Proprietary vs. Open Source Clouds: Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

By | June 18, 2014

In my last Forbes column I discussed how Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst and other open source advocates see the disruption created by cloud software and services as the business opportunity of a generation. Yet like most other IT revolutions, the cloud confronts legacy infrastructure, entrenched bureaucracies and incumbent vendors like Microsoft, Oracle and VMware are rapidly evolving their software platforms into enterprise cloud stacks. No… Read More »

5 Hybrid Cloud Gotchas

By | June 11, 2014

Mixing public and private can deliver the best of both cloud worlds. But beware management complexity, cost volatility, data protection, and other potential snafus.t, Hybrid clouds are the future of enterprise computing. Forty-seven percent of the nearly 400 respondents to InformationWeek’s new Hybrid Cloud Survey have implemented or are actively piloting or developing private clouds, with an additional… Read More »

Red Hat’s CEO Sees Open Source Cloud Domination

By | June 8, 2014

Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst sees the business opportunity of a generation in what he calls a computing paradigm shift from client-server to cloud architectures. “In those paradigm shifts, generally new winners emerge,” says Whitehurst and he intends to make sure Red Hat is one of those winners. His logic is sound and simple: disruptive technologies like the cloud that arise… Read More »

Cloud Turbulence: Feature Creep Means New Clashes in the Cloud Market

By | June 4, 2014

As cloud services mature and add features, they increasingly overlap, signaling heightened competition in both the consumer and enterprise markets. Smaller cloud players must be nimble and adaptive to avoid getting trampled. The cloud is the latest battleground of the tech titans across the spectrum of enterprise and consumer business, but maturation, a desire for market hegemony and technology evolution… Read More »

Apple-Beats Deal Epitomizes the Preeminence of Design Over Technology

By | June 2, 2014

Commodification means we’re leaving the era of technology and entering the era of design and style Apple’s $3 billion acquisition of Beats is an event that highlights technology’s march through consumer products, creative content and now, fashionable style. More importantly, the deal demonstrates the ascendance of design over technology, form over function, style over features. In the era… Read More »

On Hotspots, Hackers Aren’t the Only Ones After Your Private Information

By | May 21, 2014

Don’t just worry about data security on hotspots. Hotspot providers culling metadata pose a bigger threat to privacy Public hotspots have become the water fountains and restrooms of the digital age: amenities expected of every public venue. But as I wrote in a previous column, they can be a a privacy and security minefield, where the combination of few controls, little oversight and… Read More »

Public Hotspots Are a Privacy and Security Minefield: Shield Yourself

By | May 18, 2014

Protecting your data from prying eyes while on the move is important and easier than ever. Here’s why. An axiom among network security pros is that you should treat public Wi-Fi hotspots like the cyber equivalent of public bathrooms: a convenience we all use, but only with the requisite hygiene. You wouldn’t share personal items like a toothbrush… Read More »

Advanced Attacks Demand New Defenses

By | May 12, 2014

Security threat and response is a vicious circle of escalating (and increasingly cagey) ­attacks and sophisticated (and increasingly costly) defenses. The latest generation of ­malware includes deviously creative evasive techniques crafted to exploit ambiguities in the Internet’s underlying technology, flaws in network software stacks, and limitations of security appliances. One example operates at the network-protocol level to bypass… Read More »

Creating The Enterprise Cloud: A Q&A With VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger

By | May 11, 2014

The term “cloud” is by now so overused that most people lump it in with the rest of the marketing buzzword pantheon with terms like “solution”, “leverage” or “ROI.” You’re probably thinking that the cloud is what Google and Amazon do and how could it possibly be relevant to your business? Well it is (what Google does) and… Read More »

Software Eats the Data Center: VMware’s Gelsinger Outlines IT’s Software-Defined Future

By | May 11, 2014

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger used his Interop keynote to lay out a four-pronged strategy for building what the company has coined the software defined data center, adding details and customer testimonials to a concept he initially described last year. Besides the firm’s ubiquitous server virtualization products, which abstract compute resources into customizable chunks that can be reconfigured and… Read More »