Rethinking IT Operations - Winning the Race

Phil O'Konski on Thursday, April 03, 2014

Formula 1 cars are very similar to IT operations. Private cloud infrastructures are integrated solutions that require constant vigilance to meet the dynamic challenges of the business. They must deliver top performance, availability, and capacity over their lifespan.

Competing with Amazon a la the Discipline of Market Leaders

John Richardson on Thursday, July 18, 2013

Preface: Many IT organizations must now defend their existence in the face of public cloud providers, like Amazon, that are frequently being used to circumvent IT processes. IT needs to be able to respond to the business faster -- going beyond the ability to simply provide a new server -- and [...]

The cloud isn’t just about technology — it’s much more

John Richardson on Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The cloud isn’t just about technology. And you may be surprised to learn that the private cloud project moving slowly through your architecture group should really be your number one priority. But your team may not know it and may not be treating it that way. So what else is the cloud about? It’s also about giving your users what they want, the way they want it. For instance:

The Value of an Experienced Data Migration Partner

Jeevan John on Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Many IT organizations take on data migration projects themselves, only to soon realize that they should have used outside help from the beginning. Moving business-critical data has the potential to cause serious disruption to the organization and requires significant planning to alleviate risk. Data [...]

EMC World Day One – Introducing ViPR

Datalink on Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Monday was the opening of really, three different EMC events. EMC World is an annual event held for the EMC user community, Global Partner Summit the annual update for the worldwide partner community of EMC, and the SE conference for the EMC and partner presales technical community. An estimated 15,000 are in Las [...]

Vblock, VSPEX, and Flash to be hot topics at EMC World

Kent Christensen on Friday, May 03, 2013

EMC World is upon us. EMC World begins Monday in Las Vegas. As partner shows go, this is one of the big ones. EMC World is actually comprised of three integrated events: Global Partner Summit on Monday is focused on partners like Datalink. Global Technical Summit for EMC and partner SEs [...]

Can you handle the truth?

John Richardson on Thursday, April 11, 2013

A mentor of mine in the consulting business once told me that consultants have a “Golden Searchlight,” which could be shined on issues that had been either inadvertently overlooked or carefully hidden. But, once the Searchlight revealed an issue, it had to be dealt with, no matter how painful or embarrassing, so the advice was to be careful where you shine it.

The Biggest Amazon S3 Security Risk: Your Company’s Employees?

John Richardson on Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Last week, security firm Rapid7 released the results of a scan they did of Amazon’s S3 (Simple Storage Service), and the results have caused shockwaves around the Cloudsphere.

Why do so many monitoring deployments fail?

John Richardson on Monday, March 25, 2013

Monitoring is more important than ever in this era of virtualization and cloud. Good performance data is critical to getting the most leverage from your servers while maintaining stability, and it’s getting harder than ever to work without performance data. As you build out your private cloud, you’ll find [...]

Who holds the bag in the rogue cloud?

John Richardson on Friday, March 22, 2013

A recent Symantec survey indicates that 83% of 3000 IT managers in 29 countries admit that their users are using “rogue” clouds. Of that same group, 40% said that confidential data had been exposed by the unsanctioned activity.

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