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We often hear of enterprises that move applications from their corporate data center to public cloud. This may come in the form of lift and shift. But then something happens that causes the enterprise to move it out of public cloud. This yo-yo effect and the related consequences create ongoing challenges that contribute to several… Continue reading Why are enterprises moving away from public cloud? ... (more)

Stepping on the Threshold of a New Decade

As we prepare to celebrate the start of a new year I can’t help but look back on the past 10 years and contemplate what the next year (and decade) has to offer. Many will not miss 2009, but the decade of the new millennium brought a new wave of technologies. Standing at the threshold of 2010, I can’t help but wonder where our focus in technology will turn. In the past 10 years, we’ve had the fortune of many, many technology advances. Today, most everyone has a cell phone…and it seems most have traded a cell phone for a smart phone the likes of an iPhone or Blackberry. To “Google... (more)

A Workload Is Not a Workload, Is Not a Workload

Over the past year, I’ve observed a concerning trend about workloads. It seems that with the advent of cloud computing, the idea of a workload has been confused a bit.  The fundamental concern is a misguided view that all workloads are the same or similar.   Specifically, I’ve heard general IT professionals making decisions around cloud [...] ... (more)

Cloud Computing Turns InfoSec Upside Down

I had the opportunity to write a post for SecureWorld Post’s site. The role Information Security (InfoSec) is nothing new to many organizations. InfoSec’s methods and best practices are well understood. Note I am distinguishing between being understood and well implemented. As technology and methods make incremental changes, InfoSec processes evolved accordingly. And best practices become more widely understood. That is all well and good. Then Cloud Computing comes along. Without getting into the nuances what it is and how long it has been around, it is significantly changing the I... (more)

Shadow IT is a Good Thing for IT Organizations

Shadow IT is a good thing for IT organizations…and here’s why... It is important to first understand what Shadow IT is and why it happens. Shadow IT is commonly referred to when non-IT organizations delve into the delivery of technology solutions…without IT’s involvement. It happens for a number of reasons. But the most common is when there is demand for a technology solution and it is believed (right or wrong) that IT is not able to assist or deliver the solution. This could be due to timing, availability, experience, bureaucracy, or a number of other factors. The bottom line is ... (more)