October, 2014

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

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.

An Adult Conversation About Estimates

Speaker: Beekey Cheung, Software Consultant, Professor Beekums, LLC

Estimates are a contentious topic in software development. Most of our development teams hate providing estimates and many managers are starting to view them as unnecessary. As senior software leaders, how can we determine whether estimates are helpful or harmful to our teams? We are excited to be joined by Beekey Cheung, a software consultant and blogger known as Professor Beekums, who has helped many leaders and teams go from fearing estimates to using them appropriately. He'll walk us through the value of estimates, how to overcome the hesitancy many have in giving them, and how to provide better estimates.

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

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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

Thriving in a Cloud, Big Data, Mobility and Security World

Cloud Musings

"The next generation of technology solutions will transform lives, businesses and economies."

The Six Principles of Persuasion

Speaker: Michael Carducci, CTO, Mago:Tech

As senior tech leaders, we often fall prey to thinking that a “good idea” and logical case is sufficient to get the desired response and result. We might be trying to get our CEO on-board with investment in a new technology or a rearchitecture effort, or we might want culture or process changes by our team. Our “good idea” is simply the beginning. An idea must be communicated; a case must be made; and ultimately other people must be persuaded to get onboard. Michael Carducci brings a fascinating background to this webinar. He’s a technologist and regularly works to help senior leaders improve their results. He’s also a professional mentalist and has been a student of psychology, human behavior and the principles of influence for nearly two decades.

Lessons Learned: Are you one of the Fortune 500’s Unfortunate 221?


The Recorded Future Special Intelligence Desk has just released a new Threat Intelligence Report we found to be full of important context and actionable information for enterprise cyber defenders. The report, titled The Fortune 500’s Unfortunate 221, is available for download here.

Tools for Building Professional Cloud Architecture Diagrams

IT Pros Rock!

I’m frequently asked about templates, stencils and shapes that are available for documenting the architecture of cloud-based solutions on Microsoft Azure , Azure Pack and Office 365.

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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Schema Evolution Patterns

Speaker: Alex Rasmussen, CEO, Bits on Disk

If you want to make your development team squirm, ask them about database schema changes or API versioning. Most development teams struggle with changing database schemas and updating API versions without breaking existing code. Alex Rasmussen is an expert in helping teams through these struggles. His talk will examine database schema changes and API versioning as two instances of schema evolution: how your systems respond when the structure of your structured data changes.

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

"Cloud Musings" Joins Dell Content Provider Network

Cloud Musings

Cloud Musings, a GovCloud Network Property, is proud and honored to announce that we will now be serving over 3 Million Dell Community online daily viewers.

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The New IT Industry Landscape

Chuck's Blog - EMC

The news over the weekend that HP was splitting into two separate businesses made me deeply ruminate over the future of the IT industry — helped along by a few adult beverages.

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.

Team Leadership in the Age of Agile

Speaker: Roy Osherove, Technology and Leadership Consultant

Why is implementing new frameworks, from SCRUM to self-organized teams, so much harder than understanding them? Roy Osherove has the solution. Tune in and learn to recognize what state your team is in, to support them accordingly, and to help them adopt the best practices given where they are today.

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

Vets360 Founder Rick Collins Being Honored at the 'Champions' Leadership Conference

Cloud Musings

Veteran''s 360 and Rick Collins, Founder & Executive Director of Vets 360, Inc., are being honored at this year''s Champions Leadership, and Research Conference™.

Architect Your Organization for Effectiveness, Productivity, and Joy

Speaker: Ron Lichty, Consultant: Interim VP Engineering, Ron Lichty Consulting, Inc.

As a senior software leader, you likely spend more time working on the architecture of your systems than the architecture of your organization. Yet, structuring our teams and organizations is a critical factor for success. In fact, the impact of software architecture parallels the impact of organizational structure. We are excited to welcome Ron Lichty, co-author of a seminal book on managing software teams and a well-known speaker, he’ll speak to organizing for effectiveness, productivity and joy.

Federation Solutions And The New IT Agenda

Chuck's Blog - EMC

One of the more fascinating efforts across the EMC Federation (EMC II, VMware and Pivotal) is the substantial investment behind what is now known as Federation Solutions.

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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.

SSD storage is the future of the cloud

David Linthicum

Google has put persistent high-IOPS solid state disk (SSD) storage into open beta for Compute Engine users. That means Google Cloud Platform users can access SSDs for workloads, which provides faster I/O and less redundancy than traditional magnetic media -- and comes in handy for databases and analytics.

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.

Best Practices for Micro-Services Management, Traceability and Visualization

Speaker: Robert Starmer, Cloud Advisor, Founding Partner at Kumulus Technologies

Moving to micro-services, or even working with distributed applications in a traditional environment, brings with it a host of interactions that are often difficult to understand. This session will provide an overview of service mesh, a review of the Istio service mesh itself, and dive into best practices and integration models for integrating the traceability model into a distributed application.