Is Cloud Computing 25% of Your Annual IT Expenditure Growth? [Infographic]
10 Questions with VI’s Patrick McCarthy
Buzzword Bingo and Acronym Update V2.011
By Greg Schulz
Buzzword Bingo and Acronym Update V2.011
Note: THis is in part fun!
R U (e.g. Are you) JASSD about JACD or do you have a case of JAID and JACBUS? Will RAID RAIN on your cloud parade?
As to which are real or new, fun or old, I will leave that up to you.
- BD = Business Development or Big Data or Backup Device
- CEO = Chief Evangelist Officer or Change Everything Often
- CJO = Chief Jailable Officer or anyone who is a legal Chief of a company
- CMO = Creative Movie Officer or Chief Marketing Officer (same thing)
- CNOC = Cloud network operations center
- CPOP = Cloud point of presence aka cloud gateway, cloud appliance, cloud ...
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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...
A Flash in the Page
For those of you who haven’t been following it (IE people without a smartphone), there has been a little tiff between Apple and Adobe for the last couple of years regarding Flash. I’ll discuss it more in detail shortly, but in brief, Apple decided not to include or even allow Flash to run on it’s IOS devices such as iPad and iPhone, based on their assertion of problems with CPU usage, battery life, security, and general UI issues...
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...
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...
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?
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...
Two Kinds of Cloud Infrastructure
I’m just getting around to writing about a terrific post by Rodrigo Flores over at GigaOm about SLAs and cloud infrastructure. Flores neatly articulates something that we have based nScaled on – the importance of the enterprise service agreement and SLAs in cloud, and the factors that make a cloud “enterprise grade.”
Flores starts by pointing out a classic mistake that IT teams make when comparing...
vSphere 5: To upgrade or not to upgrade?
One of the questions I have been answering lately for our clients is, “Do I upgrade to the new version of VMware (vSphere 5) or wait?” This is not always a cut and dry decision for many of us and depends a great deal on your individual situation and aversion to risk. As a refresher, this VMware PDF outlines the different licensing options for vSphere 5, and here is my previous Journey to the Cloud post discussing
Back to school: Disaster recovery lessons
The past week and a half have brought us the trifecta of business continuity / disaster recovery (BC/DR) stories: Hurricane Irene, the San Diego blackout, and the 10th anniversary of 9/11. I’ll try not to belabor the point – stuff happens, and business need to be prepared – and instead highlight some of the more important lessons.
Lesson #1 – Disasters happen all the time.
It’s unfortunate that our industry refers to “disaster recovery”. The word disaster sounds like...