Sat.Jul 13, 2013 - Fri.Jul 19, 2013

The proof is in: Amazon fully controls the cloud

David Linthicum

Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently cut prices for its dedicated instances. If you''ve been keeping track, this is its 37th price reduction. read more. Cloud Computing The Industry Standard Amazon Web Services

Ballmer: Microsoft has 1 Million Servers » Data Center Knowledge

Data Center Knowledge

Microsoft now has more than 1 million servers in its data centers, according to CEO Steve Ballmer, who confirmed the number during his keynote address during last week's Worldwide Partner Conference

Speculation on ScaleIO

Chuck's Blog - EMC

Last Thursday, EMC announced the acquisition of ScaleIO , a small Israeli storage startup. While many news sources reported the facts of the transaction, painfully few went deeper to try and explore what might be really going on. 

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Foto Friday – Great Blue in Flight (Again)

Eric D. Brown

I went for a walk this morning and caught this Great Blue flying away from me. Captured with a Canon 1D Mark IV with Canon 400mm 5.6 See more photos in my flickr photostream and/or my Zenfolio portfolio (where you can buy images).


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.

Windows Azure users, be afraid of Microsoft's shake-up

David Linthicum

Microsoft is changing -- or at least reorganizing. In my experience, a company reorganizes when it isn''t doing well, so it plays three-card monte in front of the press to distract from those woes. In the end, a reorg typically makes no changes to the culture, solves no problems, and confuses and disenchants both employees and customers. But it''s a trick that public companies play all the time. read more. Cloud Computing The Industry Standard Microsoft Windows Azure Cloud computing

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Fountainhead: Cloud-Hosted Desktops: Real and Growing


Insofar as economic pros/cons are concerned, there appear to be layers of arguments over what approach has a lower total cost of ownership, what performance is best, what infrastructure to use, etc. And I've decided not to

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Do the Hard Work Today for an Easier Tomorrow

Eric D. Brown

Originally published on Its All About Recovery as Do the Hard Work Today for an Easier Tomorrow. Two years ago, you and your team spent a great deal of time and a good deal of money on a new backup and recovery system.

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Cloud Musings by Kevin L. Jackson: Lessons Learned: VA Cloud.

Cloud Musings

According to a Federal Computer Week article by Frank Konkel, The Department of Veterans Affairs terminated its five-year, $36 million cloud computing contract for email and calendaring services with HP Enterprise Services

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DreamWorks "Turbo" Accelerated By HP » Data Center Knowledge

Data Center Knowledge

DreamWorks Animation has used HP's converged infrastructure portfolio to develop cutting-edge animations for its latest film, "Turbo"

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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.

Business School Lessons From Evolutionary Biology

Chuck's Blog - EMC

One of my more frequent rants is the unsatisfying state of affairs with current business education. 

Big Data, Small Data – or YOUR Data?

Eric D. Brown

I just finished reading Big Data and Marketing: A Confused Relationship? over on Marketing Pilgrim. There’s some good stuff in the post – but what really caught my attention was a paragraph toward the end of the article. The paragraph is: Focus more on the data you have today versus getting caught up in trying to solve Big Data.

Step-by-Step: Build a FREE SharePoint 2013 Dev/Test Lab in the.

IT Pros Rock!

Private Cloud, Virtualization and Systems Management. Be an Early Expert on Microsoft Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V Server, System Center 2012, Azure and Windows 8

Audit-Buddy Wants to Befriend Your Environmental Data » Data.

Data Center Knowledge

Purkay Labs has created an easy to use, standalone system to measure environmentals in the data center. It's a simple but elegant solution that has potential in many markets, ranging from the server closet to a larger provider

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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.

How CIOs Can Ace Giving Interviews

The Accidental Successful CIO

Make sure your next interview is something that you’d be willing to listen to again… Image Credit. One of the most important jobs that CIOs do which is an even bigger deal these days given the importance of information technology, is to interview candidates who would like to join their IT department.

Cloud Musings by Kevin L. Jackson: Deconstructing Cloud: An.

Cloud Musings

On an almost daily basis, I'm approach for my views on "cloud computing technology" Although typically innocent in nature, I always cringe at the thought of enduring yet another hours long discussion over the existence of a

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Links for July 14 2013

Eric D. Brown

BYOD security and the importance of covering your backend — Tech News and Analysis. Quote : So you’ve accepted BYOD and a host of new apps to support. Congrats! The next step is making sure that your crucial mobile data is adequately secured before all hell breaks loose. Big Data and Marketing: A Confused Relationship? Quote : Focus more on the data you have today versus getting caught up in trying to solve Big Data.

Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of July 13th » Data Center.

Data Center Knowledge

The Week in Review: Downpour heats things up in Toronto, Labor Department consolidates at BYTEGRID, SoftLayer becomes part of IBM, 365 Maina dds Bay Area data center, prepping a distributed cloud infrastructure

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.

The democratization of creativity: the most important aspect is greater human expression

Trends in the Living Networks

When I was recently in Stockholm my friend Magnus Linkvist introduced me to Einar Bodström of House of Radon , a young and innovative production company that is exploring the possibilities of online video.

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An Interview with Reagan Kling of Platfora - CTOvision


Podcast: Play in new window | Download. In this podcast I interviewed Reagan Kling, Director of Federal Programs at Platfora. Reagan has over 25 years of experience working with the federal government. Platfora transforms

The Magnet Is Always On

Victus pro Scientia Opus -- Food for the Knowledge

My wife works in medical imaging, and her former company managed and sold imaging agents used in magnetic resonance (MR) diagnosic tests. Among MR technicians, a near-universal rule of safety is "The Magnet Is Always On."

GI Partners Buys LA Telecom Hub One Wilshire » Data Center.

Data Center Knowledge

Private equity firm GI Partners has acquired One Wilshire, the leading carrier hotel in Los Angeles and one of the most wired buildings in the world. The reproted deal price of $437 million reinforces the premium value of data

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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.

Carving out the middle: how we must respond to the dangers of the polarization of work

Trends in the Living Networks

One of the consistent themes in my Future of Work framework is the polarization of work and value.

A look at Facebook's Graph Search - CTOvision


facebook. It seems to me that Facebook as an odd habit of changing their home screen as soon as I become accustomed to the previous layout. This is true about the newest change to Facebook, which took place over the last


Feeling the Customer Love for AWS - All Things Distributed

All Things Distributed

We work hard to meet our customer's expectations and to continue to innovate on their behalf. This week at the Singapore AWS Summit we were fortunate that our customers Astro Radio from Kuala Lumpur were willing to join

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CloudVelocity Announces $13M Funding, New Tools for AWS.

Data Center Knowledge

CloudVelocity has raised $13 million to further its tools to provide seamless migration of enterprise applications between data centers and cloud platforms, and has released its One Hybrid Cloud software to move workloads to

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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.