Application Tetris – Workload Placement and Consolidation


Recently, the industry has seen a surge in tools being developed to move virtual machines around the data center. Not just a vMotion or a Live Migration, moving the application infrastructure when you need and decide to explicitly, but an automated, intelligent decision on where the VM is best placed. VMware vRealize Operations, VM Turbo and Cirba all strive to solve this in their own unique way, but I would like to talk about why they are useful….and potentially essential as you move forward at scale. Time to Re-Think Application…
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Shadow IT – Listen to the Smart People?


There’s an inspirational quote from the late Steve Jobs going around the twitter-verse right now: “It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do, we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.”   This is a great point-of-view and one I think will resonate with both employers and employees. If leaders everywhere adopted this perspective, then employers would feel even more empowered to innovate, and innovation is the key to success in these times. We only have to look at…
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Micro Services, Netflix and The End of Pizza Releases

Domino's Pizza

By now, all of us know Netflix and have used it. We should also know that because of the uptake in streaming services in general, traditional DVD rental services had to either adapt or face bankruptcy. Lovefilm, a more traditional DVD rental service was acquired by Amazon for ¬£200m which became Lovefilm instant, a streaming service, and finally Amazon prime instant video. Blockbuster wasnt so adaptive…. Netflix themselves are the poster child for Amazon Web Services. To me, the fact that they’re running their platform on what’s essentially an outsourced…
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Hacking the Cloud – Micro Segmentation


It seems almost every day there is a new story in the news about a large business getting hacked and often personal data being leaked. Talktalk were recently a victim of this, but the most extreme I’ve heard about is a hack where ATMs were throwing out money. So how does this happen? Traditional network design takes what I like to call the “Bouncer on the Door” approach. Imagine going to a nightclub, to get in you have to get past the bouncer¬† first This can be a pain sometimes,…
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The Power of Blueprints

Sample Blueprint

Today’s cloud environments are all about applying policy. The only way to manage large and complex environments is to create a set of rules and instructions on how services should be delivered, which then become templates, or blueprints. Any other approach means its a lot of effort to make any changes to services or to grow or create new ones. Vendors are providing even richer plugins and a lot are providing completely open APIs, which gives us more control over the entire datacenter. Many organizations take on the task of…
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Hyper-converged, Converged or Build your own Infrastructure?


I get asked a lot about different hardware deployment models for cloud. Hyper-converged is the new buzzword for hardware today, previously it was converged stacks. It’s worth thinking about all of the options available and the change you would need to make internally to your processes, platform and applications to make best use of these hardware platforms. I’m going to give a brief overview of some datacenter hardware possibilities and the benefits of each. Multi-Vendor (Build your own) This is the traditional way of building a datacenter. First you make…
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The Journey to Cloud

Joy in the Journey

Hi Everyone, Welcome to TobiasOnCloud. For my first post I wanted to address something I see a lot with the customers I visit, which is the desire to transform their datacenter from a traditional model into a “Private Cloud”. Firstly, this means many different things to many different people, but for this example lets assume we’re looking to move from managing everything in the datacenter separately (Compute, Network, Storage, Virtualization, Monitoring, Approvals, etc.) with an ITSM wrapper (many spreadsheets and emails) to an AWS-like experience inside the comforts of you…
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