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Indeed the anticipated and most likely approach for organisations next year will not be a decision of whether to utilise a large existent infrastructure investment or a scalable on demand public cloud service but rather the most effective strategy to leverage both. Despite all the mar...
A converged infrastructure should incorporate a release certification matrix that validates all of the patches, maintenance and upgrades of all of the product’s components throughout its lifecycle. Many public sector organisations are not changing their ICT legacy systems. As a result...
First and foremost you can’t have a successful software-defined model if your team still have a hardware-defined mentality. Change is inevitable and whether it's embraced or not it will happen. For experienced CIOs this is not the first time they've experienced this technological and c...
Considering most organisations have still not fully virtualized or moved towards a true Private Cloud model, SDDC is still in its infancy in terms of mainstream adoption and certainly won't be an overnight process. While typical early adopters are advancing quickly down the software-de...
The term "software defined" has taken many forms in recent months from Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC), Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) to even component vendors adopting the tagline to exalt their own agenda with Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Software Defined Storage ...
When you think Cloud, whether Private or Public, one of the key advantages that comes to mind is speed of deployment. All businesses crave the ability to simply go to a service portal, define their infrastructure requirements and immediately have a platform ready for their new applicat...
When you haven't got time to cook a meal there really is nothing like the convenience of picking up the phone and dialing for a home delivery kebab. You go online choose the meal deal you want and 30 minutes later there's a ring at your doorbell. So when one of our customers asked if V...
The DevOps methodology is a straightforward and obvious initiative to cater for the changing face of application development and deployment. Despite this it’s greatest challenge lies within people and their willingness to change. For most organisations application releases are analog...
There's still a need for a more focused and refined understanding of what Cloud service level agreements should be and ultimately a more concerted approach towards the applications. So while neologisms such as speed, agility and flexibility remain synonymous with Cloud Computing, its s...
One of the major criticisms of private clouds is that the end user still has to build, manage and maintain the infrastructure to the extent that they are continuing the ‘keeping the lights on’ approach of IT. Ultimately this lacks the economic benefit that makes cloud computing such an...
SAP HANA promised to not just make databases dramatically faster like traditional business warehouse accelerator systems but instead speed up the front end, enabling companies to run arbitrary, complex queries on billions of records in a matter of seconds as opposed to hours. The vendo...
A CIO should not be concerned with buying technology from different silos and vendors but instead acquiring solutions that solve business problems. Long gone are the days when it was acceptable for a CIO to proudly boast the magnitude of their data centres and the large technology grow...
What if the approach to infrastructure was one of a green fields approach or seamless migration to a pretested, pre-validated, pre-integrated, prebuilt and preconfigured product, i.e., a true Converged Infrastructure? What impact could that possibly have on the success of Visible Ops a...
Is VMware slowly becoming the new Oracle? That was the question being asked after the backlash to their initial vRAM licensing model at the launch of vSphere 5. With VMware's somewhat quick retraction, it was ensured that any unsavoury Larry Ellison comparisons were quickly put to bed....
There’s been a cacophony of hyperbole and at times marketing fluff from vendors and analysts with regards to Reference Architectures and Converged Infrastructures. As IBM launched PureSystems, NetApp & Cisco decided it was also a good time to reiterate their strong partnership with Fle...
Back in March 2009, when Cisco announced the launch of their UCS platform and subsequent intention to enter the world of server hardware, eyebrows were raised including my own. There was never any disputing that the platform would be adopted by some customers, certainly after seeing ho...
vSphere 6.0 - What's Needed? - The new vSphere 5.0 storage features such as VAAI, Storage DRS, Site Recovery Manager 5 and VASA, highlight the fact that whether on a virtualized or non-virtualized platform, application performance is heavily affected by its underlying storage infrast...
Yearly prediction blogs are so clichéd hence why I’ve always tried to avoid writing one. Despite this I’ve always made a mental note of technology, products or companies that I thought were going to really do well in the upcoming year. Back in 2008 I felt VMware were going to really ta...
2011 was a year where despite the economic constraints everything Big was seemingly good: Big Data, Big Clouds, Big VMs, etc. Caught in the industry's lust for this excess, 2011 was also the year I lost count of how many overprovisioned resources to ‘Big' Production VMs I witnessed. Mo...
Roll back several years and certain vendors had you believe that Fibre Channel was dead and that the future would be iSCSI. A few years later and certain vendors were then declaring that Fibre Channel was dead again and that the future was FCoE. So while this blog is not a iSCSI vs FC ...
