Sat.Sep 28, 2013 - Fri.Oct 04, 2013

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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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?

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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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. 

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.

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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What The Cloud Engineer Must Know

Data Center Knowledge

The position of cloud engineer continues to evolve. There are new demands, new solutions and a lot more job openings. Just how many? Over the next two to three years, more than 7 million new cloud positions will open up world wide. Find out what you should know to become a cloud-ready engineer.

Beyond SDDC: The "Burger King" Model Of Service Delivery

Chuck's Blog - EMC

We are constantly bombarded with marketing slogans, etc.    Some of them stick in your brain for a very long time.

Foto Friday – Our Chinchilla

Eric D. Brown

Our chichillla BB – We let her out every evening to play and she has taken to jumping in the chair and sitting in it. She thinks she’s people. See more photos in my flickr photostream and/or my Zenfolio portfolio (where you can buy images).


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.

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.

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

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.

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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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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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.

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.

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.

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.”

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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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.

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

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? 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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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.

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

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

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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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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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.