Zenny's Weekly Cloud Links #27 - CIO, Agile, Cloud Migration

Every Friday we like to highlight some of our favorite posts on Cloud Computing, service orientated infrastructure, DevOps, and anything else that grabbed our attention over the week. Here are some great articles from the week of September 12th that are worth taking a look at. Enjoy!



The Elastic CIO by Arun Gupta

“Last week I happened to be in a panel discussion with some CIOs who were expected to debate on “Improving Enterprise Efficiency”. The sponsor management personnel on the table listened attentively and sometimes also asked intelligent questions to the CIOs. The expert moderator balanced the discussions well jumping from one to another keeping everyone engaged. Unfortunately the enticing headline inevitably focused on server virtualization, private cloud, and VDI as the key theme.”

Five Bad Reasons Not to Adopt Agile by James Downey

“While the advantages of agile appear obvious, I observe that many IT departments stick stubbornly to waterfall. Despite failure after failure, IT managers blame the people—staff members, vendors, users—rather than the process.”

A Bunch of Virtual Machines Does Not a Cloud Make by Rafal Los

“Allow me to interject some sanity here for a moment, because I seem to have stumbled upon a very interesting point which should be quite clear... but apparently is not. Just because you're running a bunch of virtual servers does not mean you're adopting cloud computing. Here's the situation...”

Loss Of Control And Transparency In The Cloud Era by Krishnan Subramanian

“Outages happen. It happened in the traditional services world, it is happening in the current cloud services era and it will also happen in the future services. But what is different from the outages in traditional services is the transparency on the part of cloud providers.”

Cloud Or Not A Cloud? by Dana Blankenhorn

“…not every tech company really has a cloud. And most of what passes for a cloud from most vendors isn't really cloud at all, just a reworking of existing enterprise product lines. Real clouds are geared to saving money, enabling use of all resources on one task at a single burst, and supporting applications written in any operating system.”

Why computing isn’t going away, just hiding in the clouds by Richard L. Schwartz

“Lately, we’ve read a lot about the end of the computer age. In reality, it isn’t over. The computer is simply hiding in the clouds behind commonplace devices. As it should — and should have long ago, had we been able to figure how sooner.”

Survey Explores Cloud Computing, SaaS and Infrastructure as a Service Use by Raja Singh Chaudhary

“According to the Practice 2011 survey, which is based on a questionnaire of the 500 largest private sector companies and public sector bodies in Norway, more than 35 percent of public sector bodies and private sector companies use Software as a service, as compared to just 14 percent this time last year.”

Cisco UCS and Nexus 7000: The cornerstone of a new Cisco IT data center designed for disaster recovery by Didier Rombaut

“Cisco IT transformed an existing data center in a state-of-the-art 2.88 MW, Tier 2 data center. Using UCS and its unique Service Profiles, Nexus switches, and Cisco-developed practices and policies, the new data center supports application development on a daily basis, but also acts as a disaster recovery site based on “virtual datacenters” created within the physical datacenter. The new data center can act as a DR site for multiple production data centers.”

EC2 Interview – AWS Interview – Cloud Interview – 8 Questions by Sean Hull

"If you're looking for a cloud expert, specifically someone who knows Amazon Web Services and EC2, you'll want to have a battery of questions to ask them to assess their knowledge.  As with any technical interview focus on concepts and big picture.  As the 37Signals folks like to say "hire for attitude, train for skill".  Absolutely!"

5 costly cloud migration mistakes by Tom McCafferty

“As organizations migrate applications to the cloud, it is important to thoroughly evaluate the business implications. Lured by major cost savings, many adopt cloud services without consulting IT. As a result, mistakes are common and organizations open themselves up to serious risks.”


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