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Maybe it is a misunderstanding, misperception or a myth, but it seems quite a few people make an incorrect assumption about standardization and customization when it comes to services delivered in the cloud. Specifically, the message I hear often from both providers and consumers seems...

Too often software design patterns are overlooked by network and application delivery network architects but these patterns are often equally applicable to addressing a broad range of architectural challenges in the application delivery tier of the data center.

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Expect a vendor slugfest on the lower end of the data warehousing and BI market in the next few years. It will be fascinating to see how these vendors will both enter the entry-level markets, while also seeking to maintain the high-end pricing for the largest users. There could be a va...
An underlying principle of cloud solutions is that they need to function in an always connected environment. However, due consideration needs to be made in how to function in a disconnected scenario. Recently I was having a conversation with Jeremy Geelan on Skype, sharing screens on...
We developers used to be obsessed with optimizations. Like a child with an Erector Set and a whole lot of spare parts, we always wanted to “make it better”. In our case, better was faster and using less memory/CPU resources. Where development came from – a few Kilobytes of memory, a mu...
That is the big news this morning. Mark Hurd, former CEO of HP who resigned abruptly last month, has landed at Oracle as co-president replacing Charles Phillips. Larry Ellison publicly defended him and said in a letter to the NY Times that this was a big mistake by HP’s board to let M...

The underlying premise of delivering information technology “as a service” is that the services exist to be delivered in the first place.

Oh, it’s on now. IT has been served with a declaration of intent and that is to eliminate IT and its ...

I was a bit disconcerted by the notion put forward that cloud-based applications are somehow less complex than their non-cloud, non-virtualized predecessors. In reality, it’s the same application, after all, and the only thing that has really changed is the infrastructure and its compl...
To put things into perspective, let’s analogize about some information technology related initiatives. In the realm of things, accounting is like a lake, integration is like a bay and cyber security is like the Pacific Ocean. The scope of understanding required to be a cyber security...
This past week I spent a few days in San Francisco attending the VMworld 2010 event which included a Wednesday evening concert with the Australian band INXS. Despite some long lines (or queues) waiting to get into sessions, keynotes or lunch resulting in delays reminiscent of trying...
I get some analyst insight during this informative interview with Zeus Kerravala, Sr. VP of Research, of Yankee Group. Zeus discusses virtualization, networking, VMworld, F5 Networks and many other topics surrounding Cloud Computing. ps Technorati Tags: F5, infrastructure 2.0, integrat...
IBM's new zEnterprise 196 server, powered by a 4-core chip with a record-breaking clock speed of 5.2GHz per core, is a monster. The top-end 96-core unit can execute over 50 BIPS and run 100,000 virtual servers. But, is it a mainframe or is it a cloud server? IBM engineering and sale...
The traditional business intelligence ecosystem is built on the numerous strategic partnerships that exist between BI software vendors, which provide the technology, and value added resellers (VARs), which provide customized solutions based on that technology. As in all partnerships, ...
Maybe I’m just a geek, but to me, in our ever growing, massively scaled enterprise computing landscape, there are few technologies that peak my interest like memory-based data grids. It is nothing short of amazing to see an increasing number of enterprises use these solutions in a myri...
The increasingly essential role of networking in data center transformation (DCT) needs to stop being a speed bump and instead cut complexity while spurring on adaptability and flexibility. As data center planners seek to improve performance and future-proof their investments, the ne...
Automation, policy-driven processes and best practices are offering more opportunities for optimizing virtualization so that server, storage, and network virtualization can move from points of progress into more holistic levels of adoption.
Platform Computing has paved the way to faster private cloud adoption with a low-risk, low-cost way for companies to evaluate their use of cloud computing. The Platform ISF Starter Pack, announced this week, will enable architects and IT managers to get a cloud sandbox environment up a...
The technology value triumvirate of newScale, rPath and Eucalyptus—with solution practice experience of MomentumSI—is an excellent example of the ecosystem approach most likely to become the way that private cloud models actually work for enterprises for the next few years. A trio of ...
Putting lock-in into your criteria is a key measure of how quickly we're going to get into the right world, versus a situation where people end up where vendors and providers have too much leverage over customers.
I recently watched an episode of the classic BBC series ‘Yes, Minister’. In this episode, the minister asked his assistant, Bernard, to inquire about a new hospital where there are supposedly no patients and a ridiculous amount of administrative staff. Bernard conducts some research a...
Unlike the other three leading Eco Systems vendors Microsoft, Oracleand SAP, IBM is not a player in the applications market. Its absence from this market is based on strategy which does not include ERP,CRM and other applications as one of its target markets. So why is IBM going to acq...
Can organizations solve real-time problems by gathering business intelligence in a dynamic way? This is a million dollar question in recent times in every major organization and seeking answer in high times of huge IT Investments. Will every organization would... Anand M...

