Closing out 2013 and looking forward at Technology 2014 and beyond


It’s time to close out 2013 time and step into 2014. It’s been an interesting year and as always the years seem to fly past faster and faster.

Outlook of Technology 2014 and forward in the Technology Sector

  • New motto / quote that end users and clients are looking for from service providers: “Quick, Better Faster and Quality”

    Sounds simple but it’s how companies achieve this that will set the companies apart from each other.
  • Cloud will continue gathering speed and will see the consolidation or mergers of companies coming up as well as possible new
    players in the cloud market that we wouldn’t have thought of previous. These maybe coming from the utility space or the previous
    industrial space such as a GE, EMERSON, or even possibly SAMSUNG
  • Bigger shift toward converged infrastructure to be used for private / hybrid cloud allowing companies to cut down on design
    and integration / build efforts.
  • Secuirty Operation Centers (SOC) will start to move more towards Security as a Service model and again possibly offered by
    companies you might not have thought as IT players previously.
  • Pure datacentre providers will see the market move from a seller to a buyers’ market toward end of 2014 beginning 2015
  • The plug and play Data center modules of varying sizes as content distribution points
  • More advanced cloud solutions and services merging offerings on Public, Hybrid, Private and Personal Mobile Clouds
  • Service Level Agreements will have to change as end users don’t understand them in details and companies find it so difficult to design
    and achieve them so they will have to change toward 99% or 0% models. Either the service is working or not and if not the service
    provider will be held accountable.
  • Internet of Things – Connecting physical things to the internet makes possible to access remote sensor data and to control the physical
    world from a distance. Sensors and smart devices will be making our lives easier and allow for optimization of large complex systems
    such as transportation grids, utilities, healthcare and others. New synergistic services will be developed that go beyond the possibilities
    of the current isolated embedded system.

Pure Technology wise

  • FCoE fiber channel over Ethernet and iScsi become the 2 main forces in disk access fabrics no more direct FC networks
  • Storage Arrays will start to change more towards Hybrid and Flash based solutions for Extreme Performance solutions
  • Energy efficiency methods and technology in Data center space will gather pace with the large companies such as Amazon, Google
    Rackspace, Microsoft, Facebook leading the space but other providers copying using the technology that is being developed
  • Virtualisation will start to make significant moves into the Networking and Security layers
  • Real-time Security isolation models in allowing air gapping or application isolation on clients, servers and networks will start to be seen
    more in the main stream.
  • Security will move in to more security deception and proactive analytics liking systems and integrating into the technology stacks
  • Unified Collaboration and Communications services such as UC as a Service will start to replace on premise UC platforms
  • Enterprises will embrace the fact that Tablets, and mobile devices are here and are staying and a shift to anytime anywhere computing
    as a global comp
  • 3D Printing – 3D Printing will transform product information, non-food, retail and create an explosion of personalization. In short, consumers
    take over! 3D printing fosters agility which is a key factor for the years to come
  • Augmented Reality –Overlaying the physical world with a digital layer is changing the interaction between people, objects and information.

 

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IT’s all down to interpretation and understanding isn’t IT, watch the video’s and smile


It’s time to close out of 2013 time and stepping in to 2014, it’s been an interesting year and as always the years seem to fly past faster and faster.

Time goes by so fast that it’s important to think about the future and not dwell in the past.

A festive season isn’t a festive season though without a bit of British Comedy like the “Ronnie’s”,

Looking at the below sketches don’t you think this is how people relate to IT some of the time or how IT teams relate to people.

My Blackberry Is Not Working! – The One Ronnie, Preview – BBC One

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAG39jKi0lI

It’s all down to interpretation and understanding isn’t IT

The Two Ronnie’s Fork Handles Four Candles

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cz2-ukrd2VQ&list=RDkAG39jKi0lI

 
 

Wishing you all the very best for a successful 2014

2014: The Year the Data Center Will Rule

The data center is the foundation of the IT stack — it’s the underpinning of global IT trends like Digital Business, Smart Machines and the Internet of Things, yet it is the only layer that has not evolved to meet the demands of big data, cloud computing, and mobile device and application proliferation.

