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Nutanix Enterprise Cloud for DevOps DevOps is often described as a combination of technology and culture. Without both, DevOps isn't complete. However, applying the culture to outdated technology is a recipe for disaster; as response times grow and connections between teams are delayed by technology, the culture will die. A Nutanix Enterprise Cloud has many benefits that provide the needed base for a true DevOps paradigm. In his general session at 20th Cloud Expo, Chris Brown, a Solutions Marketing Manager at Nutanix, will explore the ways that Nutanix technologies empower teams to react faster than ever before and connect teams in ways that were either too complex or simply impossible with traditional infrastructures. Speaker Bio Chris Brown is a Solutions Marketing Manager at Nutanix. He has 6 years of IT experience, with the majority of that time being spent in ... (more)

Amazon AWS and the Public Cloud Paradox

When VMware announced its hybrid cloud initiative it made perfect sense.  The hybrid cloud market could provide substantial growth opportunities for VMware, as discussed in VMware Crosses the Rubicon and Hybrid is a Whole New Cloud.  Yet one respected tech analyst has recently suggested that VMware's hybrid cloud may be too late. Amazon (AMZN) could be the clearest benefactor of the hybrid cloud operating model if it accelerates the enterprise adoption of off premise cloud services, especially if it occurs before VMware (or Microsoft) is ready with an equivalent offering. As discussed previously, the total addressable market for VMware server virtualization and private cloud is about $50B dollars, per a VMware presentation made late in 2012.  Amazon’s AWS revenues, representing an estimated 90% of the public cloud market, were under $3B.  This suggests a wide gulf... (more)

Has Your Enterprise Cloud Hit a Brick Wall?

You can design a great enterprise cloud network, but it will be very restricted if you are in a building that does not support broadband connectivity or mission-critical applications. What good is a multi-gigabit design if your connection to the central office is not fiber? Or redundant? Can you even have a mission-critical network if you only have one connection to one central office? Here are five ways to tell if your building is obsolete. Excerpt from James Carlini's upcoming book, Location, Location, Connectivity : How receptive is your building to all the new connectivity technology exploding onto the market? Have your smartphone with you? Does it work well in your building? What about your applications running on your enterprise network? Are you getting the speeds you need to compete in the 21st century? Or are you stuck with 20th century connectivity becaus... (more)

Revisiting Enterprise Mobility and 4D Strategies

In this article I want to revisit the subject of the 4th dimension as it relates to enterprise mobility and and its importance to many industries and business processes. First, let's review our definition of 3D and 4D. Three dimensional is made up of length, width and height in one context, or latitude, longitude and altitude in a geographic context.  With GPS coordinates you can find and identify a location on the earth or map. The challenge, however, is that in the real-world, people and resources aren't stationary.  They move all over the place.  Knowing their location is only useful if you know the "time" they were at that location. Time is the fourth dimension. Latitude, longitude, altitude and time are the 4 dimensions we will be reviewing. Knowing locations and times are critical to managing real-time operations.  The power of real-time business analytics is be... (more)

The Business Transformation Big Bang Battle Zone

This post is sponsored by The Business Value Exchange and HP Enterprise Services We are all aware that business needs to change into business 2.0 today - or even some version of business 3.0 if you truly want to start placing new social and semantically-aware labels on the modern business model of today. It sounds simple enough on paper doesn't it? Bring in and deploy new collaborative and connected workflow models with new (very often) cloud-based underbellies that drive new business efficiencies on all sides. Sisyphean Trials But, in reality, The Sisyphean trial toward business transformation Nirvana is beset on all sides by the inequities of modern business. One of the most prevalent and obvious real-world obstacles to business transformation is the fact that modern businesses are typically built around a complex array of disconnected and often competing individu... (more)

