Archive for April, 2012

Cloud Infographic: The Cloud Wars – Private vs Public

19 April 2012 – Cloud computing is not an all-or-nothing option. In the past decade, the industry has matured to a point where there are almost a dozen different options to move your data and processes to the cloud. Two of the most discussed are Private and Public clouds.

Here is an infographic presenting a breakdown of the two different cloud models from CloudTweaks (click here).… Read more

UK data centre installs “sleeping pods” to combat Olympics congestion

13 April 2012 – When the Olympics circus comes to town, London is going to be quite the crowded, congested place. However, one data centre firm has come up with a novel solution to the problem of staff being unable to get to the office on time due to an extended commute.

In-office sleeping pods is the idea Interxion’s management has formulated. The pods are rather like those Tokyo hotels (as seen on Idiot Abroad and countless other TV programmes), although these ones are comparatively luxury affairs, with memory foam mattresses for one thing – along with laptop holders.

Interxion’s critical staff can therefore stay on site 24/7, ensuring their customers aren’t going to get in anything of a pickle due to road congestion, rail hold-ups and so forth.

Greg McCulloch, UK Managing Director of Interxion, commented: “Due to the nature of our business we need to be ready for all eventualities and while we are excited to have the Olympics in London we also need to be sure that we can continue to offer the highest level of resilience

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Data Center

13 April 2012 – Douglas Balog is Vice President and Business Line Executive, IBM Storage Systems, responsible for the overall IBM storage business, including business strategy and product plans for the company’s complete family of workload optimized storage systems.  In the current issue of Data Center Knowledge he writes:

“The personal computer, the Internet and World Wide Web, wireless and mobile computing, and now social media have all served to form and reform the way in which we in business think about, manage and exploit computing power. The incessant waves of innovation have led to incalculable levels of information sharing and leveraging and created entire industries as well as business disciplines.  But a funny thing happened on the way to the data center. Over the course of the last 25 years of technical disruption, those responsible for managing all of this innovation started becoming saddled with more responsibility. For example, the constant influx of new technologies resulted in larger IT staffs. As innovation lead to greater prosperity, employee ranks swelled as well, and the gatekeepers found themselves now setting access … Read more

I.B.M. aims to sharply simplify corporate data center technology

11 April 2012 – We have waxed lyrical in the past about how IBM seems to be in every aspect of  the disruptive technologies sweeping across whole industries and society, all of it concerning information technology and information management.  Just one example is what we learned at FutureMed (click here) which is part of our upcoming special series “IBM: a culture of analytics”.

But corporate data centers are, as Steve Lohr points out in today’s New York Times,  the slowpoke laggards of information technology.  Although the essence of cloud computing is a move towards highly standardized racks of commodity servers, it can take up to six months to get a new business application up and running, from buying the hardware to fine-tuning the software. An estimated 70 percent of corporate technology budgets is spent on installing, updating and maintaining current technology — keeping the digital lights on.

IBM intends to change all that in an effort that is the most ambitious step yet to simplify and streamline data center technology.  For the story from today’s New … Read more

An Open-Source Food Fight in the Cloud

6 April 2012 –  To date, the four horsemen of the cloud appear to be Amazon.com, Microsoft, Google and VMware.  The first three companies have built their own cloud computing services that consumers and businesses can tap into. Instead of doing its own service, VMware, the maker of virtualization software, is selling a new suite of cloud software so that service providers and businesses can build their own new-age, cloud computing systems.

The collective muscle and proprietary leanings of those four companies has triggered something of a cloud panic. At its core, cloud computing promises lower costs and greater flexibility than traditional data centers. It’s a way to avoid lock-in, that mainframe-era problem where a company buys its own big, expensive systems—and is stuck with them. But those advantages could be undermined if, say, Amazon decides to play the heavy and makes it difficult for companies to move their software and data onto a competing cloud service. That would be lock-in, cloud edition.

To counter the big cloud players, the software maker Citrix has decided to open-source its CloudStack software. … Read more

Cisco, EMC and VMware team up for data centre training

5 April 2012 – Cisco Systems has partnered up with EMC and VMware, to provide IT professionals with technical training in a range of areas impacting the data centre, such as networking and cloud computing to storage and virtualisation.

Cisco, EMC and VMware are looking to give IT administrators the needed training to address these trends, according to Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, vice president and general manager of Learning@Cisco: “Today’s data centre is composed of heterogeneous technologies, with the cloud blurring the lines between technology silos,” Beliveau-Dunn said in a statement. “IT organisations must cultivate new cloud architecture skills, understand how to use big data and maintain deep domain expertise with a renewed understanding of virtualisation and technology convergence. With this offering, Cisco and EMC are leading the way in transforming skills for the next generation of IT professionals.”

Those new skills will grow in importance as big data, unified networking, cloud computing and converged infrastructures transform not only what systems and technologies are put into the data centre, but also the expertise IT administrators need to install, deploy and manage … Read more