In 2014, the IT organization is going to be judged on its speed and agility to keep pace with business demands. This requires a fundamental shift in the way organizations think about their data center strategies, and demands a strategic lens be placed on IT. Earlier this year, my colleague Patrick Flynn outlined the top five reasons why today’s data centers are broken. As 2013 draws to a close, here are the top five fundamental changes we’ll see in the data center industry to fix what’s broken and evolve the market:

 

  1. No more cardboard box stacks in 2014 – the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) migrates down the stack. The benefits of software-defined “everything” are well known: improved infrastructure flexibility, dynamic configuration and ultimately the complete virtualization of end-to-end data environments. In 2014, the data center, will take its rightful and obvious place as the locus of its namesake, the SDDC companies who understand how to optimize data center performance will gain significant competitive advantage in the coming year.

     

  2. Enterprise CIOs will run to an Open Compute architecture to define the emerging Enterprise Cloud. To change the economics of compute in 2014, the CIO will work to mirror the open design standards championed by Facebook and others. CIOs are under increased pressure from the CEO and CFO to reduce the cost of compute. To realize the cost advantages of an Open Compute architecture while meeting the stringent security and regulatory requirements of the enterprise, the CIO will look to third-party data center providers to securely rollout an Open Compute architecture. This will allow the CIO to outsource infrastructure investments but still reap the financial benefits of an open reference architecture in 2014. This new way to deploy compute is a quantum shift — the old way is dead.

     

  3. Data at the core of the data center. Data has brought smarter systems to city planning, logistics, and healthcare. In 2014, we will see that same intelligence applied to the design and operations of digital infrastructure. The data center will be the ideal place to fundamentally, comprehensively and enduringly address today’s IT and sustainability challenges. Data center managers and CIOs will tap into operational data to derive analytics that squeeze inefficiencies out of the IT value chain; will intelligently manage application demand; and will compose analytical models that quantify value and cost for the data center environment to bring economic, environment and social gains.

     

  4. “Data Sovereignty” will be a monster issue. Information that has been converted and stored in digital form is subject to the laws of the country in which it is located. The widespread adoption of cloud computing services, as well as object storage, have broken down traditional geopolitical barriers. In response, many countries have regulated new compliance requirements and legislation that requires customer data to be kept within the customer’s country of residence. CIOs will want to see and control their data, down to the rack-level. Most public cloud deployments don’t offer their end-user visibility into where their data resides. In 2014, enterprise CIOs will look at providers who offer visibility and controls that enable policy-based compliance with respect to domain. Whether it’s corporate security standards or driving compute efficiency, the CIO will be expected to know where data resides and where specific applications are running at all times.

     

  5. N+1 will be scrutinized. Data centers have been designed for worst-case scenarios. With the advancement of the Software Defined Data Center, the CIO will have the real-time visibility to lean-provision, based on actual application need. With this technology available in the market, CFOs will increasingly — and correctly — challenge CIOs seeking to overbuild.

    In the “Eight Critical Forces to Shape Data Center Strategy” Gartner report, Rakesh Kumar states, “Over the next five to 10 years most organizations will need to change their approach to previous data center strategies used in the last five to seven years, as most of the world comes out of recession and the nexus of forces (social, mobile, cloud and information) affects technology use.” As Kumar outlined in his report, the role and functionality of data centers has shifted. In 2014, the Software Defined Data Center will smash the current paradigm, giving enterprise and government the ability to fully exploit cloud with confidence.

    How quick (and agile) is your IT organization’s response to this tectonic shift? The answer will directly affect your business tomorrow.

    George Slessman is the CEO and Product Architect at IO (www.io.com)
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VMware, Cisco and NVIDIA Deliver High-Performance 3D Graphics to SSOE for Engineering and Construction

Can you imagine trying to write an email at a desktop computer and having to wait 10 seconds for the screen to refresh after typing in every sentence?  It would drive you nuts, not to mention reduce your productivity tremendously.  That’s the kind of user experience that architects and engineers at SSOE Group were having when trying to work from different locations collaboratively on highly-complex 3D models.

