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VMware completes the PaaS to vCloud

VMware completes the PaaS to vCloud

If you’ve been wondering why an infrastructure leader would acquire a developer framework, the answer is a bit more complex that what shows on the surface — and a lot more strategic. As stated in the press release and in the blogs by VMware CTO Steve Herrod and SpringSource CEO Rod Johnson, the acquisition helps by, “creating a single, integrated, build-run-manage solution for the data center, private clouds, and public clouds.

August 11, 2009 by in Hardware

Don't rely on industry averages for cost of downtime

Don't rely on industry averages for cost of downtime

On a weekly basis, I get at least one inquiry request from either a vendor or an end-user company seeking industry averages for the cost of downtime. Vendors like to quote these statistics to grab your attention and to create a sense of urgency to buy their products or services.

August 10, 2009 by in CXO

Can velocity revolutionize the data center business?

Can velocity revolutionize the data center business?

Digital Realty Trust is trying to do to the data center business what Dell did to computer manufacturing and Wal-Mart continues to do to the retail market — make delivery efficiency the killer app. It claims it can build out a complete enterprise-class, energy-efficient data center in as little as 26 weeks (versus 16-24 months by its competitors) and for less than half the competitive cost.

August 5, 2009 by in Data Centers

How virtual can your organization get?

How virtual can your organization get?

The answer, based on research recently completed by Doug Washburn and I, entirely. With the help of Christine Perkett, President and founder of PerkettPR — an organization of all virtual employees — we studied the IT infrastructure, productivity, and green benefits of PerkettPR's last ten years as an organization reliant on geographically scattered workers and reliable remote access to systems and information.

July 31, 2009 by in Tech & Work

Cloud DR services are real

Cloud DR services are real

There is a lot of hype surrounding cloud and I'm usually not one to join the hype but in the case of cloud-based backup and disaster recovery services (I'm trying to use the IT service continuity but it hasn't caught on yet), these service are available today and they address major pain points in IT operations and organizations of all sizes can leverage these services, not just small and medium businesses.Storage-as-a-Service is relatively new.

July 27, 2009 by in Storage

How do we measure high availability?

How do we measure high availability?

Over the past 2 months, I've seen an increase in the number of end user inquiries regarding high availability and almost more importantly, how to measure high availability (HA). HA means something different depending on whom you're talking with so it's worth a quick definition.

July 1, 2009 by in CXO

What do Green IT, the economic crisis, and best selling author, Thomas Friedman, have in common? Poor accounting

What do Green IT, the economic crisis, and best selling author, Thomas Friedman, have in common? Poor accounting

Consider the following questions posed by Thomas Friedman, New York Times columnist and author of The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century, and more recently, Hot, Flat And Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution - And How it Can Renew America:“Was it an accident that Citibank, Iceland’s banks, and the ice banks of Antarctica all melted at the same time?”“Was it an accident that Bear Sterns and the polar bears both faced extinction at the same time?

June 25, 2009 by in Hardware

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