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Andrew Sherman, VP of Advanced Consulting, Presidio
04/01/14 at 10:42 am
When I began my career in technology in 1999, companies were establishing their web presence.  I was in sales back then and the number of servers bought to support websites was staggering.  If you were in the industry at that time, I’m sure you remember.  If your company wasn’t on the web, it was on the road to the web.  If you had just a smidgen of HTML programming experience, you suddenly found yourself as the web administrator. 
Steven Reese
02/25/13 at 04:55 am
All too many times I am on a conference call, sitting in a meeting with a partner, employee and/or client, attending a symposium or conference, and the term “cloud” comes up. Anymore, the term “cloud” comes up so often in the technology industry that I’m starting to think it isn’t a term, rather a punctuation mark. What I find interesting is the number of definitions that “cloud” seems to take on in those conversations. What is even more interesting is that many times, it is the same individual using “cloud” in so many different contexts.
Steve Kaplan - VP of Virtualization and Cloud
02/25/13 at 04:37 am
Desktop-as-a-Service as Part of IT-as-a-Service IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) as a concept is pretty well defined with lots of players and products in the space such as VMware vCloud Director, Cisco Intelligent Automation, CA AppLogic, VCE Vblock, etc. Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS), on the other hand, tends to invoke thoughts of a cloud provider offering hosted Windows desktops. But when considered as a subset of ITaaS, DaaS enables greater synergy, efficiency and agility.   Just another Set of Workloads
Andrew Sherman, VP Advanced Consulting and Steve Kaplan, VP Virtualization and Cloud
02/23/13 at 03:55 pm
The traditional physical data center consists of a hodgepodge of equipment, tools and systems—all driven by project-based funding. This budgeting anachronism is an anathema to a virtualized data center that utilizes shared resource pools and can absolutely derail a planned transition to a private cloud model. When implementing a private cloud solution, organizations should transition to a chargeback model.
Vijay George, CIO for the Texas Comptroller’s Office, and Philip Parker, Consulting Healthcare CIO, were both major contributors to this article.
02/23/13 at 03:52 pm
A CIO recently told me that one of his business units was threatening to move all of its servers to Amazon Web Services. This bears out a statistic I read not long ago claiming that over half of the virtual machines on AWS are now purchased directly by business units via credit card. IT, though, remains responsible for the performance integrity and regulatory compliance of all of the organization’s servers, wherever they reside.
Steve Kaplan, VP Virtualization and Cloud
02/23/13 at 03:49 pm
Organizations frequently evaluate virtual desktops as replacements for physical units. They expect to achieve the same type of results as when virtualizing servers. But unlike servers, virtualizing desktops often has a less obvious ROI and directly impacts hundreds or thousands of users with differing expectations and perceptions. A virtual desktop deployment without a strategic approach is more difficult to justify, and, even if implemented, more likely to stall out at the pilot phase or fail completely. It also misses the opportunity for accelerating a successful transition to cloud computing.
Johan Milbrink, Data Center Practice Manager
02/23/13 at 03:44 pm
The IT industry is once again undergoing another great transformation. Cloud computing, by replacing operational heroics with business driven speed and agility, will spur a lot of innovation. As an IT leader for your organization it is important you ask yourself, “Are we ready? Are we, as an organization, well-suited or ill-suited for the future of IT, and can we afford not to be ready?”
Tom Gamull, Data Center Solutions Architect
02/23/13 at 03:41 pm
The following is one of a collection of articles that addresses strategy around hybrid cloud architecture and IT as a Service. While the hybrid cloud model is widely extolled in both the media and by industry manufacturers, many organizations find themselves challenged to effectively utilize both private and public cloud components. A successful hybrid cloud requires internal procurement and process changes that enable IT-as-a-Service along with a methodical approach to ensure adequate performance, reliability, security and compliance of off-premise workloads.
Tom Gamull, Data Center Solutions Architect
02/23/13 at 03:34 pm
A private cloud is built upon a virtualized network, along with storage and compute resources. Many virtual networks are overlaid on top of the shared physical network, logically separating tenants on the shared resources. One challenge is that the physical network lacks visibility into the topology of the overlays. A second obstacle is that network overlays utilizing standard vSwitches do not allow for security and network policies to live-migrate with VMs.
Steve Kaplan - VP of Virtualization and Cloud and Jeremy Oakey
02/21/13 at 10:14 am
A private cloud is built upon a virtualized network, along with storage and compute, resources. Many virtual networks are overlaid on top of the shared physical network, logically separating tenants on the shared resources. One challenge is that the physical network lacks visibility into the topology of the overlays. A second obstacle is that network overlays utilizing standard vSwitches do not allow for security and network policies to live-migrate with VMs.
Steve Kaplan, VP of Virtualization and Cloud Cloud Computing
02/05/13 at 04:40 pm
Presidio works with many different manufacturers to implement various pieces of a private cloud strategy ranging from services catalogs to orchestration to chargeback. vCloud Suite promotion is VMware’s latest effort to enable private cloud by putting the foundational products for VMware’s cloud strategy into hundreds of thousands of customer environments. It also provides both a comprehensive cloud-computing vision and tangible path for transformation to software-defined data centers.