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Cloud services for SME business - a fork in the road

Richard Stinton

Last week I had the privilege of speaking at a TechUK event in Newcastle, England, hosted by the Federation for Small Business and the Local Enterprise Partnership at Newcastle College.

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Topics: DRaaS, IaaS, backup, cloud, ecs

Automating the iland Cloud with Microsoft Powershell – Part Two, Automatic Shutdown and Startup

Richard Stinton

In Part One of this series, we looked at using Powershell to report on aspects of the iland cloud, and to create new vApps and VMs using simple GET-, NEW- and SET- commands.

One of the great things about cloud computing environments is the ability to shutdown workloads when they are not needed, and therefore not pay for the resources (except storage).  Dev/Test is an excellent example of this, where whole development environments can be shutdown at night or at weekends, and then started up again just in time for the developers to use them.

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Topics: VMware, IaaS, test and dev, ECS-AS, automation, cloud, API

Mark Your Calendars: IDC Declares Cloud "Mainstream"

Lilac Schoenbeck

In a recent Cisco-sponsored survey, IDC has reportedly declared the cloud mainstream. No longer is this bleeding edge or cutting edge - it's actually just normal. "68 per cent of respondents using public, private or hybrid cloud in their IT mix," quotes the Register.

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Topics: IaaS, cloud

Picking Between Too Many Clouds to Count

Lilac Schoenbeck

This week at VMworld, Pat Gelsinger issued a tweet:

We know there are almost too many clouds to count. At , we're looking at bridging the gaps between them.

Ok. Any cursory glance at an analyst report will show a litany of cloud options, starting with the "Big Box" clouds and moving to smaller, regional and specialized players. But, is this "too many clouds," per Mr. Gelsinger?

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Topics: VMware, IaaS, cloud

The Boring Cloud: Real World Workloads Make a Move

Lilac Schoenbeck

I was chatting with one of my favorite analysts the other day, and we were talking about which workloads move to the cloud. He said that the buzz continued around DevOps and Big Data and all that sexy stuff -- no one wants to hear about "traditional workloads."

That seems to be true. Both Gartner and Forrester seem keen on discussing cloud-native applications that leverage insane scale to do magical calculations. Let's be honest. That stuff sounds really neat.

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Topics: cloud

You're a wizard, Cloudy

Lilac Schoenbeck

In the latest release of our cloud console (a bit of a misnomer in a world of continuous updates), we introduced a number of wizard tools to help ease the path to a DR failover, for example. In prior iterations, we added provisioning wizards and network configuration wizards.

And it got me thinking: isn't cloud just meant to be a big ol' wizard?

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Topics: cloud, console

End Cloud-Shaming! Sanctimonious Cloud Users

Lilac Schoenbeck

The internet has brought us so much magic - from instant answers to pressing questions at the dinner table to keeping up with a grade school friend whose status updates make you retch. And, the internet has brought sanctimonious behavior in many contexts - personal, professional and technical.

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Topics: IaaS, cloud

iland Cloud Infrastructure API - ReST easy

Farhan Chughtai

While many businesses are trying to plot their path towards the cloud, iland is looking to help customers evolve beyond the status quo. A few years ago, iland started down the path of creating a revolutionary new cloud platform. The iland cloud was designed with a focus on providing not only a feature rich interface, but one that could rapidly adapt to offering new services.

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Topics: DRaaS, IaaS, cloud, API

I’m Guilty – And I Mock It: Cloud Stock Photography

Lilac Schoenbeck

Stock photos make me crazy. You go into a site, type in something innocuous like “sadness” or “growth curve” and get pages of incongruous pictures of giraffes, pineapples and a man balancing on a pile of rocks. Part of my brain explodes as I try to understand why a woman wearing a visor is connected to the term “mainframe.” It’s like a failed word association game. 

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Topics: cloud, fun

Remote Console Access - do you need it in your cloud?

Jeff Polczynski

To continue with my hard-learned lessons that not all clouds are the same, I’m back to report on another feature that I was shocked to find absent in Microsoft’s Azure cloud: remote console access.
As in my prior blog post about Azure’s lack of large disk support, this post follows the adventures of a friend of mine who was attempting to build an application stack atop Azure. Let’s call this friend Jim.
Jim builds his applications with security baked in. Immediately after booting a VM, Jim configures the host-based firewall with very restrictive rules. By host-based firewall I’m referring to the built-in Windows Firewall in Windows Server and later, and iptables in Linux.

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Topics: cloud, ecs

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