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As we prepare to celebrate the start of a new year I can’t help but look back on the past 10 years and contemplate what the next year (and decade) has to offer. Many will not miss 2009, but the decade of the new millennium brought a new wave of technologies. Standing at the threshold of 2010, I can’t help but wonder where our focus in technology will turn. In the past 10 years, we’ve had the fortune of many, many technology advances. Today, most everyone has a cell phone…and it seems most have traded a cell phone for a smart phone the likes of an iPhone or Blackberry. To “Google” is a common verb in many households. We’ve also seen the first generation of workers that were born in the computer age enter the workforce. Somewhat related, social networking firmly took root ala MySpace, Facebook. Similarly, professionally oriented sites added to the collective in the f... (more)

Personal Cloud Computing for Road Warriors

I thought I would take a brief departure from my other missives to share some recent experiences. This entry is more geared for those of you that are road warriors. And it applies to the more personal use cases of cloud computing. On a personal note, I thought I knew what it meant to travel [...] ... (more)

Could Data Centers Become Black Sheep?

Could they? Could it be out of Vogue to operate your own data center? Current developments in Corporate Social Responsibility and a maturing data center marketplace are starting to drive these changes. For many, this could be a discussion about the pink elephant in the room. Data centers have been, and continue to be a requirement for businesses around the world. We rely more heavily every day on systems and the applications they run. Those applications run on servers and use storage subsystems; all of which are connected with networking devices. Collectively, we call this the “... (more)

Time to Get on the Colocation Train Before It Is Too Late

The data center industry is heading toward an inflection point that has significant impact on enterprises. It seems many aren't looking far enough ahead, but the timeline appears to be 12-18 months, which is not that far out! The issue is a typical supply chain issue of supply, demand and timelines. A Change in the Winds First, let's start with a bit of background... The advent of Cloud Computing and newer technologies are driving an increase in the number of enterprises looking to ‘get out of the data center business. I, along with others, have presented many times about ‘Death... (more)

Important Cloud Computing Aspects for CIOs

Chief Information Officer on Ulitzer In late 2009, I had the pleasure of joining Jim Swartz (pictured below), CIO of Sybase in a “Meet the Press” type of interview format. VMware hosted the interview for broadcast on CIO.com. The webcast is available on CIO.com’s website. ... (more)