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Ernest de Leon

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In the world of cloud, there are several forms of automation that make your life easier when deploying virtual infrastructure. Most of you are probably familiar with configuration management platforms like Puppet or Chef. Those are great for customizing virtual machines or instances th...
Need for Tech Pros With Analytics Skills Keeps Growing (via Dice News in Tech) More companies are collecting more internal and external data than ever before, increasing the need for tech pros capable of wielding powerful analytics tools. The number of jobs posted on Dice for NoSQL exp...
Innovation, Consulting Reshaping IT Job Market (via Dice News in Tech) For IT professionals, this year ahead is likely to be a transformative one. Big Data, mobile development, the cloud and security will not only continue to drive changes in business, they’ll also reshape the tech job...
I was having a discussion with another techie friend, and we happened to discuss one of our favorite blogs: Lifehacker. We also commented on how we both loved the “How I work” features from various people across many different industries. This past week (or two) the Lifehacker team did...
It wasn’t too many years ago that I was doing a lot of Solaris work for a certain agency of the Federal Government. In that role, Solaris Zones were how we achieved higher utilization of each host server, higher security of each virtual container (zone) and faster time to deploym...
In a recent Hartford Business article, Marten Mickos, CEO of Private Cloud Computing company Eucalyptus Systems says that “offices are so last century.” Everyone working in one location “was really an invention of the Industrial Revolution. It’s much more natura...
Unless you have been under a rock for the last few days, or not a fan of the excellent Apple ecosystem, you might have heard some news regarding Apple’s iWork for iCloud. Point your browser over to www.icloud.com to see what I mean. I have been using the service since Apple launc...
One of the questions that I am often asked by customers looking at Eucalyptus for a Private Cloud is “how can I use NFS with Eucalyptus?” The scenario is usually one where the customer has deployed a NetApp SAN and prefers to use NFS over iSCSI or has deployed another highl...
10 Reasons You Shouldn’t Work for a Startup (via Dice News in Tech) With their promise of potentially building something to rock the world, not to mention potential riches that could come from an IPO, startups hold a lot of sex appeal. But if you’re thinking that jumping into tha...
Finally, I get to post something a little lighter and more simplistic than the normal technical posts. Many who know me know that I am an Apple Aficionado and Connoisseur (I will post about my collection some day when I have time), but I am by no means a ‘fanboy’. When I ha...
One of the questions that is often asked of me as a Cloud Solutions Architect and Consultant is: Why do I need a private cloud? This is a valid question on several levels, but rather than give the usual spiel on ‘security’ and ‘control’, I want to delve into a t...
Today began with HUGE news announcing that Wipro Infotech, the leading technology solutions and consulting company in India, Africa and the Middle East has entered into a strategic partnership with Eucalyptus Systems, creator of the most widely deployed Enterprise on-premise Infrastruc...
This article originally appeared on my SMB Tech Advice Blog... Now that we are a little over a week into 2012, it is time to discuss a few things that I usually have all of my clients revisit every year - at least. It is no secret that the number of hacking attempts and identity [...]
One of the things that drives datacenter architects and engineers absolutely mad is that networking is still a second-class citizen overall. While server processor speeds, number of cores, memory density and speed, hard drive size and other pieces of the infrastructure have increased d...
ScaleMatrix leverages leading cloud technology events to attract new clients, while driving cloud adoption through support of the “Cloud Commons” ecosystem. November saw more than 6000 IT management experts descend on the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas for one of the yea...
This is a good video from Intel and VMware on how to setup your own Private Cloud with Intel Xeon hardware and the VMware product stack. Long gone are the days where provisioning servers for a new project take weeks or months. Now you can automate many of the mundane tasks of deploymen...
Ubuntu has just announced the release of the newest version of their Linux Distribution: Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot. With this release comes a myriad of updates and bug fixes along with further development of the Unity UI. The server version aims to take hold of the Cloud with a pleth...
As the news spread like wildfire yesterday through the various popular social media channels, I was struck by the appropriateness that I heard the news about Steve Jobs passing on my iPhone. The iconic founder of Apple computers had been battling a long bout of pancreatic cancer that p...
Just a few days ago, Amazon announced the release of their new Kindle Fire tablet. Before I delve into a few features of the new tablet, I must say that this is a bold step by Amazon, if not necessary, and one that will attempt to disrupt the tablet market while challenging the Apple i...
The recent Grand Opening and Tech Expo event from ScaleMatrix was a huge success with over 600 guests in attendance and 26 vendors exhibiting. Guests were treated to awesome appetizers and cocktails, which nearly ran out. The wealth of knowledge for visitors was augmented by one of the...
