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When was the last time you had a technology conversation that did not include the word ‘cloud’ in it? Gartner predicts that by 2016 the bulk of IT spend will be for the cloud. Gartner also believes that ‘nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of ...
Having Network Attached Storage (NAS) can be a lot simpler than backing up a large number of individual user machines, however, the rules for NAS cloud backup may be different then you're used to. Each NAS vendor has its own particular steps to follow. Here is how to back up NetApp dev...
The data center industry is heading toward an inflection point that has significant impact on enterprises. It seems many aren't looking far enough ahead, but the timeline appears to be 12-18 months, which is not that far out! The issue is a typical supply chain issue of supply, demand ...
Enterprise software developers used to count on a level of stability and control over their environment that no longer exists when migrating to cloud platforms. As much hand-wringing is spent over how and what can be run in the cloud at all, little thought is given to the long-run cos...
Announcements over the past several months including VMware's NSX, HP's SDN SDK, and others show that Software Defined Networking (SDN) is hitting the mainstream in a large way. Conventional wisdom is that SDN is still early in the "hype cycle", but a closer looks reveals that SDN may...
Wipro, a leading provider of IT services to Global 1000 companies, has always emphasized the high quality of its code. The Bangalore-based company maintains software standards that often are far more rigorous than those that its clients have previously experienced or presently demand. ...
Microsoft held a Build conference targeting developers and showed significant their cloud capabilities. This note summarizes their strengths and challenges. When you think of IT vendors and cloud computing, companies like Amazon and Google first come to mind because they are very succ...
Although often misunderstood, cloud computing ultimately relies on the same technological underpinnings as traditional server and storage options. While software, platforms and even infrastructure are farmed out to third-party providers, their ability to operate efficiently is constrai...
This year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was all about connected living with concrete examples of how an “Internet of Things” can transform our homes. Despite promises of a “smarter home” as far back as the 1933 World’s Fair, we’re finally seeing an inflection point in its evolutio...
The U.S. government's Federal Trade Commission’s long list of responsibilities includes handling consumer fraud com-plaints, the National Do Not Call Registry for marketers and iden-tity theft cases. Until recently, the FTC's information technology systems handled these different types...
The end result of this ongoing specialization trend is that selecting the right product won’t get much easier. It used to be that when you needed a software product, you could consider the big suites or the smaller specialists, rank them according to quality and price, and make your se...
Using a range of performance, operations orchestration and Business Service Automation solutions from HP, services provider Savvis has improved its incident resolution and sped the delivery of new cloud services to its enterprise clients. Savvis is recognized as a global IT leader in ...
It happens every day. Someone in sales or research or HR or some other department finds an application they think might help with their goals--and they download it without any approval from IT. Seems harmless enough, but the creation of this Shadow IT actually creates more problems and...
I recently participated in a panel discussion, titled: “Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) endgame – commoditizing the data center” at the GigaOM Structure 2012 Conference. While software is definitely defining the use of IaaS through Platform as a Service (PaaS), the underlying need f...
In my previous blog, I wrote at length about the complexities of running a data cloud in production. This logical data set, spread across many nodes, requires a whole new set of tools and methodologies to run and maintain. Today we’ll look at one of the biggest challenges in managing a...
There are many cloud load testing solutions. However, very few enable you to capitalize on the opportunities of load testing in the cloud. Load testing with the cloud offers clear advantages over traditional load testing in certain circumstances, but the tools you use are even more imp...
As the technology evolves, so do the roles of the IT Department. There is a sea change whereby an effective organization doesn't need those to plug in cables and write endless code as much as to recognize and broker IT needs for the betterment of the enterprise. There are a lot of exp...
Any software licensing scheme that counts the number of processors, servers, or virtual instances is fundamentally Cloud-unfriendly. In the pre-Cloud days, servers were expensive and difficult to install and configure, so we operated in the context of scarcity: add a server, pay a lot ...
What do salesforce.com and Mashery have in common? They are multi-tenant software as a service leaders - both built with billions of APIs - for the Cloud, by the Cloud. The implications this year: API Strategy in 2012 cuts across mobile, social, and cloud. Winning with API's tran...
Using Amazon web services for elasticity and scale to build cloud applications. Traditional IT environments that are built using physical servers can only scale and grow by buying new hardware and software and taking time to install and rack the hardware, configure the software and th...
