Chris Fleck's Blog
As described in part 1 of this blog series, the cloud is not the answer for
every enterprise or every workload. This is true based on the current
economics even without considering additional factors like security, control
and SLA's. On the other hand the economics do point out a major cloud
advantage when it comes to short term or variable workloads. (Pointed out by
Michael Keen and Billy Marshall as well).
Perhaps this is not very surprising to many, but it does help to look at the
numbers to put it in perspective. The largest Intrinsic cost advantage of the
Cloud is the ability to share infrastructure among multiple customers ( i.e.
Multi-Tenancy and/or Multi-Instance ). This comes into play when many
customers have variable workloads that are not likely to overlay at the same
time. A Cloud infrastructure can load balance this workload on-demand... (more)
IT has a number of options to enable remote access for employees wanting
mobile access to email and work applications from their iPads. There are
however pros and cons for each option as well as some prerequisite questions
Company iPads - For company owned iPads a likely scenario is to treat iPads
similar to mobile phones. If company apps or email are allowed to run native
on the iPad then Mobile Device Management ( MDM ) software may be necessary
to assure corporate security policy is enforced. BES servers may be in place
already for Blackberry's, t... (more)
When the Miami Marlins moved to the new Marlin Park stadium they needed to
worry about more than only the Baseball players. While constructing their new
state-of-the-art ballpark in 2012, the Marlins leveraged Citrix solutions to
migrate over 450 employees from a co-located, shared IT environment to the
new stadium offering a secure mobile platform accessible from anywhere,
anytime on any device.
By implementing Citrix Workspace Suite along with NetScaler, Marlins'
employees moved from office-bound physical desktops and laptops to a
completely mobile workplace in which location ... (more)
Millenials Impact on Business Technology
The Millennial Generation, aged 18 to 34 is having an increased impact on
business technology. Born into the age of the PC and early internet this
demographic is more proficient and demanding of apps, devices and IT services
than earlier generations. In the past progressive IT organizations would
consider this group as a category to accommodate, making the company
appealing to college recruits and new hires. More recently however, this
generation is now mainstream with increased influence driving IT strategy.
They now include partners at ... (more)
Chris Fleck's Blog
There is a lot of hype and reality in the world of Cloud computing today. On
the hype side there are numerous data points; VC investments, M&A, data
centers under construction, new conferences and events. On the other hand
there are now many examples of reality as well. SaaS offerings like
Salesforce.com and many HR applications plus web site hosting have
established themselves as a legitimate part of the IT portfolio of many
corporations large and small.
Adding fuel to the fire is extensive press, analyst and blog coverage (like
this!) plus books like Nicholas... (more)