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In today's cloud-based world, automation is key enabler for success. Yet, folks are scared of automation due to  risk of losing job. However automation needs to be seen as a way to keep your job in and not out. Wikipedia definition of automation is "Automation or automatic control, is the use of various control systems for operating equipment such as machinery, processes in factories, boilers and heat treating ovens, switching on telephone networks, steering and stabilization of ships, aircraft and other applications and vehicles with minimal or reduced human intervention." The key word in this definition is the last few words " reduced human intervention". Given automation is associated with reducing or eliminating human intervention, it often scare's us to automate our job with the risk of losing our job. However, does automation really results in your job out or ... (more)

Budget Focus on Digital Will Transform the IT Industry | @CloudExpo #Cloud #DigitalTransformation

Known on the global stage for its indisputable domination in IT, India is at the cusp of a digital revolution, finally on home ground. With its strong push for a digital economy, the Union Budget for 2017, presented by the Finance Minister recently, has only validated this claim. As a member of the IT community, it is a truly exciting moment to witness the sweeping transformative power of technology, as it transcends barriers of literacy, class and industry to create an environment of inclusivity - social, economic and financial. IT is the biggest employer in private sector and its revenue for the year (according to Strategic Review 2016 by NASSCOM) was $143 billion. The IT sector is generally expected to contribute around 10 percent to India's GDP and account for almost half of the total services export.  However, with the open and overarching commitment to fuel t... (more)

Getting Productive with Windows Server 2012 (Part 3)

This is the last article of my 3-part blog post series for facilitating experienced Windows system administrators to get productive on Windows Server 2012 with a keyboard and a mouse as the input device. Part 1 and Part 2 are focusing on basic user operations with the new Metro UI. To conclude the series, here are two important facts that one should know when running Windows Server 2012. Again, I want to underscore that Windows Server 2012 is designed with cloud computing in mind, and together with System Center 2012 as the foundation of Microsoft private cloud solutions. For those who are working for becoming a Microsoft private cloud expert, it is imperative to master Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 to develop technical depth in implementing and operating of a private cloud. 11. Wireless Support The same with Windows Server 2008, a default installation ... (more)

More on Cisco UCS, HP Matrix and ITaaS

I just finished reading Project California: a Data Center Virtualization Server - UCS (Unified Computing System) from Cisco. It gave an excellent take on Cisco’s view of how UCS benefits a datacenter. It also explains how new technologies from Intel, QLogic and Emulex all complement the Cisco gear. As a matter of fact, the first [...] ... (more)

NetApp Heads Deeper into the Cloud

NetApp's got itself a cloud platform. It's updated its Data ONTAP 7G operating system, which hasn't been revved since 2005, blended it with Data ONTAP GX scale-out clustering operating system, technology it got with its acquisition of Spinnaker Networks years back, and leavened it with new scaling, performance and cost-saving technologies to create Data ONTAP 8, the foundation of an enterprise cloud infrastructure to enable IT-as-a-service. It's also got services to go along with it to guide enterprises in deploying a cloud infrastructure. The company's new CEO Tom Georgens is quoted as saying the announcements "usher in a new era and way of doing business for NetApp" although the company figures it's been in the cloud business for a while. Enterprise customers, global systems integrators and service providers have been using its existing ONTAP platforms as the foun... (more)

60% of EMEA still NOT using Cloud Services

ISACA, the Information Systems Audit and Control Association just surveyed 1 529 of its members across 50 countries in EMEA. It turns out that UK businesses are leading Europe on Cloud Adoption 40% to 33%. But a whopping 35% of respondents do not plan to use Cloud for any IT services (actually 35.6% in Europe and 31.8% in the UK). This is a huge impediment to the growth of ItaaS – IT as a Service, such as SaaS, IaaS and PaaS respectively Software as a Service, Infrastructure as a Service and Platform as a Service. Let’s spin this another way: 60% of respondents are not using Cloud yet, and of these more than half do not plan to use it at all. Why is that?  How come despite all the benefits around Clouds, so many are not planning on leveraging this approach to IT? The survey doesn’t provide answers.  But it gives interesting clues concerning the role of underlying R... (more)