Hence no surprise that when the seemingly simple concept of Cloud Computing took off, so did the emergence of an abundance of acronyms and synonyms reaping a new breed of I.T. professionals who were the only ones that could correctly understand them i.e. ‘The Cloud Specialist’. Despit...
The launch of vSphere 5 and its new storage related features will set the precedent for a complete rethink on how a new datacenter’s storage infrastructure should be designed and deployed. vSphere 5’s launch is not only an unabashed attempt at cornering every single aspect of the serve...
Virtualization and the Cloud have brought unprecedented benefits but they’ve also brought challenges. One such challenge that is dangerously being overlooked is that of the silos that exist within most IT infrastructures. Indeed it’s the silos that have led to the new phenomenon that i...
VP of Operations concludes, “I get it! We’ve been investing in hardware worth more than a million pounds to bring the performance latency of our Datawarehouse down by 10 milliseconds when all the time I just needed to replace a cable!” In this last week of customer visits I was astoun...
There is a common myth that FC SAN is expensive, difficult to manage and troubleshoot. Coupled with this there are heavily marketed agendas to move customers away from FC SAN to new and allegedly more cost effective solutions. But what if there was a way to... Reduce the amount of p...
Storage is often automatically pinpointed as the source of all problems. From System Admins, DBAs, Network guys to Application owners, all are quickly ready to point the figure at SAN Storage given the slightest hint of any performance degradation. Not really surprising though, conside...
It’s falsely assumed that VMware is the source of many performance problems since it is relatively new in the datacenter. Others will claim it’s not VMware but the underlying storage. To break this cycle there are now many new acronyms being introduced to the SAN Storage / VMware envir...
It's common for Storage Administrators to be blamed from the offset when any performance problems occur. They are then forced into spending hours trying to disprove the false accusations only to be left with a mysterious 10% of the puzzle, namely the SAN fabric.Being told that flopping...
Virtualization and cloud computing certainly get a lot of hype. But how is that being translated into actual usage by enterprises? A recent survey looked into just how deep the penetration really is, as well as what functions companies were virtualizing and sending to the cloud. More...
Back in 2004 HDS launched the USP, which was then followed by the great but not so radically different USP-V in 2007. Within that same time frame, HDS’ main rival in the Enterprise Storage market EMC, busily went about launching the Symmetrix DMX-3, then the DMX-4 and most recently the...
Fibre size issue examples can be seen in our experience with a couple of customers, who, even with normal safeguards, found themselves with problems that were due simply to mixing 62.5 and 50 micron fibre sizes. Even for customers who understand the issues, unclear or incomplete infra...
The former Symantec CEO now heading up Virtual Instruments compares the science of viewing application performance on a virtual machine to the dark art of viewing its SAN I/O. Over 40 years, John Thompson, former CEO of Symantec, has watched basic changes periodically sweep the comput...
A wise man once told me that if there were a major car crash further up the highway, having a faster car would only get me to the accident quicker. Obvious right? Not so it seems when the wisdom of these words is applied to the analogy of the growing number of SAN infrastructures curre...
Having witnessed the financial rewards of server virtualization, enterprises are now taking note of the benefits and usage of virtualization to support their desktop workloads. Consolidation, centralization are now no longer buzz words which were once used for marketing spin but are in...
It’s rare to find a solution or product in the storage and virtualization market that can truly be regarded as unique. More often than not most new developments fall victim to what I term the ‘six month catch up’ syndrome in which a vendor brings out a new feature only for its main com...
In the same way that server virtualisation exposed the under utilization of physical server CPU and Memory, the VirtualWisdom solution is doing the same for the SAN. While vendors are more than pleased to further sell more upgraded modules packed with ports for their enterprise directo...
PCs are part of everyday life in just about every organization. First there’s the purchase of the hardware and the necessary software followed by an inventory recorded and maintained by the IT department. Then normal procedure would dictate that the same IT department would then instal...
Having witnessed the financial rewards of server virtualization, enterprises are now taking note of the benefits and usage of virtualization to support their desktop workloads. Consolidation, centralization are now no longer buzz words which were once used for marketing spin but are in...
PCs are part of everyday life in just about every organization. First there's the purchase of the hardware and the necessary software followed by an inventory recorded and maintained by the IT department. Then normal procedure would dictate that the same IT department would then instal...
When faced with a tirade of client consultations and disaster recovery proposals/assessments, you can't help but be inundated with opportunities to showcase the benefits of server virtualization and more specifically VMware's Site Recovery Manager. It's a given that if an environment h...