Cloud Management

Master data management processes 'needed by majority of businesses'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: Neil Hill.

Most companies would benefit from implementing master data management initiatives.

This is according to a new report from IT analyst Gartner, which noted there is a myth that such work is only suitable for large organisations with a complex structure.

It said this is not the case, as master data management processes are applied whenever two or more business processes need to make use of the same records for their operations.

"This means that most organisations have a need for the discipline of master data management, even if they don't call it that," the study suggested.

More Yum Plugins: Security and Package Priority

Grazed from ServerWatch.  Author: Joe Brockmeier.

Last week we looked at Yum Plugins and how to extend Yum's functionality. This week, I'll look at a few of Yum's plugins, in particular the security plugin and the priorities plugin.

As I mentioned last week, I'm using Fedora 14 in these examples. If you're on another system using Yum, like CentOS, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) or Yellow Dog (the original distro to ship Yum, by the way), the plugin behavior might be slightly different -- or the plugin may not be available at all.

Managing Yum Plugins

Grazed from ServerWatch.  Author: Joe Brockmeier.

Yum is one of the most widely used package management tools, but many users don't know that Yum has a plugin system to extend its capabilities. Let's take a look at how to extend Yum to add some very useful features.

If you're using Fedora, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), CentOS, or a number of other RPM-based systems, you are probably very familiar with using Yum to install packages and update your system. It's very useful out of the box, so to speak, but it can be extended to add even more functionality.

Data Management Issues to Dominate IT in 2011

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

For far too long, data management has pretty much been an afterthought for IT. Historically, it’s been a lot easier to throw hardware at various problems in the form of giving each application its own dedicated server and storage resources.


But as we look at the impact of virtualization and cloud computing on the enterprise, it’s clear that shared IT infrastructure is going to be the general rule of thumb from here on out. The problem this creates for IT organizations is that anything that has to be shared by definition needs to be managed.

Managing IT-as-a-Service in 2011 Will Require Better Tools

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

When it comes to the future of enterprise IT, there’s a lot of talk about how IT needs to evolve into a set of on-demand services. No trend better illustrates that issue than the move to cloud computing.

Rackspace Acquires Cloudkick for Cloud Server Management Software

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Fahmida Y. Rashid.

Rackspace will acquire Cloudkick, developer of a cloud-server management portal, to expand its cloud monitoring portfolio, Rackspace confirmed on Dec. 16.

With cloud computing, organizations can quickly and efficiently launch new servers, but in the automated cloud environment organizations can end up using server resources inefficiently and can "even lose track of some," said Lew Moorman, chief strategy officer of Rackspace. "Cloudkick brings order to that chaos and sprawl" and makes cloud computing "more powerful with less expense," he said.

Scaling Data Management to Meet the Cloud

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Arthur Cole.

The cloud may be the newest technology on the enterprise block, but in many ways it is following the same deployment pattern of previous hardware and software developments.

One habit that never seems to change is the need to get up and running with the latest offering and save pesky details like monitoring and management for later. Unfortunately, some top-tier firms that are already pushing workloads onto the cloud are finding that later is already here.

Managing Clouds Within Clouds

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

Abiquo Gives CIOs More Control Over Cloud Computing

Grazed from Network Computing.  Author: Robert Mullins.

Abiquo, which bills itself as an enterprise cloud management software company, has released version 1.7 of its flagship software for a company to set IT business policy and apply that policy to physical or virtual data centers and even to third party hosting providers. Abiquo 1.7 overcomes some of the major impediments to wider adoption of cloud computing, which is the inability of a company to decide what IT resources are available to them, said Peter Malcolm, CEO of Abiquo.

"Today that decision is made almost exclusively by humans, and that is the barrier to cloud adoption," Malcolm said.

Data management tools 'to help tackle information growth'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: Neil Hill.

More businesses will be seeking out data management tools in the near future as they attempt to meet the challenge of information growth within their organisation, Gartner has forecast.

According to research conducted by the independent IT analyst, 47 per cent of large enterprises rank this issue as their top data centre hardware infrastructure challenge, ahead of system performance and scalability.

Gartner predicted that corporations will be looking to address this problem by bringing in new data management tools, consolidating storage and investigating the use of information reduction techniques.