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Chris Wolf

Cloud-Scale Management “Likes” Social Media

January 20, 2015
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Cloud-Scale Management “Likes” Social Media

Managing IT resources across complex enterprises has historically been challenging, and those challenges are only increasing in complexity. We’re adding more variables in terms of clouds, automated processes, and people, to name a few. Consider the steady growth of Internet of Things (IoT) and for many organizations, their management complexity can potentially expand by several orders of magnitude. If that’s not bad enough, there’s one variable that IT has never been able to historically control – people. People come and go and often play by their own rules. When it comes to managing an enterprise, we can no longer assume that people will conform to defined enterprise management standards. Instead, IT operations must conform its standards to the customers it serves. That is why...

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Chris Wolf

Don’t Be Fooled By Import Tools Disguised as Hybrid Cloud Management

June 2, 2014
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Don’t Be Fooled By Import Tools Disguised as Hybrid Cloud Management

The biggest part of my job is speaking with end user organizations and understanding their greatest current and future challenges. Oftentimes I hear about workloads that are initially developed on a particular cloud provider’s infrastructure that cannot be redeployed or migrated anywhere else. To be clear, nothing is technically impossible. It’s always a matter of the migration costs outweighing the benefits. Many times organizations want to move workloads developed in a public cloud to their private cloud for reasons such as security, compliance or lowering costs. In other cases, service stacks may need to be distributed globally to 40 or more countries and rebuilding those stacks on various infrastructures can cost millions. The bottom line – the organizations that I speak with daily are...

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Chris Wolf

Debunking Cloud IaaS Mobility Myths

March 25, 2014
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Many things in life appear great on the surface, but wisdom has taught us to never trust a book by its cover or believe in silver bullets. The latest story I frequently hear being pitched in IT circles is that of cloud IaaS Utopia. In this universe, workloads can simply move anywhere (between disparate providers and private data centers, for example) without consequence. Typically you’ll hear a few data points to justify the story, including: We use OpenStack, therefore your workloads can be run anywhere We use an open source hypervisor, so you can run your workloads anywhere We support Open Virtualization Format (OVF) import and export, so you won’t have any portability concerns We have a VM import and export tool, so you...

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Chris Wolf

What IT Operations Can (and Should) Learn from the Electronics Industry

March 7, 2014
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What IT Operations Can (and Should) Learn from the Electronics Industry

The state of New Jersey is home to some of the most significant electronics inventions in our history, including countless inventions by Thomas Edison and what became the modern transistor. Bell Labs ushered in a sustained period of innovation and along with it a robust and growing workforce. My own technology career also had started in the electronics industry, where as a young US Marine I did component level repair (such as troubleshooting and repairing transistors and integrated circuits on electronic circuit boards). While such specializations were important at the time, today they are mostly irrelevant. In New Jersey I continually run into folks who used to have solid careers as electronics technicians and most of them are no longer doing any...

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Chris Wolf

Complexity is Great for Profits… Just Not Your Profits

February 5, 2014
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Many people who have seen me present over the past year have heard me discuss the notion of complexity and who truly benefits from it. Given the current state of IT budgets and resources, the time is ripe to take a closer look at this issue. Most organizations that I work with are grappling with mandates to be more efficient and responsive to business or department needs (said in another way, more agile) and to improve application availability, all while maintaining a flat budget. These mandates often lead to public, private and hybrid cloud initiatives that include an emphasis on high degrees of automation. What is the Goal? A typical first step on the private/hybrid cloud journey is to look at the innovators in...

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Steve Herrod

¡Viva Cloud Management!

October 9, 2012
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¡Viva Cloud Management!

VMworld Europe kicked off today in Barcelona with approximately 8,000 attendees. My keynote this morning focused on the software-defined datacenter and our updated cloud management portfolio . This management offering includes enhancements to the management products in the recently released VMware vCloud Suite , and stand alone tools, plus the newest member of our cloud management solution: vCloud Automation Center.

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