Sat.May 30, 2015 - Fri.Jun 05, 2015

the future of the Operating System - LinuxCon 2015 keynote


Given as a keynote at LinuxCon + CloudOpen Japan 2015. Linux has become the foundation for infrastructure everywhere as it defined application portability from the desktop to the phone and from to the data center to the cloud. As applications become increasingly distributed in nature, the Docker platform serves as the cornerstone of Linux’s evolution solidifying the dominance of Linux today and into tomorrow. Transcript. The Future of the Operating System. What is an Operating System ?

Government 'box huggers' avoid the cloud for a reason

David Linthicum

The Cloud Computing Caucus Advisory Group -- a nonprofit that has two U.S. Congressmen as co-chairs -- has released its first report, " Don't Be a Box Hugger ," which assesses the state of cloud computing in the federal government. The report is not unbiased. It was underwritten by Amazon Web Services, Booz Allen Hamilton, Dell, MeriTalk, and Microsoft, so the sponsors have dogs in this hunt. And that bias affects the findings.

Project Seeks to Combine Sustainable Fish Farm and Data Center

Data Center Knowledge

The idea is to recycle waste heat from the data center to warm water for the fish farm Read More. Cooling Featured Green Data Centers

Airbus confirms software errors/configuration brought down A400M transport plane


The Register is reporting that badly configured software, installed incorrectly, is responsible for the crash of an Airbus A400M transport plane. Engine control software, installed wrong, was to blame.

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.

Normalcy Bias and You

Eric D. Brown

If you aren’t familiar with the term “normalcy bias”, here’s a quick definition : Normalcy bias is…the phenomenon of disbelieving one’s situation when faced with grave and imminent danger and/or catastrophe.

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Top 10 Data Center Stories of the Month: May 2015

Data Center Knowledge

Here are some of the most popular stories that ran on Data Center Knowledge in May Read More. DCK Featured

Smart Watches: Stylish Data Storage or Big Security Risk?


Photo from website. New devices are coming to market every day, offering storage or computing power in a wearable format.

4 Reasons Why Citizen Developers May Be The Next Big Thing in Application Development

Social, Agile and Transformation

I must be behind the times because last week was the first time I heard the term "Citizen Developer", a term Gartner defines as a user who creates new business applications for consumption by others using. development and runtime environments sanctioned by corporate IT. They are referring to a business user and not a software developer in IT, and are careful to distinguish this from Rogue-IT. agile software development cio citizen development cloud computing enterprise 2.0

4 Reasons That IT Projects Fail

The Accidental Successful CIO

All too often, IT projects end up like this Image Credit: Dr. Jim. I’m often puzzled by the fact that most IT departments do a very good job of the day-to-day things that we are asked to do.

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.

Debunking the Myths of the Open Source Community

Data Center Knowledge

When it comes to the open source community, there are certainly ingrained perceptions around open source software development and its leaders. Here are three myths that deserve to be debunked. Read More. Industry Perspectives Open Compute Open-Xchange

Thync: A New Wearable to Alter Your Mood


A new wearable called Thync might be able to boost your energy or calm your nerves by sticking the device to your forehead. Thync’s device, which goes on sale today for $299, is the latest in a growing array of new wearables that promise to alter moods and mental states.

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Understanding IT Complexity

CIO Dashboard

In all the years I’ve spent in and around the IT function, I’ve never seen tech complexity so high. IT is stressing under the weight of applications, emerging tech, vendors and systems and sans the support of a seamless, flexible and sturdy integrated infrastructure.

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My musings on HP Storage

Virtualized Greek

I struggle to find storage related stuff to write. I find virtualization and networking topics much easier because of my network administrator roots. However, most of the real innovation that directly impact application service levels have been in storage. I’ve

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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.

Equinix: We Din’t Want to Stay Number-Two in Europe Forever

Data Center Knowledge

Telecity acquisition is both defense and offense move for US colo giant Read More. colocation Deals Equinix Europe Featured Interxion Telecity


Why Big Data And The Internet of Things Are A Match Made In Heaven


There’s a closer relationship between big data and the IoT than most people realize – almost as if they were made for one another. See for yourself. . Today, we’re going to talk about the Internet of Things and Big Data. Bear with me here. This isn’t going to be some vague, half-cocked article bogged down by buzzwords and vagaries.

PowerShell Basics: List and Export Admin Roles Assigned to Office 365 Users


One questions I frequently get asked: ”How do I list all the users that have global admin access to my tenant?” ” The information is viewable in the Office 365 Admin portal, by filtering the users by role. That way works for some clients.( read more ).

Is there anything as too much out-of-the-box thinking?

Future of CIO

Creativity has often been analogized as “thinking outside the box.”


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.

Report: $30B Worth of Idle Servers Sit in Data Centers

Data Center Knowledge

Huge amount of comatose servers results from management silos and lack of asset-management software Read More. Blades DCIM News

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Global Connected Aircraft Conference: 8-10 June in Chantilly VA


The 2015 Global Connected Aircraft Conference will be held 8-10 June 2015 in Chantilly Virginia. Of particular interest to those of you who fly (which is all of you isn't it?) will be a 10 June panel diving into cybersecurity.

DevOps Basics: Backing up Azure Apps and Websites


Regular backups are of great importance. Ensuring applications, data and infrastructure settings pertaining to the supported organization is a responsibility all IT Professionals bare. While traditional infrastructure backup has been dedicated to on-premise.( read more ).

TT 20: HP Discover Day 1 – HP is HUGE!!!

Virtualized Greek

Day 1 of HP Discover. I mentioned how big HP is as an organization. I got a sense how complex and hard it is to present everything that is going on in HP. I sat through presentations from HP Storage, Day 1 of HP Discover. I mentioned how big HP is as an organization. I got a sense how complex and hard it is to present everything that is going on in HP. I sat through presentations from HP Storage, HP Software and HP Helion. I touch on the highlights from each session including the keynote.

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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.

Second Google Data Center Coming to Singapore

Data Center Knowledge

Future multi-level facility will stand next to Google's existing Singapore data center and cost $380 million Read More. Asia-Pacific Google

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The Innerworkings of a Security Operations Center


Ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of a modern information technology enterprise is a big job. Cyber security breaches are becoming common news. The role of security is becoming more and more important in the IT sector. To solve security issues and to provide a rapid solution and response to security related problems, most of the companies are setting up Security Operations Center (SOC).

Nano, Core or Standard? That is the question.


Hello Folks, Since I came back from Microsoft Ignite in Chicago , I’ve had numerous conversations with ITPros regarding some of the announcements. One of the announcements that I thought was pretty clear turned out to be confusing to some. Nano Server.( read more ).

TT 21: Selecting a technology consultant

Virtualized Greek

Day 2 of HP Discover, I had the opportunity to sit down with HP Technical Services. HP Technical Services is the technology consulting arm of HP Enterprise. These are the consultants you go and have wide-ranging conversations with about business Day 2 of HP Discover, I had the opportunity to sit down with HP Technical Services. HP Technical Services is the technology consulting arm of HP Enterprise.

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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.