Posts Tagged ‘ cloud ’

Chris Wolf

Debunking Cloud IaaS Mobility Myths

March 25, 2014
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Many things in life appear great on the surface, but wisdom has taught us to never trust a book by its cover or believe in silver bullets. The latest story I frequently hear being pitched in IT circles is that of cloud IaaS Utopia. In this universe, workloads can simply move anywhere (between disparate providers and private data centers, for example) without consequence. Typically you’ll hear a few data points to justify the story, including: We use OpenStack, therefore your workloads can be run anywhere We use an open source hypervisor, so you can run your workloads anywhere We support Open Virtualization Format (OVF) import and export, so you won’t have any portability concerns We have a VM import and export tool, so you...

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Chris Wolf

What IT Operations Can (and Should) Learn from the Electronics Industry

March 7, 2014
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What IT Operations Can (and Should) Learn from the Electronics Industry

The state of New Jersey is home to some of the most significant electronics inventions in our history, including countless inventions by Thomas Edison and what became the modern transistor. Bell Labs ushered in a sustained period of innovation and along with it a robust and growing workforce. My own technology career also had started in the electronics industry, where as a young US Marine I did component level repair (such as troubleshooting and repairing transistors and integrated circuits on electronic circuit boards). While such specializations were important at the time, today they are mostly irrelevant. In New Jersey I continually run into folks who used to have solid careers as electronics technicians and most of them are no longer doing any...

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Chris Wolf

Complexity is Great for Profits… Just Not Your Profits

February 5, 2014
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Many people who have seen me present over the past year have heard me discuss the notion of complexity and who truly benefits from it. Given the current state of IT budgets and resources, the time is ripe to take a closer look at this issue. Most organizations that I work with are grappling with mandates to be more efficient and responsive to business or department needs (said in another way, more agile) and to improve application availability, all while maintaining a flat budget. These mandates often lead to public, private and hybrid cloud initiatives that include an emphasis on high degrees of automation. What is the Goal? A typical first step on the private/hybrid cloud journey is to look at the innovators in...

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Chris Wolf

Why I Decided to Join VMware

January 27, 2014
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When you have the perfect job, it’s not easy to walk away. I had spent the past seven years as an analyst for Burton Group and then at Gartner. In my role as an analyst, I was able to work with hundreds of end user organizations and help them with their virtualization, private cloud, and desktop transformation strategies and architectures. I was also able to take feedback from the field and work with a variety of vendors to help them shape their future innovations and product roadmaps. At Gartner, I only had to pick one side – that of the end user, and I relished playing the advocate role. I always thought that it would take the absolute perfect opportunity for me to leave...

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joshsimons

Virtualized High Performance Computing in 2014

December 12, 2013
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Virtualized High Performance Computing in 2014

As we complete another circuit around the sun, it’s time again to make some predictions about what we’ll see over the course of our next orbit. Since my work in the Office of the CTO focuses on High Performance (Technical) Computing, I’ll focus there. But before looking ahead, let’s take a minute to look back and see how I did with my predictions last year . 2013 Predictions Scorecard Last year, my predictions related to public cloud, private cloud, RDMA in the cloud, virtual machine evolution, and HPC acquisitions. My biggest “miss” was also my most specific prediction — that Amazon would announce RDMA support in 2013 in order to better support latency-sensitive MPI applications. They did not,...

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winstonbumpus

The Open Software-Defined Data Center Incubator

May 28, 2013
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As I’ve shared before, the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) has been engaged for many years in the development of IT infrastructure management standards. In fact, these standards have become the underpinnings of today’s systems management infrastructure and also enable the scalability of current data centers. Beyond this activity, the DMTF also developed standards for virtualization and cloud management that have now been adopted on a national and international level . These standards have helped improve the interoperability of management tools and standards has improve portability of workloads between various platforms as outlined in the recent Open Data Center Alliance tests on VM imteroperability . Building upon this work, the DMTF today announced the Open Software-Defined Data Center...

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joshsimons

2013 Predictions: When Worlds Collide

December 18, 2012
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2013 Predictions: When Worlds Collide

It’s time again to dust off the crystal ball, cast the yarrow sticks, read the tea leaves, and share some thoughts about where the IT world is heading over the next twelve months and beyond. Because my focus at VMware is on High Performance Computing (HPC), I’ll confine my prognostications primarily to the growing area of overlap between mainstream Enterprise Computing and HPC — places where each world can benefit from the other in important ways. Before I start, let’s get one no-brainer prediction out of the way: 2012 will be remembered for Nicira , and not Nibiru . Yes, software-defined networking ( SDN ) will trump planetary collisions and the...

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joshsimons

Centralizing HPC Compute Resources using Private Cloud

December 5, 2012
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I met recently with a group of academic CIOs and IT Directors in Denver to talk about how virtualization and private cloud technologies can help lower the barriers to adopting a centralized approach to delivering HPC resources in an academic environment. Of course, the barriers and concerns — losing control of resources, fear of not getting ones “fair share” in a shared facility, being forced into a standardized and sub-optimal software environment, etc.  – are relevant outside of academia as well. Because the topic is of broad interest, I’ve published the slides in SlideRocket and added an audio track that explains why virtualization should not be viewed simply as a tax one pays to move into a cloud environment, but rather as an approach...

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winstonbumpus

Consistent Auditing in the Cloud Era

November 13, 2012
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With the growth of cloud computing and the increase of customers deploying workloads in hybrid clouds, having the ability to audit information in a standard way across multiple cloud platforms has come to the forefront. The good news is that a lot of work has already been done in this area. The DMTF addressed this need with a new initiative launched last year that looks at the ability to create open standards to federate and expose auditing data for cloud consumers. While it’s still early, I expect that over time this direction will give cloud consumers more confidence that their data is safe and that they’re getting what they paid for.

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steveherrod

¡Viva Cloud Management!

October 9, 2012
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¡Viva Cloud Management!

VMworld Europe kicked off today in Barcelona with approximately 8,000 attendees. My keynote this morning focused on the software-defined datacenter and our updated cloud management portfolio . This management offering includes enhancements to the management products in the recently released VMware vCloud Suite , and stand alone tools, plus the newest member of our cloud management solution: vCloud Automation Center.

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