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When focusing on one element of a SaaS provider to evaluate, it should not be the technology it is providing today but its commitment to finding new ways to succeed in the future. This kind of agility that goes beyond technology is why SaaS is so loaded with potential for entrepreneurs...
A tag-team of service and network virtualization for testing has emerged just as the mobile and cloud era requires unprecedented focus on DevOps benefits and rapid quality assurance.
Virtualization offers cost-value, performance and security benefits by reducing hardware costs, providing virtualized applications that you can reconfigure easily and meeting all regulatory and compliance guidelines. You don't need to make a prohibitive capital investment, and easy exp...
VMware execs Bob Schultz and Sumit Dhawan were in leadership training in Boston during their first day at their new company. They promised to respond to my inquiries regarding their new positions as soon as possible. When they do, I'll report what they said. The news of their move c...
With the holiday season in our midst, we can't help but notice some parallels between holiday simulations and service virtualization's simulated test environments... Artificial trees, ranging from the Charlie Brown Christmas aluminum trees to realistic-looking pine-scented ones Artif...
Get a summary of the top 10 service virtualization questions that industry leaders are asking Parasoft at Gartner AADI this week. According to Wikipedia, service virtualization is "a method to emulate the behavior of specific components in heterogeneous component-based applications su...
There’s no doubt, personal mobile devices have permanently, and in many cases positively, altered the workplace. They’ve given employees flexibility in terms of where, when and how they work, offered new ways to collaborate and even delivered cost savings for employers. However, with t...
For more than half a century, cloud computing has changed names more often than a Hollywood starlet. Utility computing. Time share. Thin client. SaaS. PaaS. IaaS. While concepts have been added and capabilities grown, cloud computing was no more invented by Amazon or other modern vend...
It's that time of year again. Time for the industry's most influential infrastructure gathering, VMworld. And, as has become an annual occurrence, I jot down some pre-show thoughts about the event (
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) has been a hot topic for years – and every year one expert or another makes a claim that this will be the year of VDI. Finally, 2013 may be the year that VDI goes mainstream. We’re seeing the cost of VDI implementation come down to being roughly com...
Most people think of data virtualization as a high productivity, low cost way to integrate data for business intelligence and analytics. However, it is also very effective at legacy migration. The key to data virtualization's migration success is how it decouples source and consumin...
As already described in the previous few articles NIST defines three different service models for the cloud - IaaS, PaaS and SaaS. However if you look at the Wikipedia article about cloud computing you will notice that there are quite a few more "as-a-service" models mentioned there. L...
As our reliance on effective data centers continues to grow, we run into more and more issues that must be addressed to ensure security and availability. We’ve been turning to virtualization solutions for some time now, and many organizations have come to believe that it is the cure-al...
Modern enterprise class Oracle shops typically operate hundreds of Oracle databases, all managed by sizable DBA teams. Properly deployed Oracle databases actually require little administrative effort. I am here exploring ideas, technologies and techniques that bring us closer to the...
What changes in the cloud computing and big data landscape should we be expecting in 2013? In this article we offer a round-up of industry experts' opinions as they were asked by Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan to preview the year ahead.
We’ve tracked a trend for the past several years: customers aren’t moving to standardize on a single brand or type of server, operating system, or even x86 hypervisor. But, in our in fifth annual x86 Data Center Survey (2011-‘12 edition), we were somewhat surprised to find that custome...
Legacy storage architectures do not perform very efficiently in virtual computing environments. The very random, very write-intensive I/O patterns generated by virtual hosts drive storage costs up as enterprises either add spindles or look to newer storage technologies like solid state...
Providing analytics and BI solutions with the data required has always been difficult, with data integration long considered the biggest bottleneck in any analytics or BI project. Data virtualization significantly accelerates data integration agility. Complex data landscapes, diverse...
Used in IT departments for a number of purposes, virtualization is starting to attract interest from home computer operators. Perhaps you already use a virtualization application such as VirtualBox, VMWare, or XenSource at home so that you play with programs on different operating sys...
Single sign-on is essential to driving engagement and usage of SaaS applications in large and mid-sized customer organizations. SAML is often promoted as an industry standard in the area, but is it really the de facto standard a SaaS vendor needs to drive growth? No. SAML is a protoc...
Typically, automated sign-on is regarded to be something troublesome and costly, which slows down rollouts, adds complexity and requires involvement from customer IT organizations, something that SaaS vendors often want to avoid at any cost. However, automated sign-on can be one of the...
A third of IT professionals, when asked about the status of their IT cross-collaboration efforts1 (you know, networking and server virtualization groups working together) indicate that sure, it's a high priority, but a lack of tools makes it difficult to share information and collabora...
A few weeks ago, I wrote my pre-show thoughts about VMworld 2012. Much of it was focused on the need for VMware to diversify their technology and business model(s) as customer needs are evolving beyond server virtualization. Now that the US event is over, I wanted to jot down some tho...
Let’s recap: In the past two weeks we have covered the following material: Who I am What my background is Why I love everything IT What the Cloud is What the Public … Last week I ended with a question: How does the Cloud affect me as a consumer, as a business owner and as someone...
We in IT have spent a ton of time, ink, and electrons discussing server virtualization, and with good reason. Server virtualization did wonders for IT as an industry, offering hardware independence for older applications – many an OS/2 app that was necessary but not “cool” ended up on ...
Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) has received a lot of success and adoption in the past five years, but not as much in the field of application performance management (APM) than it has in other markets. With Cloud computing gaining momentum, you’re likely to see SaaS APM adoption inc...
NJVC announces the release of NJVC SaaS Accelerate, a specialized infrastructure hosting and managed services offering designed to support the business needs of software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers.
Network infrastructure design has never faced more complex real-world demands. Fast, reliable connectivity is at the heart of business today, whether it is powering global systems, internal operations or customer-facing communications and services. Private and public cloud applicatio...
Innovations in streaming application code… rather than streaming pixels… will kill VDI before it even fully arrives. From the start, the concept of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is flawed for most real-world applications and use-cases. The future application delivery method wi...