Normalizing deployment environments from dev through production can eliminate issues earlier in the application lifecycle, speed time to market, and gives devops the means by which their emerging discipline can mature with less risk.

One of the big “trends...

Earlier this week, my good fried and NCOIC colleage, Melvin Greer was interviewed by Rutrell Yasin of Government Computer News. In the interview, Mel focused on the importance of entrprise architecture as an innovation enabler. " What I want to challenge EA practitioners to think abou...
I’ve been customizing rendering templates a lot lately using a wide variety of scripting technologies such as JavaScript, jQuery, and SPServices. One requirement I had with all of these rendering templates was to call a custom web service to populate a drop down list. This is relativ...
So much has already been said about how much of a pain business intelligence is. The complexity, the constant IT bottlenecks, the crazy cost of software, hardware, consultants and whatnot. Gil Dibner of Gemini Venture Funds (formerly of Genesis Partners) described it very eloquently an...
An impassioned plea from a devops blogger and a reality check from a large enterprise highlight a growing problem with devops evolutions – not enough dev with the ops. John E. Vincent offered a lengthy blog on a subject near and dear to his heart recently: devops. His plea was not to ...

Over the past couple of weeks there has been a flurry of IT industry activity around Aug. 3, 2010 11:45 PM EDT  Reads: 6,318

Over the past couple of weeks there has been a flurry of IT industry activity around data footprint impact reduction with Dell buying Ocarina and IBM acquiring Storwize. For those who want the quick (compacted, reduced) synopsis of what Dell buying Ocarina as well as IBM acquiring Stor...
You played with dominos as a child, I’m sure, or perhaps your children do now. You know what happens when the first domino topples and hits the second and then the third and then… The entire chain topples to the ground. When you play dominos it’s actually cool to watch them topple in i...
Today's IT organizations face a dual challenge of "keeping the lights on" while providing "new services" at unprecedented rates with reduced investment support from the business. At the same time, the very business model of IT is changing – how applications, content, information, and i...
As organizations grow in scope and complexity, aggregating real-time data from numerous systems and converting that data to decision-ready information becomes increasingly challenging. When striving for Business Performance Improvement (BPI), Business Intelligence technology provides t...
Generally, I believe standards are a good thing for both technology consumers and providers. For consumers, they act as a focusing lens for the kinds of capabilities they should be looking for from a particular implementation (regardless of the technology we are talking about). From a ...
The last couple of years have been painful, to say the least. Some call them unprecedented, financially, but I do believe that is pushing the descriptor a bit far, since there have been plenty of instances where business pretty much en-masse questioned the amount that IT returns for th...
Mr. and Mrs. President Bashar al-Assad: At the tender age of 17 months my severely ill daughter Sofia, an American citizen, was abducted by her mother on Monday, July 26, in Istanbul, Turkey, and taken to Syria. I was informed yesterday by Sofia's mother that she will not be comi...
The Post analyzes IBM's new Mainframe announcement and discuss the reasons why IBM's Mainframe is still a viable platform I started my career in the seventies, working as a programmer for a Governmental Service Bureau providing service to most of the public sector organizations in my ...
I heard it said the other day, regarding the OpenStack announcement, that “the world does not care about APIs.” Unpossible! How could the world not care about APIs? After all, it is APIs that make the Web (2.0) go around. It is APIs that drive the automation of infrastructure from sta...
In the data center of the future, you are going to need to be able to bring up new instances of an application, have them fully functional without any user intervention, and when they’re no longer needed they should clean up after themselves and quietly go away. Five years ago this was...
With security and legal concerns being slowly addressed by the industry, lock-in and standards are rapidly becoming the biggest concerns regarding cloud computing. If the cloud industry is to make good on its promise, these will need to somehow be addressed. Let’s examine some recent d...
This week, we’re exploring the problems associated with leveraging traditional monitoring solutions in a Cloud delivery paradigm. There is a common assumption that leveraging a Cloud operating model will save money. We won’t debate the accuracy of this statement (tune into our next i...


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