As VM automation becomes more and more predominant in cloud environments, the issue of abstraction becomes more important. Consider if you will, an infrastructure in which the creation and management of VMs is fully automated. Now put all those applications and information and VMs in one big cloud that is all self-sufficient and constantly moving around due to load balancing and other automated processes. Then, add in cloud applications, plugins, security and anything else that could possibly run in that environment. Then, connect it all up so that every part of the infrastructure is inter-dependent and connects through a broker. And for fun’s sake, let’s assume there is a memory leak on one of the servers and your start losing VMs. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
One of the most frustrating things for me personally is the hype that surrounds cloud and the way it overshadows the true benefits and issues of a cloud model. I am sure I am not the only one who is greeted with so much eye rolling when I mention the word cloud that it feels like I stepped into bad movie about exorcism.
But that doesn’t mean that no one cares about cloud, I wouldn’t have a blog if that were true. Disaster Recovery is a perfect example of where people start to listen to talk about cloud models, after all, if you subscribe to only one cloud-based service, there is a good chance its a DR one. Disaster Recovery is one of those services that highlights the reasons that cloud isn’t going anywhere, but it also puts the complicated learning curve of cloud in the spotlight. Continue reading
If you’ve been on any cloud or virtualization site lately, you’ve probably seen the picture of a bright yellow elephant staring you down. The Hadoop elephant to be precise. Apache’s Hadoop is considered to be one of the most important technologies in the transition to large scale cloud environments. In fact, Yahoo! has been the largest contributor to Hadoop and uses it across their entire organization, as does Facebook. So here is a brief introduction to this large-scale software framework. Continue reading