Network Virtualization represents the most significant innovation in networking since the inventions of Ethernet and the multi-protocol router, two technologies pioneered to level the playing field for  device connectivity. Network Virtualization is an emerging technology that will ...

Data virtualization is an agile data integration method that simplifies information access. This article answers key "what, why, how, when and more" questions about data virtualization. What is Data Virtualization? Simply put, data virtualization is an agile data integration method ...
In a previous posting I talked about some questions to ask yourself about your customers use of your SaaS application on mobile devices as a way to help understand how mobile fits into your SaaS business. It is clear that extending your application with mobile devices is a trend not...
Most technology companies - especially Software companies do marketing all wrong. They make marketing all about "them". I call it "me-me-me" marketing. Marketing for technology should be about "the customer" - and how to make the customer successful. There are a few examples of so...
The most enjoyable part of my job at AppDynamics is to witness and evangelize customer success. What’s slightly strange is that for this to happen, an application has to slow down or crash. It’s a bittersweet feeling when End Users, Operations, Developers and many Businesse...
Today cloud computing facilitated by virtualization continues emerging as the service delivery vehicle for IT to shorten go-to-market while facing unpredictable data patterns and workloads. The increasing complexities and growing user expectations make system management on the center s...
One of the most difficult SaaS challenges is choosing the right SaaS sales model. This eBook provides a a simple, powerful strategic framework for choosing right.
Only ten weeks to go! Time for an alphabetical summary of the many leading-edge themes & topics to be discussed at Cloud Expo 2012 New York (10th Cloud Expo) - being held June 11-14, 2012, at the Javits Convention Center in New York City and co-located with Big Data Expo 2012 New York ...
I wasn’t able to attend and present at the recent OMG conference on public sector Cloud Computing, however I will still be uploading my sides so they’ll be available shortly. The others are available here for download. As you’ll see it was a powerful mix of speakers f...
Our next upcoming best practices white paper is going to be called ‘Cloud Computing and the Drummond Report‘ – A special feature on how Cloud might be employed to help realize many of the cost-saving goals recommended.
With our upcoming ‘Cloud Computing and the Drummond Report‘ focused on the Province of Ontario, this means we will have covered all levels of Canadian Government. This will be Provincial, to accompany our last webinar on local government via Municipality as a Service and be...


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