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.
Zenny’s Weekly Cloud Links #25 – VMworld, Telstra, Cloud Security, Hybrid Cloud
Public cloud remains unappealing, warns report
Companies are increasingly migrating to the private cloud but are less enamoured with the prospect of public cloud services, a report has revealed.
A survey of IT managers by IT solutions company, Precise has found that businesses seems to be switching onto the benefits of virtual computing with 37 percent saying they will migrate 61 percent or more of their applications to a private cloud environment in the future. But while cloud technology remains the next Big Thing in IT, only six percent of companies are...
Don’t Forget Your Developers!
In our collective desire to equip our organizations or clients with the tools and technologies required to support the realization of SOA strategy and enablement, the focus of selection processes tends, understandably, to be centered on enterprise-centric concerns. Interoperability, standards compliance, reuse, etc., tend...
New home cloud TV software launches
Set-top manufacturer Pace has announced the launch of Elements, a cloud-based software platform designed to let operators deliver multi-platform personalised content.
The Elements software provides a user interface hosted in the cloud, to allow users to connect to a TV service from multiple devices within the home as well as enabling users to connect to social networks in order to recommend content to friends, personalise their viewing experience and access different types of content across multiple sources...
SQL Injection – When Will We Learn?
Once again a major web site has been hacked using good old-fashioned SQL injection. Over the weekend Nokia’s developer forum was hacked, resulting in a Homer Simpson face being put up on their web (funny) and the loss of names, email, and other personal for many developers (not funny). This is but the latest in a now very long string of SQL injection attacks, and personally I don’t see much excuse on the part of those attacked.
It might have been possible...
How the Cloud Helped Us Through a Hurricane
As the path of Hurricane Irene became apparent late the week of August 22, GreenPages’ Managed Services operations team realized we had some serious planning to do.
On the morning of Thursday August 25, our Operations Management team reviewed our plan for Hurricane Irene, which was bearing down on our Network Operations Center in Charlestown, MA as well as GreenPages’ Kittery, ME headquarters. The topic of conversation: how would we maintain availability of our critical systems...
Dell jumps onto the cloud bandwagon with VMware
Dell is the latest organisation to take the plunge into the cloud after announcing its new data-storage rental service, due to be rolled out later this year.
After months of rumours circulating about when Dell would be cloud-bound, the announcement came during the VMworld virtualization and cloud conference in Las Vegas this week where Dell said that it was finally taking the plunge.
The new product, unsurprisingly named, Dell Cloud, will be available outside of the US next year and uses VMware's...
Service Assurance Via the Cloud, Part 1: Don’t Be a Joker
I understand Floyd’s aggravation with those tired arguments warning innocents against the so-called “cloud computing model.” As Floyd
Government SaaS Grids – Reinventing Application Solution Delivery
The Canadian Federal Government recently...
American Idol, Blockbuster, and Microsoft 365: Innovate or Die
I attended the Microsoft Partner Conference last month in Los Angeles, CA, and there were two major topics during the week. The first was the recent release of Office 365 which is the epicenter of Microsoft’s cloud computing vision. The second was which Hollywood stars we would see, obviously.
However, the only star I saw was an Allison Iraheta performance that Microsoft sponsored at the Staples Center. (Allison, if you were unaware, came in...
Verizon boosts Hybrid Clouds with CloudSwitch acquisition
Verizon Communications has increased its ever-growing portfolio of cloud services with its latest addition: CloudSwitch.
The new company, whose user-friendly software enables enterprises to quickly build hybrid clouds where virtual machines can move between data centres and cloud platforms, is going to be combined with Terremark, another recent Verizon purchase.
Verizon hopes that the addition of CloudSwitch technology will further enhance its already impressive hybrid cloud and cloud-to-cloud...
Steve Jobs steps down as Apple boss after announcing iCloud
Apple CEO Steve Jobs has resigned from his post with his last announcement being the launch of the iCloud.
On Friday, Jobs resigned in a letter to employees despite hopes that he would resume his post full time following appearances at the launch of the iPad 2 and more recently, the unveiling of the iCloud. However having been on sick leave since January and undergoing a liver transplant he conceded that it was time to take a rest.
In his letter, Jobs wrote: "I have always said if there ever came a day when I...
Gartner Releases Hype Cycle for Networking and Communications, 2011
Acer launches Cloud Competency Centre
A new cloud hub for businesses called the Acer Cloud Competency Centre has launched this week.
Computer supremo, Acer announced its new centre based in Taoyuan in Taiwan, the company's data centre. It aims to be the new cloud destination designed to run cloud solutions for enterprises in addition to high performance computing tasks.
The primary focus of the new centre will be cluster computing solutions as Acer has already forged a partnership with Intel to provide Cluster Ready for HPC and...
Which IaaS Cloud Service today enables Seamless (Virtual) Colocation of Servers?
Today, the Cloud computing model and the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Clouds provide an very interesting and important value proposition for companies seeking to co-locate their servers virtually or to upgrade the existing colocated servers at a lower cost with better services.
For many years now, small to mid size businesses including ISVs have been running colocated servers with the ISPs and hosting vendors. The cloud computing/IaaS model gives them new opportunities and possibilities to enable the...
Shared Service Cloud Centres: Canada’s Campaign to Cut Waste
NEBS Compliance: Top 3 Misconceptions of NEBS Standards
Network Equipment-Building System (NEBS) provides a set of technical requirements with the goal of making network telecom equipment completely fail-safe. Telecom carriers purchasing NEBS compliant equipment can have confidence their telecom platform deployment meets standards for continuing operation despite unfavorable environmental conditions. Yet...