Holding Out for a Hero Number

So, who needs a million IOPS? Or the ability to deploy a million containers? How about a VM with a terabyte of RAM? We are all fairly sure that very few organizations have a workload that actually needs these performance numbers. So why do vendors continue to publish ridiculous numbers? We call these hero numbers. Vendors spend a lot of money getting hero numbers and want people to look up to these heroes. A lot of the time we dismiss hero numbers as irrelevant, but sometimes they may actually be useful. Hero numbers are a part of marketing for every product that can be quantified. The old disinfectant killed 99% of germs. A new disinfectant has to kill 99.9%. A hero number tries to make a purchasing decision one dimensional and easy. For people with only a shallow understanding of the differences between products, the hero number makes the decision easy. However, hero numbers don’t tell the whole story. Technology selection is not one dimensional, and hero numbers are not all created the same: some are less trustworthy than others. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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SDN – Who, What, Why, and When (Part 1)

“SDN” is the current buzzword. Well, to be fair, “SDDC” software-defined data center) is, but SDN is still a cool kid on the block. However, who outside of Silicon Valley and the Fortune 500 companies truly knows the details of a software-defined network? To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice...

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Is the Cloud Just So Many Legos?

I was recently looking at Lego parts, and I started to consider the myriad of Legos and the broad categories they fit within. Then I had a thought. Is the cloud just so many Legos? SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, and DaaS are various categories of clouds. We could call them the fundamental building blocks or bricks of the cloud, and we could think of moving to the cloud as the assembly of those bricks into something usable. Or so one would think. Once you get past the broad categories, there are very specific versions of Legos. There are roofs, arches, minifigs, bricks, plates, plants, animals, and more. Just like there are myriad specific Legos, there are also myriad things you can do in the cloud. These things still fall into categories of DaaS, SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS. However, these myriad solutions are themselves made up of many other bricks, gears, roofs, arches, etc. The cloud has many moving parts. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice...

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Will the Public Cloud Be the Next Legacy Platform?

Right now, the three major public clouds (Amazon, Microsoft, and Google) seem all shiny and new, like many technologies seemed at some point in the past. Let’s see if we can learn from history and assess the risk of the public cloud’s becoming just another legacy platform. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice...

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In the New Year, Can CISOs Move On?

On the December 18 Virtualization Security Podcast, we were joined by Rafal Los (@Wh1t3Rabbit) to discuss whether it is time for CISOs to move on. Should CISOs start to look beyond simply the problems at hand? Should they drive security into all decisions made at the business and architecture levels? The discussion was mixed, to say the least. CISOs have the unenviable position of trying to enforce compliance and security within an ever-changing realm of IT and development. At the moment, it seems CISOs and security teams are playing Whack-a-Mole while trying to align with the business. These are usually counterproductive approaches to security. First, you are out solving problems that may actually be counter to the business as a whole. Why? Because security seems to be the last team brought in on new projects and new business directions. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice...

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