Introducing NSX in Your Enterprise – Crossing Over the IT verticals

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Virtualization has forever changed the way IT departments operate and VMware with its flagship vSphere brought the concept of virtualization to companies of all sizes, big and small. Well, now that is history and in this digital time and age, it could be considered as old as “Once upon a time” kind of history. Virtualization technologies have come along a long way and with the product portfolio of VMware and its partner organizations, these technologies are now encompassing several functions of IT and datacenter operations such as server, desktops, storage, networking, and security.

The challenges faced by IT departments for server virtualization  were vastly different from those seen for vSAN and NSX. When server virtualization was initially introduced, the concept of virtualization was too geeky for mainstream IT deployment and was deemed that it would never support production environment. In my own experience, More

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Implementing Organizational Change

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Change is defined as “to make something different”. It is not to make better, but to make different. The responsibility to identify opportunities for change, evaluate the existing business environment, and define the changes that makes a “better difference” in the organization is with the leadership of the company. Also, by virtue of constantly changing business environment, the change itself is constant. A company may pro-actively address the changing business environment and re-align itself for success or it may let the external forces dictate and eventually lose opportunities to compete in the dynamic landscape. Since change is constant, we should call it “Managing” and not “Implementing” change. Instead of using the word “Change”, we could refer it as “Growth”, because “managing change” is effectively “managing growth” which could be either positive growth or negative growth.

The change here is not the application change in IT or functional change related to internal operations of a business division. Those changes are well managed by the Change Control Board within the realm of Project management and ITIL. The change referred here is an enterprise wide transformation that More

Protecting Your Data from a New Generation of Hackers

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Cybercrime is a rapidly growing threat, and one that businesses and consumers don’t seem to fully appreciate. As more and more business is conducted virtually — on computers and mobile devices — the opportunity for criminals to steal valuable information expands. At the same time, cyberattacks are growing in sophistication with signs that some efforts, including the recent Flame virus, may be sponsored by nation states. And while law enforcement is focusing more attention on the matter, observers say corporate America is not doing all it can to meet the threat. “The problem has been growing exponentially for the last 10 years,” says Andrea Matwyshyn, a Wharton professor of legal studies and business ethics. “As technology advances, the speed and potency of attacks can also increase exponentially.”

Click to continue reading…Protecting Your Data from a New Generation of Hackers – Knowledge@Wharton.

The Truth About Cloud Economics – Drue Reeves and Daryl Plummer – Harvard Business Review

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The Truth About Cloud Economics – Drue Reeves and Daryl Plummer – Harvard Business Review.

Clearing the Cloud on Cloud

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The term “cloud computing” is a collective phrase used to define the computing environment in which an application or service delivered is created to be independent of physical location of the hardware used to store the content. According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, cloud computing is defined as “Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.” This article is intended to present the general concepts of cloud computing and explain these concepts in relation to computing requirements and experiences of end-users, IT professionals, and business management.

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Cloud Delivery Models

Cloud services are delivered by one of the three primary service models based on the type of service delivered. The delivery models are Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). These models are collectively referred to as the SPI model.

Software as a service (SaaS)

SaaS is a cloud delivery model in which the service provider hosts and manages the applications, and provides the use of these applications or services to customers over the Internet. The physical location of the files, servers, and even the datacenter is “clouded” from the user and the user only experiences availability of the service from the provider.

Platform as a service (PaaS)

PaaS provides an online platform delivered over the web to develop and deploy applications without the need to manage the underlying servers, network infrastructure, and applications. More

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