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Win a free two day pass to Strata/Hadoop World 28-30 Oct 2013 in NYC


By Bob Gourley Thanks to the fine people at O’Reilly Media, we have been given two free passes to Strata/Hadoop World, which is being held 28/30 October in NYC. We will be giving them away to two lucky readers. We only ask that you submit your name and email using the form below. Drawing will be held 15 October. Strata Conference and Hadoop World. Thank you for entering our contest for a free pass to Strata and Hadoop World.

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Why CIOs should encourage rogue clouds

David Linthicum

CIOs hate rogue clouds -- at least that''s the impression I get when I''m called into enterprises to look at the number of Dropbox, Google, and Amazon Web Services implementations existing off the books of IT. The CIOs are mad: They want those cloud services gone and the perpetrators punished. read more. Cloud Computing The Industry Standard IT Management Cloud computing

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SoftLayer: An Autonomous Shade of Blue

Data Center Knowledge

The acquisition of SoftLayer by IBM was one of the most noteworthy deals of the last year. SoftLayer CEO Lance Crosby provides an update on life as an IBMer. "“IBM IBM is hyperfocused on cloud,” says Crosby. Featured

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Surviving the Budget Cycle - Tips & Tricks

CIO Musings

We all have to deal with it. We all loathe it. We all complain about it. We all get through it. We are talking about the budget cycle. How many of us actually use it to our advantage? Fiscal years fall on different boundaries for different organizations. Budget approaches vary widely and cost-plus, to zero-based and others.

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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.

LinkedIn Shuts Down Four XSS Flaws, Is wireless the Trojan horse in your network security? and more


By Ryan Kamauff Here are the top cyber news and stories of the day. LinkedIn Shuts Down Four XSS Flaws – “LinkedIn has closed the door on four cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities, which could have been used to ultimately steal credentials from users.”

Don't laugh: Oracle could be a serious cloud contender

David Linthicum

Last week, at its OpenWorld conference, Oracle announced 10 additional cloud services , to join its existing set of SaaS offerings. The new services include Compute Cloud and Object Storage Cloud, essentially clones of Amazon Web Services'' offerings. The other 10 services follow much the same pattern, including a marketplace service that looks a lot like''s AppExchange, Java Cloud, and Mobile Cloud. read more.

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More Trending

Reality check: intelligence agencies have been using social network analysis since the 1990s

Trends in the Living Networks

There is a big hubbub today over a New York Times article N.S.A. Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. Citizens.

CIT Hires Robert Stratton as MACH37 General Partner


By Bob Gourley Robert Stratton is one of the most positive forces in the east coast tech scene. He is widely known as a community-focused thought leader with special skills in enterprise technology and cyber security. This made it especially exciting to read about his affiliation with Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) and their MACH37 Cybersecurity Accelerator. For more info see the press release below: CIT Hires Robert Stratton as MACH37™ General Partner.

VMware or Microsoft? Evaluating Hyper-V Network Virtualization as an alternative to VMware NSX

IT Pros Rock!

UPDATE: New Test Lab Guide Released: Deploying Windows Server 2012 R2 Network Virtualization with System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager. Network Virtualization, and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) at-large, have been getting a lot of attention recently.

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Colocation Will Be a $10 Billion Market by 2017, Research Firm Says

Data Center Knowledge

The colocation sector generated $6.5 billion in revenue in 2012, and is expected to grow to $10 billion by 2017, according to new data from IMS Research (an IHS Company). colocation

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!

5 Things That A CIO Needs To Know About Risk

The Accidental Successful CIO

Risk management is something that you do every day Image Credit. How much time every day do you spend thinking about risk? No matter what your answer was, I’m willing to bet that considering the importance of information technology you are not spending enough time on this important subject.

Discount Code for Strata and Hadoop World NYC is 28-30 Oct 2013


By Bob Gourley Strata and Hadoop World is coming! It will be held 28-30 Oct in NYC. If your organization uses information and if you play a role in collecting, moving, storing security and/or analyzing it, come interact with your peers from other information intensive organizations and learn cutting edge concepts for enhancing your ability to sense make over data. If you can make it, please use my discount code when you register to receive a 20% discount off the registration fee.

VMware or Microsoft? Comparing vSphere 5.5 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V At-A-Glance

IT Pros Rock!

UPDATES: Based on strong feedback from the community, I''ve made the following updates to this article. Added new rows for VDI management , Disk Footprint and 4K Disk Support. Added ability to Download this technical comparison article as a Whitepaper for reviewing offline.

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Top 10 Data Center Stories, September 2013

Data Center Knowledge

Data center expansions by Google, Microsoft and eBay captured the attention of readers in September, along with a cloud outage for Amazon Web Services. Here are the most viewed stories on Data Center Knowledge for September 2013, ranked by page views. Google Has Spent 21 Billion on Data Centers.

