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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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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Workflows in the Cloud Are On Track to Expand

Workflows in the cloud are on track to expand to the point that by 2018, three quarters of all workflows will be done in the cloud. Think about that for a moment. Within four years, three quarters of data processed will be processed in the cloud, if an article I came across in CloudTech is correct. The article goes on to present some interesting statistics from Cisco’s latest Cloud Index study, such as a predicted quadrupling of...

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Is BYOD Becoming BYOBS?

In the modern technical world, you don’t have to search far to find someone with a quote purporting to define the future. This month’s example came to me via the medium of Twitter, with an analyst offering the line, “by 2017, half of all employers will require employees to use their own device.” This is the sort of thing that sends IT managers and directors into a spin, promoting a feeling that they are required to jump squarely onto...

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Cloud Dependency: Ubiquitous Networking

Use of the cloud depends upon ubiquitous networking. And not just everywhere, but extremely high speed as well. This came to mind as I was sitting at the top of a mountain in a national park and heard someone ask Siri a question. Siri’s response was that the network was not in reach. This struck me as funny, then odd, then sent me down the path of ubiquitous networking. We are in the age of the Internet of Things (IoT), and if we do...

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