Q&A

Catalogic Software Talks Copy Data Management, Hybrid Cloud, Oracle and More

Grazed from VMblog.com. Author: David Marshall

Catalogic Software recently announced a new software release that provides: dramatically easier management and use of Oracle database copies, the market's only Copy Data Management (CDM) support for the EMC Unity storage family, and Integration with AWS S3 for cloud-based data retention. These are just a few of the many exciting new features in the latest release of Catalogic ECX 2.4.  To find out more, I spoke with Catalogic Software's VP of Marketing, Tom Grave.

Red Hat CEO Tim Whitehurst doubles as a cloud computing evangelist and entrepreneur advisor

Grazed from Upstart.  Author:  Lauren K. Ohnesorge.

Tim Whitehurst, the CEO of open-source software developer Red Hat, is more than the guy who brought a tech giant to downtown Raleigh.  He’s an entrepreneur-advising, cloud-computing evangelist who once aspired to be a pro football player.  Whitehurst, a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education enthusiast, took the time to give us our own education into what makes him tick.

What led you to a career in technology?

I’ve always been interested in technology. My first job was when I was 16 and worked as a part-time computer programmer for a stockbroker in Columbus, Ga. I had been interested in computers for a couple of years at that point. In fact, I can remember that my prized possession was a Kaypro II with 64K RAM and dual floppies...

Creating the Enterprise Cloud: A Q&A with VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Kurt Marko.

The term “cloud” is by now so overused that most people lump it in with the rest of the marketing buzzword pantheon with terms like “solution”, “leverage” or “ROI.” You’re probably thinking that the cloud is what Google and Amazon do and how could it possibly be relevant to your business? Well it is (what Google does) and it will be (important to every business) and VMware wants to be the company that delivers it.

It’s called the software defined data center (SDDC) and for CEO Pat Gelsinger it’s increasingly a part of discussions with his C-level customers.  As I wrote in an earlier column outlining the four pillars of the SDDC, “It’s an expansive vision that could put VMware in the middle of enterprise IT application and service design, construction and delivery. Indeed, if fully adopted by VMware’s customers, …

NetApp In The Cloud Age: Q&A with CEO Tom Georgens

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Rob Preston.

The irony of the storage industry is that as data volumes continue to soar and storage budgets grab a larger share of overall IT budgets, the system vendors positioned to profit from those trends are under intense financial pressure. The aggregate growth rate of storage vendors is flat to negative, as cheaper technology alternatives emerge and as some cash-strapped customers delay their storage purchasing decisions, in part to evaluate alternative models such as cloud, virtualization, and even open source.

NetApp, one of the industry's leading vendors, is feeling that pressure. In its most recent quarter, the company's revenue was relatively flat -- down 1.2% from the year-earlier quarter to $1.61 billion -- though its gross profit was up 3.9% to a very healthy $1 billion. In a wide-ranging interview just prior to NetApp's third-quarter financial report, CEO Tom Georgens emphasized the company's strengths as a "data management" vendor and integrator, that it's not just a purveyor of commodity storage systems...

Q&A: Interview with Jez Humble Talking DevOps and Puppet

Jez Humble, principal consultant at ThoughtWorks Studios, will be speaking at the upcoming PuppetConf (expected to have 1,600 attendees this year) about how organizations can deliver valuable, high-quality software frequently and reliably through implementing effective engineering practices.  To find out more about his plans at PuppetConf and to learn more about DevOps, ThoughtWorks Studios and Puppet, we reached out to Jez for more information.

Q:  What can attendees expect to learn about devops from your presentation at PuppetConf?

Jez Humble:  Although people often focus on tools and automation, DevOps is really about a mindset. In this talk I'll say what I think that entails, and discuss the characteristics of organizations in which it can exist. Most organizations don't support a DevOps mindset, so I'll also talk about what you can do to change your organizational culture.

Q:  How has DevOps helped expand virtualization and cloud computing?

Cloudyn Interview: Cloud Monitoring and Optimization

Grazed from Cloudyn.  Author: Q&A Interview
 
Cloudyn is one of those really interesting companies in the cloud space that some of you may not be familiar with, but should be.  Cloudyn offers a set of cloud tools that assists companies with optimizing their cloud deployment and gives them comprehensive insight and control over their cloud cost and usage.  They also receive recommendations on how to perfect their cloud investments and improve utilization all while maintaining operational performance.
 
To find out more, we spoke with Sharon Wagner, Founder & CEO, of Cloudyn.  Here is our conversation:

Meet the Man Who Keeps Netflix Afloat in the Cloud

Grazed from Mashable. Author: Matt Petronzio.

With thousands of film and TV titles available, Netflix is a cloud computing giant — and it needs to be, since it makes up one-third of North American Internet traffic during peak hours. Imagine, then, if it were your job to push Netflix into the cloud, working every day to make the service more accessible and efficient for more than 36 million subscribers in 40 countries.

This dream job belongs to Adrian Cockcroft, director of architecture for Netflix's Cloud Systems team. As chief cloud architect, Cockcroft works with development managers and engineers across the company to ensure that Netflix is using the cloud to its fullest potential...

Live Q&A: A guide to cloud computing for small businesses

Grazed from The Guardian. Author: Emily Wight.

Here on the Small Business Network a range of experts have been keen to point out the benefits of cloud computing to small business owners. For a start, our bloggers have written about the numerous benefits of this technology, such as how it allows staff to work remotely and more flexibly. Andrew Brewerton from EVault explained how the cloud allows users to back up and synchronise their data, ensuring whoever accesses it is viewing the most up-to-date information. Elance Europe's Kjetil Olsen highlighted the range of web tools that help make paperless collaborative working the norm.

Chris Harding from The Open Group also explained how outsourcing IT to the cloud reduces the need for specialist skills and frees managers to concentrate on the core business. An increasing number of companies and individuals are taking note of these benefits. Cloud computing is on the rise, with estimates that the industry is headed for 30% annual growth worldwide. This is why we thought it would be useful to find out more about this trend in a live Q&A session. We have asked a panel of experts to join our discussion to offer their insight and opinions on what cloud computing can offer SME owners...

Q&A with Certes Networks about vCEP (virtual Certes Enforcement Point) - Cloud Security Appliance

Grazed from Certes Networks.  Author: Q&A with Jim Doherty, the SVP of Marketing & CMO

Today, Certes Networks released a new virtual security appliance called the vCEP (virtual Certes Enforcement Point).  The point is to make the cloud safe for sensitive workloads by protecting the network traffic inside IaaS clouds and between locations.  To find out more about this, we spoke with Jim Doherty, the SVP of Marketing & CMO at Certes Networks.  Here is that conversation:

Q:  What do you see as the main issue keeping enterprises and government organizations from moving to off-premise cloud environments?

Jim Doherty:  Today's enterprises and government organizations want to take advantage of the benefits moving to an off-premise cloud environment can provide. However they view the lack of security as a roadblock. In order for these companies and organizations to reap the benefits that the cloud has to offer, there needs to be a solution that filled the gap, and this is where vCEP comes in.