No matter what cloud strategy you are considering, there is an exorbitant amount of information out there, but sometimes it makes sense to start with a quick “101.” Amazon’s latest earning report underscored the footprint AWS has in the public cloud market. So, it is time to understand the basics: What is AWS, how does it work, who’s using it?
In a software-defined world who needs reports? Nobody, that's who!
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I talk with a lot of different individuals who work in IT in some way shape or form on a regular basis. Lately I am seeing a trend that transcends from systems engineers all the way up to CIOs that I can’t seem to wrap my head around. If I am working together with a potential VMTurbo candidate we will typically discuss things like how and why something was architected a particular way or maybe how they ensure they are getting the most out of the infrastructure resources they have already invested in.
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Flash-based storage is growing faster than anticipated since it first surfaced in 1984 when Toshiba Corporation first introduced the technology. At first, the chips were used in memory cards until migrating to wider use in smartphones and tablets. Now, they’re starting to replace hard drives in laptops and computer servers.
Living in New England, I often find myself poking fun at many of my friends and colleagues who pledge an allegiance to a certain football team who participates in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Sure they’ve produced some viable NFL talent over the years, but with zero BCS national title appearances while participating in a conference that some would say is less than stellar, I often ask “are they really division 1 material?” And while they have some pretty vocal “super fans” there never seems to be a whole lot of results, but I digress.
It’s been about a month since VMworld and I’ve finally had the chance to reflect on some of the more interesting things that I observed while in San Francisco. Aside from observing and learning more about a ton of up-and-coming and exciting vendors, I also had some time to check out what’s new in regards to VMware’s vision for “Software-Defined Data Center.”
Hyper-Convergence is all the rage these days. Just like “Software-Defined X” has steadily grown from a fancy marketing term to a reality, so has Hyper-Convergence, and for good reason. Hyper-converged environments aid in highly efficient scalability coupled with the elimination of infrastructure silos. It refers to an infrastructure that is largely software-defined with tightly integrated compute, storage, networking and virtualization resources. Rather than traditional infrastructure where each resource is typically handled by a discrete component that serves a singular purpose, you can think of this as what many call a “PO in a box.”
Let me begin this article with an always reliable Wikipedia citation: Software-defined data center (SDDC) (also: virtual data center) is a vision for IT infrastructure that extends virtualization concepts such as abstraction, pooling, and automation to all of the data center’s resources and services to achieve IT as a service (ITaaS). In a software-defined data center, "all elements of the infrastructure — networking, storage, CPU and security – are virtualized and delivered as a service."
Like many aspiring IT professionals in today’s world, my first gig out of college was at “the desk.” What’s more formally referred to as the “help desk” is where many future network administrators, system administrators, infrastructure architects, and even CIOs will first cut their teeth in the world of enterprise IT.