OpenStack Thoughts – Part 1: Key Business Considerations


OpenStack’s huge momentum is undeniable. IBM, RedHat, NetApp, Rackspace, HP, Dell, Cisco, Intel and even VMware have committed significant funds and human resources to this project. But why would companies, that are otherwise competing rather fiercely, sit on one table to build an OpenSource cloud platform? The answer is certainly not “altruism”, as this is [...]



By | April 22nd, 2013|IT Management, Systems Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

The Software Defined Datacenter: Part 4 of 4 – Where We Are Today


Almost one year into the discussion about the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC), it is time to take inventory of the state of the discipline. As a reminder, the ultimate goal of the SDDC is to abstract and centralize the management of compute, network, storage, operating systems, middleware and applications in order to dynamically place [...]



By | March 26th, 2013|IT Management, Systems Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

5 Network Management Resolutions for 2013


For the third year in a row, I will resist the temptation to predict the future of network management, and instead will recommend key focus points that network engineering, management, and operations professionals should keep in mind looking ahead. Last year’s resolutions dealt with cloud, converged infrastructure, VDI, application awareness, and making the shift from [...]



By | January 9th, 2013|IT Management, Jim Frey, Network Management|0 Comments

Cisco Trades In ACE ADC for Citrix NetScaler


In Barcelona, Spain at the Citrix Synergy conference, Cisco and Citrix announced an expansion of their current partnership, built around desktop virtualization, into three new areas including:  cloud networking, cloud orchestration, and mobile workstyles. The expanded partnership will include a significant investment in people and resources to develop the technology, provide integration, and validation of [...]



By | October 22nd, 2012|IT Management, Network Management, Tracy Corbo|0 Comments

The Software-Defined Datacenter: Part 3 of 4 – Questions and Battlefields


After talking about the “grand vision” of the Software Defined Datacenter (SDD) in part 1 of this series and discussing the individual components required to build out the SDD in part 2, this third part will be all about the three core challenges and controversies: Blades vs. Pizza Boxes The miniaturized design of blade servers, [...]



By | September 24th, 2012|IT Management, Systems Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

The Software-Defined Datacenter: Part 1 of 4 – The Basics


The ultimate goal of the Software-Defined Datacenter (SDD), a term coined only a few months ago by VMware’s Steve Herrod, is to centrally control all aspects of the data center – compute, networking, storage – through hardware-independent management and virtualization software. This software will also provide the advanced features that currently constitute the main differentiators [...]



By | August 16th, 2012|IT Management, Systems Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments
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