When it comes to IT infrastructure, there are some big differences in the
needs of the SMB vs the enterprise. What might be minor hiccups in the
enterprise can be major challenges in the SMB. What are these differences and
how should they affect the way solutions are provided?
This is my third and final article in this series. I've covered SAN and
server virtualization and now I'd like to share my thoughts on the challenges
of SMB IT shops vs enterprise IT.
To start, I should probably give some context on the size of an SMB IT shop.
Since we are talking about infrastructure, I am really referring to IT
departments that have less than a handful of administrators assigned to
infrastructure, with the most common IT shop allocating only one or two
resources to infrastructure. Since the makeup of businesses varies so much in
terms of numbers of IT users vs. external serv... (more)
Migrating Your Database to the Cloud? Look Beyond MySQL
Companies are migrating infrastructure to the cloud in order to achieve
advantages and agility that they need to remain competitive. However, they
may have difficulty achieving one extremely important benefit of cloud
computing as they attempt to run their MySQL databases in the cloud -
scalability in true utility fashion. Similar to the power utilities we are
all familiar with, this entails the ability to get what you need, when you
need it and pay for only what you use, even during peak demand.
Why switch to the cloud if databases like MySQL limit scalability and
performance? It's very simple: the advantages of shedding the headaches of
managing one's own machines and reducing operating and capital expenditures
are still too great to ignore. However, organizations are in many cases
shortchanging themselves by... (more)
Leading Storage Provider Works with Facebook and Industry Partners to Help
Define and Implement Efficient Tiered Storage Strategies that Reduce Total
Cost of Ownership for Corporate and Cloud Datacentres
Open Compute Summit (Booth C7), 17 January 2013- HGST (formerly Hitachi
Global Storage Technologies and now a Western Digital company, NASDAQ: WDC)
today announced that it has joined the Open Compute Project, an initiative
launched by Facebook in 2011, to increase technology efficiencies and reduce
the environmental impacts of datacentres.
With the explosion of data resulting from mobile devices, Internet services,
social media and business applications, corporate, cloud and big data
customers are constantly looking for ways to improve their storage
infrastructure costs and their bottom line. The Open Compute Project applies
open-source software principles to the ha... (more)
SYS-CON Events announced today that Men & Mice, the leading global provider
of DNS, DHCP and IP address management overlay solutions, will exhibit at
SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9,
2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
The Men & Mice Suite overlay solution is already known for its powerful
application in heterogeneous operating environments, enabling enterprises to
scale without fuss. Building on a solid range of diverse platform support,
the Men & Mice Suite is taking overlay dexterity one step further into the
cloud through full support for Microsoft Azure DNS (January 2016) and AWS
Amazon Route 53 (from 2014). Major cloud platform support allows Men & Mice
Suite users free rein to extend their infrastructure into the cloud if, and
when, they need it.
The Men & Mice Suite meets the challenges of DDI manageme... (more)
In the run-up to the next Cloud Expo, 7th Cloud Expo (November 1–4, 2010)
being held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley, it's time
to give my earlier list a complete overhaul.
Here, accordingly, is an expanded list of the most active players in the
I have increased it from the 'mere' 150 I identified back in January of this
year, to 250, testimony – as if any were needed! – to the fierce and
continuing growth of the "Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of
Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various
services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web
sites of the companies themselves. Omissions to this Top 250 list should be
sent to me via Twitter (twitter.com/jg21) and I will endeavor to include them
in any future revision of this newly expanded rou... (more)
"We provide DevOps solutions. We also partner with some key players in the
DevOps space and we use the technology that we partner with to engineer
custom solutions for different organizations," stated Himanshu Chhetri, CTO
of Addteq, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps at 18th Cloud Expo, held
June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
@ThingsExpo - The World's Largest 'Internet of Things' Event, November 1-3,
2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center!
