is critical in making their enterprise more agile – and by extension delivering critical business competitiveness. In order to do so, they must break the cycle t...
Health care organizations are moving infrastructure and data to the cloud at a fairly rapid pace. A recent study suggests the cloud computing market in health care is expected to reach $5.4 billion by 2017. Enticing as the cloud is, when dealing with highly sensitive and regulated info...
Cloud has arrived. Everyone in the business, from the CEO to the customer relations manager, wants in on a computing model that promises to lower costs while delivering better service and greater efficiency. The business finally sees the potential of IT to add value, yet such high expe...
APIs are the coding interfaces that enable developers to create third-party apps, plug-ins, and add-ons that extend the functionality and potential of existing Software-as-a-Service products. Pedro's comments reframe the entire API industry and, if pursued, would fundamentally alter th...
Forrester analyst James Staten says that “the whole value of cloud computing is tied to areas of IT that can be standardized, automated, and shared among multiple constituents.[1]” Automation through the cloud is the next step for cloud-based innovation to reduce costs and increase pro...
The lack of emphasis on self-service Private Clouds is a telling indicator of the state of Cloud Computing (in particular, Infrastructure-as-a-Service, or IaaS) in the enterprise. If an enterprise IT shop were to truly implement a self-service Private Cloud, and actually got it to work...
The success or failure of public cloud services can be measured by whether they deliver high levels of performance, security and reliability that are on par with, or better than, those available within enterprise-owned data centers. Gartner predicts that the global public cloud comput...
CIOs understand the importance of analytics and BI. According to a 2012 survey of 2300 CIO by Gartner, analytics and BI are their number one technology priority. Analytics and BI can make bigger business impact when they can access more data. With data in the cloud and Big Data silos, ...
Six months ago my boss sent me an interactive calculator that the New York Times created to help people decide whether it’s a better financial decision to buy a home or simply rent one. He shared the calculator with me because, at the time, we were looking for interesting ways to visua...
Today’s IT infrastructure is in the midst of a major transformation. In many ways, the data center is a victim of its own success. The growing number of technologies and applications residing in the data center has spawned increasing complexity, which makes IT as a whole less responsiv...
When VMware announced its hybrid cloud initiative it made perfect sense. The hybrid cloud market could provide substantial growth opportunities for VMware, as discussed in VMware Crosses the Rubicon and Hybrid is a Whole New Cloud. Yet one respected tech analyst has recently suggested ...
The ability to guarantee performance to thousands of applications at once has garnered praise from analysts and enterprises alike. Without this guarantee, cloud providers will not be able to meet the rising performance requirements of enterprise customers. Given the compelling advantag...
Symantec recently took a stroll down memory lane to revisit the first seeds of cloud computing that took hold more than a half-century ago. Symantec created an interactive timeline that illustrates the history of cloud computing, highlighting just how far the technology has progresse...
The enhanced adoption of Cloud, Big Data, Mobility is causing more services to be developed and aggregated, hence there is a greater emphasis on Agile for service aggregation. Agile processes have specific methods to manage the rapid development cycles and changing requirements in appl...
OpenStack is an Infrastructure as a Service offering. (see my prior post for an explanation of IaaS). OpenStack is an OpenSource project, founded by RackSpace, NASA and others. OpenStack can be deployed as a public or private cloud. Project NOVA, or OpenStack Compute, provisions and...
The Big Data and Cloud “movements” have acted as catalysts for tremendous growth in fit-for-purpose databases. Along with this growth, we see a new set of challenges in how we access the data through our business-critical applications. Let’s take a brief look at the evolution of these ...
VMware’s (VMW) recent hybrid cloud announcement was both expected and yet provocative. It falls into a pattern of successful moves made in virtualization security and networking as the company to grow its addressable market by virtualizing servers and delivering increased IT agility, e...
Organizations today understand that better access to information assets can improve their bottom-line. But they struggle with the variety of enterprise, cloud and big data sources, and all their associated access mechanisms, syntax, security, etc. Data abstraction overcomes data sourc...
The responsibility for proper consumption of Cloud resources doesn’t fall to a single role in our organization. Rather, developers, operations personnel, as well as the managers responsible for the Cloud provider business relationship must work together to ensure the code is correct, t...
More and more of our lives are lived online. Our music collections, bookshelves, vacation memories and more are increasingly digitized and uploaded into the cloud, the vast network of server farms that provide the bulk of online storage today. Research firm Gartner projects that by 201...
OpenStack is an OpenSource offering of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). For a review, here is a quick overview of IaaS and OpenStack. OpenStack is admittedly not trivial to manually install. I have started a manual install beginning with the Identity Service (keystone) here, other ...
Everyone has an argument for the ideal technological approach to cloud computing: public vs. private (vs. hybrid), open vs. closed, vertical vs. horizontal, etc. Larry Ellison’s thoughts on the proprietary cloud aside, an open cloud environment is inevitable. Companies will have a vari...
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...
Log analysis is a unique use case that is being leveraged in multiple ways to gain deep insight into activities generated by multiple sources. A common theme heard in the IT marketplace is that innovative technologies are enabling new insights to be harvested from data. Cloud computin...
Home is where the cloud is. The work-at-home movement has given some momentum recently to cloud computing, as well as finding itself in the middle of the debate on whether companies should allow their employees to work from home. It's understood that a public cloud platform are typi...
The hybrid cloud opportunity (also called cloud virtualization) could turn the tables on server virtualization market leader VMware or help it to establish even higher growth rates. I have heard of TAM (total addressable market) estimates for VMware of about $80B. I’m not sure if tha...
We described in a previous post our experience about the different types of cloud models, and our view about how the main open-source Cloud Management Platforms (CMPs) are targeting their needs. Our aim was to demonstrate that we will see an open-source cloud space with several offerin...
Recently Amazon announced the availability of Redshift Data warehouse as a Service as a beta offering. Amazon Redshift is a fast, fully managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse service that makes it simple and cost-effective to efficiently analyze all your data using your existing busine...
Agile software development is increasingly enabling developers to better create applications that meet user needs quickly, and the advent of increased mobile apps development is further accelerating its power. As IT aligns itself with business goals, Agile software development is incr...
The Technology Adoption Lifecycle and Gartner’s Hype Cycle are well known in the industry for helping companies make better and informed decisions about technology adoption and deployment. Both have influenced companies the world over and through various technology generations. These m...
New technologies always generate hype. To cut through the hype and find the value, you have to see how things fit in the real world, both in implementation and in actual realized benefits. That’s one of the reasons BlueStripe Software conducts an annual survey of IT Operations executi...