Sat.May 16, 2015 - Fri.May 22, 2015

The case for managed service providers in your cloud strategy

David Linthicum

Do you need an MSP (managed service provider) if you are moving to the cloud? That's a question many IT pros have. The short answer is that use of MSPs can be complementary to a cloud strategy. In fact, in my consulting work, MSPs are used in about 80 percent of the cloud deployment projects I’ve been on in the last few years.

The most critical skill?

Eric D. Brown

I’m an avid reader. I tend to read a few books at a time (I read one depending on my ‘mood’ at the time). The other day, I was scrolling through the various sections in Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program and somehow ended up in the ‘self-help’ section.

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CTOvision Interviews RADM Paul Becker, Director for Intelligence, Joint Chiefs of Staff, On The Cyber Threat


We recently had the opportunity to interview the Director for Intelligence (J2) for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, RADM Paul Becker, USN. RADM Becker has served in this position since September 2013. The Joint Staff J2 is a position requiring a constant awareness of the day-to-day threats to the nation.

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Cloud and Collaboration – How the Data Center is Bringing People Closer Together

Data Center Knowledge

Our capabilities to communicate continue to evolve. Now, we can deliver rich content to far corners of the world. Find out how cloud and collaboration have enabled us to bring people much closer together. Read More. Cloud Computing Featured cloud collaboration

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.

Identity management in the cloud goes beyond security

David Linthicum

IAM (identity and access management) is clearly the best security model and best practice for the cloud. That's why some cloud providers, such as AWS, provide IAM as a service out of the box. Others require you to select and deploy third-party IAM systems, such as Ping Identity and Okta. But you should be thinking of identity management not only as a security technology, but also as a business driver.

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Lessons from the Synergy Forum: Cybersecurity through Information Sharing


On 30 April 2015 industry leaders and government practitioners gathered in Tysons Corner to discuss technology trends, innovation, and ways to enhance enterprise and mission outcomes.

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How Green is your Data Center?

Data Center Knowledge

Kobi Haggay is vice president, Products and Marketing, RiT Technologies. The demand for data center operations and energy costs are rising. Global data center traffic is estimated to grow threefold from 2012 to 2017 and power requirements will increase as well according to Devva Bodas, lead. Industry Perspectives

Step-By-Step: Populating machines in Microsoft Operations Management Suite


Hello Folks, Last week I wrote about Microsoft Operations Management Suite. But it was just how to get started with setting up your OMS Workspace. This week we’ll look at connecting Servers to our workspace and start collecting data for analysis.( read more ).

TT 11: Importance of social in a job search

Virtualized Greek

On the latest TechTalk, I interview Marcus Ramsey. Marcus is a CS major at the great DePaul University. Marcus recently landed an internship with a financial services organization downtown Chicago. Marcus shares what parts of his DePaul experience was most On the latest TechTalk, I interview Marcus Ramsey ([link] Marcus is a CS major at the great DePaul University. Marcus recently landed an internship with a financial services organization downtown Chicago.

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.

AFCEA and NIP and the USN Present Navy Information Dominance Day 11 June 2015


n June 11, 2015, AFCEA Intelligence and the Naval Intelligence Professionals, in collaboration with the Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance, will present a classified forum examining the state of Information Dominance in the U.S. Navy. .

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Cloud Security – Tips for a Better Cloud Architecture

Data Center Knowledge

Cloud security is always going to be an important topic. But how do keep up with all of the moving parts that make up the cloud? How do you secure all of those critical cloud elements? Find out some mistakes when it comes to cloud security and where you can overcome these challenges. Read More. Cloud Computing Security cloud security

Step-By-Step: Setup and Enablement of Office 365 Message Encryption


Office 365 Message Encryption is an online service which is built on Microsoft Azure Rights Management (Azure RMS) offering. With Azure RMS set up for an organization, administrators can enable message encryption by defining transport rules that determine.( read more ).

TechTalk 9: Copy data solutions

Virtualized Greek

I ran into the first vendor providing a copy data solution back at VMWorld 2013. It was Actifio and the solution intrigued me. By 2015 and Storage Field Day 7 when Catalogic software presented their solution, I become dismissive of I ran into the first vendor providing a copy data solution back at VMWorld 2013. It was Actifio ([link] and the solution intrigued me. By 2015 and Storage Field Day 7 ([link] Catalogic ([link] software presented their solution, I become dismissive of the category.

