Archive for the ‘Cloud’ Category

Private Cloud: Build or Buy?

October 9, 2010

I totally forgot about this… a few months back Jo Maitland asked if i was interested in doing a webcast for SearchCloudComputing on the subject of Private Cloud: Build or Buy. Although I do sound like a broken record in places, and I’m not sure if I actually addressed the subject that well (I interpreted the question as build = internal and buy = external, but didn’t actually say that), it’s not a bad listen if you have a spare 30 minutes and you’re a large shop about to embark on the private cloud journey.

Check it out here.

I'm Not One to Drink the Kool-Aid, But…

August 31, 2010

You all know me – I’m not the kind of person to be swooned by hype and marketing bullshit. But I have to say, the Maritz / Herrod keynote at VMworld this morning was an absolute blinder. Never before have VMware delivered a keynote that was so clear in it’s message and so visionary on so many levels. And once again, VMware are leaping miles ahead of the competition right when it looked like they were in danger of being caught. Sure, there were a few laughable claims regarding open standards (hows that LLDP and LACP support in the networking stack coming along?) but aside from that it was very, very refreshing to hear Paul Maritz saying things like “this is gonna happen with or without VMware” when talking about Cloud. If only all the vendors in this industry could be so mature.

Of course, the big announcement (for me anyway) was around the release of VMware vCloud Director. And while it looks completely awesome, the devil is in the implementation detail and I’ll be putting up some posts next week to talk about some of the not-so-shiny aspects of the product – someone’s gotta talk about the other side of the coin (why is it always me though!). But for now, I’m just gonna enjoy the Kool-Aid 🙂

While I’m here, I have been completely blown away at the number of people I have met, had really, really good conversations with, revealed my identity to, and had them come back with stuff like “NO WAY! You’re vinternals!?!?!” and then punched me in the face given me a big ol’ slap on the back. Seriously people, thank you all very much for the kind words. As a blogger, it’s really hard to tell how engaged your audience is – you can’t really tell that from “number of unique visitors” type metrics. So thanks for reading, and I’m really flattered that you guys appreciate what I have to say – it makes it all worthwhile.

Removing Complexity from the Orchestration Layer

August 1, 2010

I’m pretty sure that most people have figured out by now that the Cloud really has fuck all do with technology. Or at the very least, the technical challenges are the least of your concerns – it’s really all about the operating model. The implications of this new operating model stretch to pretty much every part of your IT organisation as it exists today, however I would argue that most of the changes are things worth doing anyway even if you have zero intention of moving to the Cloud. I like to collectively term these things “The Art of Cloud Without Cloud”. In this post, I’ll take a look at the orchestration layer.
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