What’s actually in a Cloud SLA, or what should be in such an agreement, is all over the map. Ask the public IaaS providers, and they’ll give you one answer. Ask SaaS or PaaS providers, and they’ll tell you something different. And what about private Clouds? SLAs take on an entirely new...
While the adoption is a good sign, it also brings with it the risks as some of the early cloud projects have started to fail. Up until now we have only hear good things about Cloud, but now we are getting data on how Cloud did not lived up to expectations. This kind of information may ...
Enterprises AND software companies seeking competitive advantage through IT innovation should be aware of this technology shift and actively defining strategies for capitalizing on it. The principles behind Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA) were established long before the Internet...
"It is what is on the inside that counts." How many times have we all been told that? Personally, I can't even remember. However, just because it is perhaps overused and undoubtedly cliché, does not make it any less true. In fact, I rank it right up there with the golden rule as mantra...
ZapThink is pleased with the progress enterprise IT is making toward our ZapThink 2020 vision. The point to this vision was that individual trends in IT interrelate, and thus you shouldn’t separate any of them from the broader context of change within the organization. Whether it be SO...
Anyone who is working intimately with cloud computing and having critical conversations regarding this medium will eventually be party to the “cloudwashing” conversation. Cloudwashing: the activity of associating all your products with cloud computing even though it doesn’t meet core a...
First color all the ones with yellow. Then move onto the twos in blue and the threes in black. In just a few minutes you are making progress towards having all the little numbered areas filled. You take a break, step back and are amazed at what YOU are creating..it’s a portrait of t...
One of the benefits of delivering Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) through the cloud is an abstraction from the underlying hardware delivering the service. There’s no requirement to understand what technology is being used to deliver, for example, cloud servers. The specification o...
What does your cloud service provider offer and how? Compliance, Discovery, Disaster Recovery This morning bankofamerica.com suffered a severe outage lasting from ~10am pt to hours after that. Online banking is a service, that users assume to be available 24/7. However, there are many...
When I was young I was fascinated with the idea that the Coriolis effect—the concept in physics which explains why hurricanes rotate in opposing direction in the southern and northern hemispheres—could similarly be applied to common phenomenon like water disappearing down a bathtub dra...
Adoption of cloud computing services continues to accelerate as organizations move from limited deployments to comprehensive solutions, according to the latest market study by CompTIA, the non-profit trade association for the information technology (IT) industry. More than half (56 pe...
I’m fed up of reading about Cloud outages, largely because all applications are created and managed by the most dangerous species on the planet – the human being. Failure is inevitable in regards to everything the human being creates or touches, and for this reason alone I ...
With hundreds of thousands of Petabytes to store in the next few years, the benefits of offloading archives or even seldom accessed data from traditional storage are numerous and may even allow companies to extend the life of their existing data storage. While Part I and Part II of th...
With the explosion of Internet content, especially that for the IT industry, it leaves an interesting question hanging over the worth (if any) of IT textbooks. When you can find an answer on just about anything online, what’s the point of shelling out money, especially for IT texts th...
This second installment elaborates on how cloud storage can break the storage array life cycle from an economic and deployment perspective, freeing organizations from the cumbersome administration and high costs of traditional storage.
Anyone who purchases storage arrays is familiar with the many advantages modular storage systems and storage area networks offer. However, they may also be familiar with one of the less desirable attributes of storage arrays: the typical 3-yr to 5-yr life cycle that forces decommission...
You’d think as we head into the waning months of 2011 that there’d be little left to discuss regarding the definition of cloud IT. Well, not quite yet. Having spent a lot of time with clients working on their cloud strategies and planning, I’ve come to learn that the definition of cl...
As customers continue their march to the cloud we have heard from a large number who want to use SharePoint Server in the cloud. Two major concerns that show up frequently are migration of existing custom deployments and data security. These organizations have spent years customizing ...
I can store pedabytes of data in the cloud. I can run my E-mail, communications, CRM, HR and Accounting in the cloud. My employees can live and work anywhere in the world thanks to the cloud. The Internet was the great equalizer. On the Web small businesses and large enterprises were ...
GoDaddy just announced the limited release of their new Cloud offering dubbed "Data Center on Demand." Built on Cloud.com's platform, the offering is medium to large businesses, start-ups and even web developers. The Virtual Private Data Center (VPDC) movement has started to gain steam...