Sat.Jan 11, 2014 - Fri.Jan 17, 2014

Cloud vendors, stop copying Amazon Web Services -- or else

David Linthicum

I get emails daily from cloud providers that want to talk to me about news service they are offering, services that look a lot like the old ones their competitors -- typically, Amazon Web Services -- already furnish. You guys in the enterprise are trying to figure this out as well: Should you go with the brands that you know and are already in-house? Or should you go with the brand that seems to be leading the pack (again, typically meaning AWS)?

SoftLayer Racks Up More Wins With Gaming Companies

Data Center Knowledge

Soflayer, an IBM company, now hosts over 130 million gamers worldwide. The company continues to enjoy good traction amongst the gaming vertical. IBM SoftLayer

Next B2B IT Forum – The Shift to the Cloud: Disrupting Legacy Industries

The Investing Edge

By now the benefits of cloud computing are well understood. Whether by reducing costs, providing better services, or improving efficiencies, the cloud has transformed business operations in a wide range of industries.

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Incorporating Big Data into Your Business

Eric D. Brown

I read a lot of articles and blogs about big data. There are a lot of people singing the praises of big data and a lot of folks trying to sell services and platforms for helping with big data. I’ve done my share of praising myself but I’ve also tried to be realistic in my writings on big data.

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.

Get real! Aereo's legal battle has nothing to do with the cloud

David Linthicum

For some people, the Supreme Court case involving the TV streaming service Aereo and the major broadcast networks could have major implications for cloud computing. But it won''t. I''ve received a lot of calls from reporters asking what the case means to the cloud. They associate the Aereo service to the cloud because Internet distribution is involved, and to many people the Internet, websites, and even email equal the cloud. Of course they do not. read more.

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Innovation: 3 Key Elements for Success


By Prayson Pate When discussing innovation, most people focus on advances in technology. Technology is important, but it is only one of three key components required for innovation.

What Nest Just Did for the Internet of Things

The Investing Edge

If you are like me, you might be wondering how large the “Internet of Things” could become, and whether it will get the press, hype and activity that “Big Data” has received. Well, Google answered that question yesterday when they bought Nest for $3.2 billion.

Why I use spf13-vim


spf13-vim , a completely cross platform distribution of vim plugins and resources for Vim, GVim and MacVim stays true to it’s vim roots while adding modern features including a plugin management system, a curated plugin set with customized configuration, advanced autocomplete, tags, support for dozens of languages and much more. I recently read a thread where the author asked for feedback on whether or not to use spf13-vim.

Internap Showcases New Secaucus Data Center

Data Center Knowledge

Internap Network Services unveiled its newest data center in Secaucus last night, offering a look inside a facility that will be a key driver of the company''s ambitions in the greater New York market. Internap New York

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.


Eric D. Brown

My wife and I just moved to Tulsa from Dallas. I keep getting the question of “why?” ” My answer? Because we could. I was born and raised in Oklahoma and have lived in Tulsa before. When we started thinking about places to move, Tulsa kept jumping to the front of the line.

3 Ways That CIOs Can Reduce Their Software Costs

The Accidental Successful CIO

Software is one of the biggest expenses of any IT department Image Credit. As CIO one of your most important jobs is to manage the budget of the IT department.

Why I use spf13-vim


spf13-vim , a completely cross platform distribution of vim plugins and resources for Vim, GVim and MacVim stays true to it’s vim roots while adding modern features including a plugin management system, a curated plugin set with customized configuration, advanced autocomplete, tags, support for dozens of languages and much more. I recently read a thread where the author asked for feedback on whether or not to use spf13-vim.

Outsourced Data Center Space Expected to Grow 15 Percent This Year

Data Center Knowledge

A report from DCD shows some very healthy trends for the outsourced data center world, which is now estimated to be 25 percent of the overall data center market. Outsourced Data center investment has increased 13 percent over the past 12 months to around $8.8 billion. Featured

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.

Leave the laptop at home and grab a wireless keyboard!


