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Why Public and Private Cloud are Making ELAs a Four-Letter Word

By Tim Currie May 27, 2016 at 09 39 AM

As I speak to IT executives across the country, a common theme I often hear is the urgency among enterprise IT organizations to rationalize, leverage, and optimize the use of public and private cloud capabilities. Whether it’s viewed as a utility or a catalyst to DevOps transformation, cloud is a disruptor to the traditional IT mode of operation.

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Topics: DevOps, Public Cloud

Meet the Speaker: Introducing Your Looking AHEAD 2016 Keynote, Dan Lyons

By AHEAD May 23, 2016 at 02 02 PM

Looking AHEAD 2016 is right around the corner—four weeks away, to be exact! And if we haven’t given you enough reasons to be excited for June 23 yet, here’s one more! In case you haven’t heard, the official Looking AHEAD event will be commenced by the renowned and acclaimed writer and author, Dan Lyons. Dan’s session titled How to Completely, Totally, Absolutely Screw Up Your Company’s Corporate Culture, will kick off the event by discussing the importance of a strong corporate culture in the workplace before the day’s agenda gets into the thick of IT-related themes.

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Topics: Looking AHEAD, Looking AHEAD 2016, Culture, Events

VxRail: New Hyperconverged Infrastructure from Established Market Leaders

By Yon Ubago May 20, 2016 at 03 41 PM

As a technical architect at AHEAD, one of my responsibilities is to be a subject matter expert on converged infrastructure (CI) and hyperconverged infrastructure(HCI). Over the past few months, I’ve been evaluating various new and/or popular products in the marketplace and have been relaying my findings in the AHEAD blog. This post will complete this series which has included two products from Nutanix, Cisco HyperFlex, VCE Vblock, and Hitachi UCP. That being said, I’m very excited for the next series to launch where I’ll be working with the AHEAD team to perform a series of tests against a subset of these solutions in our lab (including Nutanix,  HyperFlex, and VxRail).  This post will be discussing my experience with EMC, VCE, and Cisco’s joint collaboration, VxRail.

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Topics: VMware, VCE, EMC, VxRail

Equip Your Cloud Management Platform: Integrating UCS Director with ServiceNow

By Eric Shanks May 17, 2016 at 01 11 PM

Cisco UCS Director is a cloud management platform that manages and orchestrates your data center resources and provides a basic self-service catalog for end users. But a cloud management platform doesn’t exist all by itself; it requires integrations with everything in the data center so that servers can be built to corporate standards. For instance, once a new server is requested, a change order must be added to the company’s ticketing system, and once the build is complete, a configuration item record must be added to the company’s configuration management database. This is all accomplished by leveraging application programming interfaces, or APIs.

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Topics: UCS Director, Automation & Orchestration, ServiceNow, Cloud Management and Automation, API

Webinar Announcement: Standardizing Configuration Management in Your Hybrid Cloud with Puppet

By AHEAD May 12, 2016 at 10 00 AM

Join us next week on Thursday, May 19, for a webinar jointly presented by Dan Wittenberg, Senior Technical Architect at AHEAD, and James Jones, Senior Technical Solutions Engineer at Puppet, that discusses Puppet's model-driven approach to configuration management and how it introduces a sustainable strategy to keeping order to software in your organization.

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Topics: Configuration Management, Hybrid Cloud, Puppet, CDP

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