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.

21 May Webinar: SAS and Apache Hadoop Architecture Review


Register now for our 21 May webinar with SAS focusing on architecture and design patterns for optimizing SAS and Hadoop. SAS Business Analytics software is focused on delivering actionable value from enterprise data holdings. The long-term, consistent vision and continuous innovation of SAS has kept SAS the market leader in business analytics. This remains true in the age of Hadoop, where SAS has brought the power of user-focused Business analytics to Big Data.

Pattern Driven Enterprise Cloud Transformation – An Innovative Approach to Hybrid Cloud Adoption

Data Center Knowledge

In order to meet the demands of cloud, analytics and mobile and social strategies (CAMS), organizations are creating new business initiatives Many of them have embraced Software Defined Environments and the use of patterns to enable the faster adoption of cloud. Read More. Industry Perspectives CAMS

DFive Principles to Manage Change Effectively

Future of CIO

Business Change Management is managing everything that is necessary to get people to adopt new ways of working to harness innovation and improve productivity. Traditional Change Management is all about management and control. Real change is all about appropriate leadership and management.

Techtalk 10: OpenStack it’s not you it’s me

Virtualized Greek

One of the insights I have from switching roles back to a enterprise IT customer is that I look at open source in a different light. In this TechTalk I discuss my challenges with OpenStack as a potential solution for One of the insights I have from switching roles back to a enterprise IT customer is that I look at open source in a different light. In this TechTalk I discuss my challenges with OpenStack as a potential solution for future data center cloud management. TechTalks OpenStack

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.

Sign Up For ThreatBrief: Daily context on cyber threats to enterprise mission needs


There are threats to your business and mission needs. Tracking them can give you insights that drive your decisions. This is the operating thesis behind ThreatBrief , our daily report on business risks (with a focus on cyber risks).

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Moving to the Cloud and Understanding ROI

Data Center Knowledge

There's always a good reason to move to the cloud; right? Now, find out how use-case can mean everything and the need to better understand your cloud ROI. Read More. Cloud Computing Featured cloud

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DevOps Basics: Swapping Azure Website Deployment Slots


After successfully creating a an Azure Website deployment slot , one will notice that it contains no content. This is to allow deployment from a different repository branch, or a different repository all together. The configuration of said slot can also.( read more ).

Cloud is about startups and that’s not enough

Virtualized Greek

Former Netflix Architect Adrian Cockcraft and Speaking In Tech host Greg Knierieman had an interesting exchange on Twitter. Adrian compared Netflix’ $100M investment in House of Cards to Zynga’s $100 outlay in a data center.@adrianco adrianco If you are going. Blog Posts AWS Cloud OpenStack

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.

Army Intelligence Industry Day 29 July 2015


On July 29, 2015, AFCEA Intelligence and the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Headquarters, U.S. Army, will co-sponsor a special, one day classified event tailored for members of industry focused on U.S. Army Intelligence. The event will be held at Engility Heritage Conference Center, Chantilly, VA. The agenda will explore science and technology priorities for Army Intelligence that come at a time of transition as the Army faces diverse, emerging challenges.

Equinix Using Bloom Biogas Fuel Cells At Silicon Valley Data Center

Data Center Knowledge

Equinix is deploying 1 megawatt worth of biogas fuel cells at its SV5 facility, as part of its goal of reaching 100 percent renewable energy across its footprint Read More. colocation Equinix Featured Green Data Centers

CIO as a Strategist: How to Do Strategy Management Right

Future of CIO

At the end of the day, the organization must be centered on its customers. IT strategy is an integral component of business strategy. The objective of IT strategy is not just to be aligned with business strategy, rather, IT strategy is an integral part of Business Strategy.

VMware’s classroom requirement for certification is still horrible. 

Virtualized Greek

I never understood why VMware requires you take a course to get certified for a technology as common as VMware vSphere. There might have been a time where it was needed. I imagine back when no one heard of x86

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.