SoftLayer firewall options: 6 ways to be antisocial

When it comes to firewall options, SoftLayer has an embarrassment of riches.

Three myths about cloud security

The old joke in computer security is that the only truly secure computer is one that you’ve unplugged from the network, buried six feet deep in concrete and—most importantly—powered off.

How I convinced my imaginary friend that cloud is cheaper

I never had an imaginary friend as a child—apparently imaginary friends require having an imagination, which more or less disqualified me.

Three reasons why you shouldn’t upgrade servers

Here are three reasons why you can often avoid upgrading servers in the cloud.

Four reasons why I hate the term “cloud”

I think most readers of this blog probably know there is no single "cloud." Saying something is “on the cloud” is about as specific as saying something is "on the Internet." This term isn’t going away – but that’s okay, because I really like hopeless causes.

How to get thrown out of IBM Pulse 2012

Well, I'm back from IBM Pulse 2012 and I'm only partially recovered. However, I thought I'd let you know some of the amazing things I saw and heard there while they're fresh in what passes for my mind.

Three ways the cloud will mess with your business processes

In our last installment, I wore my system administrator hat and tried to explain why system administrators might be resistant to the types of change that infrastructure as a service can cause. As an equal opportunity annoyer, I will pick on the business managers today.

Three ways that ogres are like clouds

If you haven’t seen DreamWorks’ movie Shrek, you really should. Not only is it a funny film, but you won’t enjoy this blog as much if you don’t know a little about ogres.

Four reasons why I hate IaaS

Like many of you, I wear a lot of hats. I think we all know that people, in general, don’t like change. Today, I’ll be wearing my System Administrator hat, and explaining why, as a sysadmin, I hate the cloud – private cloud, public cloud, all of them – and specifically the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offerings.