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Leading industry analyst firm Forrester is about to land a bombshell on the private cloud part of the Cloud Computing ecosystem. The explosion comes in the form of a report from Forrester Research in which fifteen top Private Cloud solution providers are weighed in the balance...and, in a few cases, found seriously wanting. Forrester has been in the vanguard of Cloud market analysis for a goodly while. Its "Private Cloud Solutions Market Overview" however is the first time that its top Cloud analysts - James Staten and Lauren E. Nelson - have really put top private cloud vendors through their paces. In order to provide greater transparency to its research, Forrester asked all vendors to conduct a demo, going through a series of compulsory steps. The demos were recorded on video. The companies Staten and Nelson chose to focus on were: Abiquo, BMC Software, CA Technolog... (more)

Orchestrated Patch Management for Continuous Availability

If you’ve supported enterprise IT solutions for as long as I have, at some point in time you have most likely witnessed The 3 Immutable Truths of IT Patch Management.  Respect these truths, and you’ll enjoy a stable, manageable datacenter environment.  Ignore these truths, and … well … let’s not even think about those possibilities! The Three Immutable Truths of IT Patch Management All software requires patch updates from time-to-time. All hardware requires firmware updates from time-to-time. If you attempt to dismiss #1 or #2 as being irrelevant to you, you may soon know well one of my favorite quotes: /p> Once we’ve accepted these 3 truths … the questions we have at-hand in enterprise IT management are not “Why apply patches?” nor “How many patches?” And, certainly, we don’t want to be in a situation where we are asking ourselves “How long can I go without applyi... (more)

Getting Productive with Windows Server 2012 (Part 3)

This is the last article of my 3-part blog post series for facilitating experienced Windows system administrators to get productive on Windows Server 2012 with a keyboard and a mouse as the input device. Part 1 and Part 2 are focusing on basic user operations with the new Metro UI. To conclude the series, here are two important facts that one should know when running Windows Server 2012. Again, I want to underscore that Windows Server 2012 is designed with cloud computing in mind, and together with System Center 2012 as the foundation of Microsoft private cloud solutions. For those who are working for becoming a Microsoft private cloud expert, it is imperative to master Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 to develop technical depth in implementing and operating of a private cloud. 11. Wireless Support The same with Windows Server 2008, a default installation ... (more)

Windows Server 2012 Installation Options

New and flexible ways to make changes of a Windows Server 2012 installation after the fact are available. And IT pros can now convert a server from and to Server Core, and change the availability of server components that are previously committed at an installation time. This introduces new dynamics and exciting scenarios for improving supportability, efficiency, and security. This article highlights the three available installation options and some key operations based on the Release Candidate, Build 8400. There is additional information of Windows Server 2012 including: a free eBook, available editions, and a reference table summarizing the available features in each installation option available elsewhere. Server Core This is the default and preferred configuration for deploying Windows Server 2012. Server Core was introduced in Windows Server 2008 as a minimal ... (more)

20 Days of 20 Ways - Migrating to Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

As IT Pros, we absolutely love building with new technology! This month, my fellow IT Pro Technical Evangelists and I have been working together on an article series for Migration and Deployment of Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows Azure and System Center 2012 SP1 to help get you started.  Many of these articles address common questions that I’ve discussed with IT Pros at a number of events, so I’m sure you’ll find this information valuable. In this article, I’ll provide a complete index to all articles in the series, just in case you missed any this month … Hope you enjoy! Series Introduction Introduction to the Migration and Deployment Series by Kevin Remde Deploying and Migrating to Windows 8 Requirements for a Fresh Install of Windows 8 by Harold Wong Free Tools for Windows 8 Deployment ( Light Touch ) by Kevin Remde 5 Steps to Deploying Windows 8 with S... (more)

The Cloud's Next Killer Apps

The public cloud has been promoted as a low cost alternative to physical data center infrastructure, mostly to small and medium-sized businesses. That has driven the creation of a robust category of cloud migration services which has emerged as these smaller businesses have made considerable investments in moving their apps from colocation and data center environments into public clouds. Enterprises, however, have been notably slower to invest in public cloud and cloud migration, at least in proportion to their overall IT budgets.  There are many reasons for the slower enterprise adoption of public loud (IaaS) and they have been discussed extensively. I think what is missing is a more robust discussion of the next killer apps for the cloud; the enterprise game changers. ­­ I think the new cloud killer apps for enterprises will leverage cloud-integrated data cente... (more)

