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Jas Dhalliwal
A senior consultant in the IT industry for over two decades. Having worked in fields as diverse as large scale infrastructure architecture & design to IT Strategy formulation provides me with a deep insight into the evolving role of IT and its relationship to the business.
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For the last couple of years there has been a resurgent theme cropping up regarding disaggregation of components within a rack to support hyperscale datacenters. Back in 2013 Facebook, as founder of the Open Compute Foundation, and Intel announced their collaboration on future data center rack technologies. This architecture deals... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2015 at Omega Cloud
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The IT industry is characterized by loops of iterative innovation – hence such adages as "back to the mainframe again". However, recent reports regarding the potential future design of datacenters from Emerson Network Power – Data Center 2025: Exploring the Possibilities – really outline the state of the industry in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2015 at Omega Cloud
In an effort to streamline costs, increase efficiency, and basically getting IT to focus on delivering real business value, a tremendous mind-shift is taking place. The battleground is the "build-your-own" approach versus the pre-built, pre-tested, pre-integrated built-for-purpose appliances using commodity hardware. Big Data infrastructure is the next wave of advanced... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2013 at Omega Cloud
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There's been a lot of talk in 2013 about in-memory computing (IMC), with Gartner indicating strategic significance in 2012. Very little has been said about the memory needed for IMC! IMC is claimed to be "new", "radical", "never before done in the industry" etc. Much of this has been from... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2013 at Omega Cloud
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I was reading recently an article about Backblaze releasing storage designs. This is a 180TB NAS device in 4U! Absolutely huge! A 42U rack would be able to have around 1.8Petabyte in a single rack. When thinking about Petabytes, one thinks about the big players in storage, EMC/NetApp/HDS, selling tens... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2013 at Omega Cloud
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I have been saying for some time that CIO/CTOs should be taking a serious look at the "desktop" of the future. What type of applications are needed, where they are sourced from, form factor and the impact on workplace design. Tablets are already firmly entrenched in consumer hands, and indeed... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2013 at Omega Cloud
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A lot of what I do involves talking with thought leaders from organizations keen to transform how they do business. In some cases, they espouse thoughts moving along general industry lines or marketing. However, in some cases, there is real innovative thought taking place. I believe firmly innovation starts with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2013 at Omega Cloud
Some time ago, I blogged about the resurgence of the SPARC platform. The then newly designed SPARC T4 was showing tremendous promise in its own write to be able to take up its former mantle of being an innovation leader running extreme workloads with the Solaris 11 operating system. Indeed,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2012 at Omega Cloud
Looking back over the last 2 years or so, we can start to see an emerging pattern of acquisitions and general IT industry manouevering that would suggest customer demand and technological capability packaging for specific workloads are more in alignment than ever. I wanted to to write a couple of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2012 at Omega Cloud
With a focus on large enterprise and service provider datacenter infrastructures, I get the chance to regularly meet with senior executives as well as rank and file administrators - top-2-bottom view. One of the things that as always struck me as rather strange is the relative "inflexible" nature of datacenters... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2012 at Omega Cloud
The CFO represents the ability of an organization to challenge what it is doing and why it is doing this. Innovation and creative thinking driven by financial stewardship! Verify whether there is another approach. Verify the patterns that are emerging. Investment needs to be concentrated into those areas to make the dent in the business revenue that is needed. This implies a "vertical" architecture model of investment. Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2012 at Omega Cloud
One of the great things about the Cloud is the ability to stimulate new/different ways of thinking about your datacenter and IT operations in general. This is particularly valid in the areas of service delivery and quality management for an ever more demanding consumer population! This is what I call... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2012 at Omega Cloud
After a change of residence and a change of job - it is high time to write another blog! In talks with many customers and indeed feedback on this blog site, I receive a lot of indication that the "current Cloud" the pre-2011 industry was marketing was simply tackling the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2012 at Omega Cloud
Imported from http://consultingblogs.emc.com/ published December 3 2010 While the world morphs into the tsunami that is Cloud, managing petabytes of information and petaflops of processing capability, there are areas where this is simply not enough. As a result, pioneering work is taking place to extend the boundaries of current computing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2012 at Omega Cloud
Imported from http://consultingblogs.emc.com/ published December 3 2010 Many of the enterprise customers we engage with are already asking how to take virtualization and the Cloud to the next level to attain a profound change in their core business. This is beyond simply being agile or having choice. This is about... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2012 at Omega Cloud
Imported from http://consultingblogs.emc.com/ published December 3 2010 All too often in publications we hear of the desire of the US administration to move towards the use of Cloud technologies, with obvious references to Google. However, in Europe there is also ‘some’ activity in this direction. Actually, from the feedback we... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2012 at Omega Cloud
Imported from http://consultingblogs.emc.com/ published November 21 2010 One of the questions that we get from clients when moving to the Private Cloud is do we still need to do things as we did in the physical world? Defragmentation of the file systems (FS) within guest operating systems (OS) containerized in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2012 at Omega Cloud
Imported from http://consultingblogs.emc.com/ published November 21 2010 A couple of weeks back, I had the great pleasure of getting an email from VMware asking me to sign up for another dose of pain in the form of the VDCD410 Beta Exam. For those of you not sure what that is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2012 at Omega Cloud
Imported from http://consultingblogs.emc.com/ published October 24 2010 This blog title should probably be something like Peta/Exabyte rather than Tera. Still to continue the theme… In my last two blogs (Terabyte…well Everything Tera Actually! (Part 1- the Servers) and Tera…well Everything Actually! (Part 2 - the Network – slower than the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2012 at Omega Cloud
Imported from http://consultingblogs.emc.com/ published September 18 2010 In my last blog I described the fantastic things happening in the server world underpinning and driving consolidation to levels previously unseen. This technological push to ensure density to levels supporting millions of concurrent users will happen at every level of infrastructure possible.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2012 at Omega Cloud
Imported from http://consultingblogs.emc.com/ published September 8 2010 Following the VMworld 2010 event in San Francisco and the overwhelming industry and customer enthusiasm for all things Cloud, I thought I'd drop in a couple of innovations in the IT industry that would continue to underpin this thought revolution. I’ll start with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2012 at Omega Cloud
Imported from http://consultingblogs.emc.com/ published September 8 2010 Although the Private Cloud has many advantages for organizations, there is a learning and growing phase that is frequently omitted. When building out a Private Cloud, many stress points in an organization start to become prevalent. Many of these same organizations had, or... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2012 at Omega Cloud
Imported from http://consultingblogs.emc.com/ published August 29 2010 What Does Gartner have to say about this? In the blog Windows 7- To Virtualize or not to Virtualize - that is the question! I talked about a golden opportunity for organizations to move to virtual desktop infrastructures (VDI) instead of following a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2012 at Omega Cloud
Imported from http://consultingblogs.emc.com/ published August 21 2010 Whether 'tis nobler to rollout a standard Windows 7 desktop,... OR to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by virtualizing desktops end them? Many of the current discussions we at EMC Consulting (Cloud & Virtual Data Center Practice) are having with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2012 at Omega Cloud
Imported from http://consultingblogs.emc.com/ published August 1 2010 In several recent discussions with security groups and agencies within private and public sector, the issue of security has of course come up. There are several facets to security, but the specific issue was regarding ‘breaking out of the hypervisor’ that facilitates virtualization... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2012 at Omega Cloud