Building The Case For Private Clouds
When assessing an IT road map for the next three to five years, you’d be remiss to leave cloud options out of the process. The business agility and potential cost savings of an IT-as-a-service-focused cloud architecture can catapult a business ahead of its competition.
OCI Offers 'Happy Medium' For Cloud Customers, Vendors
A new non-profit organization has been created to drive open standards in cloud computing. Launched at the OSCON 2011 Open Source Convention, the Open Cloud Initiative (OCI) published the Open Cloud Principles (OCP) document to ensure user freedoms without impeding the ability of providers to do business.
FCoE: Standards Don't Matter; Vendor Choice Does
During the last year or so, some Fibre Channel over Ethernet experts have been arguing nuances of FCoE and which protocols you need or don’t need. FCoE interswitch interoperability? I will be old(er) and gray(er) before that happens in any meaningful way. While these are interesting discussions—if you go for that sort of thing—ultimately, they won’t impact your purchasing decisions. You are going to use whatever your SAN vendor tells you to use.
Health Care Providers Shifting to the Cloud
With the unstoppable growth of medical imagery, many health care providers are realizing that trying to do a data migration to a new storage system every few years is becoming next to impossible. Some providers I spoke with say that unless they shift to the cloud, they'll never be able to even fathom catching up with their data growth as they'll be stuck in a never-ending cycle of rebuying their next storage system and migrating data.
Quantum Simplifies Deduping Disk Target
Quantum has come out with a new system that could shake things up a little in the backup storage market. Somehow Quantum has managed to get Veg-a-matic like flexibility into the DXi6700 while simplifying the purchase process and adding a new hybrid deduplication scheme, all at a new lower price.
The Five Stages of IT Grief
As IT professionals, we're all occasionally thrown curve balls by our suppliers. The most recent case is VMware changing its pricing model. When changes like these happen, the Twitterverse and blogosphere go wild with posts from folks who are affected, or are afraid they'll be affected, and those posts follow a pattern very similar to Dr. Elizabeth Kübler-Ross' path for the grieving.
Making IT Where There Is (Almost) None: More On Haiti
Back in April of this year, I was part of a group that went to Haiti to work with an educational institution to rebuild its IT operations after the January 2010 earthquake. What I discovered is that there isn’t a lot to rebuild, and the creation of an IT environment largely from scratch is what is really needed.
Google+ Has 5 Minuses
Some of the missing pieces ought to be coming soon, but how did search wind up being one of them?
Storage Hardware: Is The End Near?
It increasingly looks like applications, operating systems, and hypervisors will provide the features and functions we've come to expect from our storage hardware.
vSphere License Changes Bring Out Pitchforks
The twitterati have taken up torches and pitchforks against VMware and Netflix for changing their pricing models. With vSphere 5, VMware’s changed from licensing based on processor cores and physical memory to charging for vRAM, the amount of memory actually allocated to VMs across your server cluster.
Hybrid: It's Not Just About Cars
Making the decision to move forward with a private cloud doesn't mean you should rule out public cloud services--you can have your cake and eat it, too. The technical and business drivers that were used to decide on private cloud may not be applicable to every service and deployment model. In most cases, the greatest benefits will be found in a mixture of private and public cloud services.
Oracle Places Its Storage Strategy Bets
Key Oracle executives—President Mark Hurd, Executive VP of Systems John Fowler and Senior VP of Storage Phil Bullinger—unveiled the company’s storage strategy a day after the official announcement of Oracle’s acquisition of Pillar Data Systems. Although that deal is noteworthy, it should not distract from Oracle leveraging its traditional product strengths to strengthen its overall storage position.
Meraki's Latest Cloud Rumblings
Regardless of what strength of cloud Kool-Aid you drink, it’s hard to ignore the progress being made by cloud-based wireless solutions providers as they bulk up and spread wings into the wired side of the network. The original of the species in this realm is Meraki, and its unique offerings get ever more polished with its latest hardware and feature sets.
The Goodness Of Virtualized Storage
The technology solves many of the fundamental problems and limitations of modern storage systems and clearly demonstrates a slew of benefits.
Is Flash The New Disk?
Several commentators have started predicting that, in just a few years, flash will totally replace disk in primary storage, making flash the new disk, disk the new tape, tape the old tape or tape as dead as Francisco Franco. While I would love to never again hear the screeching of heads across spinning media, I think these commentators may be just a bit optimistic.
Don't Get Snagged By Spear Phishers
For one growing security concern, basic security systems and good user awareness may not be enough to keep users and businesses protected. In some of the recent cases of spear phishing, even trained security personnel were tricked into surrendering personal data or infecting systems with malware.
Cashing In On Mobile Money Opportunities
Juniper Research estimates that by 2015, the global mobile payments market will be worth almost $700 million dollars. Given that much of that occurs in increments of somewhere under $1 to around $20, it is pretty thought-provoking from the perspective of volume of transactions.
Dropbox Redux: They Don't Really Own Your Stuff
I was until recently an enthusiastic Dropbox user. I've therefore been sitting on the sidelines and watching with amazement as a kerfuffle of unusual size has been brewing among Dropbox users. Now blog posts with titles like "Dropbox Updates Terms Of Service--Now Owns All Your Stuff" and "All Your Files Are Belong To Them" are driving more users away from the still popular service.
VDI: An Example Of Service Delivery
Any migration to the cloud should have a focus on the services required and the best way to deliver those services. Business enablement should hold as much, or more, weight than ROI. The same holds true when discussing virtual desktops.
The Many Faces Of 802.11n
Wireless local networking has been a massive hit with consumers and businesses, but the promise of 802.11n, the latest version of the Wi-Fi standard, is clouded with confusion.
You, There! Get Out Of My 2.4 GHz!
The great thing about unlicensed spectrum is the ease with which wireless devices can be implemented. The bad part of unlicensed spectrum? That would be the ease with which wireless devices can be implemented. In the 2.4 GHz ISM band, a growing roster of wireless devices continues to harass and degrade the WLAN space to the dismay of those of us running big wireless environments.
Are You Ready For An FBI Server Takedown?
The FBI's recent scareware-busting raids and server seizures knocked 120 unrelated companies' websites offline--a scenario that most hosting customers don't anticipate.
No Data Privacy In The Cloud
Most people understand that data in the cloud won’t have the same level of security and privacy that data inside your corporate firewall has. But some recent news has shown just how insecure your cloud-based data really is.