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 considering when weighing up the economic benefits. As with any
change though, a move towards the cloud necessitates a sound and
comprehensive assessment to avoid the trap of a short term benefit turning
into a long term nightmare.
Firstly your company should assess... (more)
Back in 2004 HDS launched the USP, which was then followed by the great but
not so radically different USP-V in 2007. Within that same time frame, HDS’
main rival in the Enterprise Storage market EMC, busily went about launching
the Symmetrix DMX-3, then the DMX-4 and most recently the VMAX. Launching
so-called revolutionary features such as FAST, (which HDS had been doing
previously for years i.e. Tiered Storage Manager) EMC’s marketing machine
quickly created an atmosphere wherein the Storage World became obsessed with
all things ‘V’ namely VSphere, VMAX and VPLEX. With marketi... (more)
Archie Hendryx looks at the benefits and challenges of managing multiple IT
components through a single support solution
Many public sector organisations are not changing their ICT legacy systems.
As a result, they face increasing number of inefficiencies and challenges.
These issues can nevertheless be overcome, and performance increased, by
managing these legacy systems within a converged infrastructural environment.
This approach can also reduce the risks associated with legacy systems, such
as security, missing functionality, increased complexity and operational
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
2009 seems to have been the year of corporate marriages but whether they are
marriages made in heaven is yet to be seen. The ongoing saga between Oracle
and Sun and their child ZFS is already suffering from the clutches of the
scorned mistress ECC, while the Dell/ Perot and HP/3Com matches are still in
their honeymoon period. One partnership though which does look likely to
stand the test of time and causes the biggest threat to all others is that of
Cisco, EMC and their wonderkid Vmware.
The discussion on how in my opinion these three will monopolise the future of
ILM and cloud ... (more)