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Software Defined – How did we get here?

It’s widely acknowledged that to understand the present, and to try and predict the future you must know and understand the past.

The current data centre landscape is a complex place.  Virtualisation of compute resources with VMware has been the de facto standard for over a decade. The move to software defined infrastructure has been gathering momentum and VMware’s vision for the software defined data centre (SDDC) looks set to augment vSphere offerings and continue to dominate the private data centre landscape.

So how did we get here?  How did we go from that initial wow factor that came from first experiencing VMotion to the VMware SDDC?  I think it all comes down to one building block.Read More »Software Defined – How did we get here?

5 reasons why to consider Azure for your public cloud

As part of my day job I was asked to write a short article explaining why I think organisations should consider Azure for there public cloud services.

At a very high level the five reasons, that I believe are part of a compelling growing argument are;

  • Identity Management.
  • Microsoft Trust Centre and Security.
  • Azure App Service.
  • Azure Service Bus.
  • Azure Stack.

As you can imagine reducing the list of Azure services to just five bite size discussion topics was very tough.  It is probably no surprise to those of you that follow this blog, that I prepared information about more than the five!

So after the brake and in no particular order, here are the Azure reasons and services than didn’t quite make the final article, which appears on Xtravirt’s website.

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Serverless – What are the options?

Serverless Architecture

I’m a big fan of serverless architecture.  My view is that removing the infrastructure and operating systems from the business processes and services enables a different kind of thinking.

Ultimately, a business is only really interested in the successful operation, experience and outcomes of the applications, systems and data they are running on the infrastructure.  Read More »Serverless – What are the options?

MAPA – Microsoft Association of Practising Architects

MAPA – Microsoft Association of Practising Architects

Now this flew under my radar until recently.  Through ‘The-MAPA’, Microsoft have setup a place for a community of architects to develop.  Providing valuable resources to architects who are building IP and solutions utilising the Microsoft Cloud, platforms for community interaction and a channel to communicate directly back to Microsoft.Read More »MAPA – Microsoft Association of Practising Architects