Month: February 2012

Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others.

With RSA’s conference going on this week, there is a lot of focus on new cloud services and how enterprises must start to adopt these new business models. But what they don’t emphasize is that cloud isn’t a silver bullet fix. You don’t simply overnight your entire business to cloud infrastructures. In fact, if you see it as a way to consolidate your services through staged approaches, you’ll see that it makes more sense in many cases. (more…)

I’m a leaf on the wind…watch how I soar!

I recently met with a Canadian cloud innovator, DataGardens, to provide some input on how their solutions would benefit different market segments, and be used for different key continuity and security functions. If you haven’t heard of DataGardens (I have to admit, I wasn’t familiar with them either) or their flagship solution, DataGardens WAVE, you might want to take a look at them again. Especially if you have need for virtualization or cloud business continuity services. (more…)

Well, all the jokes can’t be good. You’ve got to expect that once in a while.

Organizations are busy working on creating cloud migration paths for their current applications and data stores, assuming that these systems can easily be ported. What is often overlooked is that most applications weren’t created with the cloud in mind, so expecting them to scale to cloud environments isn’t realistic. Unless you have the team to rewrite these applications for running in virtualized or cloud environments, the movement to a cloud model will need to be done in several steps up a steep learning curve. (more…)

Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?

Do you feel like no matter how much you invest in IT security, you are losing the battle? There has been a lot of talk that security specialists are facing an uphill battle for the foreseeable future thanks to the speed of mobile device evolution and cloud development. Personally, I feel the pain of security folks. Virtualization has made things more complicated, and now with tablets and smartphones, it’s never going to return back to the network security days. But there is something that cloud is bringing to security that will make it easier for security folks, and that is Big Data. (more…)

I find your lack of faith disturbing.

I stumbled upon a post via Twitter the other day from Scott Lowe of Tech Republic on IDV (yes, I thought at first I was getting a mild case of dyslexia, but no, it is IDV) and the difference between VDI and IDV. IDV stands for Intelligent Desktop Virtualization and although it essentially delivers the same idea as Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) it’s actually not just more efficient, it’s really quite brilliant. (more…)

Michael, I did nothing. I did absolutely nothing, and it was everything that I thought it could be.

It seems like the in the last few years, every single service provider has been scratching their head and thinking “how do we sell to the SMBs?”. I’m not talking just cloud providers, but most businesses in general. Part of it is that in Canada, while there are some significantly large enterprises, the majority of organizations fit into the traditional SMB definition. But the question is, will cloud help us finally get enterprise-class solutions to those customers? (more…)

I’m going to give you a little advice. There’s a force in the universe that makes things happen. And all you have to do is get in touch with it, stop thinking, let things happen, and be the ball.

It’s Technology Tuesday yet again, and I wanted to cover the latest news around EMC’s security arm, RSA. RSA had a lot of attention in 2011, mostly around their SecureID breach, but it gave them an opportunity to step back and focus on where the next move would take them. Last month, RSA Security executives announced that that move would focus on three key areas, anti-threat, mobility and cloud security. We’ve seen RSA partner with hardware manufacturers before (anyone look at their Wii? There’s a nice RSA logo on the console), so partnering with one of the most dynamic hardware industries is a very smart move for the EMC folks. (more…)