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?

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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

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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.. […]

Foto Friday – Another Sunrise at Isle of Palms

Sunrise over Isle of Palms

While this isn’t a a great ‘technical’ photo (out of focus, etc) I do like the overall ‘feel’ of it so I’m sharing it. Captured with Canon 7D Mark II and Canon 17-40L.

Use Cases for the Cloud

Cloud Use Cases

If you’ve spent any time within IT over the last few years, you’ve probably heard the term ‘cloud’ more than you really wanted to. The cloud has become something of a buzzword over the years.   Buzzwords are created when a term is overused, and the cloud has been overused quite a bit in many organizations. […]

Confirmation Bias & Data Analytics

Confirmation Bias

In what might be the best titled article I’ve read in a while, Vince Kellen writes about the dangers of confirmation bias (or ‘finding what we want to find’) when working with big data. The article, titled “Big Data and the Mirror of Erised“, Kellen writes: Being human beings with a tendency to confirm what […]

Foto Friday: Great White Egret with Reflections

Great White Egret with Reflections

I captured this Great White in South Carolina. While I like the setup and photo in of itself, I was intrigued to see the water reflections on the Egret. Captured with Canon 7D Mark II with Canon 400 mm 5.6 L handheld.. Captured with Canon 7D Mark II with Canon 400 mm 5.6 L handheld.