At last. We can retire and give up this life of crime.

When you talk about cloud, a lot of the emphasis on business transformation happens at the customer level. The funny thing is that the first group of players in the cloud market, the technology and service providers, are the ones who are going to feel the need to re-evaluate their businesses first. It will also help determine which of these providers will make it through the early adoption of cloud and continue to be a player in the established cloud market, and who will either end up as an acquisition by one of these organizations or will simply decide to focus on other business lines.

For those who decide to stay in the cloud game, they will need to re-evaluate what role they plan to play in helping organizations adopt cloud technologies and services. Personally, I see the cloud dividing technology providers into two major groups: enablers and providers. Here’s why. Continue reading

I’m not anti-social; I’m just not user friendly.

I read a great article recently pinning cloud solutions versus on-premise to see what the experts anticipate will be the new widely adopted service model. As someone who comes from the on-premise security business, and being in the midst of figuring out the best way to transition traditional solutions to cloud delivered ones, this is a very important argument. After all, just about every organization has used the on-premise model for security, so why is cloud a better decision moving forward? Continue reading

Don’t pay anybody in advance. And don’t ride in anything with a Capissen 38 engine, they fall right out of the sky.

As some of you might have read, NASA has been busy working on their own cloud project, and it’s pretty interesting to see their choices on infrastructure. Why? Simply put, they are building a brand new Web architecture that uses cloud computing, open source tools and social media. This is for not just their internal systems, but for public facing ones. This movement is part of the Open Government effort, but is it a good choice for other organizations and governments? Continue reading

Didja ever look at a dollar bill, man? There’s some spooky s**t goin’ on there. And it’s green too.

 Yesterday the Sand Hill Group and SAP released a report that highlighted the impact that cloud is expected to make on the US and global economy. Aside from billions of dollars being pumped into the economy and poised to save US businesses $625 billion dollars over the next 5 years. So how does cloud actually do this? Continue reading

Your soul-suckin’ days are over, amigo!

At this year’s RSA conference, Trend Micro announced their new Deep Security 8 antivirus solution. What is revolutionary with this product is that it is the first agentless solution, and designed with virtual environments in mind. So why is this such exciting news for the cloud & virtualization world? Continue reading

What… is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

When it comes to writing applications based on APIs, such as AWS or VMware, there is a lot of confusion around whether there is more benefit to build them directly with the API or develop them separately. There is supporting arguments from both sides, so what should organizations looking at cloud know before creating applications? Continue reading

It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we’ve got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark and we’re wearing sunglasses.

With the long weekend looming (well, technically starting today) I thought I would do a nice light post about the state of third party security and virtualization. I still have this debate once and awhile about what is better, vendor integrated solutions such as vShield, or third party solutions from security vendors. So what are the arguments for each side? Continue reading

I guess you picked the wrong god-damned rec room to break into, didn’t you?!

With the recent high-profile breach of Global Payments, information is finally coming to light as to the cause of the breach. Sadly, it seems that ineffective security around authentication was to blame this time. This is in-line with my post the other day about how internal security policies need to educate employees about why passwords and verifying content is so important to maintaining a strong security posture. Unfortunately, it looks like an employee was impersonated through authentication verification questions, giving the unauthorized user access to confidential information including several million credit card numbers. So how can this type of solution be avoided, and more importantly, what kind of cloud solutions exist to help with this challenge? Continue reading

Spock. This child is about to wipe out every living thing on Earth. Now, what do you suggest we do….spank it?

Have you ever suddenly realized that there is a whole part of the community that you sometimes forget exists? For me it’s the school system. Firstly, as someone with no kids, and having said goodbye to University years ago (taking 8 years to finally finish my degree was enough for me!) I have really not much connection to how the education system has evolved over the last 5 years. What kinds of things can be done with cloud to make our education system more effective? I have a few ideas. Continue reading

If I’m not back in five minutes, just wait longer.

Technology Tuesday is upon us once again, and I thought it was timely to talk about Dell’s latest (and certainly not last) acquisition, Wyse. It’s clear that Dell is getting its cloud ducks in a row, last year purchasing MSSP SecureWorks, and more recently SonicWall. So how does Wyse fit into the grand scheme of things? Continue reading