NetEnrich Teams Up with Arrow ECS to Deliver Cloud Services

Innovative "IT-as-a-service" provider, NetEnrich, on Tuesday announced an agreement with Arrow Enterprise Computing Solutions, a business segment of Arrow Electronics Inc., to help power the distributor's new Arrow Fusion cloud services line of business. NetEnrich offers highly secure, real-time services to IT solution providers that support enterprise-level network operations and data centers with remote monitoring, management and IT operations. Arrow Fusion brings together multiple cloud, managed and professional IT service offerings within a single business unit, providing a team of supplier-certified experts who work closely with resellers looking to enhance and grow their enterprise and midmarket IT services capabilities. NetEnrich's centralized portal, developed specifically for Arrow Fusion, powers a variety of cloud services, including data-center monitorin... (more)

VMware to Present at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley $500 Savings here! The industry conversation is all about cloud, but the real goal is the elusive transformation of IT into a business-ready service that is available on demand and as needed. IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) leverages an open cloud computing approach that spans both internal, private clouds and public cloud offerings, giving users simple, self-service access and a feeling of control. In his session at the 7th International Cloud Expo, Joe Andrews, Group Manager, Product Marketing at VMware, will provide a high-level overview of VMware's vision for ITaaS and discuss how this model is changing the definition of cloud computing. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! Speaker Bio: Joe Andrews is Group Manager, Product Marketing at VMware, and is responsible for marketing VMware's cloud solutions. He has 17 years of expe... (more)

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 as Private Cloud Enabler

This is the first article of a 5-part series examining the key concepts and operations of a private cloud based on VMM 2012 including: Part 1. Private Cloud Concepts (This article) Part 2. Fabric, Oh, Fabric Part 3. Deployment with Service Template Part 4. Working with Service Templates Part 5. App Controller VMM, a member of Microsoft System Center suite, is an enterprise solution for managing physical, virtualized, private cloud, and public cloud resources. In addition to the system requirements and the new features and capabilities, there are specific concepts presented in this article, although fundamental, nevertheless important to know before building a private cloud solution with VMM 2012. This blog series is for readers with a basics understanding of cloud computing. For those new to cloud computing, I recommend first acquiring the baseline information form: ... (more)

Getting Productive with Windows Server 2012 (Part 1)

This 3-part article details the 12 routines that I consider a Windows Server 2008 user ought to know first to accelerate the learning and adoption of Windows Server 2012 without the need of a touch device. For those IT professionals who are working towards becoming private cloud experts, it is imperative to master Windows Server 2012 which is an essential component in establishing a private cloud. And the earlier those master Windows Server 2012 platform, the sooner those will be become leaders in the IT transformation into private cloud computing. There is everything to gain to start learning Windows Server 2012 now as opposed to later. The content of this series is based on Windows Server 2012 Beta as of May, 2012. It is intended for those who are familiar with the administration of Windows Server 2008 (or later) to become comfortable and productive with Windows ... (more)

Understanding Hyper-V Replica

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Role introduces a new capability, Hyper-V Replica, as a built-in replication mechanism at a virtual machine (VM) level. Hyper-V Replica can asynchronously replicate a selected VM running at a primary site to a designated replica site across LAN/WAN. Here both a primary site and a replica site are Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V hosts where a primary site runs production or the so-called primary VMs, while a replica site is standing by with replicated VMs off and to be brought online, should the primary site experiences a planned or unplanned VM outage. Hyper-V Replica requires neither shared storage, nor a specific storage hardware. Once an initial copy is replicated to a replica site and replication is ongoing, Hyper-V Replica will replicate only the changes of a configured primary VM, i.e. the deltas, asynchronously. The following schematic... (more)