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Cisco’s Spending Spree: An Analysis

December 06, 2012 07:07 AM
This November Cisco bought three companies in the space of about 10 days. I’ll examine whether these purchases are part of a larger strategic move, or simply the result of internal competition among Cisco’s business units.

Citrix Cloudstack 3.0: Better Networking, Bigger Community, Improved Orchestration

February 13, 2012 12:00 PM
Cloudstack 3.0 adds support for XenServer 6.0 with tighter integration with the hypervisor and tight integration with Citrix's Netscaler application delivery controller.

Microsoft's System Center 2012: Building A Private Cloud

January 17, 2012 11:48 AM
Microsoft is beefing up its private cloud offering by enhancing existing modules in System Center 2012, adding an application controller that disconnects apps from the OS, an orchestration module that automates application and virtual machine deployment, and unified management tasks. Microsoft is also reducing System Center 2012's licensing options from 113 different combinations to two editions--a Standard edition and a Data Center edition. This is Microsoft's big move into private cloud, which should make it easier for enterprises to get into the game, but it is also a first step along a longer path in Microsoft's march to private cloud.

iWave Raises The Flag For Storage Automation

December 28, 2011 07:01 AM
One of the fascinating things about the IT industry is its role as an ongoing incubator of innovation that impacts the lives of individuals, organizations and society. Now, if Raymond Kurzweil is to be believed, that trend will continue with no foreseeable end in sight. One hotbed of IT innovation is automation, particularly storage automation. And iWave plans to be a trend setter in storage automation.

Cloud Success Factor: Rethink Application Development

October 28, 2011 08:08 AM
In terms of performance and business agility, private cloud is the foreign import compared to your family sedan data center of today. And when you migrate to that cloud, if you bring along your old ways of thinking and siloed application development mindset, you’ll miss out on the benefits the platform provides. You need to ensure your services and applications are developed in a way that harnesses the full potential of the architecture.

Implementing Automation

October 24, 2011 10:10 AM
Orchestration platforms have better chances of success now that vendors are offering APIs to effectively manage their products. Routers, virtualization platforms, firewalls and storage arrays are delivering core features to enable external administration using XML-based APIs.

The Case Against Orchestration

October 14, 2011 01:26 PM
I outlined the case for orchestration. Now I want to answer "Why now? What's different?" After all, management platforms have failed to deliver automation and orchestration for the last 20 years, at least. Why would today's software be any more likely to actually work? Can we try for operational nirvana once again?

Automation and Orchestration

September 08, 2011 10:00 AM
Now that virtualization is either implemented or under way at most organizations, vendors are focusing on orchestration and automation of their infrastructure to extract pounds instead of pennies from their customers. The vision that is espoused by vendors goes something like this: Companies are spending time and resources to build servers, script OS and application installations, make storage array and network configuration changes, deliver firewall rules etc., etc. If only we had some clever software that could help to perform these repetitive and expensive tasks.

Brocade Adds IPv6, Performance Increase To ADX Appliance

March 23, 2011 11:52 AM
Brocade's enhancements to its Server Iron ADX appliance are aimed at service and hosting providers needing to support IPv6, manage increased demand and support automated service management. The enhancements, which are available to existing customers with a support contract, set the ADX up for high-volume installations that are going to need future proofing.

Self-Service IT, For IT, By IT

February 09, 2011 07:00 AM
I always shake my head when I hear someone say that private cloud computing won't take off because enterprises can't realize the economies of scale that a public cloud provider can. Thing is, the benefits that enterprises get from a private cloud are not the same as a public cloud. I was reminded of this while reading F5's Lori MacVittie succinctly sum up the difference in goals between private cloud and public cloud adopters in Focus of Cloud Implementation Depends on the Implementer: "Private cloud implementers are not trying to be Amazon or Google or Salesforce.com. They're trying to be a more efficient, leaner version of themselves--IT as a Service." While all organizations want to be efficient, the way they measure their success is vastly different from how cloud providers measure success.

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