Secrets of Sponsors and Exhibitors ▸ Here
Secrets of Cloud Expo Speakers ▸ Here
All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices -
computers, smartphones, tablets, and sensors - connected to the Internet by
2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace for the next several
@CloudExpo / @ThingsExpo 2016 Silicon Valley
(November 1-3, 2016, Santa Clara Conventi... (more)
Early Bird Savings Cloud Expo
Cloud computing is a game changer. The cloud is disrupting traditional
software and hardware business models by disrupting how IT service gets
delivered. Entrepreneurial opportunities abound as this classic disruptive
technology begins to proliferate, so it is no surprise that SYS-CON's
industry-leading International Cloud Expo is going from strength to strength.
The 5th International Cloud Expo, to be held April 19-21, 2010, at the Jacob
Javits Convention Center in New York, NY, announces that its Call for Papers
is fast approaching.
Topics on which submission are welcome include all aspects of providing or
using massively scalable IT-related capabilities as a service using Internet
technologies (see suggested examples below).
Help plant your flag in the fast-expanding business opportunity that is The
Cloud: submit your speaking propos... (more)
Web Security Journal: There's been a flurry of discussion this week among
Internet and Web standards heavy-hitters around WebSocket, the new
communications protocol supported in Chrome 4 and Safari 5. What was the main
issue? Is there some kind of fundamental security vulnerability with the
WebSocket (WS) protocol?
John Fallows: When surfing the Web, our browsers may communicate with Web
servers via HTTP proxies that deliver many benefits, such as providing
previously cached Web content more efficiently than repeatedly contacting the
target server. These proxies may be either explicitly configured at the
browser or they may form part of the general network topology to intercept
the communication path implicitly. Securely encrypted Web communication
cannot be intercepted by such proxies.
Members of the Hypertext Bidirectional (HyBi) IETF Working Group recently
The Gartner Hype cycle research shows Cloud Computing as being on the peak of
expectations… the very top of the hype bubble roller coaster.
Vendors are looking for something to sell, and the consolidation of the data
center, reducing operational cost and economy of scale are as convenient of
an excuse as anything. There are some fundamental technologies as well that
will make a big difference such as Virtualization.
Is computing becoming a utility?
When someone refers to cloud, the etymology of the term should be examined.
This term comes from the days of network diagramming, and a cloud was an
abstraction for the network. Basically whenever someone didnt feel like
drawing all of the network entities, they would just draw a puffy white
cloud. In essence the puffy white cloud is shorthand for “don’t worry
your pretty little head about this stuff”.
In doing so, one ha... (more)
Sometimes, people frustrated with the status quo within an industry come up
with a better solution, much to the surprise of that industry's experts.
Evolution comes from within. Revolution comes from the outside.
Wake up America - especially the politicians in California, Illinois, and
anywhere else where they are considering implementing a high-speed train.
High-speed trains are so "last century" and they are not cheap to build or
maintain. If they are not used to their maximum capacities and there is only
marginal ridership, they are a supreme waste of money and their residual
value is just another money-wasting monument built to honor and perpetuate
We cannot afford to waste billions of dollars in such a competitive global
economy. We cannot afford to waste billions of dollars because at this point,
we have no billions to waste. We need to explore ne... (more)
Greg Ness's Blog
Infrastructure2.0 is the next technology boom. It is already underway. Cisco,
F5 Networks, Riverbed and even VMware promise to benefit from this new
infrastructure and the level of connectivity intelligence it promises. (More
about these companies and others later in this article.)
Cloud computing has become a reality, yet the hype surrounding cloud has
started to exceed the laws of physics and economics. The robust cloud (of all
software on demand that will replace the enterprise data center) will crash
into some of the same barriers and diseconomies that are facing enterprise IT
Certainly there will always be a business case for elements of cloud, from
Google's pre-enterprise applications to Amazon's popular services and the
powerhouse of CRM, HR and other popular cloud services. Yet there are
substantial economic barriers to entry based on ... (more)