vSpecialist Little Gems

Occasionally, I come acoss some features of an OS or technology that aren't widely known, used or talked about that I think are really cool and worth investigating further. They could be (and often are) from all spectrums of the IT spehere - from Mac OS to Windows, from cloud platforms to hosting infrastructure, from web applications to desktop widgets. I plan to write these up in a series of mini-posts to give you, the reader, some inspiration to look deeper into the technology you use, to discover more hidden gems or features you may not have discovered. Little Gems published so far: [catlist name=little-gems] … [Read more...]

Is Your Cloud Really A Cloud?

Lots is being made about cloud technology. Cloud as a vision, cloud as a technology set, cloud as a service provider, cloud as a direction for computing. But is cloud really cloud for most of us? Cloud providers in the adoption stage are at a crossroads for technology deployment. The direction they take at this first crossroads often dictates if they take a true road to being a cloud provider, or if they take a path towards an alternative solution that simply provides enterprise a virtualisation solution with a self-service element. … [Read more...]

Here’s To The Next 10 Years!

I was listening to Joe Baguley's keynote speech at the UKVMUG the other week and it made me think - which of course was the point. The central topic of his presentation (or at least how I saw it) was to explain where IT is going in the future. There are hints-a-plenty already present in VMware's current product set and upcoming releases but Joe painted the picture of a future where users aren't tied to desktop computers (and, as a consequence, desks) but are free to use a plethora of devices to access corporate data and applications stored somewhere off in the clouds. All of this is not because CIOs and CEOs want to go in this direction but because they are being driven that way by their users. These are users who are increasingly … [Read more...]

The Case For Cloud

With the ever onward march of technology, several cycles of virtualisation have passed over the past decade. In it's self, this is inevitable, as we are always driven by the need to develop and look for the next - the latest and greatest. First, there were mainframe computers run with remote 'dumb' terminals connected - applications (in reality programmes running on punch cards and spooled tape) ran centrally and were viewed remotely. Next, there was client / server computing - the traditional 'pizza box' environment where clients ran their own OS, and connected to a remote server running another single OS. Applications were often run remotely, but often also ran locally collecting shared information from the server. After that came the … [Read more...]