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

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.

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.

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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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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

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.

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.

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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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

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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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 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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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).

Is there Thoughts without Words?

Future of CIO

Miscommunication is the symptom of many human conflicts, but the "thought" behind it is the root cause of almost all human problems. Questions of computability have often been linked to questions about the nature of the human mind since one may wonder if the mind is a computational machine.

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

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?

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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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.

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.

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

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.

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

Bright Computing Announces Partnership with NTS Africa


Today, Bright Computing signed a partnership agreement with NTS Africa. Bright Computing is the leader in high performance infrastructure management solutions for cloud, big data and high-performance computing. NTS Africa is a company that provides clients with advanced technology and integrated IT solutions. Through this partnership Bright Computing and NTS Africa plan to drive adoption of infrastructure management solutions in West Africa.

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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

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.

How DDoS has evolved into new threats against a data center

Data Center Knowledge

The largest reported attack in 2014 was 400Gbps. With more focus on the data center, the kinds of threat vectors are evolving as well. Find out what you can do to better secure your environment. Read More. Cloud Computing cloud security

9 July 2015 DoD CIO Mobility Industry Day


Another event we would like to bring to your attention is the AFCEA coordinated DoD CIO Mobility Industry day of 9 July 2015. Mobility is not just a major trend for DoD, but is a major driver of future mission functionality and is also posing very unique security challenges for the department. This event will shed light on those and other important topics.

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 ).

TT: 12 Talking to tech execs – segment 1

Virtualized Greek

Talking to technology executives can be one of the most frustrating experiences with an engineer’s career. Over the course of the podcast, I’ll have segments in which I talk about strategies in communicating with enterprise technology executives. Show notes Tech Talking to technology executives can be one of the most frustrating experiences with an engineer's career.

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.