Software-Defined Data Centers Put Hybrid Cloud In Your Hands

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, September 16th 2015 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Hosting, VMware

Two of the most buzzworthy IT strategies right now are hybrid infrastructure, especially hybrid cloud, and software-defined data centers (SDDC). With VMware recently throwing its weight behind SDDC technologies and surveys from last year demonstrating that 75% of C-Level executives are focusing on hybrid cloud, these technologies are here to stay.

Gartner reports that only 10-15% of enterprises and mid market organizations are currently using hybrid computing, however. Their report states that, “More advanced approaches…suffer from significant setup and operational complexity.” New software defined data center management could help bridge the gap between interest and implementation.

Together, software-defined technology and hybrid IT help deliver a mobile, highly resilient and easy to manage infrastructure for your business applications and data. Here’s how.

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What You Need to Know About VMware’s Photon Container Strategy

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, September 9th 2015 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Hosting, Microsoft, VMware

Last year's VMworld showed the company was serious about making containers work alongside and inside of virtual machines, but with Docker and other container technology continuing to make strides even in the enterprise, VMworld 2015 delivered serious development efforts on VMware's behalf. The result? Photon Platform, a forked version of Linux specifically designed to integrate containers into vSphere, as well as vSphere Integrated Containers.

While containers have been viewed with great interest by the enterprise, they can lack security and integrations with backup and other software. VMware needs a way to solve these problems while also providing a platform to manage containers alongside virtual machines in vSphere.

Here's what you need to know about how these new tools can help you efficiently managed containers in and alongside your vSphere environment.

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Leveraging the Data Center for Bimodal IT

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, September 2nd 2015

Agile. Scalable. Startup mentality. At times, it can seem as though your IT team will never catch up to “modern” practices. After all, they need to take care of daily tasks, support tickets, and unexpected issues, all while moving through Standard Operating Procedures and documentation.

That’s where Bimodal IT comes into play. Gartner made some noise with the term last year, defining it as two modes for your IT department: “Mode 1 is traditional, emphasizing scalability, efficiency, safety, and accuracy. Mode 2 is nonsequential, emphasizing agility and speed.”

Data center services can be set up to facilitate Bimodal IT methodologies, by enabling quickly provisioned applications, additional IT resources, and a variety of scalable tools.

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What are vSphere VVols and Should You Start Using Them?

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, August 26th 2015 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Hosting, VMware

When vSphere 6.0 came out earlier this year, there was a lot of hubbub about one feature in particular, and rightfully so. VVols, or virtual volumes, are a way to virtualize storage arrays and have them dynamically move and configure alongside your virtual machines.

VVols don’t replace traditional virtual storage methods, so you can keep using your existing storage strategies and hardware along with VVols. Basically, no matter what kind of storage you’re using in the data center, vSphere treats it as a datastore logical object. Previously, each time you needed to configure a VM for performance or availability, you’d have to move it to a different datastore.

Read on to learn why virtualized storage is way cool, and for some reasons you might not want to dive in just yet.

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Are Cloud Certifications Worth Your Time?

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, August 12th 2015 — Categories: Cloud Hosting

IT certifications have been around for ages. They can help IT professionals boost their resume and keep their skills sharp. The community is often split on the benefits of cloud certifications, however, with some finding them worthwhile and others arguing that cloud is too broad of a category, with too many competing vendors and platforms for certifications to be valuable.

IT certifications have always been vendor-driven, however, and if you expect to work with a specific vendor’s tools, a certification can be one way to help you secure a position or provide better service to your company’s clients. If you’re a Managed Service Provider (MSP) or cloud channel partner, a certification might help you get more business, too.

What are the main pros and cons of getting cloud certified?

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