The Advent of the Privileged Cloud
What’s in a name? Well, it could be a lot. In fact, the name we assign something can have a huge impact of our perception of that thing. Would you eat reconstituted chicken parts? Thanks to whomever decided to call that a “nugget” you might.
On the other hand, sometimes we come up with a name for something that makes a great idea seem much less great. Remember New Coke? It registered quite well on blind taste tests. The problem was...
Model Driven DoDAF Architecture: Building for Change
On first glance, the marriage of Dovèl Technologies and ZapThink might appear to be somewhat of a mismatch: boutique Federal contractor acquires iconoclastic architecture thought leadership firm? But look below the surface, and the synergies become apparent, as Dovèl has long had an iconoclastic approach to architecture, since after all, we focus...
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...
If my Computing is Unified, why can’t I Determine my System's Health?
Unified Computing is an attempt to recreate what was desireable about mainframes using industry standard systems, read X86-based, off-the-shelf memory, storage and networking equipment. The goal was to recentralize all of the components of modern computing systems into one package.Recently Cisco joined the ranks of those offering unified systems, which included eGenera, IBM, HP, Dell and others, in offering unified computing systems. Ciscso, by the way, cleverly named their products Unified Computing Systems or...
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Private PaaS – The Next Era of Enterprise IT
Central to the Government Community Cloud model is the development of a ‘Private PaaS’ (Platform as a Service).
Public Cloud providers like Azure offer a combination of hosting and built-in software components that make life easier and quicker for software developers, to write, maintain and publish new software to production environments.
Deploying this same...
It’s Not a Disaster Recovery Plan If You Don’t Test It
There’s a fine story by Jacob Gsoedl over at SearchDisasterRecovery.com called, “Disaster recovery in the cloud explained” that makes for good reading.
Gsoedl provides a good overview of matters. I would like amplify one topic that I think deserves more emphasis than Gsoedl provides – testing.
As one of our customers recently put it to me, “You don’t actually have a DR plan if you...
Cloud computing and the 4th Dimension
It’s time to think about time.
According to Wikipedia, in physics, spacetime is any mathematical model that combines space and time into a single continuum. In cosmology, the concept of spacetime combines space and time to a single abstract universe. But you know we’re not here to talk about physics, cosmology, or the universe, as interesting as they may be.
For this moment in time, I want you to think of Cloud computing along the lines of space and time, because too many businesses shifting to the Cloud are...
VMworld and The Toughest Cloud Management Question
Last week at VMworld we asked a secret shopper to visit all the major cloud management vendors (BMC, CA, HP, IBM, and CA Nimsoft) and ask the Toughest Cloud Management Question.
VMworld is a great place to do this. Because the attendees are very smart and experienced and the people working the vendor demonstration stations know their products very well.