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Patruck Kerpan's Blog How should enterprises or Cloud Providers react to the VMware "August 12th surprise"? To those who may not have heard - the latest versions of VMware's ESX hypervisor started shutting down as the hypervisor clock hit the date of August 12th. This was due to what amounts to a hardcoded shutdown being left in the server from its evaluation days. Clearly if you are an enterprise dutifully "up to patch" this would have put a big hurt on your operation, IF virtualization was more ubiquitous in the production data center. The fact is enterprise data centers don't have a lot of mission critical virtual machines in production - yet! I am not kicking VMware - these things happen. But what if that had been a large-scale Cloud Provider? By definition, virtualization is 100% ubiquitous in virtualization-based clouds. We know it is a heterogeneous world, and cu... (more)

Security and Control in the Cloud

Cloud computing is so alluring. The public cloud economizes infrastructure resources and creates a scalable, on-demand source for compute capacity. Additionally, the cloud can be a strategic asset for enterprises that know how to migrate, integrate and govern deployments securely. Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak recently said, "A lot of people feel 'Oh, everything is really on my computer,' but I say the more we transfer everything onto the web, onto the cloud, the less we're going to have control over it." In fact, over 70% of IT professionals worry about security according to a... (more)