By Kimberly Kelly As a student I have always struggled with lugging all of my books and technology across campus. While the weight of laptops has begun to decrease, as technology advances, every single ounce counts when your bag is verging on 30 pounds.

5 Tips On Starting a Killer CIO - CMO Relationship

Social, Agile and Transformation

2014/Jan Marketing Technology Landscape I love infographics that categorize the capabilities from various software and SaaS companies and depict their logos in the appropriate quadrant. The Marketing Technology Landscape pictured here is all encompassing and includes technologies specific to marketing like SEO and email marketing as well as others that are more technical such as Big Data and. big data cio data management innovation SaaS social media

Ten Tips for the The Technology Traveler

CIO Musings

One thing that has changed about travel in the last decade is the amount of technology we take with us. A friend at work asked me for tips on travelling with technology. I don''t travel that much, perhaps a trip every 2-3 months. For me there isn''t that much difference between personal travel and business travel. I use a personal laptop during each, and take about the same amount of gear. I think there are two types of technology travelers.

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Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of Jan. 11

Data Center Knowledge

The Week in Review: Wholesale data center leasing up 25 percent in 2013, Schneider Electric acquires AST Modular, survey sees NSA chilling effort for U.S. providers, an overview of the hypervisor market for 2014. Featured

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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.

Key #BigData Partnership: @Cloudera and @Koverse Team to Deliver on the Enterprise Data Hub


By Bob Gourley. Editor’s note: My sense is this relationship will have important and positive impacts on many clients leveraging Hadoop in enterprises, especially those that would like to leverage Apache Accumulo. – bg.

Help Guide the Future of Microsoft Virtualization and Cloud Technologies (US ONLY)

IT Pros Rock!

The Microsoft Windows Server and Systems Center Customer Research team is looking for IT Professionals located in the USA to participate in an IT Pro panel about virtualization. If you are experienced with virtualization and cloud technologies, this is your chance to share your opinions with Microsoft.( read more

Leaving the Premises

Victus pro Scientia Opus -- Food for the Knowledge

I am writing this post based upon on the premise that the English language, my Mother tongue, is being harmed on a daily basis in the name of cloud computing.

Iceotope Gets $10 Million Funding, Partners With Schneider

Data Center Knowledge

Liqud cooling specialist Iceotope has raised more than $10 million in venture capital funding from investors, and will work with Schneider Electirc to commercialize its technology, the company said this week. Featured

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.

Haystax Technology (@HaystaxTech) Names Advisory Board Members (including @BobGourley and @BobFlores)


By Bob Gourley Editor’s note: I’m very proud to be serving on the Haystax Technology advisory board. This firm is absolutely one to watch. For more see their website at [link] – bg. Haystax Technology Names Advisory Board Members. Six Advisors with Defense, Intelligence and Commercial Experience to Deliver Strategic Guidance to Haystax. McLean, VA – January 14, 2014 – Haystax Technology, Inc. today announced its strategic advisory board members.

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TechNet Radio: (Part 4) Hyper-V from a VMware Admin’s Perspective - High Availability

IT Pros Rock!

Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze continue their look into Hyper-V from the view of a VMware admin’s perspective and in today’s episode they discuss in detail high availability and how to set up and manage a Hyper-V cluster. [ 3:17 ] What does high availability look like in vSphere and how does it compare to Hyper-V? [

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Lync Pro Tip: "An Error Occurred During the Lync Meeting" with External Users

Victus pro Scientia Opus -- Food for the Knowledge

If you have ever encountered this error, you may find this post helpful. It frequently occurs when one tries to join an external meeting, and one''s Lync (server) does not permit access by the external party who sent you the meeting request, or vice-versa. .

IBM Commits $1.2 Billion To Cloud, Adding 15 Global Data Centers

Data Center Knowledge

IBM is kicking cloud expansion into high gear this year, planning to invest $1.2 billion in expanding its cloud infrastructure to 15 new data centers worldwide. Featured

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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.