It is that time of year again! VMworld 2012 is upon us, and there is a jam-packed week planned in San Francisco, August 26 through 30 at the Moscone Center. The main topics of discussion will center on how the new cloud computing landscape requires greater innovation, performance and confidence to push system and software delivery to the next level. Learn how to master this at VMworld, where you will gain the tools and training necessary to succeed.
A couple of weeks ago I was asked to speak at the Cloud Computing Conference in Tel Aviv to present the Radware cloud ready Virtual Application Delivery Fabric. With some luck, I had a fortuitous meeting with the conference organizer prior to the event. I was able to discern the hot issue for the attendee base: security. The reason was clear as a prominent website suffered a highly publicized series of cyber attacks just prior to the convention.
Why fortuitous you ask? It gave me the chance to understand attendees’ interest in security, and in turn use the
opportunity to explain how ADC virtualization should be done differently in the cloud than in the private data center.
I just got back from IBM Impact 2012 held in Las Vegas and would like to share my impressions of the show. The conference delivered an exciting campaign about innovation, transformation and growth.
The highlight for IBM customers with whom I spoke came during the moment when the IBM PureSystems Platform – an expert integrated system – was unveiled. IBM demonstrated a total application setup in under four hours, starting from uncrating the unit. This defines a huge reduction in application deployment time, cost and expertise. Clearly this solution leveraging application patterns is innovative and posed to change application rollouts in our market.
Everyone’s talking about these various next-gen data center trends – and there are so many buzz-words which makes it hard to follow. So I’ve decided to pick-up the glove, and in my next blog series I will try to explain the key trends that impact the next-generation data center, see what each trend means and finally discuss how they can be addressed in the most cost-effective way.
A couple of weeks ago, I published an article in which we discussed how we can shorten the time it takes to roll out a new application.
We outlined the following steps of an application rollout:
- Purchase servers and allocate storage
- Purchase Application Delivery Controller (ADC)
Imagine you want to rollout a new business application in your organization? How long does it take? How many steps are there along the way?
If we think about it, rolling out a new application usually includes the following high-level steps:
Last week I attended the Cloud Expo Europe 2012, which was held in the Olympia exhibition hall in London. During the exhibition, I helped man the Radware booth and I also had a speaking slot in which I presented Radware’s Cloud ADC solutions for cloud service providers.
I took the time to walk around and check out the different cloud-computing vendors which were presenting in the expo. I wanted to see if they were offering application delivery services as part of the overall IaaS offering.
If you’re part of the IT/network infrastructure industry or, even better, if you own an application or a line of business (LOB), you surely know that the data center has some well known requirements including application availability, performance and security. These can be addressed using an Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) or, simply put, a load balancer. While Radware is not the only ADC vendor out there, it does provide one of the finest ADCs and definitely the most future-proof ADC on the market: The Alteon 5224.
By Tyson Macaulay – CISSP, CISA Bell Business Markets
NOTE: Tyson Macaulay of Bell Business Markets, Canada, was one of the attendees at Radware’s recent Executive Exchange event in Prague, Czech Republic. We asked him if he wouldn’t mind sharing his thoughts on the meeting and helping us see the event from participants’ point of view.
There is no substitute for going to a live event and meeting real people with the same interests and priorities – I don’t care where they come from or who they work for – even competitors. After 20 hours of travel, including running the gauntlet of Chicago – O’Hare Airport, I arrived at the Radware Executive Exchange Summit in Prague on Nov. 7th on a warm fall day. (Well, warm for a Canadian, anyway – it was probably 12º C). I came to meet the people and that is exactly what I got.
The first session I attended was about the Radware virtualization management solution for data centres. This was entirely new information to me, because I know Radware from their load balancing legacy and more recent security products.
Last week I had a business trip to China, visiting our customers and new prospects. Our business in China is growing fast and one of the drivers for this growth is cloud initiatives. It seems to me that in China everyone is talking about the cloud, busy building data centers for the cloud or planning how to move their business to the cloud. I have no doubt that with government investment of US $154 Billion (as announced recently), China is on its way to become one of the world’s cloud hubs.