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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 is actually quite easy to understand and quite straightforward". Hence no surprise that when the seemingly simple concept of Cloud Computing took off, so did the emergence of an abundance of acronyms and synonyms reaping a new breed of I.T. professionals who were the only ones that could ... (more)

Resolving the Questions Surrounding the SDDC

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 organisations 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 centres who are already mature in ter... (more)

Internal Clouds and Marketing the Non-Existent

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 original... (more)

There’s No Duping the Reign of Data Domain

EMC Session at Cloud Expo Last year EMC’s somewhat controversial acquisition of Data Domain right under the noses of NetApp raised several eyebrows to say the least. Considering the reported amount of $2.1 billion and their already deduplication packed portfolio which consisted of the source based Avamar, the file-level deduplication/compression of its Celerra filer and their Quantum dedupe integrated VTLs, some heads were left scratching as to what actually was the big deal with the target based deduplication solution of Data Domain. Almost a year on and with Data Domain’s DD88... (more)

Cloud Wars: The 3PAR Strikes Back

A long time ago (November 2009 to be precise), in a Cloud far far away, the Rebel Alliance of EMC, Cisco and VMware joined forces to form what are now dubbed Acadia and the VCE coalition. Soon after came the launches of VBlocks 0, 1 and 2 each respectively incorporating the EMC Celerra, Clariion or VMax with a stack of Cisco blades and switches and a layer of VMware virtualization to suit. Marketed as ‘best of breed’ and ‘ready configured to client specifications’ it was an immediate launch pad for any customer looking to deploy a private cloud with a single pane of management. ... (more)