…Infrastructure Compatibility and VMware Cloud on AWS

Much of the discussion when it comes to moving workloads from on-premises data centers to cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) is about the need to lift and shift VMs. The problem is that much of the discussion is about what happens after the lift and shift, in terms of the operational and cost-side of running VMs in IaaS. What has been missing is the discussion of how to get those VMs into the cloud in the first place. I can...

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Enterprise Networks and Telco Clouds on a Collision Course

The Internet of Things will move more processing to telecom suppliers’ facilities. Network engineers have traditionally treated networks managed by their telecom suppliers as outside their immediate domain of concern. The telco network was brought into the data center, appropriate routes or peering set up, and that was it. Enterprise workloads typically don’t run directly on telco networks for many reasons, including...

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Cisco ACI: The (SDN) Beat(ing) Goes On
Dec03

Cisco ACI: The (SDN) Beat(ing) Goes On

For the networking industry — which can make glaciers look like Usain Bolt at work — Cisco’s ACI (Application Centric Infrastructure, AKA Software-Defined Networking) appears to be a runaway success. SDN is networking’s version of server virtualization… on steroids, and in the six quarters that Cisco has been selling ACI (as one of its three approaches to SDN), the company has raced to more than 5,000 Nexus 9K and ACI...

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Unisys: Who Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up? Part 1 of 2
Oct15

Unisys: Who Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up? Part 1 of 2

DALLAS: It’s one of the IT industry’s best-kept secrets, but Unisys is hosting its second annual (although the company, in one form or another, is more than a century old) user — and partner — event, Universe 2014.  With less than 400 customers, partners and staff, it’s also one of the most intimate industry events I’ve ever attended. It was also strange that two of the other companies hosting events in this hotel were...

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HP Jumps The Gun On IDF14/Grantley-EP, Unveils Gen9 Servers
Aug29

HP Jumps The Gun On IDF14/Grantley-EP, Unveils Gen9 Servers

With the E5-2600 Xeon processor (AKA Grantley-EP) expected to debut at next month’s Intel Developers Forum (AKA IDF14), HP has jumped ahead of several server vendors with announcements pending, unveiling its new line of ProLiant Generation 9 (AKA Gen9) servers. The company said the new platform’s features and workload-optimized design will help customers reduce cost and complexity, accelerate IT service delivery and enable...

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