Articles by 'Ken Phelan'

Blog Author - Ken Phelan

Ken is one of Gotham’s founders and its Chief Technology Officer, responsible for all internal and external technology and consulting operations for the firm. A recognized authority on technology and operations, Ken has been widely quoted in the technical press, and is a frequent presenter at various technology conferences. Ken is the Chairman of the Wall Street Thin Client Advisory Council.

By Ken Phelan, Posted in Uncategorized

I’m fresh back from VMware’s Partner Exchange in San Francisco where they continued to flesh out their plan for the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC). And yes, they’re doing the same thing they do every night. They’re taking over the world. The vision is a good one. Now that we’ve virtualized compute, why can’t we virtualize everything else? And if everything’s virtualized, can’t we code against that abstraction layer and automate everything? How cool would that be? It is cool. As we know though,... read more.

  • February 17, 2014

By Ken Phelan, Posted in Virtualization

I’m not sure if you’re aware, but I’m kind of a big deal. Oh, my kids and my dogs don’t really give me much respect. My wife wears the pants at home. I take direction from pretty much everybody at work. But at this stage of my career, I can pretty much have any device or computer I’d like. Tablets, laptops, ultra-books, killer gaming PCs - I’ve had them all and I can have any of them I care to. The other day, I was talking to one of the other senior managers at Gotham who’s got a similar sort of th... read more.

  • March 20, 2013

By Ken Phelan, Posted in Virtualization

For the last few years, IT planning has been a limited endeavor. Since the economic collapse of 2008, IT departments have struggled to simply keep the lights on and reactively deal with new issues as they’ve arisen. This really isn’t a surprise or necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes, triage is the best strategy. If you’re bleeding to death, then by all means, bring on the bandages. One of my all-time favorite business books is Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning by Henry Mintzberg. Let me sum up Mr. Mi... read more.

  • January 15, 2013

By Ken Phelan, Posted in Virtualization

I was speaking to someone the other day who told me that they’d leapfrogged the entire BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) movement by purchasing tablets for all their mobile end users. At first glance, this seemed kind of cool to me. I imagined a whole army of mobile users, smartly dressed, whipping tablets out of fashionable messenger bags to the delight and amazement of the people they were meeting with. I’m a tablet guy. I’ve got a messenger bag. The whole thing just kind of made sense. Maybe that is the wa... read more.

  • December 13, 2012

By Ken Phelan, Posted in Uncategorized

In the New York area we’re continuing to deal with very real and personal impacts of Sandy. The sheer magnitude of the loss is frankly overwhelming. Many lives were lost, thousands of people remain displaced as their homes are either gone or condemned, huge pieces of the local infrastructure are still not functioning, and many local shoreline treasures are potentially damaged beyond repair. At Gotham, we don’t do anything particularly heroic in the face of disasters. We don’t rush into burning buildings... read more.

  • November 20, 2012

By Ken Phelan, Posted in Infrastructure

Lately, we’ve seen a lot of activity at Gotham clients regarding increasing the functionality their SSL VPN. Gotham has installed a lot of this technology and I was thinking about the early days of SSL VPN. When SSL VPNs first came out, Gotham was one of the first movers in evangelizing what we thought was a great way to simplify access for individual users. During the education process we would eventually find ourselves in the office of whoever was running the traditional IPSEC VPN that was currently in... read more.

  • October 17, 2012

By Ken Phelan, Posted in Virtualization

Gotham has several practice areas but we’re generally best known for our Security and Virtualization practices. It’s not uncommon for clients to show a little confusion at the juxtaposition of these two practices. I get a reaction similar to one you might get telling a person that you own a restaurant that specializes in sushi and barbecue. At Gotham, we don’t think that the process of securing your IT offering should be separated from the process of defining and delivering your IT offering. This is m... read more.

  • October 02, 2012

By Ken Phelan, Posted in Virtualization

JPMorgan lowered their forecast for 2012 Tech Spending earlier today. http://news.investors.com/technology/091012-625120-it-spending-forecast-cut.htm?ven=yahoocp,yahoo PC spending took a particular beating. They are now predicting a 2.3% fall (to $224 Billion) from a previous expectation of a small amount of growth (0.9%). Server revenue is also predicted to fall 1.4% to 52 Billion. This is a big problem for many computing industry titans. Microsoft, Intel and many of the large mainstream PC industry... read more.

  • September 10, 2012

By Ken Phelan, Posted in Virtualization

As promised, a follow-up on the challenges on managing a DaaS experience. Let’s run through a scenario comparing the experience of two users, one with a corporate desktop and the second with a DaaS. Let’s call the user on the standard PC Bill, and call the user on the new DaaS Steve. What if the system is slow? Bill might turn it on and off a few times. He might just yell over the top of his cube “Hey, is anybody else slow?” He’ll call support and they’ll start to go over the checklist trying to figur... read more.

  • August 30, 2012

By Ken Phelan, Posted in Virtualization

Consultants (myself included) like to make up words and phrases. When a word or phrase is fresh, it’s a beautiful thing full of promise and ambiguous glory. As it gets older, it inevitably finds some form of stable consensus which is just plain boring. It’s a sort of evolution from something cool and ethereal to something specific and occasionally fetid. Like a rainbow that turns into a swamp. There’s a whole new breed of restaurants that they’re calling fast casual. That’s a great name. I know what fast... read more.

  • August 20, 2012