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This month, Yung Chou, Mitch Tulloch and I have published a new book on Hybrid Cloud Management with System Center 2012 R2 App Controller, titled Microsoft System Center: Cloud Management with App Controller. As part of a series of specialized guides on System Center, this book focuses...
The most challenging part of managing a complex IT infrastructure is not in the silos but the boundaries between those silos. Tools, processes, and even people have to be particularly flexible at the points where workflows intersect. And once these intersection points are codified (th...
The silos within IT are breaking down, at least in terms of awareness of each other and the need to coordinate provisioning and orchestration of compute, network and application services. No longer is it acceptable to simply provide a solution; that solution must integrate, collaborate...
More customers are looking to utilize cloud computing and tightly integrated hardware will be beneficial for such customers. When I signed up to attend Enterprise 2013, a conference for IBM’s enterprise systems and storage users, I was wondering how much cloud computing information wo...
Cloud computing is enabling services transforming many industries and every CIO needs to be ready to respond to new competitive threats. Benefits from cloud computing are often focused on infrastructure optimization, but one disruptive change occurring across a variety of industries a...

We are now working on the next chapter for our white paper Enterprise Cloud Computing, which is entitled OpenStack for the Enterprise. As the name suggests the goal is to provide a succinct but comprehensive overview of one of the technology platforms available to CIOs to implement ...

Sporting events are periodic events that suddenly demand lots of information technology resources and a good example where cloud technology can be applied effectively. At VMWorld, a marketing executive from a technology company asked me what kinds of workloads were inappropriate for t...
Organizations building out private Infrastructure as a Service clouds and utilizing public cloud infrastructure facing the challenging task of using several interface consoles to manage their infrastructure. One unified console would be ideal to accomplish tasks such as: Capacity man...
I don’t make a habit of inserting myself into OSS wars, they tend to hurt everyone and benefit no one. Far too often (content management OSS projects are a great example) they result in code splitting and users with limited options moving forward. With that said, I read with some amou...
I don’t make a habit of inserting myself into OSS wars, they tend to hurt everyone and benefit no one. Far too often (content management OSS projects are a great example) they result in code splitting and users with limited options moving forward. With that said, I read with some am...
Cloud standards play an important role in the ability to develop and deliver innovative solutions. Businesses need to include standards in their strategy. In a recent presentation to Managed Service Providers (MSPs), I stressed that embracing standards had to be on their list of strat...
Selecting reliable hosting is important for any website, but for an ecommerce enterprise especially, it is imperative. Even the best sites can suffer from the effects of poor quality web hosting. For the online retailer, any amount of down-time can cause significant loss in revenue, w...
OpenStack, the cloud computing project that works as an “Infrastructure as a service (IaaS),” has been one of the fastest growing open-source software projects in recent years. Originally part of a NASA project which became available for the public in 2010, Open Stack is managed by the...
I previously wrote a review of the Microsoft Azure public cloud and included a comparison between Azure and AWS (Amazon Web Services) and will now compare OpenStack and VMware vCloud. For a review of IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) see my blog post and video. This table provides a...
Following my single server installation of RDO OpenStack using PackStack, here is my install of OpenStack across three nodes. What's key here is the answer files used with packstack. For a single node its trivial since you just accept nearly all the defaults. A distributed install re...
OpenStack is easily installed using a package called Packstack. Redhat is one of the primary contributors to packstack and my install experience is similar to the installation of RDO, described here The procedure is quite simple: Install Redhat, Fedora or Centos on one or more x86 se...
This blog post details how to install the OpenStack keystone (identity) service - first of five posts. Following my high level description of OpenStack, I now delve in the install of OpenStack This post is a manual install of OpenStack on Centos. Although the steps are detailed here:...
Linux has been the gold standard of open source operating systems since the early 90s. Today, it’s used by programmers, coders, designers and techies of all stripes because of the flexibility and security. So it makes sense, then, that when NASA and Rackspace set out to build an open c...
Red Hat continues to press into the cloud computing marketplace with each new service offering. OpenShift Online, for example, is Red Hat’s Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solution. For more than a year and a half, OpenShift has served literally thousands of applications running on a vari...
Last summer, I was having lunch with my friend Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja) and we were discussing some ideas about how to better engage the Cloud Computing technology communities. As a whole, there is quite a bit of change happening in this space (technology, market dynamics, business mode...
Signing up and signing on are major threats to any cloud application business. What approaches can an application provider take, and what are the implications on the business? Did you know that: Half of paid SaaS customers do not use the application at all Nine out of 10 has left an...
Risk is not unique to the cloud. The "how" (aka the technology) changes, but not the mission. True professionals know the argument is not about technology or how security is delivered, but rather one of governance and policy enforcement. Do a Google search on “cloud security” and the ...
Code-switching is a linguistics term that refers to the act of switching between two or more languages in a single conversation. It's like starting off the conversation with a greeting in one language, switching to English for most of it, but using elements of the other language throug...
I recently posited a question on Twitter to feel out the attitudes toward technology related to cloud bridges. As you might recall, IPSec VPN connectivity was cited by attendees (real people) as a major requirement for cloud bridges at Gartner DC. For some time now, SSL VPNs have been ...
While most pundits have fallen in love with public cloud, behind the scenes a variety of technologies and vendors are evolving the will deliver the ultimate clouds, hybrid clouds. Amazon and Google have done a remarkable job promoting public cloud, as VMware, Cisco and OpenStack have ...
Every year has threatened to be “the year of the Cloud” but my main prediction for 2013 IT industry developments will be that yes, this is the year that it cements its role as the most major of technology disruptions. It’s hard for Cloud to be defined in such a delineated manner, as i...
I was talking to one of the prominent General Partners at a Venture Capital firm here in Silicon Valley over the holidays…discussing how the Cloud market is evolving. We both agreed that 2013 will mark yet another shift in the evolution of web applications. I personally simplified thi...
Using the Holiday season as a way to educate about the cloud. Happy holidays to all of you and may the season keep your perimeters protected, your assets secure and your networks free of nasty little elves! Twas the night before Christmas and all through the net No access was stirr...
Along the lines of the first blog in the testing portion of the Bare Metal Blog series, I’d like to talk a bit more about how the testing environment, the device configuration, and the payloads translate into test results. One of the problems most advanced mass education systems run i...