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Silos and Server Huggers. Are They Holding Your IT Organization Back?

by on Oct.13, 2009, under Storage

Silos and Server Huggers. Are They Holding Your IT Organization Back?

As I started my transition into a new job within Intel IT a few months ago, I discovered that one our internal IT strategic imperatives was “Partnership”.  I have to admit that at first I dismissed this a simply one of many standard business leadership terms that any organization could choose to operate on (I hope Diane Bryant, Intel CIO, is not reading this ).  However, I’m learning how critical partnerships are for a high functioning and value driven IT organization, both within the IT organization and between IT and the business groups they support.

With much of the focus these days on the lack of capital budgets limiting IT investment and innovation, IOrganizational Silos inside any business create natural barriers to innovation. Let Imagine if the architecture group creates a vision that can not be implemented by engineering or was is cost prohibitive in the manpower or solutions needed to implement it operationally. If we look outside the walls of the IT organization, we can also see how silos can negatively affect the business Server Huggers. A Server Hugger is someone who currently has or is demanding to IT that they have a physical server (or many servers) dedicated to their business function or department — they want to touch it, know it is theirs and know that they don This was at the heart of a discussion I recently had around Intel ITaccelerate virtualization inside our Office and Enterprise computing environments. Partnerships inside Intel IT can be seen in how we create and measure business value with our business partners, how our own IT organization encourages IT rotation and how we strategically align our IT planning efforts with our business plans. It is clear to me that our Intel IT Strategic Imperative of Partnership is much more than management lip-service Good bye Silos! Chris Peters, Intel ITEngage Intel experts in IT to IT discussions inside the IT@Intel community Follow me on Twitter

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On the road to CSR improvement

by on Sep.02, 2009, under Storage

On the road to CSR improvement

So, I’m sitting here, up way too late in a hotel room in Boston, listening to the jack hammering on the street right outside my window. Figured that I should try to make some use of my inability to sleep, and get in a quick blog post on why I’m even out here in the first place.

Each year for the past ten or so years, members of Intel’s CSR team, together with colleagues in our EHS and Investor Relations departments hit the road to travel to DC, New York and Boston to meet face to face with socially responsible investment and ESG research firms to get input on our CSR strategy, environmental performance, and business objectives. Although we do engage with these groups throughout the year over the phone, online and at conferences like SRI in the Rockies, setting aside one week each year to meet face to face and have more in-depth discussions has been extremely valuable. We discuss emerging CSR issues and areas where we still need to improve, hear directly from these firms what their priorities are for the coming year, and learn where they would like to see us to take more action or be more transparent in our reporting. The timing is such that we can incorporate this feedback into our annual strategic planning and budgeting process for the coming year.

When I look back at some of the changes we’ve made in recent years to our CSR and sustainability practices – I can trace them back to specific recommendations that came out of these meetings. For example, we expanded our disclosure on water use in our 2008 CSR report – reporting not only our global water use, but also water use by major Intel site in response to discussion we had in our Boston meeting last fall. In another example, multiple analysts from the meetings said that they and their clients were placing a higher priority on human rights policies and management systems. They didn’t feel that Intel was being clear enough in our disclosure and policies – so we worked in the first part of this year to develop a new set of Human Rights Principles to clarify our expectations for all Intel employees in this area. And we adopted “say on pay” as a result of continued discussions and recommendations in last year’s meetings, providing our stockholders the opportunity to vote on our executive compensation practices.

Now, it’s not always easy (on either side I imagine) to discuss some of the more difficult topics or provide/receive really direct feedback. It can be personally uncomfortable no matter how constructive a relationship you have. In many cases, there are grey areas, or we may not be as far along or moving as fast as these firms would like us to be on certain issues. But the one thing I know for sure is that we wouldn’t be at the point we are in our CSR development today without the input of these organizations over the past decade. They continue to push us to become a better company.

With two days down and one day to go, I’ve already got a list of recommendations and questions we’re going to take back to discuss with others within Intel. So, what else should we include from you? What are your own personal CSR recommendations for Intel for the coming year?

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VMworld 2009 – Day 2, keynote by Steve Herrod

by on Sep.02, 2009, under Storage

VMworld 2009 V Day 2, keynote by Steve Herrod

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Welcome to the liveblogging of the VMworld 2009 keynote, day 2.


Today’s keynote is expected to bring us a bit more technical content than yesterday. The main speaker is Dr. Stephen Herrod, VMware CTO and one of the original developers of SimOS while at Stanford. VMware engineers are expected to be joining Herrod on stage to demonstrate upcoming features and products.

Note: this is a rush transcript. Check back later for analysis.

