Defining a “Well-Run Hybrid Cloud”

first_imgIf each of these attributes is indeed in place does that make a private cloud “well-run?”Not necessarily.A private cloud is only well-run if the end users believe it to be so! These end users happen to rely on a different set of metrics – cost, ease, time, and agility. They view NIST’s five cloud characteristics as table stakes.Therefore the first step in creating a well-run hybrid cloud is to create a well-run private cloud by bringing together IT’s metrics with those of the end user:Once this happens, the end user begins to prefer the selection of private cloud IT resources in many cases. If this occurs, your private cloud has reached “well-run” status.It is then (and only then) that IT can take the next step: becoming a broker for external services. Once again, the end user has a set of expectations that must be met in order to achieve the label of “well-run.”Clear advertisement of services (internal or external)Clear pricingPublished service levelsSelf-provisionedAutomated deployment of the servicesThe first and last bullets in the list above represent two key litmus tests for earning the label of a “well-run hybrid cloud”.  A hybrid cloud is well-run if advertising its services don’t cause the end user to ask whether the services are provided privately or publicly. The end user feels no need to shop for public services that have better metrics.And finally, the automated deployment of services, often called right-sourcing, seamlessly issues the application internally or externally to give the end user the most benefit across the metrics established above.For EMC World attendees, I recommend attending Build-A-Hybrid-Cloud LIVE (Booth #850) to see live demonstrations and gain a more thorough understanding of how a well-run hybrid cloud can be built in practice. Let’s try and build a sensible definition of the phrase “well-run hybrid cloud.”Many IT departments would argue that they have created a “well-run internal cloud.” This means, for example, that they can place a checkmark next to five common cloud characteristics (as defined by the National Institute of Standards and Technology or NIST):On demand self-serviceBroad network accessResource poolingRapid elasticityMeasured servicelast_img read more

Former Syracuse receiver Sales invited to Atlanta Falcons

first_imgThe Atlanta Falcons invited former Syracuse wide receiver Marcus Sales to their rookie minicamp, according to the Post-Standard.Sales was the SU’s second-leading receiver last year, catching 64 passes for 882 yards and eight touchdowns. Sales missed the 2011 season after being suspended for a drug arrest. He finished his four-season SU career with 132 receptions, 1,780 yards and 16 touchdowns.He will join former teammate Deon Goggins with the Falcons. Goggins signed as an undrafted free agent Sunday. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 28, 2013 at 11:57 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_center_img Related Stories Class of their own: NFL Draft presents final step in seniors’ effort to restore Syracuse’s legitimacyFormer Syracuse tackle Pugh drafted 19th overall by New York GiantsNew York Giants select former Syracuse quarterback Nassib with 13th pick in 4th roundPittsburgh Steelers draft former Syracuse safety Thomas with 111th overall pick of NFL DraftFormer Syracuse guard Chibane to join Buffalo Bills as undrafted free agentlast_img read more

The Row placed on probation once again

first_imgVice President of Student Affairs Michael L. Jackson placed The Row on social probation Thursday, prohibiting informal gatherings at fraternities on Tuesday and Thursday nights for the rest of the spring semester because of the recent negative events within the Greek community.Parties at fraternity houses will only be allowed Fridays and Saturdays, according to Jackson. These events must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Development.“If houses are found in violation of these instructions, they will be placed on immediate suspension pending a group judicial hearing,” Jackson wrote in an email. Jackson met with more than 150 leaders from USC fraternities and sororities Thursday to discuss the state of The Row, which has been plagued by behavioral problems and public incidents this year.“We discussed the collective responsibility chapters have for their members and that the Greek Councils have for their chapters,” Jackson wrote. This is the second time this year The Row has been placed on social probation.The Row was shut down Aug. 30, after 16 Interfraternity Council chapters were cited for unauthorized parties. Eight students were taken to the hospital for alcohol poisoning during what is often referred to by students as “Black Monday.”More recently, a misogynistic email sent on the Kappa Sigma fraternity listserv spread virally around campus and beyond, and graphic photos of a suspended member of Kappa Sigma appearing to have sex on the rooftop of Waite Phillips Hall made national news. Pat Lauer, president of IFC, said the leaders of USC fraternities and sororities understand how serious the situation is, and now they need to pass that message on to all of the Greek members.“Because of everything that’s happened, we need to get our act together completely and identify our weak points and improve upon them,” Lauer said. “It’s up to the leaders to help change the culture of the Greek community that has taken a negative turn.”At Thursday’s meeting, Jackson also established a task force composed of leaders of the various Greek councils and university staff from the USC Center for Women and Men and MenCare.Denzil Suite, associate vice president for Student Affairs, will be heading the task force, which will address issues including risk management, hazing, sexual assault, healthy relationships, alcohol and substance abuse, knowledge of USC policies, and chapter fire, health and safety programs.“I told students that we are depending on them to step up as leaders of their organizations, that [Student Affairs] will provide leadership, guidance and support, and that we want USC to have the strongest possible Greek community,” Jackson wrote.Lauer said the Greek community needs to make sure the negative attention from these actions does not conceal the positive things the Greek community brings to the university.“We’re kind of on thin ice right now, and we need to take it upon ourselves to confront these challenges we are faced with,” Lauer said.Jackson pointed out that USC’s Greek community has the highest GPA of any school west of the Mississippi and has received many national awards for service and leadership.“The hard work students devote to community service, philanthropic activity and participation in providing leadership for the broader USC student community is severely tarnished when members’ actions are arrogant, selfish, show a lack of respect for others, and threaten women in our community,” Jackson wrote.It is up to the members of the Greek community to change this negative perception, according to Lauer.“We owe it to ourselves to fix this image,” Lauer said.last_img read more