Posts Tagged ‘ it ’

CTO Ambassadors

Bimodal IT, VMware, and Cloud-Native Apps

May 26, 2015
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Bimodal IT, VMware, and Cloud-Native Apps

Patrick Daigle is a Senior Systems Engineer and CTO Ambassador in Montreal, Canada. As part of VMware’s Technical Services organization, he works with large enterprises across Canada, leveraging the VMware Software-Defined Enterprise to help IT organizations bring quicker value to the business. He is also a contributor to VMware’s Cloud-Native Apps team.        In 2014, Gartner introduced the concept of Bimodal IT , the idea that enterprises need two speeds of doing IT: traditional IT (Gartner calls this Mode 1), and agile IT (Gartner calls this Mode 2). Gartner observes that, in this new era of mobile cloud computing (or 3rd platform), every company is a software company; unless companies can rapidly produce software to adapt to changes in...

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Andrew Nelson

What Impact Can Virtualization Have on the Field of Research Computing?

April 15, 2015
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Challenges for IT supporting research computing environments What is most important to an IT department supporting university research? Based on conversations with many of our customers, we have repeatedly heard the following: Satisfying the varied and sometimes conflicting requirements of different research groups, which may include compliance issues for bioinformatics research Showing the value of centralized IT resources against buying isolated equipment or outsourcing to a public provider of infrastructure Meeting these goals while on a limited budget For many independent research teams, each desired environment typically involves its own set of simulation and analytics tools, including different operating systems and other middleware components. For example, different environments and tools are used for genomic research than for reservoir simulation. Satisfying these disparate requirements is...

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Paul Strong

Cloud Changes Everything, Part 4 – The Changing Structure of IT Operations

October 13, 2010
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The externally driven change in role is matched by an internal transformation in terms of how IT organizations are structured.  The traditional data center is one of silos of control. The very nature of the technology that comprises IT infrastructure, and the lack of management tooling that has been able to treat it systemically or holistically and hide complexity, has forced the creation of expert groups, each with a specific focus on one aspect of the infrastructure, such as networking, storage, compute, operating systems, databases, applications and so forth.  This “divide and conquer” approach allowed organizations to deal with the complexity of the technology and it’s deployment, to some degree.  But at a high cost!  Specifically the creation of organizational silos, that inherently tend...

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Paul Strong

Cloud Changes Everything, Part 3 – The Changing Role of IT Operations

October 4, 2010
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So far I have said more about the business, innovation, applications and services, than perhaps about IT and IT Operations (Ops) per se.  However the impact on IT within the enterprise is no less profound.  Cloud not only changes the cost dynamics for enterprises that consume Cloud services, offering a move away from essentially fixed cost CAPEX dominated IT budgets to variable cost OPEX driven budgets, but will ultimately force IT to fundamentally re-evaluate its role.   One of the first drivers for this introspection is the business itself, where the notion of self service, variable cost and convenience have driven many business service owners to either start using external cloud providers or to demand equivalent attributes from their own IT organizations.  Now that...

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Scott Davis

Beginning the Journey to User-Centric IT.

August 21, 2010
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Beginning the Journey to User-Centric IT.

User expectations of their business computing environments are changing, being driven by their experiences as consumers. New state of the art devices and user interfaces, Cloud computing and the associated SaaS-based applications, ubiquitous connectivity.  These trends are converging and when combined are profoundly influencing the direction of End-user client computing.     What are some of the benefits of this consumer cloud experience? A better user experience – Simplicity!, Instant gratification, multiple devices. Always available, my apps and data are backed up, replicated or synched, ubiquitous access!. Its personalized – small, engaging applications (at least the client part is small)! Pay as you go, excitement and anticipation. In the technology sense, what does this mean? Self-service, easy, encapsulation and isolation between applications....

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