Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship

Continuing on my last post, I wanted to take some time to examine the role of Cloud Business Brokers (I was going to jump into Technical Cloud Brokers, but well, call me spontaneous), and how, like other broker models, they can provide valuable service to organizations to are looking to transition to cloud methodology, or who want to augment their existing build.

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You don’t understand. I want to be surprised…astonish me, sport, new info, don’t care where or how you get it, just get it…

This week I am going to be speaking here in Toronto at a health-focused cloud meetup on the topic of cloud brokerage.  As an early advocate for cloud brokerage, I’ve always recommended organizations to look at this type of model as an alternative to purchasing cloud services directly from service providers.  So what is cloud brokerage and why should you revisit this type of service model? Continue reading

There’ll be a flood or a drought. and everyone will blame me for it.

Thanks to the power of nature, most of the Toronto area got a bit of a taste of what our friends out in Alberta dealt with a few weeks ago.  Not as extreme, but with a blackout that took out a good chunk of power to the suburbs for a few hours, and a downtown core still cleaning up all the water damage, it’s a great time to discuss disaster recovery and telecommuting. Continue reading

Greetings, my friend. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future.

As someone who spends a lot of time perusing both Reddit and the now sadly defunct Google Reader (RIP!), I’m not personally surprised to start seeing a lot of discussions around whether corporations who outsource cloud storage or other services to third parties should be worried about privacy risks.

For example, an article this morning from the folks over at ZD brings up some great points about both the pros and cons about the great cloud race and how it could ultimately affect how data ownership is perceived. Continue reading

Please, Captain, not in front of the Klingons.

Technology Tuesday is upon us once again, and while I was hoping to use it to get the word out about a bunch of other cool stuff that is going on to contribute to the Cloud-scape, especially in Security, I decided with the Olympics underway, it was a good time to shine the light on what Canada is up to. Continue reading

Let me explain something to you, Walsh. This business requires a certain amount of finesse.

It’s rare that I get excited about solutions. Yeah, we can say it’s the geeky side of me that can appreciate how good technology operates, but there are very few things that I come across that I think have a huge potential to change (read: simplify) next generation network visibility. Meet Centerity Monitor, a next generation tool to give you visibility into all types of environments. Continue reading

The wonderful world of space travel… The prettier it looks, the more likely it is to kill you.

Today’s post has less to do with Cloud than it has to do with how technology in general is changing things. Those of you who have the joy of putting up with me in real life know that I do a lot of work with various musicians, and so following the music industry trends as they relate to cloud has been a hobby of mine.

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