Managing in the Cloud

Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at
By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2011-06-29 Email Print this article Print
2011-06-29 cloud

How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?

I'm moderating a sponsored webcast tomorrow, June 30 entitled "Smarter Computing: Managed in the Cloud - Virtualization Without Limits." Not withstanding the somewhat breathless title, I think the core proposition of the webcast is the next step in cloud computing. You can join us at 12:00 p.m. Eastern / 9:00 a.m. Pacific.

For several years, I've identified effective virtual infrastructure management as a priority for IT managers. Of course, virtualization isn't synonymous with cloud computing, but it is a basic building block. And the fundamental issues that we use in "traditional" IT still apply to the cloud: to manage, you must monitor. What I'm hoping to get to in the webcast are the WHAT that IT managers should consider in a managed cloud environment. What's different, what's the same. What metrics matter, what changes when infrastructure is provided in the cloud versus on-premise?

While the event has a sponsored speaker, the panel has a breadth of experience that goes beyond a single vendor point of view. Howard Cohen, Senior Resultant at The Tech Channel Partners Results Group Inc. and my colleague Guy Currier, Executive Director, Research at Ziff Davis Enterprise will make sure that the discussion digs out nuggets that make you a smarter person for having spent some time with us.

If you have questions or thoughts on the topic I hope you'll join us during the session and use the "ask a question" feature to join the discussion! |

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