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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Cloud Migration FAQ: Answers from An Industry Veteran

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, August 5th 2015 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Hosting, Microsoft, VMware

As Director of Engineering and Operations at Green House Data, Mike Mazarakis has helped his share of companies migrate to the cloud. With 20 years of data center and networking experience, he's a self-described “pragmatist in IT” who has watched virtualization evolve into the concept of cloud we all know today.

Mike answered questions submitted by the public in a webcast last month. We interviewed him to get the answers to the most pressing cloud migration questions and help you plan your move to hosted IT. Look for more features in our cloud migration series in the coming weeks.

After the jump, learn how small businesses and enterprises differ in their approach to the cloud, read a walkthrough of one company's quest to move to the cloud while continuing to use existing IT assets, and see the three primary types of new cloud users—plus more!

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