Cloud and Things and Big Operational Data
Software-defined architectures are critical for achieving the right mix of
efficiency and scale needed to meet the challenges that will come with the
Internet of Things
If you've been living under a rock (or rack in the data center) you might not
have noticed the explosive growth of technologies and architectures designed
to address emerging challenges with scaling data centers. Whether considering
the operational aspects (devops) or technical components (SDN, SDDC, Cloud),
software-defined architectures are the future enabler of business, fueled by
the increasing demand for applications.
The Internet of Things is only going to make that even more challenging as
businesses turn to new business models and services fueled by a converging
digital-physical world. Applications, whether focused on licensing,
provisioning, managin... (more)
The MacVittie-Roberts Wall of DOOM
Performance. Speed. Velocity. Quality of experience.
No matter what particular turn of phrase we use to describe it, the reality
is that we'll try a whole lot of things if it promises to improve application
performance. Entire markets have been dedicated to this overriding
unqualified principle: faster is better.
That implies, however, that we know what faster means. Faster is relative to
some baseline; some measurement that's been taken either on our applications
or our competitors. Faster means improving existing performance, which
DevOps: The Operational Amplifier
When Instagram was sold to Facebook in 2012, it employed only 13 people and
maintained over 4 billion photos shared by its 80 million registered users.
Internally, Instagram was a small business. Externally, it was a web monster.
Filling the gap between those two contradictory perspectives is DevOps.
Now to be fair, Instagram (like many other web monster properties today) has
it easier than most other businesses because it supported only one
application. One. That's in stark contrast to large enterprises which are, by
most analyst firms, said to m... (more)
The Service Provider Path to NFV Nirvana Starts with Consolidation
Certainly, enterprises feel the pressure to transition their networks to next
generation architectures like SDN to brace the coming storm that is an app
economy. Service providers could provide valuable advice to them on how to do
that, if they could yell loud enough over the thunderous roar of millions of
devices being activated and apps being downloaded that continues to put
pressure on them to scale out their networks.
And scale out they must if they are going to continue to keep up with all
those apps (they're... (more)
One of the more popular methods of dealing with not just with the explosion
of devices but the growing challenge of dealing with growth of compute
devices under management in general is virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).
While VDI has been overshadowed of late by newer and shinier TLAs like SDN
and IoT, it remains nonetheless a critical component of most organizations
As the technology behind VDI has matured, many organizations have begun to
reconsider their initial, early decisions to go with one technology over
another. That's natural, as it often takes tim... (more)