Cloud Systems Management

September 17, 2019 VMware Acquires Carbon Black for $2.1 Billion

VMware acquires Carbon Black, a cloud-based endpoint protection solution, at $26 per share, representing an enterprise value of $2.1 billion.

August 30, 2019 AWS Improves Container Monitoring, Part 1: Observability

AWS is previewing new services that aim to make it easier for customers to monitor containerized applications built using microservice architectures. This should help simplify container operations in the cloud for AWS users.

August 30, 2019 AWS Improves Container Monitoring, Part 2: Container Insights

AWS is previewing Container Insights, a CloudWatch component that allows for greater visibility into containerized applications using microservice architectures.

August 30, 2019 AWS Improves Container Monitoring, Part 3: Anomaly Detection

AWS is previewing Anomaly Detection, a CloudWatch component that allows for greater visibility into containerized applications using microservice architectures.

August 21, 2019 Microsoft to Discontinue Internal Use Rights for Partners

Microsoft has just announced that effective July 1, 2020, Microsoft Partners will lose their Internal Use Rights (IUR) to use Microsoft products at no charge. The IUR benefit is easily the most valuable partner benefit and is currently received as a component of the Microsoft Action Pack.

August 13, 2019 Capital One’s Cloud Custodian: A Surprising Answer to Governance Questions

Capital One’s Cloud Custodian is an open source governance, security, and compliance engine for cloud services that will give users the tools necessary to enforce cloud governance – a necessity in highly regulated industries like finance.

July 22, 2019 ServiceNow and Microsoft Partnership: Great for ServiceNow and Microsoft Customers, Great for Vendor Lock-In

ServiceNow and Microsoft are furthering their partnership by hosting the Now platform in the Azure-trusted cloud. These features and integrations are powerful, but comes at the price of vendor lock-in.

April 25, 2019 VMware RA Combines Workspace ONE and Horizon

VMware’s end-user computing team unveiled the latest reference architecture (RA) for Workspace ONE and Horizon. Use it to kick-start a continual improvement program.

April 22, 2019 Spirion Swipes Cybersecurity Gold for Data Classification

At the RSA Conference earlier this month, Spirion announced it had won the Gold Cybersecurity Excellence Product Award in the Data Classification category.

April 15, 2019 "We Won't Lock You In, We Promise": Google's Anthos Platform

Google touts the avoidance of vendor lock-in as a key benefit of its new Anthos platform.

April 05, 2019 The Intelligence Cloud? The US Intelligence Community (IC) Announces Multi-Cloud Push

The US Intelligence Community (IC), including the CIA and NSA, has an obvious need for the latest analytical technology. That exists in the public cloud. The IC recognizes this and will procure “tens of billions” of dollars in public cloud services by 2021.

March 25, 2019 Google Bets Its Chrome-Based Cloud Gaming Service Will Change the Game

Google Stadia is mainstreaming the “everything-as-a-service” model already familiar to many consumers and businesses. As such, it is a frontal assault on one of the last bastions of traditional software distribution.

March 22, 2019 Windows 10 Multi-Session Is Now in Azure

Microsoft has finally released the public preview of Windows Virtual Desktop. Before you make a large end-user computing investment, give it a try.

March 20, 2019 VMware Cloud on AWS Now Available in Canada

VMware Cloud on AWS is now available on Amazon’s Canadian (central region) data centers. VMware-invested Canadian organizations with large-scale cloud migration plans – but concerns about data location in Canada – should welcome the move.

March 01, 2019 The XebiaLabs Application Release Automation Tool, “XL Release,” Gains ServiceNow Certification

XebiaLabs has announced that it has received certification of its new XL Release app integrating ServiceNow and the XebiaLabs DevOps Platform. The integration enables shift-left agility, governance, and visibility for DevOps and Continuous Delivery, and is available for free from the ServiceNow Store.

February 21, 2019 The Private Cloud Is Not What You Think

They say hybrid cloud is the future. (Whoever “they” are!) Hybrid is typically some combination of private cloud and public cloud. However, if your definition of private cloud is a bunch of virtual servers in a data center, you are likely missing the boat.

August 23, 2018 Serverless Computing: Cool Technology With a Confusing Name

Last year the hot buzzy term in cloud computing was “containers.” This year it is “serverless computing” (though containers remain hot). Serverless is a silly name but beyond the confusing term is an application architecture with real potential for agile app development and cost efficiency.

August 20, 2018 Disaster Recovery Is a Cloud Gateway Drug

Through cloud disaster recovery an organization will not only create a cloud-based recovery capability but also learn a lot about the real benefits and costs migrating to cloud Infrastructure as a Service. But this is not a substitute for a comprehensive migration strategy.

December 07, 2017 Puzzle Solving for Hybrid-Cloud, Multi-Cloud, and Containers in a Virtual World

With the advent of containers in the emerging technology space and accompanying market excitement, there is much confusion over how to manage applications in legacy virtualized environments. Compound this with the ever-increasing number of converged and hyper-converged offerings, and CIOs may be left scratching their heads. This note contrasts the go-to market strategies of VMware and Nutanix to illustrate two viable, but competing, approaches to the management of application workloads in the future. The key takeaway is that CIOs need to start planning for the long term now or risk defaulting to their incumbent vendors’ aspirations.