October, 2014

Watch My Friend Become My Hero: Cyber Security Champion and Lawyer Jody Westby Does Right Thing at Right Time


If you have worked at the nexus of cyber security and policy you no doubt know Jody Westby.

It's pointless to define cloud computing

David Linthicum

The International Standards Organization (ISO) has released two new standards for cloud computing in an attempt to put some order around the loose terminology in cloud computing. If you think you’ve seen this movie before, you’re right. The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) did much the same a few years back, with a final version released in September 2011.

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Drowning in Data, Starved for Information

Eric D. Brown

In his 1982 book Megatrends, John Naisbitt wrote “We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge.” ” While written over 30 years ago, that line is as very true today…but I might change it a bit to match the current state of affairs.

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Salesforce Gets Into Cloud Business Intelligence Market

Data Center Knowledge

Rolls out Wave, a business intelligence service designed for mere mortals Read More. Big Data Cloud Computing Featured Salesforce

Data Analytics in the Cloud for Developers and Founders

Speaker: Javier Ramírez, Senior AWS Developer Advocate, AWS

You have lots of data, and you are probably thinking of using the cloud to analyze it. But how will you move data into the cloud? In which format? How will you validate and prepare the data? What about streaming data? Can data scientists discover and use the data? Can business people create reports via drag and drop? Can operations monitor what’s going on? Will the data lake scale when you have twice as much data? Is your data secure? In this session, we address common pitfalls of building data lakes and show how AWS can help you manage data and analytics more efficiently.

NEW Windows Server Technical Preview: FASTEST Way to Spin-Up Your Test Lab Environment in the Cloud with Microsoft Azure

IT Pros Rock!

With all of the buzz this week around the recently announced Windows 10 Technical Preview , you may have missed this announcement that a Technical Preview for the next version of Windows Server and System Center is also now available.

Hugo Summer 2014 Update


Hugo, the fast and flexible static site generator, is really coming of age. I wanted to give a quick update about the progress Hugo has been making over the past couple months. New Website. Hugo can now be found at [link]. Update your bookmarks. New Team Members. I want to formally welcome our newest team members. Tatsushi Demachi has been making excellent contributions hugo, particularly with extensions to the template capabilities.

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3 cloud migration mistakes companies keep making

David Linthicum

The migration to the cloud is well under way. Everyone thought it would be a sprint, but it’s more like a slow jog that picks up speed each year. That’s the pace preferred by enterprises adopting any new technology, and cloud computing is no exception. Now that we’re now on our second or third cloud migration projects, I see enterprises making the same mistakes over and over again. Some issues are quickly corrected, while others are killing cloud computing projects altogether.

Why Convergence?

Eric D. Brown

“This post is brought to you by End-to-End Solutions for IT Pros and Dell.”. When I talk to clients about the technology and systems challenges being faced within their organization, I tend to hear a wide variety of responses.

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How is a Mega Data Center Different from a Massive One?

Data Center Knowledge

Industry think tank proposes standards for data center size and density Read More. Data Center Strategies Featured

Quick Start Guide: Building Highly Available Linux Servers in the Cloud on Microsoft Azure in 12 Steps

IT Pros Rock!

Linux is certainly a first-class workload on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, and it's super-easy to get started with Linux + Azure to build a highly available and scalable solution in just a few minutes.

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The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

New Book: Technology That Every CIO Needs To Know About

The Accidental Successful CIO

Technology That Every CIO Needs To Know About. As the CIO of your company, it’s your job to stay on top of all of the different forms of technology that the company uses to accomplish its business goals.

The Three Most Common Myths in Enterprise Security


Editor’s note: This post by Invincea CEO Anup Ghosh first appeared at LinkedIn. We knew this would be of interest to you and posted it here with the author’s permission.-bg.

Twitter, the FBI, and cloud computing: The disclosure dilemma

David Linthicum

Twitter filed a lawsuit against the FBI and the Department of Justice on Tuesday to publish a full "transparency report," which documents government requests for user information. Its objective is to gain more information about government surveillance of its users. The published report does not include national security requests -- Twitter has been prohibited from disclosing that information.

With Planning, the Cloud brings Agility and Portability

Eric D. Brown

This post is brought to you by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP’s Make It Matter. When I speak to organizations about the cloud, I find the majority of them are using the cloud in some form or fashion today.

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How to Choose the Best Embedded Analytics Solution to Modernize Your Application

If you are looking to modernize your application to improve competitiveness, then one of the quickest wins you can have is to embed sophisticated analytics that will wow your existing and prospective customers.

Super-Sizing Solar Power for Data Centers

Data Center Knowledge

The 14MW solar array at QTS Princeton is a symbol of a new phase in the use of renewable energy in data centers Read More. Green Data Centers QTS (Quality Technology Services

End-to-End IaaS Workload Provisioning in the Cloud with Azure Automation and PowerShell DSC ( Part 1 )

IT Pros Rock!

In prior articles, we've discussed Azure Automation , Azure VM Agent extensions and PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) as individual tools and approaches for automated workload provisioning.

Should The CIO View The CMO As Friend Or Foe?

