10 Questions with VI’s Patrick McCarthy
What Do You know? Our Survey Results
The Wrong Tool: Test before you buy
Did you ever buy something, only to find out that it just wasn’t quite right for you? I don’t mean the usual buyer’s remorse over a large purchase, like a new car. I mean you bought a sports car, and somehow missed the fact that you like to haul your motorcycle to the desert on weekends. Oops!
Not surprisingly, you’ll find people do this frequently with small purchase, for example apps for your phone. You’re hoping for a specific utility, you read a description, it sounds right...
Live Video streaming from the Cloud
Live video streaming from the Cloud is an interesting area. Cloud’s elastic infrastructure provides new ways of delivering rich media content (video and audio) . One can run their own rich media infrastructure ,flexibly and effectively at low cost with out depending on third-party hosts. This includes delivering Ondemand video and Live video streaming.
Wowza media on Amazon EC2 cloud provides such an opportunity. However, with wowza’s low...
Microsoft’s Big Easy: An Easy Way to Earn Some Extra Money
Just as apple picking, raking leaves, and football are reminders of fall, Microsoft’s end-of-year Big Easy Promotion is a reminder about how to obtain some extra subsidy dollars to put aside for future purchases. Yes that’s correct, the Big Easy is back for another go round, and I know you’re excited.
You may be asking, what are you talking about? Did you say Microsoft and promotion? That’s like saying oil and vinegar, Athens and Sparta, Sox and...
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...
Perception Differences between Adopters and Non-Adopters of Cloud
What makes some enterprises adopt cloud computing while others, despite being well informed, decline the opportunity? IaaS providers tout lower cloud computing cost, boast easy scalability, and assure security; but these marketing messages have enticed only 10% of U.S. firms to adopt cloud deployments thus far and another 10% plan to do so within the next 2 years. Are some identifiable cloud computing problems preventing the other...
Securing Your Journey to the Cloud [Infographic]
Of these 10 most hated jobs, how many did you have?
HP announces tentative private cloud service
HP has finally announced its long awaited cloud services offering with the launch of Cloud Compute and will be in direct competition with Amazon, Microsoft and Rackspace.
The new beta IaaS offering will provide storage for private, public and hybrid cloud platforms and a limited number of clients will be able to use the beta. It will allow users to deploy compute instances on-demand as well as customising them to handle clients’ unique workloads and offering scalability options.
HP Cloud Object Storage...
VMworld 2011 Parting Shots
As VMworld 2011 comes to a close, I’ve formulated a few thoughts and observations on a interesting week in Las Vegas. In the end, it was great to catch up with partners, competitors, new and old...
UK IT still worried about cloud, says report
Adoption of the cloud is surprisingly low despite the much-hyped benefits, a survey has revealed.
According to Cisco's CloudWatch 2011 report, only seven percent of UK IT applications are actually in the cloud and only 23 percent intend to increase this within the next two years.
The report polled 250 IT decision makers in large UK enterprises across five sectors asking their views on the cloud. Unsurprisingly, security and privacy remained the number one concern with 76 percent of respondents citing it as a...
Cloud Monitoring Throughout the Application Lifecycle
Cloud services performance monitoring should take place continuously, throughout all stages of an application’s lifecycle; during initial bring-up, working through scalability and availability, during the initial optimization phase and of course throughout the production lifespan. The ability to acquire, store , visualize and analyze detailed performance metrics from all deployed instances, in real-time (seconds, not minutes), regardless of cloud services vendor or geographic location can mean the...
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...
The Cloud Computing Stratosphere [Infographic]
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...
China Telecom: cloud strategy set for 2012
China Telecom is the latest enterprise to announce its cloud strategy for 2012 with plans to launch esurfing cloud devices and storage products next year.
The telecom operator first established a cloud project team back in 2009 and has since completed testing in several major cities including Shanghai, Guangdong, Guangxi and Jiangxi and has a data centre as the core for the scale development of cloud computing. At the beginning of 2011, China Telecom launched a project to promote the access of optical fiber network...
The Risk of Cloud Lock ins
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.