Computerworld Blogs - virtualization en The foundation of clouds: Intelligent abstraction <!--paging_filter--><p> The term cloud computing is bandied about all the time these days, but many folks are still confused about what all the fuss is about, and what it means to them. The IT landscape is changing faster than it ever has before, and it is becoming more and more difficult for quote &ldquo;normal&rdquo; people to keep up.</p> data center Intelligent Abstraction storage virtualization Cloud Computing Data Storage Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Chris Poelker 23637 at BYOD and the Internet of Things bring unique challenges for hospital CIOs <!--paging_filter--><p> There are two trends in healthcare that should give hospital IT professionals pause: BYOD and the Internet of Things. The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend is certainly not new, but hospitals are still figuring out how to navigate the security concerns.</p> access points data breach Internet of Things network security virtualization Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Healthcare IT Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Andrew Litt 23450 at Virtualized environments. Real risk. <!--paging_filter--><p> <span style="font-size: 12px;">It&#39;s not always obvious when you&#39;ve been hacked. New reports from security investigators are estimating that the recent Adobe breach may in fact be the biggest known breach of all time &ndash; with more than 152 million user accounts stolen.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 12px;">With today&rsquo;s virtualized infrastructure, an unprecedented amount of data can exist in one place, making it a virtual treasure trove.</span><span style="font-size: 12px;">&nbsp;Virtualized environments pose very real risks, but with the right knowledge, you can address these risks and take full advantage of the benefits.</span></p> encrypt virtual machines insider threat virtualization virtualization security Cybercrime and Hacking Encryption Private Cloud Virtualization Thu, 14 Nov 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Steve Pate 23116 at TAP into the light <!--paging_filter--><p> <span style="font-size: 12px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Deploying TAPs in the optical networks of the modern data center is a topic of heated debate. TAPs have been common in the TCP/IP world for more than a decade, where they are deployed to provide network access to packet brokers, intrusion detection and security solutions, and performance management solutions.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 12px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Although their use is recognized as a best practice by industry leaders and analysts alike, the full understanding of the benefits that TAPs enable has not yet reached the same level of maturity it has in the broader networking world.</span></p> Information technology storage infrastructure virtualization Networked Storage Storage Hardware Wed, 04 Sep 2013 11:46:27 +0000 JohnWThompson 22729 at The unintended consequences of IT transformations <!--paging_filter--><p> Momentous, earth-shattering changes in IT have proven to be a divisive factor for many companies. Over the past four decades, these moments of change, or inflection points, have turned the industry on its head and sent us collectively diving into the future. Through each of these inflection points, we have witnessed obvious benefits, particularly in user productivity. But, these new opportunities also carry with them significant, unintended consequences.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> cloud computing enterprise IT virtualization web era IT Industry IT Transformation Wed, 05 Jun 2013 17:04:05 +0000 JohnWThompson 22286 at 5 steps for evaluating your IT infrastructure <!--paging_filter--><p> In the pursuit of optimized IT models, chief information officers (CIOs) need to carefully evaluate their existing IT infrastructures and make choices that cut costs and streamline processes.</p> data protection enterprise network operational efficiency virtualization Data Center Data Storage Management Mon, 28 Jan 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Chris Poelker 21690 at Gorillas, spider monkeys and startups: Hitting the scale wall <!--paging_filter--><p> Having spent the past week at VMworld 2012, I couldn&rsquo;t help noticing the large number of startup companies, row after row of them. So many small tech companies, most of which I had never heard of before, all struggling to carve a path in an industry crowded with 800-pound gorillas.</p> data protection startups virtualization VMworld Data Storage IT Industry Thu, 06 Sep 2012 16:20:36 +0000 Peter Eicher 20940 at Defining cloud computing part two: Financial and technology explanation <!--paging_filter--><p>In my last post, I looked at how cloud computing is defined in the market. Now, I will break it down into two simple concepts.</p> cloud computing virtualization Cloud Computing Mon, 23 Apr 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Chris Poelker 20180 at OnLive is back on; tablet cloud Windows-as-a-service legal again <!--paging_filter--><p>Virtualized desktop service OnLive seems to have resolved its licensing differences with Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT). Amazingly, a few tweaks under the hood seem to have been all it took, although Microsoft is saying it's still checking. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers fire up their iPads and Android tablets.</p> Cloud DaaS desktop virtualization hosted desktop virtualization Microsoft MSFT OnLive virtualization Cloud Computing Tue, 10 Apr 2012 10:00:06 +0000 Richi Jennings 20006 at How to architect your virtual infrastructure for private cloud success <!--paging_filter--><p> In our last installment on the benefits of private cloud computing, we discussed the importance of determining where you are today on your road to private cloud and how you got there. Once your IT team has determined this, you can begin examining areas specific to your virtual infrastructure to ensure that you architect it for success.</p> capacity palnning configuration management private cloud server provisioning virtualization Cloud Computing Infrastructure Management Private Cloud Virtualization Thu, 29 Mar 2012 17:12:53 +0000 Jean-Marc Seguin 19961 at Where is your team on the road to the private cloud? <!--paging_filter--><p> To get to the private cloud, organizations need to focus on three main areas: people, process and technology. Before we get started transforming each area, it&#39;s important to understand where you are today so that you can plot the right trajectory, and as you progress toward your goal, you can make course corrections as needed.</p> cloud computing private cloud virtualization Cloud Computing Private Cloud Virtualization Thu, 15 Mar 2012 20:05:47 +0000 Jean-Marc Seguin 19879 at Should business align with IT? <!--paging_filter--><p>For years, IT leaders have been talking about business alignment. And we should continue to do so. IT, after all, exists to support the business. It does, however, take two to tango. So while IT continues to try to better align itself with the business, it might also make sense for the business to participate more aggressively in achieving that alignment.</p> agile development alignment business alignment enterprise virtualization Management Thu, 08 Mar 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Christopher O'Malley 19823 at Tracking down problem devices on your network <!--paging_filter--><p>I was working behind the scenes at a large tradeshow recently, and I was asked to give a group of executives a tour of the NOC. As I was demonstrating the network management tools, I started getting text messages from the system that we were having wireless issues. Turns out that one of the attendees for the show had a bad Wi-Fi card and everywhere that user roamed it caused the wireless router to spike to 100% CPU and reboot, knocking off all of the other users.</p> 802.11x device tracking LAN troubleshooting security security breach user tracking virtualization VLAN wireless Networking Wed, 29 Feb 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Josh Stephens 19773 at Are virtual network devices creeping into your network? <!--paging_filter--><p>Virtualization technologies have dramatically changed the way that we think about servers and computing resources in general; this is common knowledge among most technologists and especially with system administrators. However, many engineers fail to realize that these technologies have also created significant changes to our networks.</p> network network administration network engineer network management virtual switch virtualization Infrastructure Management LAN/WAN Network Hardware Networking NOSes and Server Software Wed, 15 Feb 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Josh Stephens 19710 at To cloud or not to cloud <!--paging_filter--><p>Instead of bulk capital expenditures for large servers and storage arrays, you can purchase computer time based on actual usage of CPU cycles and storage by the number of gigabytes or terabytes used. But here are ten things to consider before you jump into the cloud. <i>Insider (registration required)</i></p> IDG Insider cloud computing data center enterprise Insider Content virtualization Cloud Computing Data Center Infrastructure Management Virtualization Tue, 07 Feb 2012 18:58:51 +0000 Chris Poelker 19659 at