Ready for the VMworld 2009 keynote by VMware CTO Stephen Herrod. Follow http://is.gd/2NRsk for the play-by-play.
The keynote is starting..
“Steve Herrod takes the stage. “”This is probably my favourite hour of the year.””
Focus today will be on the desktop, PCoIP, .. View is about enabling a new sort of desktop concept. User-centric rather then device centric.
+1M virtual desktops out there.
Lots of development in vSphere was geared towards hosting desktops. Tuned for Vista and Win 7 workloads.
Intel Nehalem / Xeon 5500 allows up to twice the amount of desktops per cores.
New evolutions on storage level as well. SSD disks allow much better user experiences.
The goal is to provide best user experience to all endpoints: thin, thick clients, over WAN, LAN, …
The best experience is still the local, rich, portable desktop. The same image that’s used on other endpoints can be checked in and out.
Offline replication of desktops so to speak.
PCoIP, purpose built for desktop virtualization. Development with Terradici. Coming later this year.
Vendors can create hardware accellerated clients for even better experience.
“New concept “”in this economy””: employee owned IT. Provide user with a certain budget, let them choose the hardware (Mac/PC/..) and host the”
corporate desktop through Fusion/Workstation/Player/…
For corporate-owned IT: bare-metal virtualization. Co-development with Intel. Laptop/deskop hypervisor.
Single hardware-agnostic desktop build can run on any type of x86 device.
“VMware View Demo on stage. “”A day in the life of a VMware View user.””
Windows 7 running on laptop. Showing device manager. The rich environment is running on a virtual SVGA gpu -> type 1 hypervisor.
Next demo: thin client with smooth graphics. Demo with Google Earth.
“Opening the same VM on his “”beige box”” desktop. Next: Demo with WYSE pocket client on iPhone to access the same VM.”
Next: VMware Mobile strategy. Not only use the phone as a thin client, but put a hypervisor on the phone as well.
Phones become mobile pc’s, bring along the traditional pc challenges. (security, access control, data leakage protection, ..)
Creating corporate mobile vm’s allows the same device freedom desktop virtualization allows.
Lots of app stores coming up, tied to specific types of devices, even though they’ve got the same base platform.
(As if Apple is ever going to approve a hypervisor app that can run arbitrary code…)
Peter Ciurea, Global Head of Product Development at Visa comes on stage.
Demo with development ARM-based phone. Hypervisor + Windows CE on top.
Visa app demo with alerts (every time a Visa card is swiped, the device alerts you), offers (mobile coupons, ..) and location based offers.
The Visa app was developed for Android. Android is running next to Windows CE. The OS has access to the gps functions, has smooth graphics.
Moving back to ‘big iron’. vSphere enables the software mainframe. Up to 32TB of RAM.
If you were born before ‘75 you’d call this a mainframe. If you were born after, you’d call it the Cloud. Let’s call it a giant computer.
VMotion is the foundation of this giant computer.
“This is about the 6th anniversary of the first VMotion demo. Music: “”I like to move it”” from Madagascar. You’ll never VMotion again without”
thinking about that song.
VMotion was around when Friends was still doing new episodes. The first VMworld was 10 months away. Loooong time ago.
Probably about 359 million VMotions to date. People use VMotion constantly. Saves time, money and marriages http://twitpic.com/g7dii
VMotion breadth continues to grow. Storage VMotion, Network VMotion (distributed switch) and long distance VMotion.
Focus of vSphere: support all major applications (SAP, Oracle, SQL, …). Even HPC workloads are moving to virtualization.
vSphere allows better-than-physical scalability.
DRS allows higher peak capacity. Achieves 96% efficiency of ideally placed VMs. Extending DRS to include I/O.
“DPM: VMotion for global power optimization. (””Constantly defragging the datacenter””)”
Automating the datacenter through VMware AppSpeed allows better application performance guarantees.
Built into vSphere: vApp. Built on OVF. Create collections of self-wiring VMs and add SLA metadata.
Control security and compliance via VMsafe APIs. Virtualization lets you look into VMs and check every instruction.
Always-on security, users can not turn agents off.
Last thing: manage configuration integrity at scale. vCenter ConfigControl
First public demo on stage of ConfigControl. Dashboard to monitor and manage changes in IT environments.
Scenario: help desk ticket, Exchange server is down. ConfigControl sent alert that network policy was changed. Helps debug system problems.
ConfigControl interface is web-based.
ConfigControl will ship in 2010 H1.
A bit more detail of the VMworld datacenter. Running 37,248 VMs. From 25 Megawatts to 540 Kilowatts of power usage. 778 physical servers.
“For the geeks out there who didn’t know it: vSphere can host vSphere. The labs run nested ESX “”Virtual Virtual datacenters””.”
Next chapter: cloud cloud cloud.
Work being done around network connectivity between clouds, transparent storage migration, easy management and policy-enforcement.
Connectivity example: work started in Site Recovery Manager.
Policies are exchanged between multiple datacenters. IP address management is automated through vCenter.
Cisco enables long distance VMotion through Data Center Interconnect.
Datacenter extension up to 200km.
F5: BIG-IP Global Traffic manager enable slong distance VMotion.
Moving on to vCloud API to provide programmatic access to resources. Enables self-service portals, vCenter client plugins (manage VMs in
3rd party datacenters), and ISV integrations: 3rd party management, SaaS deployments, ..
vCloud API was submitted to DMTF for industry certification.
End goal: differentiated cloud offerings. (Demo cloud, High end SLA, green cloud, high performance, …)
Fourth pillar (next to View, vSphere, vCloud): vApps. Auto-pilot applications. Reason for SpringSource applications.
Automating the application development space will bring down maintenance and deployment costs.
Virtualizing hardware simplifies deployment. VMware wants to simplify development through application frameworks that work together with VMs
Virtualization-aware platform can create self-healing and self-scaling applications, that interact with hypervisor to manage hardware
building bocks.
Goal is to interface with not only Java frameworks, but also with RoR, Django, .net, PHP, …
Adrian Colyer, SpringSource CTO on stage.
Another try to explain what this all does to an audience of mainly server infrastructure folks.
And that finishes the keynote…
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