As Lab Manager Goes Away….

The big VMWorld 2011 event in Las Vegas is over – fortunately, my hotel room was not left with a goat, Mike Tyson, a lion sleeping on the bed or anything of the sort. Or, at least, that I’m aware of.  While it was a fantastic event, filled with a ton of excitement, the message

Wrangling an out of control cloud with notification and usage limits

Now that I’ve shifted the majority of my day-to-day workflow to the cloud it’s easier than ever to have custom environments for each project I’m working on. I still use Google Docs for most document creation and project tracking (lesson learned from an earlier hard drive failure) but for my demo environments, which involve complicated

7 Habits of Highly Effective Cloud Architects – Part Three

Lat week we posted part two of our series: 7 Habits of Highly Effective Cloud Architects. This week we will cover habits 6 and 7. Habit #6: Let your users share IT environments; be sure to manage user roles A big part of being agile in software development is the ability for developers, test engineers and support

7 Habits of Highly Effective Cloud Architects – Part Two

Lat week we posted part one of our series: 7 Habits of Highly Effective Cloud Architects. This week we will cover habits 3 through 5. Habit #3: Empower your users with self-service & create internal evangelists As an IT architect, teams count on you to drive rapid innovation within your organization.  Cloud computing promises to

7 Habits of Highly Effective Cloud Architects – Part One

In today’s ever changing IT organization, many IT Architects are evaluating popular cloud services to manage their dynamic workloads. All too often they quickly discover that most popular cloud services present a thorny dilemma: Commodity infrastructure services offer scalability and low cost resources, but they require applications to be rewritten to proprietary formats and APIs

Business Technology Optimization (BTO) and the Hybrid Cloud

When I was a pre-sales engineer at Mercury (before the HP acquisition), we had coined an acronym called BTO, or Business Technology Optimization. BTO essentially defined a new category of products and services that helped align IT and IT Operations with the needs of the business. Mercury got acquired by HP soon after, which caused

Why You Need to Transition Your IT Sandbox Environments to the Cloud

Today’s IT managers are facing a classic conundrum. On the one hand, we all recognize that IT sandbox environments are an emerging necessity. Companies increasingly need a place for dynamic workloads, such as migration and software evaluations, security testing, pre-production test beds, training sessions and IT labs.  And yet, these IT sandbox environments typically aren’t

Top 5 Reasons to Have a Cloud Strategist on Staff

The Cloud Strategist is a relatively new role with many companies that I have seen act as a pivotal piece in contemporary IT departments. This position will continue to play significant roles in mid to large IT Organizations in the years to come as more companies adopt the cloud for various areas of their business.

Five Must Haves For A Successful Hybrid Cloud Implementation

Businesses have spent millions of dollars to create optimized data centers that contain important business policies and corporate data. At the same time, functional users are racing to adopt the cloud model for application dev/test, migration, training and IT sandbox purposes. IT leaders are often faced with the pressures of enabling users with cloud based

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