More Complete Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Deployments [hint: the NETWORK IS THE COMPUTER]


Today we are announcing, with our partner AT&T, support for the integration of AT&T NetBond™ API based [WAN] orchestration within a standard CSC Agility Platform™ cloud blueprint has GA'd.  This bring dynamic WAN networking into the application developers toolbox; cross linking the public cloud’s “VPC” intra-nets and the Enterprise Cloud VLANS via dynamically provisioned private channels in the WAN. Let’s cut today's announcement up into pieces: Public Cloud VPC’s is a…

SDN for the Global Enterprise


For many in the enterprise, their relationship with their WAN carriers has been an opaque, long lead time, inflexible experience, looking at the WAN as a big, dumb pipe.  With the advent of NetBond, AT&T has taken a bold step in putting the enterprise "user" in control of their own, private channel between two points on the MPLS cloud.  In effect, turning what is often a set of static MPLS…

Industrializing Application Modernization


One of the things that I have learned and is a  substantial challenge for enterprise technologists, is the exceedingly large estate of legacy applications, that lock a treasure of enterprise information and process deep inside.  The sad truth is that these legacy applications are costing more to operate than ever before because of license burden, infrastructure expenses, ever more rare skill sets, and even middleware and consultants that are needed…

Razor, Puppet, Hadoop and the CSC Cloud (pt2)


Using Razor to Boot the CSC Cloud (Part 2): Step 3: Configuring Razor The Image Catalog Running razor post installation should show a single OS Image: [email protected]:/opt/razor/conf$ sudo razor image get all Images UUID =>  390R2duPsjqKzwmjCCP0LJ Type =>  MicroKernel Image ISO Filename =>  razor-microkernel-latest.iso Path =>  /opt/razor/image/mk/390R2duPsjqKzwmjCCP0LJ Status =>  Valid Version =>  0.12.0 Built Time =>  Wed Feb 20 17:10:45 -0500 2013 We now download the Centos 6.4_x86_64 image from…

An Awesome New Role


I've been invited to join an amazing executive team at CSC.  Mike Lawrie, the CEO and his team have asked me to lead the technologists at CSC toward three declared technical foci: Big Data, Cloud and Cyber-Security. Let me first say that I am incredibly thankful to EMC, an amazing leadership team and some massive talent.  During my 6 years I have seen massive innovation (from within), transformation (through execution),…

Cloud Building: Trusted Multi-Tenancy Requirements


There are two primary actors in a cloud deployment, the customer of the cloud (Tenant) and the provider of the cloud (Provider). They represent a standard client / server relationship requiring a strong contract and visible performance against that contract. I believe that there are a set of key capabilities required in order to maximize the adoption [by Tenants] of [Provider] cloud infrastructure. They are detailed as follows. Flexibity The…

Project Razor: EMC and Puppet Labs


Today EMC and Puppet Labs are releasing via open source community contribution, a key module that serves to ground the last mile of the DevOps process. Project Razor is a tool that I've personally been looking for, for years. Razor is a service oriented (RESTful), model based, and policy driven "Operating System provisioning tool" which use their native installers for hardware compatibility. During the project design meetings, we determined that we…