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Had a great time catching up with old friends last night at RSA.  We have much to talk about this year, including greater recognition for bald security bloggers. Maybe we’ll even get Rothman to shave? ... (more)

Virtualization Security: VMware Crosses the Rubicon

While the press and blogs are buzzing about cloud computing, VMware has made probably one of the most significant cloud-related announcements ever made; and with : vShield Zones has added even more distance between rivals when it comes to data center and cloud security. Last year at VMworld in Cannes, VMware announced the VMsafe VMware security partner ecosystem. The virtualization security "industry" had been notably silent (other than a colorful row between security blogger/expert Chris Hoff and Citrix CTO Simon Crosby) for the rest of 2008. Virtualization expert Rich Miller ... (more)

Data Centers: The Next Wave of IT Innovation

Energy has been one of the largest variable costs for large technology companies and today is becoming increasingly material for large enterprises of all kinds.  Last week at the FIRE Conference I heard Ford's CTO talk about how Ford wanted to be seen as a technology company.  As I listened to Paul Mascarenas talk about smart cars I couldn't help but to wonder how many of the world's largest companies have at least discretely considered evolving into more technology-centric products. The data center is the factory of the new cloud economy and is a major inflection point for ente... (more)

The Cloud's Next Killer Apps

The public cloud has been promoted as a low cost alternative to physical data center infrastructure, mostly to small and medium-sized businesses. That has driven the creation of a robust category of cloud migration services which has emerged as these smaller businesses have made considerable investments in moving their apps from colocation and data center environments into public clouds. Enterprises, however, have been notably slower to invest in public cloud and cloud migration, at least in proportion to their overall IT budgets.  There are many reasons for the slower enterpris... (more)

The Next Technology Boom is Already Underway at Cisco, F5 Networks, Riverbed and VMware

Greg Ness's Blog Infrastructure2.0 is the next technology boom. It is already underway. Cisco, F5 Networks, Riverbed and even VMware promise to benefit from this new infrastructure and the level of connectivity intelligence it promises. (More about these companies and others later in this article.) Cloud computing has become a reality, yet the hype surrounding cloud has started to exceed the laws of physics and economics. The robust cloud (of all software on demand that will replace the enterprise data center) will crash into some of the same barriers and diseconomies that are faci... (more)