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I had the distinct pleasure of talking to the Bob Dylan of Infrastructure 2.0, John Willis earlier. The result was this podcast on infrastructure 2.0.  John has a great IT Management and Cloud Blog.  You can follow his Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/botchagalupe. John used the term infrastructure 2.0 about 2 years ago to talk about. ... (more)

The Coming Cloud Computing Wars

The cloud computing meme continues to billow as Juniper and IBM announce a cloud management partnership rumors swirl about heavy petting between VMware and shareholder/partner Cisco. A few months ago it seemed like every cloud discussion included Google and/or Amazon; now it appears that “the network infrastructure issue” has finally reared its head and ushered in networking and management leaders into the cloud conversation. More cloud watchers are discovering that cloud apps -at a minimum- will put more burdens on the network. As IT services decouple from hardware the network ... (more)

Preparing for the Club Cloud Shift in IT

A few weeks ago I talked about the coming cloud computing war by discussing the formation of multi-vendor cloud-driven alliances and their implications for the IT industry.  Now that Cisco has announced its unified computing initiative which includes Nehalem blade servers and IBM is now in discussions with Sun Microsystems, I think its time to take a step back and explore the implications of these alliances for enterprise IT pros. The idea of club cloud, or the delivery of a complete IT solution decoupled from proprietary hardware and personnel, is an interesting one.  The last s... (more)

Signs of Trouble in the Network

Static networks are already costing enterprises more on a per unit basis as they grow, per this Fall 2008 Computerworld survey.   Increasing network costs will only reduce funds available for network automation.  This recent TCO comparison between Google and Microsoft is just the beginning of the business case war to be fought on the network over who will have the new IT factories in their cities. As networks get larger and more complex the manual labor costs escalate and they become even more brittle.  Ever higher levels of expense and delay are required for the simplest changes... (more)

Will Virtualization Neutralize the Network?

A series of blogs began a speculation about the impact of virtualization on the network.  It’s certainly fair to suggest that the network has had little impact on first stage VLAN virtualization, or virtualization-lite.  The real question, however, is whether or not virtualization (or VMotion specifically) will stay contained within ever denser VLANS.   F5 Networks MacVittie [...] ... (more)