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Ernest de Leon

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Social media has made its mark on modern business, and I think it is safe to say that social media isn't going away anytime soon. Over time, employees have become more technically savvy and they have become hooked into social media as well. Mobile devices have overtaken PCs as the pref...
For those that have been looking to deploy the VMware Zimbra Appliance (an enterprise-class email and collaboration solution delivered as a virtual appliance) but were not sure how to monitor the solution for performance, there is great news. VMware is now bundling vFabric Hyperic with...
As cloud computing adoption increases, many enterprises are not developing a full vision for their cloud computing efforts. Most of the projects being deployed in the cloud are more for testing and proof of concept than actual production, but there are projects that show such success i...
Looking to foray into the cloud? Contact The VMware Guy to implement virtualization and cloud computing projects - from proof of concept through production deployment. http://www.thevmwareguy.com Recently, VMware’s Channel Chief shared how VMware will bring solution providers into the ...
With the rising cost of on-premise storage and off-premise archiving for tapes, the cloud storage model is gaining strength in the market. Alleviating all of the headaches of managing expensive on-site storage, cloud storage offers a remote solution that is secure, reliable and geograp...
When faced with mounting email performance issues, Allnurses.com looked to Google and the cloud for a solution. From The Official Google Enterprise Blog. Editor’s note: Over the past couple months, thousands of businesses have added their Gone Google story to our community map and even...
Just Announced Announcing the Amazon Linux AMI We are excited to announce availability of the Amazon Linux AMI, a supported and maintained Linux image for use on Amazon EC2. It is designed to provide a stable, secure, and high performance execution environment for applications running ...
I was looking over a recent poll from LinkedIn (Click here for Poll) and it revealed many things about what businesses want from virtualization. Being that LinkedIn is a professional-centric site, this could offer some great insight to VMware and other virtualization vendors with respe...
I spend most of the time on this blog talking about how cloud computing works and how you can incorporate cloud computing into your enterprise. This time around, I'm going to focus on the provider side of the house. What if you are building private clouds or selling public cloud servic...
In my daily interactions with clients, I am often asked what the first step should be toward Cloud Computing. Invariably, my answer is 'Standardization.' Standardization has far more importance than just being the first step to cloud, but it also makes the transition much faster and mo...
While I have probably beat the definition of cloud computing to death, I want to spend some more time on where the magic really lies in Cloud Computing. Without going into a Ballmerellian rant, the key to unlocking the full potential of the cloud is developers, developers, developers. ...
I have covered the topic of defining cloud computing a few times on this site, but I think that it is a good time to revisit that definition again. Cloud computing has evolved somewhat since I wrote those articles, and although everything still holds true, I feel that Information Techn...
I was reading a recent Information Week article that talks about how end users are moving to the cloud on their own. It was a cautionary article discussing the common concerns about security, where data is sitting and what privacy concerns there may be. While these are valid concerns, ...
You've probably heard by now that VMware has acquired GemStone via another recent acquisition SpringSource. Although the SpringSource acquisition was a while back and there have been numerous attempts at explaining the acquisition, it may still remain vague to some in the IT community....
Lately, there has been so much focus on cloud computing that we often forget what corollary benefits arise as a result of deploying a private cloud or using a public cloud. I won’t get into the definition of cloud computing or the various types of clouds since I have already done that ...
Once a company has identified the business value of systems and data, they typically assign a risk value to losing those. This typically sets the wheels in motion to get a backup system in place. Backup, the very first step in Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity planning, is the ...
It seems like every major vendor out there from hardware to software has a different definition of what cloud computing is. I’ve dabbled a little with the definition on here before, but it still seems like there is a general lack of consensus when it comes to definition. With that said...
I received an email letting me know about a new company, Indicee, that will be publicly launching within the next few weeks. The Indicee story includes a few key elements: a notable team, an innovative product and impressive financing. Indicee is a new arrival on a very competitive lan...
The Ubuntu team has decided to take a different approach to development for the next Long Term Support (LTS) release of Ubuntu. Lucid Lynx, which is slated for an April 2010 release, will benefit from these changes through increased stability, more focused agile development and a tight...
As Ubuntu seeks to become the “open platform of choice for almost all use types whether on netbook, notebook, desktop, server, embedded device or wherever people compute,” Mark Shuttleworth has decided to step down from the perch of Canonical CEO. Replacing him will be current Canonica...
Some great news came out of Sun Microsystems yesterday with the release of VirtualBox 3.1.o. This is Sun’s virtualization platform, which has been at the core of many of Sun’s newest technologies. What is great about VirtualBox, aside from being a professional quality hypervisor based ...
VMware, Inc. the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop through the datacenter and to the cloud announced that healthcare providers are using VMware View to furnish medical staff with reliable access to their desktops, applications and information as they roam from ...
3PAR, the leading global provider of utility storage, announced that TheLadders.com cut their total cost of storage in half by replacing their legacy storage infrastructure with 3PAR Utility Storage. The online job search website deployed 3PAR Utility Storage in conjunction with server...
In most organizations, server utilization was in the low double digits. Very few businesses were able to utilize 80% or more of a server’s capacity, yet that server still consumed a lot of electricity and produced a lot of heat. Unfortunately, most applications are not designed to play...
With the massive push toward cloud computing in the enterprise, there are some considerations that hardware vendors will have to come to terms with in the long run. Unlike the old infrastructure model with hardware bearing the brunt of fault tolerance, the new infrastructure model plac...
TradeBeam Uses VMware vSphere™ 4 to Create an Internal Cloud that Delivers IT as a Dynamic, Flexible Service  VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop through the datacenter and to the cloud, today announced that TradeBeam, Inc., a l...
Just a quick note for those looking to move to vSphere 4 who may have Site Recovery Manager (SRM), Lab Manager, Storage Manager, Life Cycle Manager, View Composer or View Manager. VMware does not currently support these products with vSphere 4. I’ve had a few clients of mine ask ...
3PAR, the leading global provider of utility storage, today announced compatibility of 3PAR InServ Storage Servers with VMware’s recently announced VMware vSphere 4, the industry’s first operating system for building the internal cloud. In addition to listing 3PAR InServ S...
3PAR® (NYSE: PAR), the leading global provider of utility storage, announced today that Tickets.com and the company’s Chief Information Officer, Brett Michalak, have been honored by IDG’s CIO magazine as a recipient of the 2009 CIO 100. The 22nd annual award program from CIO maga...