After completing Hybrid Cloud will Transform Disaster Recovery the broader
implications of the seamless integration of IaaS with the data center became
obvious: the hardware-bound silos of IT will be significantly eroded by the
increasing agility, protection AND control delivered by the hybrid cloud.
There will still be enterprise hardware spend and the required “specialized
expertise” tied to vendor training and certifications, yet that spend and
expert population will shrink over the next five years, replaced over time by
an influx of IT architects, strategists and generalists who will be tied to
capabilities and services instead of vendors. Their backgrounds will be
software and services-centric.
Today’s hardware-bound IT world will be increasingly driven by software and
the need for higher levels of agility, efficiency, and protection, as more
business models a... (more)
Infrastructure 2.0 Session at Virtualization Expo
This week InformationWeek featured my recent infrastructure 2.0 interview
with Alexander Wolfe. As the infrastructure 2.0 Working Group is in stealth
mode, we focused on the high level tech issues resulting from the collision
between virtual and static (physical) infrastructure:
InformationWeek: Let's dive right in. Define the issue, as you see it.
Greg Ness: If you look at networks today, the way they're operated, run, and
configured hasn't really changed for the last several decades. There's a
contrast between today's networks and ... (more)
Greg Ness's Blog
I think it is only a matter of time before ALL of the leading networking
players start talking about the (strategic importance of the) network as a
way to succeed in an uncertain economic climate. Last week, in "Cloud
Computing, Virtualization and IT Diseconomies" I talked about the
increasingly intense pressures already building on static network
infrastructure, and the underlying need for more intelligence and automation.
I think the new survival mantra for the coming economic weakness will be "He
(or she) who automates wins." As the industrial age emerged from... (more)
The cloud computing meme continues to billow as Juniper and IBM announce a
cloud management partnership rumors swirl about heavy petting between VMware
and shareholder/partner Cisco. A few months ago it seemed like every cloud
discussion included Google and/or Amazon; now it appears that “the network
infrastructure issue” has finally reared its head and ushered in networking
and management leaders into the cloud conversation.
More cloud watchers are discovering that cloud apps -at a minimum- will put
more burdens on the network. As IT services decouple from hardware the
network ... (more)
While the press and blogs are buzzing about cloud computing, VMware has made
probably one of the most significant cloud-related announcements ever made;
and with : vShield Zones has added even more distance between rivals when it
comes to data center and cloud security.
Last year at VMworld in Cannes, VMware announced the VMsafe VMware security
partner ecosystem. The virtualization security "industry" had been notably
silent (other than a colorful row between security blogger/expert Chris Hoff
and Citrix CTO Simon Crosby) for the rest of 2008. Virtualization expert Rich
Miller ... (more)