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Success with Hybrid Cloud: Benefits for the Oil & Gas Industry
In this post I’m going to look at how enterprises in the Oil & Gas industry are successfully operating Hybrid Clouds. As a quick refresher on this series, my goal with each of these posts has been to take a close look at the definition of a Hybrid Cloud , explain our perspective on why a Hybrid environment...
31 Jan 2014
Success with Hybrid Cloud: How Retailers Benefit
Throughout this series I’ve taken a close look at the definition of a Hybrid Cloud , our perspective on why a Hybrid environment is so valuable , and a piece-by-piece look at the solutions and tools that constitute a Hybrid Cloud . All of this was followed by an equally detailed look at how to plan ...
23 Jan 2014
Success with Hybrid Cloud: Saving Time & Money with a Hybrid Cloud
Over the course of this Success with Hybrid Cloud series we’ve covered the structure behind a hybrid environment and the best practices to plan , build , deploy , and operate one. For any organization, the Hybrid Cloud effectively combines an enterprise’s on-premises infrastructure with that of cloud...
20 Jan 2014
Success with Hybrid Cloud: Best Practices for Operating Your Hybrid Cloud
Over the last three “Best Practices” posts, I’ve looked at how to Plan , Build , and Deploy a Hybrid Cloud – and, now that your Hybrid Cloud is up and running, it’s time to look at how to keep it running in peak form and with optimum, high-performance results. In this post I’ll examine two critical aspects...
9 Jan 2014
Success with Hybrid Cloud: Best Practices for Deploying a Hybrid Cloud
Over the last two “Best Practices” posts, I’ve looked at how to Plan and Build a Hybrid Cloud, and with these technical exercises complete, this post will focus on the best practices for deploying this carefully planned and built Hybrid Environment. In this post, I’ll examine some critical items for...
19 Dec 2013
Success with Hybrid Cloud: Best Practices for Building a Hybrid Cloud
In the last post we discussed in great detail the process of carefully planning your Hybrid Cloud . The planning process is vital, and in this post we’ll see the time spent planning really start to pay off. In this post I’ll discuss the 4 Steps that I believe are crucial when Building any Hybrid environment...
16 Dec 2013
Success with Hybrid Cloud: Best Practices for Planning Your Hybrid Cloud
This might seem like an overly obvious statement, but it is worth emphasizing: The early planning stages of your Hybrid Cloud strategy are some of the most important discussions that IT leaders and implementers can have. The majority of the CIOs I’ve spoken to over the last year tell me that they are...
5 Dec 2013
What’s New in 2012 R2: Enabling Open Source Software
Part 4 of a 9-part series . The Common Engineering Criteria (CEC) that I’ve talked about in previous posts have been instrumental in ensuring that the teams contributing to 2012 R2 met rigorous and specific criteria in areas like Manageability, Virtualization Readiness, Data Center & Enterprise...
24 Jul 2013
Success with Hybrid Cloud: The Components of a Hybrid Cloud
For a lot of IT pros, the last two posts ( here and here ) have been a nice overview of the Hybrid Cloud model, but they’ve been waiting to get technical. Starting with this post, I’ll begin a deep look at the specific technology that supports and maximizes Hybrid Clouds, as well as the tools available...
20 Nov 2013
What’s New in 2012 R2: Cloud-integrated Disaster Recovery
Part 7 of a 9-part series . Today’s post is the 2nd of two sections; to read the first half, click here . As an industry we have worked on disaster recovery (DR) and high availability (HA) solutions for – well, it seems like forever. There has been a lot of good work...
14 Aug 2013
What’s New in 2012 R2: Service Provider & Tenant IaaS Experience
Part 5 of a 9-part series . Today’s post is the 2nd of two sections; to read the first half, click here . I recently had an opportunity to speak with a number of leaders from the former VMWare User Group (VMUG), and it was an incredibly educational experience. I say “former” because...
1 Aug 2013
What’s New in 2012 R2: Enabling Modern Apps with the Windows Azure Pack
Part 8 of a 9-part series . Don’t let the title fool you – this post is critically important for Developers and IT pros. The reason I call out this warning up front is that often, when I’m speaking at conferences around the world, as soon as I start to discuss the developer perspective and developer...
21 Aug 2013
Episode 6 of the ‘In the Cloud’ podcast: High Availability
In this episode, I take a look at the topic of high availability, back up, and disaster recovery. These are incredibly important topics for businesses that depend on consistent access to corporate data, and whose customer base insists on avoiding any downtime. Regular readers of the blog...
10 May 2013
What’s New in 2012 R2: Hybrid Networking
Part 7 of a 9-part series . Today’s post is the first of two sections; to read the second half, click here . One of the foundational requirements we called out in the 2012 R2 vision document was our promise to help you transform the datacenter. A core part of delivering on that promise is enabling Hybrid...
14 Aug 2013
Data Visualization for IT: System Center Ops Manager Dashboards
One of the most important things an IT department can do for itself is demonstrate its value to business leaders clearly and regularly. The easiest way to do this is with a dynamic, real-time dashboard view of the IT operation. The bad news is that accurate, functional, and responsive dashboards have...
2 May 2013
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