With the fast-pace of cloud changes (new services, providers entering and exiting), cloud lock-in remains a popular refrain. But what does it mean, and how can you ensure you're maximizing your cloud investment while keeping portability in mind?
William El Kaim describes an Open Cloud Model based on agile principles and driven by an independent user community to define it further. He provides a sketch of a potential Cloud Operating System. He also defines the SHINE principles for transforming IT into BT (Business Technology).
Smalltalk, a language that has had a big influence on Ruby, is making a comeback. We take a look at the current situation and talk to Randal L. Schwartz about Smalltalk. 5
Cloud services have helped bring virtualization to the forefront. Its full power however, also includes other benefits such as high availability, disaster recovery, and rapid provisioning. 1
VMware Infrastructure 3: Advanced Technical Design Guide and Advanced Operations Guide provides a wealth of practical insights into setting up virtualization in todays corporate environments.
While virtualization provides many benefits, security can not be a forgotten concept in its application.
It is easy to think that virtualization applies only to servers. In reality the recent resurgence of the concept is also being applied to networking, storage, and application infrastructure. 5