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Back in the day - when the Internets were exploding and I was still coding - I worked in enterprise architecture. Enterprise architecture, for the record, is generally not the same as application development. When an organization grows beyond a certain point, it becomes necessary to st...
Start-ups have been formed by leveraging cloud resources but enterprises are taking note and adoption rates are increasing. While attending the Amazon Web Services (AWS) re:Invent conference last week, I spoke to enterprise customers who described how they benefited from AWS cloud ser...
SaaS is the cutting-edge technology in the current product landscape. With an increase in the adoption of SaaS products by enterprises, more and more ISVs are trying the SaaS delivery channel. But, delivering a SaaS product cannot be considered as just a rebranding exercise of existing...
The most challenging part of managing a complex IT infrastructure is not in the silos but the boundaries between those silos. Tools, processes, and even people have to be particularly flexible at the points where workflows intersect. And once these intersection points are codified (th...
We want to take this time to talk about Cloud-based Disaster Recovery Solutions. Getting it out of the way, Solar VPS offers our clients with Cloud based disaster recovery services which provide: 20GB to 200GB Backup Capacity Full Server Backups New Data Backed Up Incrementally Backups...
In traditional networks, MAC addresses are inserted into tables using standard learning techniques. When packets arrive, if the source MAC address is not known, it is added to the MAC forwarding table for that VLAN with the ingress interface as its destination. If the destination is u...
Are you likely to increase your business technology investment next year? If you are, then you're not alone. Worldwide ICT spending is expected to accelerate in 2014, after dipping to its slowest pace of growth since the financial crisis in 2013, according to the latest market study by...
It's not today, or tomorrow, but sometime in the not too distant future the bulk of the on-premise private cloud market is going to shrivel into a little raisin and die. A very small number of very large companies will operate private clouds that will be, by an large, poor substitutes ...
The silos within IT are breaking down, at least in terms of awareness of each other and the need to coordinate provisioning and orchestration of compute, network and application services. No longer is it acceptable to simply provide a solution; that solution must integrate, collaborate...
Applications are at the center of the IT universe. As IT shifts its primary goal from connectivity to experience, it will require tighter collaboration between the various infrastructure elements that support application workloads. There are two philosophical approaches to how this orc...
Cloud computing is changing the IT ecosystem and is now increasingly focused on data analytics. Cloud computing attention is often paid to moving compute requirements from the enterprise data center to public clouds. While the technology enables a number of innovative solutions around...
There's a lot of lip service given to east-west (intra-VM) traffic in emerging data center architectures. We talk about how it's increasing, how it's important, but understanding why it's happening offers some insight into the impact it will have on service placement within next-genera...
Hypertension, or the state of having constantly high blood pressures within the arteries, affects almost 76 million people in the US. That is nearly 34% of the entire country's adult population. Needless to say, it isn't rare. Adding to that, it is the leading cause of cardiovascular d...
When you're not feeling so well, you probably go visit a doctor. The doctor - after asking a whole lot of probing questions - might write you a prescription (or in today's digital world, clicks a button) that you need to fill. Which you of course do at a pharmacy. Then you head home an...
There is no doubt that a focus on software defining the network - enabling automation, analytics, and orchestration via open APIs and other technologies - is changing the way network elements are viewed and compared across the industry. In the past, we lined up products and compared ...
Perhaps somewhat lost in a ridiculously hyper week of datacenter announcements last week was this article from some of the network minds at VMware. The article describes a division of flow types in datacenter environments (they probably exist elsewhere too but probably less pronounced)...
Every day, technology is advancing and becoming more futuristic to meet the demands of the end users. Each company is seen vying with one another to improve their products and services and to be the first in the market to introduce their wares. Of course all are not successful, and o...
Who said storage is boring? I’m not lying when I’m writing that I’m on my way to a place in the desert, far away from regular society, for a secret meeting with the Top Guns of the Cloud & Web Industry. I’m one of a select group of Object Storage visionaries who have been invited to me...
I enjoyed reading this article in InfoWorld by Eric Knorr and thought its worth repeating here. He listed nine trends in enterprise IT for 2014 and beyond, as follows: Cloud is the new hardware, software-defined data center (sddc) - Entire infrastructure virtualized and software-defi...
Everything as a Service has become nearly a synonym for cloud computing. That's unsurprising, as the benefits of cloud - from economy of scale to increased service velocity - are derived mainly from the abstraction of network, compute and storage resources into services that can be rap...
