iPad For Business
In case you did not hear, Apple announced the iTouch on steroids aka iPad
Apple iPad via www.apple.com
Is it a phone? No, its not an iPhone
Is it a PC? Well, not in the context of the traditional PC or Mac book
What is the iPad or more importantly, what is the possible business angle?
First as to what is it, it might be easier to describe what it is not.
As mentioned above, it is not an iPhone, granted you can get an iPad with 3G
or WiFi for data access (similar to how iTouch has WiFi). Likewise, the iPad
is not a PC in the context of running applications traditionally found on
Windows PCs or Mac devices.
What is it?
As far as what is the iPad, here is a link to its specifications, some of
which have resulted in confusion. For example, I have seen many comments
about how the iPad does not have a camera. Well, not built in however there
Virtualization needs to move beyond the business value of simply
consolidating workloads and saving on power and cooling. Virtualisation now
offers the ability for businesses to transform their operational models and
more importantly their application lifecycle release management practices.
At the recent VMworld held in Barcelona I was lucky enough to present at the
vBrownbag sessions to explain how DevOps is now a fundamental methodology for
attaining a successful software lifecycle development plan.
In this ten minute presentation, we address how the current challenges of
existing methodologies and traditional set ups of segregated operations and
development teams and how DevOps can enable true agility in the application
lifecycle process. We also suggest a Private Cloud model that could
essentially be utilised to transform current practices to a DevOps
Mergers & Acquisitions on Ulitzer
With only the ‘you may now kiss the bride’ custom to follow, the
Oracle/Sun marriage (or dare I say Sun/Oracle) is now finally complete. After
months of legal wrangling which has caused nothing but embarrassment and
dwindled Sun’s stature within the market sphere, reports also came out that
half of Sun's 27,000 staff will be made redundant. Thus initial indications
are clear that Oracle, known for its past agnosticism to open source has an
eye for the merger being based on maximizing profit. In the meantime Sun’s
competitors are probably smiling wryly as the delay of the merger played into
their immediate interests but what threats and challenges does this
partnership now pose to the once great open source vendor which did so much
for developing the tech and e-commerce industry.
One thing which Oracle will most probably do is addres... (more)
Let’s face it, up until now it seems that cloud providers haven’t been
doing such a sterling job guaranteeing the fine print in service level
agreements (SLAs) with their customers – given all the recent outages and
But that could all change with CA’s recent acquisition of Oblicore, the
service level management innovator. Oblicore specializes in taking technical
information about what’s going on in your IT environment and correlating it
with the business-level information held in your SLAs. That business-level
information is a way for companies to get an accurate view of what cloud and
other service providers are truly delivering. Oblicore’s software is
integrated with various third party tools that provide detailed input needed
Not only will cloud providers’ ability to deliver the goods on SLAs further
promote and solidify development of... (more)
Cloud Computing Expo on Ulitzer
Thinking about jumping on the cloud? True, I’ve had no qualms in showing my
skepticism towards the marketing of ‘cloud computing’ and it being the
mere repackaging of solutions which have existed for years, but the fact is
it still addresses a concept and reality that exists and one which holds
Indeed abandoning an existing on-site IT infrastructure for a cloud provider
that most often or not can’t offer the same level of security, control or
performance is not an easy decision but one which CIOs and IT executives are
seriously considering when weighing up the economic benefits. As with any
change though, a move towards the cloud necessitates a sound and
comprehensive assessment to avoid the trap of a short term benefit turning
into a long term nightmare.
Firstly your company should assess... (more)
Roll back several years and certain vendors had you believe that Fibre
Channel was dead and that the future would be iSCSI. A few years later and
certain vendors were then declaring that Fibre Channel was dead again and
that the future was FCoE. So while this article is not a iSCSI vs FC or FC vs
FCoE comparison list (there's plenty of good ones out there and both iSCSI or
FCoE each have immense merit), the point being made here is that Fibre
Channel unlike Elvis really is alive and well. Moreover Fibre Channel still
remains the protocol of choice for most mission-critical applications despite
the FUD that surrounds its cost, manageability and future existence.
