Microsoft Azure September 2017 Software Defined Data Infrastructure Updates

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Microsoft Azure September 2017 Software Defined Data Infrastructure UpdatesMicrosoft and Azure September 2017 Software Defined Data infrastructure Updates September was a busy month for data infrastructure topics as well as Microsoft in terms of new and enhanced technologies. Wrapping up September was Microsoft Ignite where Azure, Azure Stack, Windows, O365, ...

Azure Stack Technical Preview 3 (TP3) Overview Preview Review

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Azure Stack Technical Preview 3 (TP3) Overview Preview Review Perhaps you are aware or use Microsoft Azure, how about Azure Stack? This is part one of a two-part series looking at Microsoft Azure Stack providing an overview, preview and review. Read part two here that looks at my experiences installing Microsoft ...

Azure Stack TP3 Overview Preview Review Part II

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Azure Stack TP3 Overview Preview (Part II) Install Review This is part two of a two-part series looking at Microsoft Azure Stack with a focus on my experiences installing Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview 3 (TP3) including into a nested VMware vSphere ESXi environment. Read part one here that provides a ...

Cloud conversations: Has Nirvanix shutdown caused cloud confidence concerns?

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Cloud conversations: Has Nirvanix shutdown caused cloud confidence concerns? Recently seven plus year old cloud storage startup Nirvanix announced that they were finally shutting down and that customers should move their data.Nirvanix has also posted an announcement that they have established an agreement with IBM Softlayer (read about that acquisition ...

Cloud conversation, Thanks Gartner for saying what has been said

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Thank you Gartner for your statements concurring and endorsing the notion of clouds can be viable, however do your homework, welcome to the club. Why am I thanking Gartner? Simple, I appreciate Gartner now saying what has been said for a couple of years hoping it will help ...

Cloud conversations: Gaining cloud confidence from insights into AWS outages

Monday, January 7th, 2013

This is the first of a two-part industry trends and perspectives series looking at how to learn from cloud outages (read part II here). In case you missed it, there were some public cloud outages during the recent Christmas 2012-holiday season. One incident involved Microsoft Xbox (view ...

Cloud, virtualization, storage and networking in an election year

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

My how time flies, seems like just yesterday (back in 2008) that I did a piece titled Politics and Storage, or, storage in an election year V2.008 and if you are not aware, it is 2012 and thus an election year in the U.S. as well as in many other ...

Cloud conversations: AWS Government Cloud (GovCloud)

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Following earlier cloud conversations posts, cloud computing means many things from products to services, functionality and positioned for different layers of service delivery or capabilities (e.g. SaaS, AaaS, PaaS, IaaS and XaaS). Consequently it is no surprise when I hear from different people their opinion, belief or perception of what is ...

Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) publishes two new cloud usage models

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) has announced and published more documents for data center customers of cloud usage. These new cloud usage models for to address customer demands for interoperability of various clouds and services before for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) among other topics which are ...

Data protection modernization, more than swapping out media

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

backup, restore, BC, DR and archiving Have you modernized your data protection strategy and environment?If not, are you thinking about updating your strategy and environment? Why modernize your data protection including backup restore, business continuance (BC), high availability (HA) and disaster recovery (DR) strategy and environment? backup, ...

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the NetFlix Fix?

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

I received the following note from Amazon Web Services (AWS) about an enhancement to their Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service that can be seen by some as an enhancement to service or perhaps by others after last weeks outages, a fix ...

EMCworld 2012: Trust and marketing, can they coexist?

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Recently while at EMCworld in Las Vegas (Thanks btw to EMC who covered coach airfare and 3 nights hotel) I had the opportunity along with group of other industry analysts and advisors to have a series of small group meeting sessions with key EMC leadership.These sessions included time with ...

Only you can prevent cloud data loss

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Some of you might remember the saying from Smokey the bear, only you can prevent forest fires and for those who do not know about that, click on the image below.The reason I bring this up is that while cloud providers are responsible (see the cloud blame game) ...

Part IV: PureSystems, something old, something new, something from big blue

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

This is the fourth in a five-part series around the recent IBM PureSystems announcements. You can view the earlier post here, and the next post here.So what does this mean for IBM Business Partners (BPs) and ISVs? What could very well differentiate IBM PureSystems from those of other competitors ...