The CLOUD Act and What It Means for You, or More Importantly, Me!

The CLOUD Act, or to give it full nomenclature, the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act, has been passed into law by POTUS 45. This little act has been touted as an update to the ECPA, or Electronic Communications Privacy Act, and ostensibly, this is the case. What is worrying, though, is the way that it has been signed into law as a part of the Omnibus Spending Bill, without the oversight that a base privacy law should have been given. It feels like it has been smuggled through.

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The Cloud Act: It’s MAD (Mutual Assured Data access)
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Tom Howarth

Tom Howarth is an IT Veteran of over 20 years experience and is the owner of PlanetVM.Net Ltd, Tom is a moderator of the VMware Communities forum. He is a contributing author on VMware vSphere(TM) and Virtual Infrastructure Security: Securing ESX and the Virtual Environment, and the forthcoming vSphere a Quick Guide. He regularly does huge virtualization projects for enterprises in the U.K. and elsewhere in EMEA. Tom was Elected vExpert for 2008 and each subsequent year thereafter.

Is Traditional IaaS Cloud a Dead Man Walking?

Traditional IaaS cloud—whether AWS’s EC2, Azure’s offering, or even a private IaaS cloud running vCloud Director, vRA, or OpenStack, to name a few—is in trouble. Now, that sounds like quite a contentious statement to make, but I feel the writing is on the wall. “What?” you may ask. “How can you say that? There are many companies that have not even started their cloud journey, and surely IaaS is the first baby step in their travails.” Well, the answer to this is “yes and no.”
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Tom Howarth

Tom Howarth is an IT Veteran of over 20 years experience and is the owner of PlanetVM.Net Ltd, Tom is a moderator of the VMware Communities forum. He is a contributing author on VMware vSphere(TM) and Virtual Infrastructure Security: Securing ESX and the Virtual Environment, and the forthcoming vSphere a Quick Guide. He regularly does huge virtualization projects for enterprises in the U.K. and elsewhere in EMEA. Tom was Elected vExpert for 2008 and each subsequent year thereafter.

Wireless Infrastructure and the Cloud

The cloud of the future is going to be very dependent on the connectivity and bandwidth of the devices it serves as we move forward into a world of autonomous everything managed by wireless infrstracture in the cloud. The immediate step to help us get to the autonomous world is going to be the next-generation wireless network, commonly called 5G. To get a better understanding of where we are on the journey to 5G, let me present some of the Cleveland Research highlights from the Mobile World Conference 2018 at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain.
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Steve Beaver

Stephen Beaver is the co-author of VMware ESX Essentials in the Virtual Data Center and Scripting VMware Power Tools: Automating Virtual Infrastructure Administration as well as being contributing author of Mastering VMware vSphere 4 and How to Cheat at Configuring VMware ESX Server. Stephen is an IT Veteran with over 15 years experience in the industry. Stephen is a moderator on the VMware Communities Forum and was elected vExpert for 2009 and 2010. Stephen can also be seen regularly presenting on different topics at national and international virtualization conferences.

GDPR Is Almost Upon Us: The Apocalypse Is Nigh

On March 12, we posted GDPR Is Coming: Less Than 80 Days to Get Your House in Order. In it, we outlined the penalties for a transgression that are available to the controlling authorities. One of our analysts asked a few questions, which were interesting enough to require their own visibility. We will answer each one in turn.

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The GDPR Apocalypse Is Nigh
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Tom Howarth

Tom Howarth is an IT Veteran of over 20 years experience and is the owner of PlanetVM.Net Ltd, Tom is a moderator of the VMware Communities forum. He is a contributing author on VMware vSphere(TM) and Virtual Infrastructure Security: Securing ESX and the Virtual Environment, and the forthcoming vSphere a Quick Guide. He regularly does huge virtualization projects for enterprises in the U.K. and elsewhere in EMEA. Tom was Elected vExpert for 2008 and each subsequent year thereafter.

Impact of Scale on Security

At InfoSec World 2018, the vast majority of roundtable discussions were about people and process, with little mention of technology. My talk was about the impact of scale on security. There were several notable conclusions that can be drawn from the conversation. I was a guide or moderator, and the conversation went to places that were interesting, if unintended.
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Edward L. Haletky, aka Texiwill,

Edward L. Haletky, aka Texiwill, is an analyst, author, architect, technologist, and out-of-the-box thinker. As an analyst, Edward looks at all things IoT, big data, cloud, security, and DevOps. As an author, he has written about virtualization and security. As an architect, Edward creates peer-reviewed reference architectures for hybrid cloud, cloud-native applications, and many other aspects of the modern business. As a technologist, Edward creates code prototypes for parts of those architectures. Edward is solving today’s problems in an implementable fashion.

Highlights and Guidance from VMware Fourth-Quarter Financial Results

The VMware fourth-quarter financial results were released at the beginning of March 2018. I’d like to share some of its highlights and offer some insight on what these results might indicate for the future. Let’s start out with the facts and figures from the conference call and throw in the future guidance that VMware has given.
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Steve Beaver

Stephen Beaver is the co-author of VMware ESX Essentials in the Virtual Data Center and Scripting VMware Power Tools: Automating Virtual Infrastructure Administration as well as being contributing author of Mastering VMware vSphere 4 and How to Cheat at Configuring VMware ESX Server. Stephen is an IT Veteran with over 15 years experience in the industry. Stephen is a moderator on the VMware Communities Forum and was elected vExpert for 2009 and 2010. Stephen can also be seen regularly presenting on different topics at national and international virtualization conferences.