Unless you‘ve been living under a rock the past few months, you probably have heard about the NSA’s PRISM surveillance program and perhaps wondering whether that should affect your business’s decisions to store data in a public cloud. Even if you are not worried about the NSA specifica...
I've just had the opportunity to preview my good friend Melvin Greer's newest effort, "21st Century Leadership: Harnessing Innovation, Accelerating Business Success". Now in pre-release, this book highlights the compelling linkage between internet scale technology, advance business mod...
Moving your data storage to the cloud is a smart move as there is an explosion of data day by day and systems are struggling to store all that data effectively and securely. Cloud computing has proven not only to be cost effective but also frees the businesses to concentrate on the da...
Your business uses countless applications in a given day. At F5, we built a reputation as an industry leader by helping organizations deliver the most secure, fast, and reliable applications to anyone anywhere at any time. Our pioneering focus on application services gives us a unique ...
There's a lot of lip service given to the notion of applications defining the way the network behaves. That's primarily because it's recognized that today, at least, it's an application world. Applications are large and in-charge in the eyes of the business who, after all, pays all the...
The meteoric rise of the application as one of the most important - if not the most important - factor contributing to business success today should not be surprising. In response, businesses continue to build newer, better and more mobile-friendly applications to support the nearly in...
Disclaimer: This post does not endorse or criticize healthcare reform in any way. It is not meant to be political in nature. Rather, it is solely a high-level analysis of the IT issues that affected the release of the healthcare exchange website. On October 1, healthcare.gov, the heal...
[This is not really about the Red Sox or pumpkins this Halloween, but how could I not use those in the title? Go Red Sox] I left an awful teaser at the end of my article last week. In Brent Salisbury's original article that triggered some of these additional virtualization thoughts, h...
Driving sustainable growth is a challenge for every SaaS business from startups to public companies. In the beginning, the SaaS recurring revenue model seems like a dream compared to the revenue fits and starts of licensed enterprise software. But within one short customer lifetime, ev...
The data center industry is heading toward an inflection point that has significant impact on enterprises. It seems many aren't looking far enough ahead, but the timeline appears to be 12-18 months, which is not that far out! The issue is a typical supply chain issue of supply, demand ...
Like most terms associated with any technology in the beginning of the hype cycle, programmability is being used and abused to mean a variety of different capabilities. It's important to understand what people mean when they say "programmability" because it ultimately impacts the ways ...
It's not every day that you hear about a software project on public media, but NPR and other public outlets are covering the troubled rollout of the Healthcare.gov website nearly hourly. As a software professional, the problems I was hearing about are common in a large software projec...
Industry's transition from custom made, one-of-a-kind IT infrastructures to the standardize, commodity based cloud paradigm is well on it's way. IBM's recent "Under Cloud Cover" study highlights the rapidly of this global transformation: "According to our global study of more than 800...
Plexxi is gearing up for the 13th Cloud Expo on November 4-7 in Santa Clara, CA. We’re looking forward to discussing the two major IT trends that will be the conference focus: cloud computing and big data. Plexxi’s Mike Bushong recently wrote a post for InfoWorld about the inevitable i...
With storage needs in your organizations growing exponentially over the last few years and into the future there are plenty of things you may done in the past to help keep the cost down. Chances are you bought some kind of fancy SAN, that had all the bells and whistles to help storage...
Keith Mayer and myself kick off our new multi-part series today on how you can build your hybrid cloud environment with Windows Server 2012, System Center 2012 and Windows Azure by laying down a quick overview of what we can expect for the series as well as diving into the new featur...
On the surface it looks to be a chicken and egg problem. Is cloud driving IT transformation or is IT transformation driving cloud’s growth? The movement to cloud requires a shift in approach for many IT organizations for how to deal with procurement, management, security, etc. In some ...
A significant source of chatter around SDN began with a focus on the northbound interface (apparently now dubbed NBI, FWIW) at Layer 123 SDN & OpenWorld Congress 2013. A quick overview of the latest focus in SDN can be read in this SDN Central article, "ONF Will Tackle SDN’s Northbound...
I’ve been blogging quite a bit at DDN these days, which doesn’t leave me with a lot of time to write here, so I thought I’d syndicate a few of my WOS articles here at Clouds & Beer: When Albert Einstein attended the Hollywood premier of the movie, City Lights, the crowds cheered him...
Enterprise software developers used to count on a level of stability and control over their environment that no longer exists when migrating to cloud platforms. As much hand-wringing is spent over how and what can be run in the cloud at all, little thought is given to the long-run cos...