Cloud: IT in 3D?
While watching TV the other night, I saw several trailers for movies, all of which advertised “in 3D.” This got me thinking about how 3D and the move toward cloud computing share similar stories.
3D was first utilized in film in the 1950s, but because of several factors, the format was not widely adopted until almost 40 years later. Even then, the application of 3D in feature films was relegated to a niche market. Only more recently, with advances in technology, standardization...
Cloud Security Part 1: Why So Many Cloud Servers are Vulnerable
Not Only Is Tape Dead, Backup Is Too
I just finished reading a piece of marketing
nonsense hoo-hah from Iron Mountain that argues that tape isn’t dead. Methinks Iron Mountain doth protest to much. Let’s see, what’s Iron Mountain’s digital business? Oh, that’s right – tape vaulting. The death of tape, and Iron Mountain’s sudden exit from cloud-based storage and backup, must be cause for alarm in Boston.
Now, before I go any further, let me be clear that yes, I know that tape is being used today, and not technically dead… yet. When nScaled and others...
How Analytics and Business Intelligence Are Accelerating Cloud Adoption
UK users now spend 300 billion hours online. Are you ready?
It's official: The UK is spending most of their time online, over 3 billion hours, with social media taking up the bulk of their attention. Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin, (all driven by cloud computing platforms) are sucking up 800 million hours of your time.
If you are left-brainer who exhibits a natural skepticism towards statistics such as those quoted above, you may be interested to know that Hitwise compiled these stats from anonymous ISP data logs, not user surveys.
About 9% of user time...
Cloud becomes a serious contender for email services
The cloud is becoming increasingly used in place of traditional email platforms, an expert has said.A new report published by Gartner has revealed that Google Gmail service is the new rival to Microsoft mail platforms and SaaS and cloud applications are fast becoming the email route of choice in companies with more than 5,000 seats.In particular, the report revealed that Google's Gmail service now hosts nearly half the market for enterprise cloud email services. Matthew Cain, research vice president at Gartner pointed out that this...
VMware publishes vCenter Orchestrator Plug-ins Documentation Center
VMware has released nine plug-ins for vCenter Orchestrator this year (and there is more than a quarter left !) and decided that it would be best for customers to have all of the docs gathered in one place in a more user friendly and searchable format.
vCenter Orchestrator Plug-ins Documentation Center allows from one single page to browse the different plug-ins documentation.
Get practical: Email optimisation and archiving strategies
Email is a popular tool for messaging, calendaring, and managing contacts along with attachments in most organizations.
Given the popularity of email and diverse ways that it is used for managing various forms of unstructured data attachments including photos, video, audio, spreadsheets, presentations and other document objects, there are corresponding back end challenges. Those back end challenges including managing the data storage repositories (e.g. file systems and storage systems) that are used for...
How long should you keep cloud data for?
One of the most frustrating issues for IT staff (an issue that continues to drive sales of storage [disk or tape]), is how long data has to be kept around. Anyone who has ever moved has been faced with closets, attics and basements full of stuff that they have paid to be moved or stored, that they have not looked at or used in years! No one is making us keep this stuff, and yet we do.
We also do not have to keep most of those backups and emails either. The only reason we do is for the same reason that we keep the stuff...