“Dev-Test” in the Cloud Can Mean Ops as Well as Apps

There are some very common usages that one finds for the public cloud when it comes to business IT; along with data protection and long-term archival storage (and, yes, increasingly but not ubiquitously, there are production applications), one of the most oft-mentioned uses for the cloud is that of Dev-Test.

It is easy to see why – it can be viewed as a safe sandbox to play in, with no realistic danger of contaminating your production data. Meantime there are resources that are as flexible (whether in terms of scale, type, or speed of implementation) as your budget allows. And perhaps most important of all, of course, when you’re done, you’re done; just wrap up the project, and check out of the IT hotel.

Now, just as you're expecting it, there’s actually no “but” to this blog; instead there’s an “and”….

Topics: Storage applications operations public cloud dev-test

The Two Cornerstones of Next-Generation Cybersecurity (Part 1)

Every CISO I speak with tells a story fraught with common anxiety about the future of information security. As the world becomes more mobile, consumer-centric, and cloud-based, IT gets more distributed and complex while the IT department has less and less control. This presents a real conundrum for security professionals who’ve been trained to seize control and lock down as much as they can.

So what should CISOs do to address the “shadow IT” dilemma? As IT loses control of some of its traditional assets, my suggestion to CISOs is to double-down on security controls and oversight for the things they still own. In my humble opinion, there are two key areas to focus on: Sensitive data and identity. Everything else – applications, endpoints, networks, and servers – must kowtow to these two cornerstones and enforce specific data security and identity policies.

Topics: Data Management & Analytics Information and Risk Management Enterprise Software Security and Privacy cyber security next-generation cybersecurity applications identity

Desktops and Apps On the Go

I still remember the day I had to feed the PC with 20+ 3.5” disks to load it up with Windows 95. The ultimate result of the install was fantastic for time, but the process was like watching paint dry! I didn’t have to worry much about laptops, and cell phones were just beginning to take hold…but I did carry a beeper. Wow have times dramatically changed. I am headed off to attend Citrix Synergy and Microsoft TechEd with a sharp focus on:

  1. The choices businesses have with alternative desktop and application delivery models. Which use cases they may map to and how aggressive (or not) IT is planning and adopting new delivery models.
  2. Determining how critical heterogeneous device support may be becoming and the different approaches Citrix and Microsoft may take in a world where Apple-, Google-, and Microsoft-based devices are sprinkled throughout most businesses.
  3. The criticality of an app store. The app store works extremely well for consumers, but are businesses looking for the same experience? And, if so, how can they apply it to their unique businesses?
  4. Potential new application development trends. I’m curious to see if businesses are looking closer at web designed apps, mobile apps, Windows apps, etc., and which development tools they are using to create the new generation of applications.
  5. Device management. MDM (mobile device management) and MAM (mobile application management) sure seem to capture a lot of market and investor attention, but are these quickly becoming commoditized or are they true differentiators in the market?

I have my theories on all of these, and I'm excited to spend some seat time with the folks at Citrix and Microsoft as well as end-user attendees to see how they are prioritizing mobile workspaces and what each of these companies has in store. Please keep checking in to my blog and follow me on twitter (@markbowker) to keep track of real-time information we may glean from these events.

Topics: End-User Computing Endpoint & Application Virtualization mobile applications

IT Chasms, Gaps, and A New World Order

I went to dinner last night with my pal, EMC big wig Rich Napolitano, and a startup he knows called Plexxi. I've known Rich for many years since his startup Pirus (acquired by Sun for way too much money, god bless them).

Topics: Cisco IT Infrastructure VMware Networking applications operations Plexxi infrastructure

Lab Report - Citrix XenServer 6.0

ESG Lab recently completed testing of the Citrix XenServer 6.0.

Topics: IT Infrastructure Private Cloud Infrastructure Compute Citrix applications Server Virtualization