Monday Jun 18, 2012

Mainframe modernization - Getting it to work

Interesting read on a very old (1950s) Medicaid system that the State of NC is struggling to modernize. The new language for the modern system is COBOL. This is causing some 'heads to turn':
State of NC modernization to COBOL

Tuesday May 29, 2012

Public Cloud, co-location and managed services ... what is the cloud?

Recently I have had conversation with a number of people that are selling and implementing 'cloud' solutions. I put cloud in quotes as implementations like co-location (aka co-lo) and managed services (sometimes referred to as 'your mess for less') have become popular options for companies moving to the cloud. These are obviously not pure public cloud offerings and probably more of hybrid cloud implementations as the infrastructure (PasS and IaaS)is dedicated to a specific customer. This eliminates the security, multi-tenancy, performance and other concerns that companies have regarding public cloud.

Are co-location and managed services cloud to you? Are they something your company is considering when you think about cloud ?

Sunday May 20, 2012

HP and Dell make major moves in modernization and cloud

HP and Dell in same story about my two favorite topics: legacy migrations and cloud computing. I did not realize that Dell is also make a play in the modernization and cloud space in regards to legacy 3270 terminal migration/modernization to newer thin client hardware (Wyse terminals). Did not think of this terminal modernization market before but there is definitely a lot of money to be made selling terminal hardware modernization! Read more: HP and Dell cloud and modernization plays

Friday Dec 02, 2011

Appliance, engineered solutions are becoming the industry rage

HP Enterprise Database Consolidation Appliance for SQL Server really demonstrates how Oracle has set the stage for engineered solutions / appliances becoming the next big wave in the enterprise IT industry:
ARTICLE
The article mentions how the HP/Microsoft announcement is clearly a response to Oracle Exadata. However, from a technical perspective, it is a much different offering than Oracle Exadata. The HP/Microsoft
offering is all about consolidating by offering a preconfigured database and hardware solution using hypervisor based virtualization. Oracle Exadata is all about a preconfigured data and hardware solution for
consolidation but also focused on high performance.
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