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2013 has been incredibly eventful for the cloud industry, mostly for making itself an eminent presence in the mainstream IT market. Businesses of all sizes have made their ways to the cloud, confirming my 2013 predictions. Government agencies worldwide take the cloud seriously, as demo...
It’s the time of year to look at what was and contemplate on what will be. In Gartner the latter process has been formalized through the series of predict documents we publish towards the end of the year. Since a few years we precede these individual documents with a top predictions no...
Although it has been a couple of months since the hysteria of re:Invent, there has been a great deal of consternation by hoards of people in enterprise IT over the emergence of Amazon AWS. The fear is that AWS and it's main competitors will substantially disrupt the market for enterpri...
Throughout 2013 most senior executives have been exposed to the key emerging business technology trends. During 2014, you're going to see and hear a lot more about the Internet of Things (IoT) -- and the impact will reach just about every industry and all the major markets within the G...
Wow. What a year, eh? This post was actually penned back in the end of November. I try to stay a few weeks ahead just in case things come up that interrupt my ability to post and to cover time periods, like now, when I'm actually on PTO recharging. Looking back at 2013 it's been a ...
It’s hard to read or listen to the news without hearing concerns about protecting sensitive data. Whether it is providing security for payment card/banking information or maintaining privacy from cyber surveillance – governmental and otherwise. Edward Snowden was back in the news last...
Note that in Information Technology (IT) conversations there are multiple meanings for SMB including Server Message Block aka Microsoft Windows CIFS (Common Internet File System) along with its SAMBA implementation, however for this piece the context is Small Medium Business. A decade...
Sports fan strategists like to throw around the famous Wayne Gretzky quote: I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been. The corporate implications of the quote are self-evident: plot your strategic course to where you think the market is going. Setting your sights ...
In the early part of 2013, EMC announced a new storage virtualization product called ViPR that delivers a software interface to block, object and HDFS storage services layered on heterogeneous storage. As part of that announcement there was an architectural discussion regarding how ViP...
We still see quite a few eyebrows raised when we explain how we use WDM optics in our datacenter solution. In the various descriptions of the Plexxi solution it is often mentioned and referred to, but it is worth explaining what that optical infrastructure actually looks like and why i...
The white box switching movement appears to be gaining some momentum. For some, it is a fait accompli that hardware and software will be meaningfully separated, allowing users to procure each independently in a model that more closely resembles what happens on the server side. The fire...
Earlier in 2013 when discussing the evolution of application delivery and F5 I posed a question to which, at the time, didn't have an answer. It was simply "What's Next?" As the time has gone by, the answer to that has become clear. What's next is an evolutionary step in the history...
On December 16, 2013, our friends over at Compare the Cloud wrote a blog called “The Day Computing Changed Forever – and We All Missed it.” The blog centered on what the future of the Cloud could hold for society. Ironically enough, the post was published on the same day that Google (p...
Enterprises are building an API First strategy to keep up with their customer needs, and provide resources and services that go beyond the confines of enterprise. With this shift to using APIs as an extension of their enterprise IT, the key challenge still remains choosing the right de...
The New Year is fast approaching and it’s time for some wild, speculative predictions on API Management for 2014. As I mentioned in earlier posts, the space is has been rapidly maturing over the second half of 2013 with larger vendors such as IBM, Tibco and Intel making big moves. In ...
I've been watching the ADC space a long time. Over a decade now, both from the publishing and vendor sides of the table. Having spent half my "'life" as a developer and the other half of my "life" in the network, there's something about technology that marries the two that really get m...
SoftLayer could be said to be the leader when it comes to one platform offering endless possibilities. Their unified platform is specially designed to meet the end users requirement of giving cloud computing users the results they want, the way they want it. SoftLayer operates all ov...
As we are approaching the year end in 2013, we have seen significant growth of big data this year in the rear mirror. Looking forward, what will be the forecast for the upcoming new year? Where are technologies headed in 2014? There are many interesting movements and activities in the ...
A few more days and 2013 is history. The big events for the year must include the IPO of Twitter, the unusual valuation of Pinterest and Snapchat, and the increasing velocity of Big Data and cloud adoption into the mainstream. I read this article in The Guardian, where Werner Vogels, C...
Over the years, IT has had the ability to customize the heck out of applications. Even the industry enabled this addiction to feature creep. Vendors asked what new button, bell, and whistle customers wanted and then delivered what they could. Customization became a hallmark of IT tryin...
