Foto Friday – Titmouse Bathing

Titmouse Bathing

Captured this Titmouse taking a bath while touring Palo Duro Canyon in Texas.  Captured with Canon 7D Mark II and Canon 100-400 L Mark II handheld.

Complexity – The Killer of Agility?

complexity

I’ve said a few times that the data center of today isn’t the data center of yesterday nor is it the data center of tomorrow. In fact, in “The Data Center of Tomorrow” I wrote that the: “data center will be a combination of internal and external systems that combine to create an agile, efficient […]

Does IT Agility Equate to Business Survival?

IT Agility Key to Survival?

I’ve been writing about agility within the data center and IT group recently. I truly believe the future of IT (and the business) requires that those of us in IT rethink how and what we deliver to our organizations. While reading a white paper titled “Agile IT Empowers Business Success”, I ran across an intriguing […]

Foto Friday – Tent Rocks Slot Canyon

Tent Rocks Slot Canyon

This is a capture from the Tent Rocks Slot Canyon trail in New Mexico. Captured with Canon 7D Mark II with Canon 17-40mm L handheld.

Everything As A Service

Everything-as-a-service

It seems like every article you read about technology today includes a service delivered in an ‘-As-A-Service’ approach. We have an abundance of Software-As-A-Service (SaaS), Platform-As-A-Service (PaaS), Communications-As-A-Service (CaaS), Infrastructure-As-A-Service (IaaS) and many other X-aaS systems/platforms. In fact, XaaS is being used to denote the ‘Everything-As-A-Service’ mentality. The ‘Everything-As-A-Service’ approach is one that makes a […]

What is the Cloud…Really?

question mark

I read a lot of blogs and articles talking about the cloud. Many of these articles try to go really deep into the technology stack found within the cloud while others try to keep the discussions at a very high level. While reading some of these articles, I realized that there is rarely a basic […]

A Primary Goal of an Agile Data Center – Portability

Data Center Portability

If you ask one hundred people (or companies) what it means to have an agile data center, you’ll most likely get a large number of diverse answers. While you’ll most likely hear different answers from different people, I think many of those answers would fall into line with what I wrote in “The Right Services […]

Disaster Recovery and the Agile Data Center

cloud-disaster-recovery

If there was one time that a data center and an IT group absolutely need to be agile, it would be the time immediately after a disaster strikes. Disaster recovery planning is a challenge for every organization. The challenge doesn’t come from understanding the ‘what’ of disaster recovery; everyone knows what should be done to […]

The Data Center of Tomorrow

Data Center of Tomorrow

The data center of tomorrow will look much differently than the data center of today. That particular sentence should not be that surprising to anyone who’s been in an organization that has internal data centers. Most organizations have been working on data center transformation projects over the last few years. With these transformation projects, companies […]

The IT Group as Cost Center – Or Innovation Center?

Cost Center

Mark Thiele published a post recently titled “Why we Value IT Incorrectly – Innovation vs Cost Center.”  You should go read it. If you don’t follow Mark’s writing on his blog or twitter, you should…he has some great insights into IT , IT leadership, the data center and many other aspects of the IT group.. […]