Thursday , 22 June 2017

The Cloud Configuration Management Conundrum

– Lori MacVittie, senior technical marketing manager at F5 Networks (, says: Making the case for a stateless infrastructure model. Cloud computing appears to have hit a plateau with respect to infrastructure services. We simply aren’t seeing even a slow and steady offering by providers of the infrastructure services needed to deploy mature enterprise-class applications. An easy answer as to ... Read More »

Best Practices For Managing A Cloud IT Environment

– Chris Loeffler, data center applications manager, distributed power solutions at Eaton Corporation (, says: The server hardware that most cloud infrastructures use to host virtual machines is bigger and more robust than a typical single-function server. It’s also far more heavily utilized: While the average non-virtualized server operates at perhaps 5 to 15 percent of processing capacity, the average ... Read More »

Forget Hyper-Scale. Think Hyper-Local Scale.

– Lori MacVittie, senior technical marketing manager at F5 Networks (, says: It’s kind of like thinking globally but acting locally… While I rail against the use of the too vague and cringe-inducing descriptor “workload” with respect to scalability and cloud computing , it is perhaps at least bringing to the fore an important distinction that needs to be made: ... Read More »

Filter Cloud Noise Through a Level Head

– Nicole Smith, Market Response Journalist, Dell Enterprise (, says: I started my work week mulling over a couple of commenters on my post, Don’t Hit Snooze on the Cloud Conversation. Part of the commenters’ critique of the cloud conversation was that there’s plenty hype, but too little hard information to support it.Nasimson said: “Every time I read the over-hyped ... Read More »

High Performance, Scalable Cloud-based Systems Management Technology

– Nand Mulchandani, CEO and co-founder of ScaleXtreme (, says: Enterprise data centers are evolving: most are using virtualized servers; many have private cloud deployments, and some are running hybrid clouds, combining public and private cloud infrastructure resources. ScaleXtreme’s high performance, scalable cloud-based systems management technology provides a simple way for IT administrators to manage all servers; whether they be ... Read More »

Can You Trust Your Cloud Data Center Security?

– Philip Lieberman, president of Lieberman Software (, says: A recent Wall Street Journal article reported that the majority of cloud service providers do not consider security as one of their most important responsibilities. This sentiment is based on a survey from the Ponemon Institute. According to the survey of 127 cloud service providers – including 24 in six European ... Read More »

Five Capacity Management Challenges for Private Clouds

– Bryan Semple, CMO at VKernel (, says: IntroductionOrganizations that are seeking to deploy “cloud” based business models for their infrastructure face unique capacity management challenges. This post will review these challenges to enable cloud providers, either public or private, to avoid the pitfalls of improper capacity management. While the post discusses both types of clouds, the needs of private ... Read More »

Data Center Optimization is Like NASCAR without the Beer

– Lori MacVittie, senior technical marketing manager at F5 Networks (, says: Driving a car in a circle, even at high speed, may sound easy but it’s not a one-man job: it takes a team with visibility to avoid accidents and enable a successful race. Optimization and visibility, on the surface, don’t seem to have much in common. One is ... Read More »

(IP) Identity Theft in Cloud Computing Environments

– Lori MacVittie, senior technical marketing manager at F5 Networks (, says: In the past two years there have been interesting stories floating around about what happens when IP addresses are “shared” in public cloud computing environments. You’ve no doubt heard how someone spun up an instance and was immediately blacklisted by some other website because the last application assigned ... Read More »

About that ‘Unassailable Economic Argument’ for Public Cloud Computing

– Lori MacVittie, Senior Technical Marketing Manager at F5 Networks (, says: Turns out that ‘unassailable’ economic argument for public cloud computing is very assailable. “The economic arguments are unassailable. Economies of scale make cloud computing more cost effective than running their own servers for all but the largest organisations. Cloud computing is also a perfect fit for the smart ... Read More »

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