AHEAD's engineers have been working on several projects aimed at helping clients leverage services and capabilities within Amazon’s AWS portfolio. One of these projects is focused on AWS’s storage offerings, primarily S3 and Glacier. There are many organizations looking for ways to properly utilize these storage offerings within their own environments.
One of the key layers that makes up AHEAD’s Cloud Delivery Platform is Enterprise Service Management (ESM). In order for AHEAD's ESM practice to be successful, we leverage the power of ServiceNow to serve as the foundational platform of our practice and as a true cornerstone of cloud transformation.
VMworld is a monstrous IT conference. With tens of thousands of folks in attendance, it’s difficult to logically map out your time to make the most of the show. Luckily, this year’s conference creators made it easier on everyone by making recordings of key sessions available online. This is fantastic for the community and for those looking to advance their VMware skills who weren’t able to attend. And for these individuals who didn’t have the advantage of attending like I did, I’d like to share some of the gems that truly shined.
Last week, I attended the 2016 VMworld conference in Las Vegas along with several of my fellow AHEADians (you can read more about what we were doing there in a recent blog post). And although the entire conference is filled with new, trending updates, information, and demonstrations from users around the world, VMware traditionally saves huge announcements for the second day keynote session (the most heavily-attended session of the whole show). However, there was one “epic” item that was quietly released under the radar in a blog post by VMware: the announcement of Epic 2015 support for Horizon RDS-hosted applications.
Next Wednesday and Thursday, September 14-15, Jason Nash, Solution Principal at AHEAD, will be in San Jose, California, participating as a delegate for Gestalt IT's Cloud Field Day 1. For anyone not familiar with the Field Day events, they bring independent thought leaders together with select IT product vendors for discussion and candid feedback. These events generate an immense amount of interest as they welcome bloggers, speakers, freelance writers, and podcasters that have significant influence on the ways that products and companies are perceived. Field Day is an opportunity for tech companies and independent writers to meet, update, and discuss products and form new communications.
VMworld is a leading, global event that welcomes tens of thousands of IT professionals and business decision-makers for four full days of innovation, August 28 - September 1. With hundreds of expert-led breakout sessions, spotlights, panel discussions, and hands-on labs to choose from, attendees are sure to find what their looking for along the topics of cloud management, hyperconverged infrastructure, network virtualization, business mobility and so much more; there's something for everyone at this year's conference!
Amazon WorkSpaces is a managed desktop service built directly on the AWS cloud. It allows businesses to provision and manage cloud-based desktops for its end users without the complicated nature of traditional EUC offerings and the hardware to back it. Amazon WorkSpaces also allows organizations to easily manage the applications and data on these cloud-based desktops in a pay-as-you-go model, foregoing the upfront hardware and software costs with traditional on-premises solutions.
Following the pace of innovation at Amazon Web Services is a tough task. Because of the glut of innovation that regularly occurs at Amazon, really great ideas are sometimes overlooked due to the influx of new developments that transpire. Even though I am probably guilty of doing this myself, there is one solution (of these recent innovations) that stands out for me particularly well: the Transit Network VPC. It’s a networking solution that leverages a combination of AWS and Cisco technologies to bridge gaps between networks of many different types. I see this solution playing a very important part where organizations need a bit of networking glue to stitch these different types of networks together.
Since joining AHEAD in February of this year, I have been super impressed with the people, culture, and resources available at my fingertips (I’m not the only one; check out a post from AHEAD’s Pete Robertson about his first thirty days at the company!). One of the most beneficial resources that AHEAD offers is the AHEAD Lab and Briefing Center. This is where customers come to access our industry experts and next-generation solutions to determine the optimal strategy for their organizations.
As of late, I officially made it through my first thirty days as an AHEAD employee; I joined the company as a Technical Architect specializing in networking and Cisco technologies in late June of 2016. Upon finishing my first month, I was asked to describe my experience over the last thirty days in three words. The words I chose? Fun, passionate, and validating. It’s not quite that simple, though. For my first blog post, I am going to explain why I chose these words, as well as provide an in-depth look at my experience with AHEAD thus far.