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 and business require. It is possible to be 100% virtualized if you have the time and money to do so. In most cases, this last mile may cost a bit extra up front but will benefit you in the long run. If I can move all your systems to a standard platform that you readily support, that is a huge win. Virtualizing the last mile must encompass several things: To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice...

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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 upgrades. Also needed is very good documentation on how to upgrade if the automation fails or if there is no easy way to automate. Upgrades should be bulletproof. We trust, but verify. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice...

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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 global cloud IP traffic over the next five years. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice...

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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 the [insert buzzword] bandwagon and adopt the newest paradigm before employees start leaving in droves for an employer that has embraced the [insert buzzword] movement in its entirety. In this case, the buzzword I’m focusing on is “BYOD,” which has been on the periphery of the virtualization arena for quite some time. But how likely is it that the BYOD revolution will materialize—and will it in fact by 2017 reach a stage in which more than 50% of employers view it as mandatory? To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice...

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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 not have a network, then IoT fails rather spectacularly. So, what are the real requirements for IoT? We have already mentioned a ubiquitous network, and that network apparently needs to be a public network with everyone and everything on it. I feel, given how people are, that that network should also be the fastest network humanity can possibly make. People and things expect to transfer quite a bit of data in as short a time as possible. How many of you have upgraded your household, business, or organizational wireless to 5G Wi-Fi or 802.11ac? Granted, new wireless devices are faster, smarter, and much more secure, but the key is faster. People want access quickly. IoT transmits a huge amount of data. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice...

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