The Accidental Successful CIO

Do CIOs and CMO really have to fight? Image Credit. If there is one fact of life that everyone who has the CIO job has had to learn to deal with, it’s that our IT budgets never seem to be big enough.

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2014 Stevens Honor Award – Grandfather of the Internet, Dr. David J. Farber


The Stevens Honor Award has been awarded every year since 1945. The award recognizes notable individuals in any field of endeavor and has been awarded to remarkable individuals, including aviation pioneer Igor Sikorsky, and architect and inventor R Buckminster, as well as many more.

Machine Learning for Builders: Tools, Trends, and Truths

Speaker: Rob De Feo, Startup Advocate at Amazon Web Services

Machine learning techniques are being applied to every industry, leveraging an increasing amount of data and ever faster compute. But that doesn’t mean machine learning techniques are a perfect fit for every situation (yet). So how can a startup harness machine learning for its own set of unique problems and solutions, and does it require a warehouse filled with PhDs to pull it off?

You can rise with public clouds or sink with private

David Linthicum

Private clouds were popular in the early days of cloud computing, when enterprises struggled with security and control issues. Countless CIOs repeated the same adage to me: If they can’t touch their cloud servers, those servers are not to be trusted. These days, public cloud dominates. The recent " State of the Cloud Study ” from RightScale illustrates this fact.

The Delivery Gap

Eric D. Brown

A while back I wrote a piece titled The Strategy Disconnect where I wrote: Millions can be spent on the ‘perfect’ strategy, but if that strategy isn’t understood and accepted by the people within the organization (and its customers), that strategy is worthless.

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As Bitcoin Grows Mainstream, Data Center Provider Opportunity Widens

Data Center Knowledge

Amid price declines, Bitcoin miners see a future shaped by transaction fees and a more enterprise-friendly mining data center network Read More. Bitcoin colocation Featured

Migrating Ubuntu Linux Virtual Machines to Microsoft Azure from Amazon AWS

IT Pros Rock!

A short time ago, I assisted an organization with defining a process for migrating web applications and data running on Ubuntu Linux virtual machines to the Microsoft Azure cloud platform from Amazon AWS.

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B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

How CIOs Deal With Mobile Disruption

The Accidental Successful CIO

Mobile disruptions can happen at any time Image Credit. As CIO, because of the importance of information technology, you need to get ready to deal with the disruptions that that arrival of even more mobile technology is going to create.

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Examining New Mission-Enabling Design Patterns Made Possible By The Cloudera-Intel Partnership


CTOlabs.com , the research arm of CTOvision.com , has just released a White Paper for the federal technology community titled: Enhancing Functionality and Security of Enterprise Data Holdings: Examining new, mission-enabling design patterns made possible by the Cloudera-Intel partnership.

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Devops has moved out of the cloud

David Linthicum

Two application development and deployment trends are cloud game-changers: agile methodologies and devops. The vast majority of agile adopters report an improved ability to manage changing priorities; unsurprisingly, they are also ramping up the number of agile implementations in their organizations. Agile is important because it leads to the rise of devops, which provides more focus on continuous development, integration, and deployment.

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Hadoop and Big Data

Eric D. Brown

When I talk to people and companies who are just starting out in big data, I usually hear something about Hadoop.

Microservices: The Dark Side

Speaker: Prem Chandrasekaran

A few years ago, Barclays embarked on a journey to migrate its legacy services to a modern tech stack with the objective of achieving a high level of scale, resilience, and reliability. During the incremental, iterative move towards an ecosystem of focused, distributed services, it’s fair to say that the company discovered the challenges of distributing objects. Join us for an episode you can’t miss if you’re finding it a lot harder to architect in practice than in theory, and learn how you can shed light on the dark side of microservices.

How New Types of DDoS Affect the Cloud

Data Center Knowledge

As more infrastructure moves to the cloud, DDoS attacks are taking new shape and call for new types of security tools Read More. Cloud Computing Security cloud security

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End-to-End IaaS Workload Provisioning in the Cloud with Azure Automation and PowerShell DSC ( Part 2 )

IT Pros Rock!

This article is Part 2 of a two-part series on automating the end-to-end provisioning process for IaaS workloads running on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.

Want to change the world? ‘Secure’ the Next Killer App in IoT

The Investing Edge

“What’s the next killer app in the Internet of Things?”. It was the first of many topics of discussion at the Ascent B2B IT Forum in Cambridge on Tuesday night. In front of a packed house of nearly 200 attendees, panelists at “From Industry 4.0

Software Defined Perimeter, Cloud Security Alliance: Coca-Cola Case Study


On September 30 th Sierra Ventures hosted their 9th CIO summit in Palo Alto, CA. One of the many topics coved at the event was software defined perimeter and cloud security alliance. Coca-Cola was used as a case study. Alan Boehme , the acting CISO at Coca-Cola.

Pressure Points: How to Ensure Your B2B Pipeline Passes Inspection

This eBook highlights best practices for developing a pipeline management process that helps sales leaders and their team C.L.O.S.E (you’ll see what we mean in this eBook) more revenue through data-driven prospecting, stage analysis, and subsequent sales enablement.