Amazon S3 Breaks the Internet

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The headline says all that needs to be said…the Amazon S3 outage broke the Internet yesterday. The headlines were all over the place, but none of the stories were good. One of them was particularly harsh pointing at how the outage showed how poor the DR strategy is for many companies who went down as a result of the outage. I could not agree more. Might I suggest that if you were impacted by the Amazon outage you should consider Nutanix, and build your own Cloud internally.  Continue reading “Amazon S3 Breaks the Internet”

Cloud-based AutoCAD, video editing and more!

One of the things I really enjoy is when a new technology comes along that is done right…that actually does what they say they can do, and then without hesitation, demonstrate that, in fact, they are all they claim to be.  It seems that since the era of Cloud started there have been MANY versions of what a Cloud is and what a Cloud can be used for.  Sadly, most are not true Clouds in a sense, but the word sounds good.  In this case though, CloudVDI, a Tampa, FL based DaaS (Desktop as a Service) provider does just that.  But this isn’t your corporate desktop…this is your corporate desktop on steroids with only one limitation…your imagination.  Don’t believe me, read on… Continue reading “Cloud-based AutoCAD, video editing and more!”

Lawsuits in the Cloud

**Disclaimer – This post represents my own opinion, and does not necessarily reflect that of my employer, Dell, Inc.  nor should it be considered as such.  I am also not a lawyer, nor do I have any legal training, though I have stayed in a Holiday Inn Express before**

So I wake up this morning and go to (one of my favorite sources for tech news) and what do I discover?  Another lawsuit against a Cloud-based technology.  Specifically, Google Drive and Google Docs.  While this certainly isn’t something new…a lawsuit on a successful company with a hot product (remembering the lawsuits against Facebook by those claiming that Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea, or the never-ending SCO lawsuit against IBM over Linux…and the claim that they actually owned Linux) for a technology that people seem to be pretty happy with.  It there any merit to this lawsuit?  I have no clue, but let me explain what the lawsuit is about, then I’ll give my opinion…which I know you are dying to hear. Continue reading “Lawsuits in the Cloud”

The Year In Review…

I need to first apologize to my readers…it’s been several weeks since I wrote anything.  I had some personal business to attend to that kept me away from writing, and in that time, so much has happened…I don’t know where to start.  So rather than figure that out, I’d like to look back at some of the biggest stories of the year in terms of how the Cloud evolution started the year, and how it ended the year.  No…it isn’t a timeline approach and I am sure I’ll miss something as there was SO much that changed this year in Cloud.  But an exciting year it was, and an exciting year it will be in 2012.  At least until we all die on December 21st. Continue reading “The Year In Review…”

Linux and Open Source in 2003 vs 2011

It think it was June of 2003 when Continental Airlines Managing Director Nathan Hanks said some fairly disparaging remarks about Linux and Open Source people.

“All the guys hacking Windows are Linux guys.” Continental was hit hard by SQL Slammer and “our CEO said we’d failed,” Hanks said.  “Having one vendor throat to choke is helpful in crisis situations, Hanks said. An IT pro can’t go to the CEO and say that a server is down, “and hopefully some guy in Amsterdam” will get to a fix when he gets back from the “dope house,” he said.  (Source: Continue reading “Linux and Open Source in 2003 vs 2011”

Bing Maps Deploys in Dell’s Modular Data Centers

There are times when you sit back and look at a solution after it is implemented and smile.  This week is yet another example of what can happen when you think outside the box when it comes to technology, and consider a revolutionary approach to IT.  That is exactly what Microsoft has done, first with Windows Azure, and now, Bing Maps with their deployment of the Modular Data Center from Dell Data Center Solutions.

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OSCON 2011 Week

Ever since I attended my first OSCON in 2005 I have wanted to go back every year because as a believer in Open Source technologies, OSCON is really a place where the “box” doesn’t exist…where you’ll never hear the words “we can’t do that” because Open Source is all about what CAN be done when you don’t have the restrictions of proprietary software. Continue reading “OSCON 2011 Week”