First and foremost you can't have a successful software-defined model if your
team still have a hardware-defined mentality. Change is inevitable and
whether it's embraced or not it will happen. For experienced CIOs this is not
the first time they've experienced this technological and consequently
cultural change in IT.
Question 1. Vendors are racing to lead the movement towards a
software‐defined data centre. Where are we up to in this journey, and how
far are we from seeing this trend widely adopted?
Considering most organizations have still not fully virtualized or moved
towards a true Private Cloud model, SDDC is still in its infancy in terms of
mainstream adoption and certainly won't be an overnight process. While
typical early adopters are advancing quickly down the software-defined route
these are mostly organizations with large scale multi-site data centers w... (more)
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... (more)
Today we will be talking about VCE's cloud infrastructure product, the
Vblock. Gartner's recent study that through next year 60% of enterprises will
embrace some form of cloud adoption, has enlightened the competitive cloud
vendor market. But at the same time, does the cloud industry need to be
driven by vendor competition or vendor collaboration? Archie Hendryx of VCE
Technology Solutions discusses this very matter.
EM360°: Could you tell us about VCE and why cloud has played a big part in
your company's solutions?
Archie: VCE is a unique start up company formed via joint invest... (more)
!--It's not often that I get excited over new hardware, well at least not on
a daily basis but the new Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array was something I felt
compelled to write about.
So what exactly excites me of what is in essence just a JBOD of SSDs? Could
it possibly be the delivery of over 1.6 million read and 1.2 million write
IOPS? Could it also be that an approximate 100K price tag for 2TB of SSDs
works out at as a much cheaper alternative to flash drives which would have
ordinarily been in a capsule residing at the back end of an Enterprise array?
The answer is "yes" and the... (more)
Generally IT folk, whether in Storage, Virtualization, Change Management or
Project Management love the use of acronyms and synonyms to express key
concepts amongst each other. What other industry would allow an individual to
spurt a line such as "Have SOX seen the BCP and CAB approval for our VDC's DR
SAN and will this then be added to the CMDB by CoB today?" without
immediately flinching or bringing in a logopaedics specialist for help. More
often than not, IT folk have also used these synonyms and acronyms as
smokescreens to prevent outsiders from realizing "well this IT stuff... (more)