When the character Maverick from the movie Top Gun exclaimed, "I feel the
need, the need for speed", you'd be forgiven for mistaking it for a sound
bite from a CIO discussing their transactional databases. Whether it's a
financial organization predicting share prices, a bank knowing whether it can
approve a loan or a marketing organisation reaching consumers with a
compelling promotional offer, the need to access, store, process and analyze
data as quickly as possible is an imperative for any business looking to gain
a competitive edge. Hence when in 2011, SAP announced their new in-memory
platform HANA for enterprise applications everyone took note as they coined
the advantage of real-time analytics. SAP HANA promised to not just make
databases dramatically faster like traditional business warehouse accelerator
systems but instead speed up the front end, enabling c... (more)
I was recently asked my opinion on what were the main considerations for
Cloud Computing with specific emphasis on Internal Clouds.
Eager to assist I quickly gave a rundown of issues which included SLAs,
distinguishing charge rates, security etc, etc.
Pleased with the response received our conversation then veered off into
another direction but then it struck me - I had just fallen victim to the
marketing jargon. Internal Cloud?
What on earth was he asking me and what on earth had I just answered with?
I thought back and reassessed my understanding of the Cloud to what I
Hitachi Data Systems recently showcased the new Hitachi Content Platform
penned ‘the Cloud-friendly' replacement to the hardware formerly known as
HCAP. So what is different about the HCP compared to its predecessor apart
from the removal of ‘Archive' from its title and is this a really Hitachi's
way of embracing cloud computing?
As up and coming vendors enter the game pushing products strictly focused on
cloud computing, the entrance of the major storage vendors is as guaranteed
as Paris Hilton attending another A-list celebrity bash i.e. she might not be
invited but you just t... (more)
Advocates of FCoE will immediately mention the benefits of simplified network
management, elimination of redundant cabling & switches, reduced power and
heat requirements, alongside enhanced data network performance yet despite
that still today the FCoE revolution failed to take place. But as the
enhancement of Lossless Ethernet begins to really take shape with its promise
of a non requirement for TCP/IP overheads, CEE / DCE / EEDC are now looking
like viable transports for storage traffic and storage fabrics.
From the moment 10 Gigabit Ethernet became a reality to the mainstream,... (more)
Cloud Computing Expo on Ulitzer
Thinking about jumping on the cloud? True, I’ve had no qualms in showing my
skepticism towards the marketing of ‘cloud computing’ and it being the
mere repackaging of solutions which have existed for years, but the fact is
it still addresses a concept and reality that exists and one which holds
Indeed abandoning an existing on-site IT infrastructure for a cloud provider
that most often or not can’t offer the same level of security, control or
performance is not an easy decision but one which CIOs and IT executives are
seriously ... (more)