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Michael Parker | 27 Sep 2011 | 0 comments

Have you ever ridden the tube in England? I am always taken with the simple yet effective warning “Mind The Gap” that you see when you step off the tube, which is their subway system, to avoid any potential missteps or injuries.

With that in mind, I’m offering a slight twist on that brilliant phrase when it comes to virtualization – Mind the App. No, I am not talking about the apps you download to your magical devices. I am talking about protecting the status and availability of applications in your virtualized environments.

Why? As I briefly discussed in my last entry, the drivers of virtualization have changed, and application visibility is a critical component for virtualizing business critical applications.

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Michael Parker | 13 Sep 2011 | 1 comment

New Drivers of VirtualizationThe drivers of virtualization have changed.
That is what VMware’s Chief Development Officer and co-President, Richard McAniff, said in February, 2011. And in the months since, we’re finding out how true that statement was. According to McAniff, the new drivers are resiliency, high availability, backup, disaster recovery, and of course, security.

Why are they important?
These new drivers are important because businesses are moving from virtualizing test, print, web, and other non-critical servers and applications to business line applications and servers – for example – your CRM, HR system, accounts payable system, and transaction-based...

Michael Parker | 31 Aug 2011 | 1 comment

We should be more concerned about a cyber attack.

That was the message from Cofer Black, former head of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, at this year’s Black Hat Security Conference. In fact, his opening words were quite ominous. He said the last time he stood in a room presenting to a large audience with his face being projected on four big screens was in August of 2001. At that time, he warned the audience that there would be a major terrorist attack on U.S. soil where thousands may die. A little over a month later, the attacks on 9/11 took place. His latest prediction at the Black Hat Conference, is that there would be a major cyber attack on the United States which will have...