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Snopes for IT: The Myth of Hybrid Cloud

Lilac Schoenbeck

I have been in this crazy cloud space for ages. Too long to 'fess up to. And for as long as there has been cloud, the dream of hybrid cloud has existed. 

It's a glitter-covered world in which a flexible, self-service, charge back-driven cloud lives in your own data center with a shiny new bi-directional pipe to one or more public clouds, where flexible on-demand resources also exist.  It smells of cotton candy and hope.

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Topics: hybrid cloud, IaaS

Admiral Ackbar’s take on Private Cloud

Brian Ussher

I’ve got a sense that cloud customers are increasingly stuck between two scenes of the original Star Wars movies, without an obvious path forward. And, feeling inspired, I thought I may act as the Obi-Wan for a moment, being far too not-green and humble to fancy myself to be Yoda.

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Topics: DRaaS, hybrid cloud, security, private cloud

Encryption in the Cloud: Options abound.

Lilac Schoenbeck

If our sales reps had a dollar for every time someone mentioned encryption, I suspect they’d be buying us coffee for months. It’s been a hot topic for ages. It feels like the easy first step to get everything secure out there in the nebulous ether – and that’s probably true. 

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Topics: hybrid cloud, security

Delightful People, Boring Topic: Compliance in the Cloud

Lilac Schoenbeck

These days, I’ve been spending a lot of time with our compliance officer, Frank Krieger. He’s a delightful fellow with extra personality, which makes him an odd candidate for the role of “guy who reads reams of boring requirements.”  One member of his team is a woman we affectionately call “Liz Lemon” who is equal parts spunk and attention to detail. They are an unlikely bunch in an compliance group. 

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Topics: hybrid cloud, Compliance, HIPAA

Hybrid Cloud Delivers Flexibility and Agility

Monica Brink

Adoption of hybrid cloud is increasing as CIO’s strive to set up the perfect on premise and cloud infrastructure combination to match their workload requirements; while also delivering the cost savings, flexibility and agility required by the business. Despite what some cloud providers advocate, most organizations want & need to take a phased approach to cloud adoption. They’ll operate in a hybrid cloud model – with some workloads in an on premise data center configured in a private cloud and others deployed to the public cloud.

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Topics: hybrid cloud

Musical Clouds: EMC, Dell, Microsoft & VMware when the music stops

Lilac Schoenbeck

Every year or two, it feels like someone flips on the music and while you’re listening to the soothing voice of Mick Jagger belt out “Hey.. You.. Get off of my cloud!,” all the major vendors start scrambling around the market hoping to catch a seat at the table when the tune ends. 

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Topics: hybrid cloud, IaaS, IoT

Down with the stereotype: IT Guys, Muppets and Clouds

Lilac Schoenbeck

First, let me open by saying that I deeply, deeply love the Muppets. I was going to marry Kermit as a kid, but then – well – Jim Henson died, and I developed a love of mammalian life. But, his felted green face still warms my heart. So, I am happily, nostalgically watching the reboot of The Muppet Show. 

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Topics: hybrid cloud

Closing The Gap: Internet of Things and the Cloud

Scott Sparvero

I’ve long been a fan of the concept of the Internet of Things. I gladly welcome technology into my life to simplify it – I installed a home automation system to control my blinds, my AV systems, and my HVAC - all from an app on my various devices. But increasingly, consumer technology feels like its progressing much faster than business technology.  

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Topics: hybrid cloud, management, IoT, automation

Thoughts on Cloud Security

Lilac Schoenbeck

Since our recent announcement of our Enterprise Cloud Services – Advanced Security platform, I have been talking to analysts, customers and press about the offering. It’s sparked some great conversations that have left me mulling this domain a fair bit.

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Topics: hybrid cloud, security

You wanted an OS with that Cloud? That’s extra.

Lilac Schoenbeck

Some of us here at iland were BIG fans of Les Miserables. When the movie came out, some of us (ahem) saw it more than twice. And one of the most disgusting scenes in the story is that of the innkeeper singing Master of The House. The song is beyond the pale, but when I read about cloud pricing, this verse always plays in my head:

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Topics: hybrid cloud, IaaS, operating systems

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