Software Defined – How did we get here?

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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?

Cloud Strategy Mistakes to Avoid

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Cloud computing has fundamentally changed the way that organisations can do business.  Bringing benefits, that were previously reserved for those that could spend the cash to build capabilities and capacity, to anybody with a credit card.

Digital disruption means that to remain competitive organisations, increasingly have little choice but to utilise cloud technologies.

Migration to the cloud should be about adding scale, being efficient, enabling innovation and providing great value.  It should not result in head scratching and introduced problems! Before pulling the trigger on cloud projects, pause to make sure that you are not about to make an easily avoidable mistake.Read More »Cloud Strategy Mistakes to Avoid

Target Architecture

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I had the pleasure recently of working with a client that had a very well-defined target architecture.  They knew exactly where they wanted to get to and perhaps more importantly they knew why they needed to get there.

They had a defined target with defined business justifications for that target.

From a consultative perspective having this clear understanding of what and why certainly helps me to add value with the technical how.

But what if you don’t have a defined target architecture? What if you don’t know where you need to get to?  What do you do then?Read More »Target Architecture

5 reasons why to consider Azure for your public cloud

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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 reference table

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Serverless reference table

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I’ve written a few posts providing a quick outline of various serverless architecture options.  To compliment that I’ve pulled together a Serverless reference table of the different offerings from Microsoft, AWS and Google to act as a quick reference card.


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Serverless – What are the options?

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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

Backup and Recovery – Cloud thoughts.

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Backup and Recovery

During a recent engagement, I had the privilege of getting back hands on with some backup technology, namely CommVault. I’d worked with CommVault extensively in the past as part of a multinational organisations centralised backup and recovery strategy for the UK. It was great fun getting back hands on with the technology and it got me thinking about the role of backup and recovery solutions within public and private clouds, more on that later.Read More »Backup and Recovery – Cloud thoughts.

Cloud Security Strategy

Cloud Security

As discussed in the previous article around cloud strategy, some areas might require there own succinct strategies.  This article will attempt to outline some of the cloud security challenges for cloud adoption and promote discussion.

There is an element of stepping into the unknown with cloud and cloud security, to a degree that is caused by the way cloud is represented and sold.  As an industry there needs to be an increased understanding about what cloud is, and more specifically about the model that cloud represents. Read More »Cloud Security Strategy

Cloud Strategy Considerations

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Cloud Strategy

I thought I’d put together an overview of Cloud Strategy Considerations. This isn’t an exhaustive list, is provided for discussion and as with many of my blog posts is partly an aide memoir.

We need a cloud strategy!

Cloud services are not going away, they are very much here to stay. Many organisations will be reviewing strategies for adopting cloud services.Read More »Cloud Strategy Considerations