Best Practices for DevOps Success By @JackieKahle | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Four Best Practices for DevOps Success Much of what is written about DevOps focuses on the development team and on making things faster. And the ops team is thinking, "Whoa, slow down! We need to ensure there's quality, so going fast with poor quality doesn't help." So dev and ops are immediately at odds with each other, because their goals are different. You want to center all teams around the common objective of having a predictable and reliable customer experience. That's just not a coding issue. There is a difference between quality of code and quality of experience, and what really matters to an organization is quality of experience. Dev, ops, and testing all succeed together in creating a quality experience, or they fail together. Achieving DevOps success requires coordination across different IT department workflows, and poses a challenge for many organizat... (more)

Security & Mobile Experience Are Symbiotic By @JackieKahle | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

A new report sponsored by CA Technologies examines how IT and business leaders aim to sync the security and mobile user experience. CA Technologies’ latest research determines that though top concerns of IT Security practices include the elimination of breaches, data protection and identities – mobility customer experience, in fact, ranks number two in top security priorities. Yes, that really says 42% of respondents say improving mobile customer experience is a top priority for their organization, which is a great thing. After all, did you see how many iPhones Apple sold last quarter? That’s a lot of mobile devices being used for commerce, data collection, work and play. And latest research sees it having an impact on security practices. Digging a little deeper into the results brings more encouraging data: Controllers rank improving mobile customer experience sl... (more)

Deploy a Private Cloud in Minutes | @CloudExpo @Accelerite #Cloud

Zero to Cloud in 60 Minutes The cloud market growth today is largely in public clouds. While there is a lot of spend in IT departments in virtualization, these aren't yet translating into a true "cloud" experience within the enterprise. What is stopping the growth of the "private cloud" market? In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Nara Rajagopalan, CEO of Accelerite, will explore the challenges in deploying, managing, and getting adoption for a private cloud within an enterprise. What are the key differences between what is available in the public cloud and the early private clouds? He will also introduce their approach to solving the problem - how do we get an enterprise to deploy a private cloud in minutes that can compete with any public cloud in terms of functionality, cost and ease-of-use? Speaker Bio Nara Rajagopalan is CEO of Accelerite. He is a techno... (more)

Open Government Clouds

You wouldn't typically combine the words 'Government' and 'Innovation' in the same sentence, but actually it's the ideal way to highlight some of the most essential and exciting points about Cloud computing. Although the technology can lower operational costs by moving processes 'into the Cloud', up to 90% in some cases of government adoption, it's not the full extent of the benefits. It can also go hand in hand with 'Open Transformation' of the processes themselves, utilizing "Crowdsourcing" approaches to fully leverage all aspects of what modern technology offers. Cloud Bursting Efficiency The key ROI dynamics of Cloud are elasticity and new technology adoption. IT organizations can improve their cash flow by avoiding lots of unnecessary hardware capital costs, and they can break 'Innovation Gridlock' by opening up Web 2.0 type environments to users and developers t... (more)

Comprehensive Communications Platforms Disrupt the Enterprise Video Market

When I look back on the video communications industry in 2010, I note a marked shift among our customers toward a "single solution" model. There are literally hundreds of manufacturers delivering video streaming, video on-demand (VoD), and digital signage solutions in the marketplace. Add to that the several manufacturers delivering solutions compatible with H.323 video conferencing and for technology buyers, it's just too much. For companies that are looking to maximize the use of video communications, it's come down to the fact that there are too many vendors and technologies to manage. Now, more than ever, our clients are looking for one comprehensive solution that effectively brings all of these components together. While there are established vendors including Cisco and Polycom that can provide all the capabilities, only a few vendors, such as BurstPoint Networ... (more)

How Cloud Computing Is Changing Business Commerce

Cloud computing is changing the rules of the game for many industries. Every day we hear compelling stories about how banks use cloud-based solutions to help customers pay bills online, health care institutions tap cloud networks to collaborate on medical care, and colleges leverage technology to create virtual classrooms. Cloud computing hasn't had a huge effect on business commerce. Despite billions spent on technologies to streamline the process, business commerce has been remarkably resilient to technological progress. Commerce collaboration between companies is still weighed down by paper-based processes and outmoded operating infrastructures. In fact, more than 80 percent of business-to-business commerce transactions are completed manually, and companies still send 85 percent of invoices and payments on paper. Things are changing. With increasing frequency, co... (more)