Virtualizing the Last Mile

The last mile of virtualization has multiple dimensions, based on where you are going with virtualization. When you ask about the last mile of virtualization—about what it will take to get to 100% virtualized either within your data center or within a cloud (hybrid, public, or private)—the “it depends” answer is the one you will get most often. So, what will it take to get to 100% virtualized? That depends entirely on what your users...

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How Traditional Data Centers Should Use The Cloud

Cloud computing and cloud storage certainly get a lot of headlines but how many IT departments are actually using the cloud in any serious, strategic manner. While most surveys of actual cloud usage are quite high per organization, these surveys are often misleading. The survey question is generally phrased along the lines of “are you using the cloud for anything” not “are you using the cloud for everything” or “how much do you...

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Why Net Neutrality Matters For Big Data Apps

Politics bother me. I’m glad we’re past another election, but of course that just means the politicians will now begin fundraising and campaigning for 2016. In the interim, we can expect to see a lot more of the partisan bickering, but not much of the underhanded lobbying that nonetheless dominates policy. One political issue that was hardly mentioned in the midterm election campaigns was net neutrality. It’s a...

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…Four Keys to All-Flash Performance from Hybrid Arrays

Hybrid arrays have a clear price advantage over all-flash storage systems because they leverage hard disk drives to drive down the cost per GB. The concept makes sense since not all data needs flash performance all the time. Since most of the data can be delivered from the flash tier, hybrid systems can make the price advantage even more pronounced by using high capacity hard disks instead of low capacity performance hard disks....

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Cloud Dependency: Automated Upgrades

In my last cloud dependency article, I reviewed the need for ubiquitous networking. In this article, I look at the need for automated upgrades. I do not mean the need for automation in general, but specifically the need to automate any upgrade or update behavior. There are two sides to every cloud story: what the tenant does and what the cloud service provider does. In both of these stories, there is a need for well-planned, automated...

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Primary Data Comes Out of Stealth and into Big MetaData

Problem: Zettabytes of Data Primary Data came out of stealth in November 2014. David Flynn, a co-founder, CTO and architect of the Primary Data solution, was the CTO (later CEO) and chief architect of Fusion-io, and made major contributions to flash as an extension of DRAM technologies, before being ousted by investors wanting to cash out to SANDisk for about $1 billion. The problem Primary Data is addressing is the exabytes of data...

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