While the press release is still new, I have heard a muted response to the general release of vSphere 5. I am excited about the new features that come with this major platform upgrade, but I am still hearing the mutterings about the licensing shift with vRAM entitlements. While it will...
Apple's official press release has named Tim Cook as successor to Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple. Tim has some very large shoes to fill, but I am confident that if Steve feels Tim can do the job well (as he personally stated in his resignation letter) then Tim will do fine. There are a [.....
The news hit the internet like a tsunami as the formal announcement of Steve Jobs resignation as CEO of Apple was released. The Twitter-sphere reaction was an almost instant rise in the trending topic "CEO of Apple" to the number one spot. I'm saddened to hear of Steve's resignation, b...
For those that have been looking for a memcached equivalent for the cloud, Amazon Web Services has just announced ElastiCache. ElastiCache "makes it easy to deploy, operate, and scale an in-memory cache in the cloud. The service improves the performance of web applications by allowing ...
When companies make their first inquiry into the cloud, they are trying to solve some common problems with traditional IT. Traditional IT is complex; both in terms of management and in terms of procurement. Traditional IT is slow. It can take months to take a product to market. Traditi...
One of the areas which pops up from time to time in Cloud conversations is that of High Performance Computing (HPC). The HPC space, perhaps undeservedly so, is a niche market usually comprised of researchers from sectors such as biomedical and aerospace. This are has always interested ...
As mainstream cloud adoption picks up pace, concerns such as security and compliance have spurred growth in the private cloud sector. New offerings in this sector seek to balance the economies of scale that a public cloud can offer with the security and control that a private cloud off...
GoDaddy just announced the limited release of their new Cloud offering dubbed "Data Center on Demand." Built on Cloud.com's platform, the offering is medium to large businesses, start-ups and even web developers. The Virtual Private Data Center (VPDC) movement has started to gain steam...
If you look back to some of the original posts on this blog, one of the ideas that I share with respect to virtualization is that we are seeing an industry wide shift back to centralized computing. We have realized 'the errors of our ways' and are migrating from incredibly sprawled dis...
I’ve been waiting for a while now for VMware to bring a PaaS offering to market, but I was pleasantly surprised with the newly announced Cloud Foundry. In their own words, Cloud Foundry is “a VMware-led project [that] is the world’s first open Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering. Clo...
There have been many articles over the last few years about the role of IT workers in a Cloud-enabled world. We have already seen a few job losses to the Cloud, but the IT industry is strong and demand for qualified workers is still high. There are still more jobs than there are qualif...
Over the last few months, I have had several discussions with CIOs, CTOs and Directors of IT about Cloud Computing. I have also had these same discussions with research firms seeking to understand what the 'State of the Cloud' is today and where it is going in the near term. While I ha...
In what can only be described as a stunner of a move, Google has released a new plug-in (Google Cloud Connect Office) which 'cloud-enables' Microsoft Office. Beating Microsoft to the punch with their own Office suite is not only a major embarrassment, but also an excellent example of h...
Although I don't really consider this a necessary core offering from AWS, it's nice to know that they have added a much requested feature: the ability to host static websites in S3. As those familiar with S3 know, there was no easy way to host a website in S3. Going to the root of a [....
Elastic Beanstalk leverages AWS services such as Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, Amazon Simple Notification Service, Elastic Load Balancing, and Auto-Scaling to deliver the same highly reliable, scalable, and cost-effective infrastructure that hundreds of thousands of businesses depend on today...
For those who are big fans of Dell or Compellent (like I am), some great news is coming out of Round Rock, TX. Dell has just closed a deal to buy virtual storage company Compellent. I’ve heard figures ranging from $820 million to $960 million, but the acquisition could be worth much mo...
There are many amazing things emerging out of Dreamforce 2010 (I really regret that I couldn't make it) and thus far, one of the biggest may be Salesforce's new RDBMS as a Service offering. I don't suppose Salesforce could have purchased a better domain name, Database.com, but the pros...
I received an interesting email from AWS today talking about the new DNS service they are offering - Amazon Route 53. A cloud-based DNS solution is an excellent way to fold more services into their cloud and help readers manage things more easily. Read on to learn more about it... Dear...
According to a recent news release, the GSA has become the first Federal Agency to move e-mail to the Google Cloud agency wide. The subheading on this news release reads "Cloud-based e-mail to save $15 million over five years." This is an amazing bit of news on several levels. First of...
For those that follow the cloud computing world, you may have noticed a few articles a while back highlighting the decision by Netflix to move to Amazon Web Services. There wasn't much detail back then on what exactly was moving to Amazon's cloud suite nor was there much information on...