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Rant: Living with Legacy and Public Cloud Farting

No matter how hard the clouderati click the heels of their brogues together and repeat “public cloud is better” , the simple fact is that most companies have large amounts of IT infrastructure that works just fine and is profitable. To make matters worse, the cost of transformation exceeds the potential financial return while creating […]


◎My Cloud Computing Car Story

I was eating the last of my toast as I sat down into the driver seat of my “CloudCar”. Customer visit at 09:30am. As I slipped my smartphone into the cradle, the dashboard screen came to life and opened the NavSat app with an error message that my maps were out of date and would I like to download the latest files. “Why not”, I thought ? I confirmed and the download started. Except that the data plan on the onboard 4G LTE connection had reached it’s data cap. The kids had been watching video on the way to the beach and used it up. So I confirmed the purchase of some extra bandwidth (I chose the middle plan because I always do), went back to the NavSat and restarted the updates.

Please Stop Talking About Google & Amazon Infrastructure. It’s Irrelevant

People seems love hearing about big technology companies like Google and Amazon for inspiration and ideas about infrastructure and operations. This is a bad idea. Lets say that you like baking your own bread and you want to improve your technique. Where do you go ? Lets abuse some metaphors in Small, Medium and Factory-sized IT.

◎ Are We At Peak Networking Pricing ? What Will Commoditisation Deliver ?

Many people are predicting that networking will become a heavily commoditised with cheap white box hardware in the next few years. But I don’t believe commoditisation will happen the way that most people expect. So in this article I’m working through different ideas and concepts on product pricing and perceived value of networking as a whole. I would welcome discussion on this, I’m not completely confident that I’ve got my ideas locked down here. See you in the comments !


Cattle vs Kittens – On Cloud Platforms No One Hears the Kittens Dying.

When you are enter a discussion about Cloud Computing with legacy IT people, you often (always) tell the story of handling IT infrastructure with the “Cattle vs Kittens”. The story highlights the difference of ITIL managed services vs Cloud Service and how cloud applications are managed. Kittens are pets. Each cute little kitten has a […]

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Response: Three Bits of Advice from Discussing the Impact of VMware’s NSX at VMworld | IT Connection Blogs

This article from Mike Fratto at Current Analysis is great observation. Here is my view on the core topic: Networking vendors need to embrace homogeneity—that’s my first bit of advice—and present the most homogenous network to the virtual environment they can. By being homogenous, enterprises can swap out networking with far less disruption than having […]


A Hosting Cathedral or a Cloud Bazaar ?

I woke up at three o’clock this morning with a thought racing around my brain – am I building a Hosting Cathedral or Cloud Bazaar ? My data centre is like a cathedral – regimented rows of seats, full of disciplined and controlled resources all looking towards the technical priests for inspiration and direction. Each […]

Response: Private Clouds Will Change IT Jobs, Not Eliminate Them – Network Computing

Mike Fratto and NetworkComputing does a great job explaining the impact of Private Clouds on your career path: The problem: Change control rules the roost, and planned recovery procedures are required for every change. Cowboy IT isn’t allowed. The result is that IT operations are mostly manual, and any functions that are automated are tightly […]


Rant: Our Vendor Partners Dont Have an SDN Vision

There is an old saying “A man with his eyes fixed on Heaven doesn’t see where he is going”. It’s an almost perfect description of how the major vendors are bringing Software Defined Networking to the market.

The consistent message from all the vendors and especially the Cisco, Juniper and Brocade is that there are “no use cases for SDN”. In the last three months, this has been a constantly repeated statement both publicly and privately. This beggars belief that vendors can’t see immediate needs that deliver long term gains.

I suspect that the root of this problem is the big companies want to solve big problems. And by solving big problems they figure that they can make big revenue. Alright, I get that. It’s understandable that large organisations need a constant revenue stream to feed the insatiable maws of their shareholders. However, the vendors re also missing the most real and immediate problem of networking today. Simply, Networking is too hard.

Vendors haven’t developed tools that keep the complexity of networking under control. Complexity can be reduced to this: “I don’t have big problems, I have lots of small problems.” You can have debates about addressing complexity and how to attack it, but it nearly always boils down to this: start small.

Poster: Cloud Price Negotiation

Poster: Cloud Price Negotiations

Some time ago, I was asked to work with a Cloud Provider to establish a budget for a potential project. I was unable to set a project budget because there was no way of capping the cost and meeting a budget. This is how the conversations with the sales representative went when discussing “How much […]

ConsultoBabble Deployment Analysis Report for Cloud Deployment of

I don’t use a Cloud for any of my blogs or email services. I’ve looked at three different cloud providers including Amazon, Rackspace and others. I guessed that they all would work, more or less. Except they cost between four to ten times the solution from a managed service provider. Here is my exit report for the fictitious consulting engagement with myself.

A Rolling Upgrade Strategy, Apple OSX and Cloud Infrastructure

One point that was buried in the Apple’s Mountain Lion updates this week is that Apple is shifting to a yearly update model for OSX. Think about that in a corporate environment. Yes, it’s another piece on change management.

Musing:Cloud Data, Ownership and Government Sponsored Data Theft

Pondering on data ownership, and whether governements could legally steal data from offshore organisations

Complex Systems have Complex Failures. That’s Cloud Computing.

Exposing cloud failures The result of the Amazon EC2 failure this week has exposed a number of technology strategies in cloud infrastructure as being less than perfect. Complex systems have complex failures The most vexing problem of Cloud Computing is that these systems are complex, and the more complex system the more complex the failure. […]

Internets of Interest:21 Apr 11

Collection of useful, relevant or inane places on the the Internets for 21 Apr 11:

Cloud Security Blanket – I’m Safe NOW

I’ve got a Cloud Security Blanket. Got to know that all my data is safes now.

QFabric – What excites me!

I was intrigued and excited about the Junipers announcement last week of QFabric. I was vaguely aware of TRILL and Cisco implementation (Fabric Path), but came to the table (so to speak) with no pre-conceptions of what I might expect.   SCI-FI – Is this just me? Is the Q in QFabric taken from sci-fi […]

Cisco Cius versus iPad versus HP WebOS – Year of the Tablets

Comparing Cisco Cius and the iPad in the Enterprise

Teaching Management to think New Thoughts

HP has developed a Cloud Workshop for Managers. Which means that you might not have to teach your managers about Cloud Computing after all. Huzzah.

VMware vCloud, Isolated Networks and L2 network overlays.

Apparently VMware vCloud product supports the use of “isolated networks”. What I just found out is that Isolated Networks are MAC-in-MAC encapsulated Ethernet. Oh my.

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