Most storage folk who run enterprise class infrastructures are advocates of
Fibre Channel not only because of its high performance connectivity
infrastructure but also due to its reliability, security and scal... (more)
Is VMware slowly becoming the new Oracle? That was the question being asked
after the backlash to their initial vRAM licensing model at the launch of
vSphere 5. With VMware's somewhat quick retraction, it was ensured that any
unsavoury Larry Ellison comparisons were quickly put to bed. Despite this it
was still a signal of intent and an indication of VMware's recognition of its
ever growing influence and clout. Now as VMware make serious manoeuvers into
the PaaS space, a VMware based Cloud monitoring solution is a must. So with
this in mind what is to be made of the huge marketing and push for their
customers to adopt their VM monitoring tool vCenter Operations 5.0?
Back when VMware was only considered ideal for virtualizing test and
development environments, the native alarms and performance graphs of the
then termed Virtual Center were more than adequate for gener... (more)
Back in the noughties I made the conscious decision as a Storage guy to
immerse myself into what was being termed server virtualization and
understanding the product offerings of a relatively new company named VMware.
To this day I remember the incredulous looks and responses I received from my
Storage counterparts, who were convinced that the VMware fad was nothing more
than a system admin tool. Indeed the organizations that were early adopters
of VMware ended up assigning the virtualization responsibility to the system
admins team; at no point was there ever a thought that a dedicated
virtualization team could or should be established. Fast forward to 2014 and
virtualization teams are the norm and Storage administrators are constantly
being hard pressed to have a better understanding of VMware as they provision
and manage virtualized environments. Such a culture c... (more)
Incredibly it's that time of year again when voting commences for the Top
Virtualization blog of the year and I've just been pinged a note that The
SANMAN blog has been nominated again for voting! Last year's nomination was
also a nice surprise as the blog ended up being a New Entry in the charts at
172 - sure it's not a One Direction hit single that went straight to number
one but 172 is still a chart number Kajagoogoo would have been proud of (-;
Whether you decide to vote for The SANMAN or not it's still worth having a
look at the other nominees and casting your vote for them as there are some
great resources across the tech spectrum, including some faves of mine such
as the Wikibon blog, TechHead and StorageIO.
So while I don't hold any hopes of breaking the Top 100, I did want to take
the opportunity to thank all of the readers that visit this site and find it
Archie Hendryx looks at the benefits and challenges of managing multiple IT
components through a single support solution
Many public sector organisations are not changing their ICT legacy systems.
As a result, they face increasing number of inefficiencies and challenges.
These issues can nevertheless be overcome, and performance increased, by
managing these legacy systems within a converged infrastructural environment.
This approach can also reduce the risks associated with legacy systems, such
as security, missing functionality, increased complexity and operational
Converged infrastructure simplifies support as it packages multiple IT
components from different vendors into one single, optimised computing
solution. So it offers end-to-end support unlike reference architectures,
which require organisations to deal with a multitude of disparate vendors t... (more)
After the Gladinet Cloud Desktop 1.4.232 release, it is fairly easy to manage
Azure Blob Storage from your Windows Explorer directly.
(1) Map a Network Drive Letter to the Azure Blob Storage
You can map multiple Azure Blob Storage Account as side-by-side virtual
folders in the same network drive. You can do drag-and-drop between local
drive and the Azure drive.
(2) Schedule Automatic Backup of Files-by-Type.
You can backup documents, pictures, music or videos to Azure Blob Storage.
(3) Schedule Automatic Backup of Local Folders
You can pick local folders to backup to Azure Blob Storage or multiple Azure
Blob Storage accounts. You can even backup to Azure Blob Storage + Amazon S3
+ AT&T Synaptic Storage + Nirvanix Storage + EMC Atmos Online Storage all at
the same time.
(4) Cloud-to-Cloud Backup
You can backup Google Docs to Microsoft Azure Blob ... (more)