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.

Why I've Given Up On Personal Privacy

Chuck's Blog - EMC

It seems that every few months, there''s another set of revelations around how some entity is gathering and using our personal information in ways we didn''t expect or necessarily approve. 

GovLoop Releases Report: Winning the Cybersecurity Battle


By Pat Fiorenza As part of the Agency of the Future Series, GovLoop has released the report, “ Winning the Cybersecurity Battle. Today, the world is interconnected like never before. As a nation, we must work collaboratively to ensure that cyber defense strategies are robust and effective to secure our way of life. You can read the report online or can download a PDF here.

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Advance Notification Service for October 2013 Security Bulletin Release

IT Pros Rock!

Today we’re providing advance notification for the release of eight bulletins, four Critical and four Important, for October 2013. The Critical updates address vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer,NET Framework and Windows. The Critical update for Internet Explorer will be a cumulative update which will address the publicly disclosed issue described in Security Advisory 2887505.

Is The Power Grid Ready for Worst-Case Scenarios?

Data Center Knowledge

Is America ready for a sudden loss of electric power over large portions of North America? The opening panel of the Data Center World conference examined the risks posed by an aging grid, solar geomagnetic storms, and electromagnetic pulses. Featured

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?

Links for Sept 29 2013

Eric D. Brown

When Does Quantity Become Quality? How to navigate big data | UX Magazine. Quote : Data should not be used for finding evidence to support our own opinions and assumptions. Data gives us an opportunity for to reach out to more users and understand them better. This comes with greater responsibility for UX professionals, who need to exercise more rigorous testing and validation of the “insights” gleaned before rushing to implementing them. Innovate on Purpose: Indifferent innovation.

StartApp Hits the Billion Download Mark

The Investing Edge

Ascent portfolio company StartApp has been on an incredible ride over the last 18 months, and recently achieved its biggest milestone yet in its young history: one billion downloads. (As As the linked video clip persuasively notes, this is a very big number.).

VMware or Microsoft? What does Availability mean in YOUR Cloud?

IT Pros Rock!

When evaluating public and hybrid cloud services, carefully inspecting a cloud provider’s Service Level Agreement (SLA) is an important step in understanding the level of availability you can expect.

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Uptime Certification Funny Business: Design vs. Construction

Data Center Knowledge

What does it mean to be Uptime Tier-certified? Misleading language and confusion over what it means to be "design certified," versus "construction certified," means that the customer may not always know what they are getting. Data Center Design

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.

Self-Service BI - Drivers and Enablers

Social, Agile and Transformation

Enabling Self-Service BI Following up on my last post, 10 Principles of Self-Service Business Intelligence, I thought I''d provide some links to other key articles on this subject. As you read below, self-service BI was defined as an alternative to complex BI solutions, overwhelmed IT departments with reporting needs, and error prone spread sheets. Gartner and TDWI''s articles are particularly. organizational change data scientist enterprise 2.0

Docker – Linux Application Environment Virtualization

Virtualized Greek

One of the readers of the blog Lennie pointed out this YouTube video of an eBay engineer explaining how they are leveraging Docker for building portable applications in Linux environments. Docker tackles one of the challenges faced in building applications in Linux environments.

VMware or Microsoft? What does Availability mean in YOUR Cloud?

IT Pros Rock!

When evaluating public and hybrid cloud services, carefully inspecting a cloud-provider’s Service Level Agreement (SLA) is an important step in understanding the level of availability you can expect.

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Methode, NORLINX Team on DCIM Smart Rack

Data Center Knowledge

Methode has brought its expertise across a range of industries to build what it believes is the "Cadillac" or racks. A partnership with Norlinx and out-of-the-box functionality between the hardware and software mean a rack that does more than just hold up servers. Management Racks and Enclosures

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.

Is Innovation a Science?

Future of CIO

Innovation is the art in the eyes of the artist; innovation is the science in the mind of the scientist; innovation is the bridge between art and science.

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So you have big data…but do you have the Infrastructure to support it?

Eric D. Brown

Big data is everywhere. Everyone wants to be doing big data. There’s one big data induced problem that many aren’t talking about or acknowledging. That problem? Infrastructure. Where’s the infrastructure to support all the big data initiatives?

Cloud Computing the business solution – TechTalk Episode 27

Virtualized Greek

The return of the TechTalks! Its been almost a month since my last video. This is a quicker hit chat about Cloud Computing as a business solution. A quick conversation on the why of cloud computing. This will spawn an extended blog post at some point. TechTalks

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Using a Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Model for Your Data Center

Data Center Knowledge

Energy is certainly one of the critical Total Cost of Ownership variables, as data centers are significant consumers of energy. Energy efficiency gains have a significant impact on TCO and annual operating expenses, especially on high power, long life assets, writes Harry Handlin of GE Critical.

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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.