Topic Cloud Operations

How to cool a datacenter

Electronic components generate a lot of heat. Keeping them cool can get expensive. Let's discuss some options.

Cloud migration, application modernization and hybrid cloud in 2017

If you work in enterprise IT you’ve heard the phrases “cloud migration”, “application modernization” and “hybrid cloud” almost ad nauseum. But these IT trends aren’t just being discussed at industry trade shows anymore—now they are major initiatives for enterprise organizations across the globe.

The top 10 hyperscale cloud posts of 2016

It's end of year list time. So let's check out what ten posts grabbed the most attention in year one of the Hyperscale Cloud blog. And let us know what you want to see in 2017!

When 1+1 used to be 3(G)

This year Ericsson is attending Amazon re:Invent for the first time. Before I share some of my reflections from the event, I would like to look back for a bit.

Networking: The Final Frontier For Software Defined Application Visibility

As applications and services move into virtualized environments, and network speeds leap from 10Gbps (yesterday) to 25/40Gbps (today) to 100Gbps in coming years, the legacy methods of monitoring application flows don’t scale. At the same time, with overlays and underlays and associated complexity, there is a bigger need to monitor every application and every application flow.

How data storage stores: behind the magician's curtain

Let's explore the different ways applications store data permanently on disk. The different methods are in some sense merely conveniences for the programmer writing an application.

At its heart, all data storage consists of a stream of zeros and ones on some medium. Paper and magnetic tape have given way to disk, but the principles remain the same. When we talk about storage methods, we mean the structure imposed on these zeros and ones to provide the semantics necessary for storing them—that is, the ability to express ideas such as data ownership, security, access method, and even clues as to what type of data it is that we are storing.

I will begin the discussion with the most familiar method (file storage) and then discuss block storage (the way databases store data for us), and finally I will briefly discuss object-based storage, which is a method modern applications use to move data structures from working memory to disk.

Do you have the willpower for cloud transformation?

It's time to face up to some truths about cloud from an organizational perspective. Today, many businesses – both vendors and enterprises – are attempting cloud for the second or third time (in some cases, it’s even more). And there’s a growing realization that cloud is much more than a technology or architecture question – it comes down to organization and often just plain old willpower.

Why platforms are the future of cloud computing

How do you spot a platform? It's easy - it’s when you give away one thing while getting paid (and making sure others get paid) for a second thing. Facebook is a platform, since it offers free social media, gets paid for ads, and makes sure other people get paid through ads.

And in the cloud industry, we have a lot to learn from them.