SSOE Group is an Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM) firm with 1200 employees located in 29 offices across 7 countries.  SSOE leverages the best talent that they have to complete client projects – no matter where that talent is located – which requires global collaboration in a 3D environment.

SSOE selected a solution utilizing VMware Horizon View™, Cisco, and NVIDIA to deliver the 3D graphics performance required for applications such as Autodesk Revit to collaboratively complete projects in a virtualized desktop environment.

To learn more about the VMware, Cisco and NVIDIA solution, check out this short video profiling SSOE’s experience or read through this solution brief.

 

More at source: VMware Blogs

VMware has released the RDP VC Bridge SDK

 

VMware has released the RDP VC Bridge SDK. This SDK is intended for ISVs who have applications that today run on Microsoft RDP using the RDP WTS APIs.

By simply recompiling and linking their code with the header and library files included in the SDK, ISVs can quickly enable their applications to run over the PCoIP protocol on VMware Horizon View.

As VMware Horizon View is the VDI market leader, this opens up a whole new market for ISVs who have previously been unable to closely integrate their products with Horizon View.

For VMware customers, this SDK expands the partner ecosystem. New partners can now bring in functionality to expand your Horizon View functionality into new use cases.

One of the use cases for this SDK is in healthcare. In hospitals ECG and blood pressure devices are used to monitor the health of patients. These devices can be attached to a laptop next to the bed. Software on the
laptop can be used to monitor things like heartbeat. For a central monitoring in a hospital control room the software can be installed on a Microsoft Remote Desktop Services server or a Citrix XenApp server.

The protocol must devices support are ICA and RDP.

To be able to use PCoIP to use the healthcare software remotely the VMware RDPVCBridge comes in handy.

There are many third-party, off-the-shelf plug-ins that are written for RDP virtual channels.

According to MSDN: “Virtual channels are software extensions that can be used to add functional enhancements to a Remote Desktop Services application. Examples of functional enhancements might include: support for special types of hardware, audio, or other additions to the core functionality provided by the Remote Desktop Services Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). The RDP protocol provides multiplexed management of multiple virtual channels.”

RDP Virtual channels are used for copy/paste between remote session and local device, for printing, for USB traffic to local device, for COM port remapping and many more.

Converting plug-ins to work over PCoIP requires a significant effort. In addition, it becomes necessary to maintain two versions of the plug-in, one for each protocol. RDPVCBridge solves both of these problems by providing a bridge between the RDP virtual channels and the PCoIP virtual channels. RDPVCBridge allows the application to work over both the RDP and the PCoIP protocols. It detects whether the application is running in an RDP or a PCoIP context and chooses the protocol accordingly.

RDP provides Windows Terminal Services (WTS) API for virtual channels. VMware PCoIP provides a different API for virtual channels. Without RDPVCBridge-SDK, you must rewrite RDP virtual channel plugins in order to use the VMware PCoIP virtual channel API. The rewrite effort can be significant.

RDPVCBridge-SDK makes it much easier to enhance RDS virtual channel applications to support both RDP and PCoIP

This SDK is free and public. To obtain technical support for the use of the SDK, Paid Development Consulting is available on request. Please contact us at Horizon-View-RDPVCBridge-SDK-Support@vmware.com for more information.

Download the SDK here.

 

More at source: VMware Blogs or Virtual Info

Reaching out to you all to ask thought provoking questions about IT Service Levels in a new IT as a service world

I’m reaching out to you all to ask a number of thought provoking questions about IT Service Levels in a new world of IT delivery – Cloud and IT as a service.

I have been thinking have IT service delivery management methods and service level agreements changed in the line with new world think such as Cloud service
or IT as a service or are these service delivery management methods and service level agreements the same old way as they have always been is it time to hit the
RESET button?

As IT leadership are we changing with the times or are we expecting to not have to change?

  1. In today’s world are service level agreements the old way of doing things, in the new world of the cloud end user?

     

  2. Has the end user changed so much in the new cloud world that they are changing everything to do with service delivery?

     

  3. Does the new world of the cloud end user really understand old world service levels availability or even care what 99.95% availability means?

     

  4. I totally agree IT organisations are not 100% availability outfits but do end users understand that?

Thanks for the help and thoughts answering or think about these.