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YottabyteDuane
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YottabyteDuane,
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12/16/2013 | 10:36:23 AM
New Opportunities
The proliferation of new technologies like 'hyperconverged infrastructure' creates an opportunity to pause and reflect on the way we've 'always done' things. As I look back, it seems as if the IT industry is in the latter stages of a 'bubble' of sorts. Seems to me that the 'white box' solution in the next few years is sure to rattle today's IT technology incumbents while delivering better value to customers with reduced complexity and lower costs.  
samicksha
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samicksha,
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11/22/2013 | 2:33:22 AM
Re: VPNs in new guises? ,
Thanx Bill, this calls me ask about some thing more on HaaS, will it help us in cutting the pressure on IT manpower or increased standardization.
MNJander
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MNJander,
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11/19/2013 | 10:36:41 AM
Re: VPNs in new guises?
Thanks, Bill. I see there are some subtleties here and definite technical distinctions. Like other elements of cloud, this calls for thinking along new lines. Thanks
Bill Kleyman
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Bill Kleyman,
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11/19/2013 | 10:29:39 AM
Re: VPNs in new guises? ,
@samicksha - Solid reference and it's a pleasure to see you on the boards :) You can certainly have a PaaS model delivering an element of a micro-cloud. It can be applicaiton-based or an add-on to an existing facility. Micro-cloud platforms (and fog platforms) aren't tied to one cloud model or another. That's why a PaaS service could deliver micro-cloud components. 
Bill Kleyman
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Bill Kleyman,
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11/19/2013 | 10:26:47 AM
Re: VPNs in new guises?
@MNJander - That's a great question! Don't think of it as old-school VPN technology. Although completely viable - that's used more for the creation of dedicated links between data center points. It can still be a part of the cloud process; but a micro-cloud resembles a larger cloud platform -- but it has specific purposes. I wrote an article recently looking at what fog computing is. Micro-clouds are being used more to facilitate edge-based computing to help bring public or private cloud data closer to the user. When incorporating this model -- you'll see other technologies in play as well. Things like WANOP, and next-generation security technologies help impact a micro-cloud (or overall cloud) environment as well. 
Bill Kleyman
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Bill Kleyman,
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11/19/2013 | 10:22:24 AM
Re: Micro cloud?
@Laurianne - Great point of clarification! Micro clouds are just that -- smaller cloud-ready platforms capable of handling WAN-based traffic. These instances can be private or public. It'll all depend on what it's being used for. In some cases, there are micro-cloud big data repositories and in other cases - this environment is being used to facilitate fog computing. Take a look at one of my recent articles on UBM's The Enterprise Cloud Site for a bit more on fog computing.
samicksha
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samicksha,
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11/19/2013 | 3:53:02 AM
Re: VPNs in new guises?
Micro cloud !!! sounds interesting, is it some what near to PaaS cluster ??
MNJander
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MNJander,
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11/18/2013 | 3:18:27 PM
VPNs in new guises?
Thanks for this great update, Bill. I got stuck a bit on the Fog and micro cloud concept. Can these be accurately compared to the old VPNs? If not, why not? Thanks
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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11/18/2013 | 10:32:59 AM
Micro cloud?
Bill, can you explain a bit more about the micro cloud approach? Is this essentially distinct, small private clouds? What are the benefits of keeping small private clouds separate?


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