Step-by-Step: Tired of Tapes? Backup SQL Databases to the Cloud

I think every IT Pro I’ve ever met hates tape backups … but having an offsite component in your backup strategy is absolutely necessary for effective disaster recovery.  One of the new features provided in SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1 Cumulative Update 2 is the ability to now backup SQL databases and logs to Windows Azure cloud storage using native SQL Server Backup via both Transact-SQL (T-SQL) and SQL Server Management Objects (SMO). Backup to cloud storage is a natural fit for disaster recovery, as our backups are instantly located offsite when completed.  And, the pay-as-you-go model of cloud storage economics makes it really cost effective – Windows Azure storage costs are less than $100/TB per month for geo-redundant storage based on current published costs as of this article’s date.  That’s less than the cost of a couple SDLT tapes! You can check out our c... (more)

Buzzword Alert: Cloud Service Enabler Versus the Private Cloud

I love it when people call me up out of the blue and start to debate whether there is such a thing as a "private cloud". Today is one of those days, I can't help but wonder if these people think that a cloud infrastructure will somehow magically create itself. Whether it's EC2 or Rackspace, Savvis or Gogrid, at some point there needs to be a single or series software components that enables the creation of the so called "cloud". Recently there seems to be a growing convergence with in the data center combining the best aspects of cloud computing including, SOA, utility, SLA, automation and virtualization into a single unified point of management. (A kind of turn key EC2) In a nutshell this is the opportunity for infrastructure cloud service enablers also know as a "private clouds" such as Enomaly. So what is a Cloud Service Enabler? The fundamental software building b... (more)

Grid Experience Comes to Private Cloud Rescue

More enterprises are looking to the cloud compute model -- both public and private -- to efficiently support myriad applications and data workloads. Platform Computing, a pioneer in high-performance computing (HPC), is now jumping into the fray with a private cloud management platform: Platform ISF. Platform ISF, which becomes the centerpiece of the company's cloud computing strategy, creates a shared IT infrastructure from physical and virtual resource pools, to deliver application hosting environments, according to automated workload and resource scheduling policies. The Markham, Ont. company said its new offering will be released in beta this week, with general availability planned for the fall. Platform ISF leverages Platform’s resource sharing technology, EGO, and its virtual machine orchestrator (VMO), combine to deliver an infrastructure-sharing platform. Platf... (more)

FedEx Deploys an Appistry Cloud

FedEx has built a private cloud using Appistry, an early pioneer in cloud computing, and its CloudIQ application platform. Like most folks, FedEx integrated the cloud into its development and testing environment first to shorten test and deployment times and save money. According to FedEx senior technical architect Mike Rains, the company wanted to escape HP's pricey HP-UX-based Superdome machines for a more distributed, horizontally scalable architecture. It was only getting 20% utilization out of the HP boxes, which had to be replaced every three-four years to stay current. So FedEx shopped around and found Appistry, which has let it switch to cheap commodity hardware and add components as needed. Rains describes the price difference CPU to CPU as "quite substantial" and says the processing performance of FedEx' mission-critical applications has improved. It's also us... (more)

Rackspace Joins the Hosted Private Cloud Business

Rackspace Hosting has gone into the hosted Private Cloud business. It will let customers run a centrally managed VMware virtualization platform on dedicated private hardware in its hosting environment. The company said there's demand from mid-sized and large enterprises for a more flexible and scalable hosting solution and that its stock-in-trade multi-tenant cloud, while flexible and cost-effective, isn't right for every segment. Its new Private Cloud single-tenant architecture offers increased control and security. Rackspace CTO John Engates said, "Rackspace is implementing a true hybrid hosting vision that allows customers to create a blend of the right hosting solutions - from dedicated to multi-tenant cloud to specialized application hosting such as e-mail." Putting a private cloud on Rackspace's infrastructure relieves the customer of having to maintain its ow... (more)