How social are you?
That seems to be the underlying cloud theme in recent days as two significant organizations try to discover the shape of the social cloud.
The first, interestingly, is Cisco, which has released the results of their social media survey conducted towards the end of May. The results don't reveal any big surprises: of 1258 respondents, 76.1 percent use Facebook, 58.5 percent LinkedIn, and 48.4 percent YouTube.
Videos play a big role in social media: 40.6 percent of 1301 respondents said they shared video content on social websites, followed closely by shared blog content (39.4 percent). Blogs, however, get the most comments (41.2 percent), just over feature articles (34.3 percent).
The other research is being done by analyst group Forrester, which is trying to determine "social maturity" across the enterprise. It's not just about which employees are tweeting about who.
"We have come across a couple of progressive IT operations groups that are thinking about social as part of a larger help desk strategy. How?
- "Improve incident and problem resolution times through better collaboration...
- "Reduce calls to the help desk with self service wikis and blogs...
- "Improve I&O and contact center communication..."
There's some real money to be saved for the enterprise if social media can be harnessed correctly.
There's a lot of talk about how virtualization will take over the datacenter world. But apparently there's a new phenomenon being noted in a lot of VM deployments--after the first 20-30 percent of servers have been consolidated, the penetration of VMs in an organization tends to drop quite a bit.
A CIO article from earlier this month labels the practice as "VM stall," and provides some really good research as to what's happening and what the causes might be.
"In general, organizations start virtualization deployments by converting relatively low-risk, low-impact systems--dev/test servers, Web servers, file servers, internal applications, etc. — to virtualization. With a big impact, great results, and reasonably fast and easy implementation, it is a great hit with IT and business owners. This may even spawn a 'virtual first' initiative, where all new server requests are deployed as virtual servers by default."
Next week, of course, will be all Red Hat, all the time, as the largest commercial Linux vendor holds its annual Red Hat Summit in Boston, starting July 22.
Virtualization is, you may have heard, is the big topic of this year's Summit, with Red Hat trying to counter Novell's recent partnership with VMware by tossing out some Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) mojo of its own.
And, in one of those Spock-with-a-beard moments, it may be Microsoft who will help back Red Hat's RHEV play.
That's because Microsoft feels a little shut out by the Novell/VMware partnership, too. There's just one-and-a-half more years in the Novell/Microsoft partnership agreement, and the VMware deal sends a clear signal to Redmond that they are not the only game in town.
Still, is it really a good idea to rail against one vendor's lock-in with another vendor's lock-in? Yeah, we didn't think so, either.