Many people have turned to virtualization for, among other reasons, the increased ease of disaster recovery. Because virtual machines are no more than files on a disk connected to standardized hypervisor hardware, those virtual machines can be shared, copied, moved, and recovered almos...
It's often the case that upon hearing the word "consolidation" in conjunction with the network people conjure up visions of what's commonly known as a "god box." This mythical manifestation of data center legend allegedly enables every network-related services to be deployed on a sing...
Cloud storage has become the preferred choice for those who want the best. The storage area is limitless and the security that it provides is the best in the market. However, that is not the reason why businesses use cloud storage. More and more people are turning to cloud storage a...
When it comes to API frameworks, there seems to be a Field-of-Dreams-esque view that If you build it, they will come. And as our industry dives headfirst into SDN waters, there will be people who advocate the proliferation of developer programs under the premise that networking needs a...
The simplicity of the term "proxy" belies the complex topological options available. Understanding the different deployment options will enable your proxy deployment to fit your environment and, more importantly, your applications. It seems so simple in theory. A proxy is a well-under...
As more business applications move to the cloud, security seems to be top-of-mind for all concerned parties. Also, the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to work trend, along with more smartphones and tablets that require wireless connectivity in the workplace, has increased the level of con...
I work mostly in Plexxi’s office in Nashua, NH. That is about a 12-minute commute for me, backroads only through two sleepy towns. Very convenient and a great improvement over my previous commute. Every now and again I make the trek out to our Cambridge office and it is painful. About ...
On July 14, 2015 Windows Server (WS) 2003 will reach the end of extended support. This means no more patches or security fixes without a custom support agreement in place. The security and uptime implications of your applications are about to be refactored in a dramatic way. Many compl...
This time of year the crystal balls get a viewing and many pundits put out their annual predictions for the coming year. Rather than thinking up my own, I figured I’d regurgitate what many others are expecting to happen. Cybersecurity in 2014: A roundup of predictions: ZDNet might ha...
2013 was a breakthrough year for cloud storage. A recent survey showed that 60 percent of businesses decided to store their data in the cloud, and the benefits they've begun to realize range from cost and time savings to maintenance-free storage infrastructure. But the year also bro...
With the herald of innovative, personal, smart and targeted marketing, ‘big data’ offers enticing and varied advantages for businesses. The ability uncover and harness data, to tackle and tame the informational chaos presented, is increasingly expected of most organisations. But how...
Senior executives have been waiting for actionable insight from the mass of information that their IT departments already gather about their customers. But many have become very impatient -- because they want to see results, now. Do you anticipate that data analytics and real-time visu...
One of the "rules" of application delivery (and infrastructure in general) has been that when scaling out such technologies, all components must be equal. That started with basic redundancy (deploying two of everything to avoid a single point of failure in the data path) and has remain...
SAP customers are confused about the positioning between SAP Sybase IQ and SAP Hana as it applies to data warehousing. Go figure, so is SAP. You want to learn about their data warehousing offering, and all you hear is “Hana this” and “Hana that”. It reminds me of the time after I left...
There's been a lot of hullaboo in the last few years about the current cycle of disruption in IT: Public Cloud, Private Cloud, SDN, DevOps, Everything-as-a-Service… the list goes on and on and every vertical, every field, and every niche is feeling the churn. Every day there is no sh...
Software-Defined Networking (SDN), sometimes referred to as Network Virtualization, expands the level of datacenter abstraction provided by a hypervisor to include not just discrete VM workloads, but entire networks that are virtualized atop an existing physical network infrastructure ...
This month, Yung Chou, Mitch Tulloch and I have published a new book on Hybrid Cloud Management with System Center 2012 R2 App Controller, titled Microsoft System Center: Cloud Management with App Controller. As part of a series of specialized guides on System Center, this book focuses...
A dangerous environment, an unknown frontier, a lack of resources, the pursuit of something greater than themselves—yes, software development teams face some great challenges while aspiring to achieve prodigious goals that (they hope) will benefit the organization for years to come. No...
The standard software quality activities defined by IEEE, such as verification and validation, are integrated into the software development cycle. We see dedicated SQA roles and resources in major organizations. Also, many multi-national companies are pushing to have a central team dri...
In the early days of cloud computing we talked a lot about how the economy of scale offered by cloud was achieved mainly through abstraction of resources. Compute, network and storage resources were abstracted and pooled together such that they could be provisioned as services on-deman...