Sat.Nov 23, 2013 - Fri.Nov 29, 2013

Metrics and Big Data: How to measure the value of big data for your business


By Bob Gourley With the herald of innovative, personal, smart and targeted marketing, ‘big data’ offers enticing and varied advantages for businesses. The ability uncover and harness data, to tackle and tame the informational chaos presented, is increasingly expected of most organisations.

SaaS is cloud computing's quiet killer app

David Linthicum claimed that Dreamforce had about 120,000 attendees last week, which -- in our own Caroline Craig''s estimation -- sounded a "bit high." I agree, but it''s hard to argue the conference was big -- bigger than last year, I''m sure. It''s also a good sign that SaaS is alive and well. It''s driving much of cloud computing these days, yet SaaS doesn''t get much notice in all the talk about cloud computing. read more. Cloud Computing SaaS Cloud computing

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Government Clouds: What is a FedRAMP?

Data Center Knowledge

What is FedRAMP? It''s a secure government cloud that meets specific requirements. Let''s get an overview and dive into the specifications that organizations have met to become a part of a group of data centers meeting FedRAMP criteria. Actually, the guidelines can help everyone because the FedRAMP.

Free Ebook: Hybrid Cloud Management with System Center 2012 R2 App Controller

IT Pros Rock!

This month, Yung Chou , Mitch Tulloch and I have published a new book on Hybrid Cloud Management with System Center 2012 R2 App Controller, titled Microsoft System Center: Cloud Management with App Controller.

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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.

Google Glass Feeds from CTOvision, Delphi Brief, Analyst One: stay informed through Google Glass


By Bob Gourley We announced two weeks ago that we are now part of the Google Glass explorer program. Our view is that we need to dive into this technology for several reasons, including a need to track the impact of trends to wearable computers will have on enterprise IT.

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Stop Talking, Start Listening – Tips for Vendors and Consultants

Eric D. Brown

We’ve all been there. Sitting in a meeting listening to a vendor pitch their solution. They bring a team in to your organization and spend a few hours doing a song and dance about how their solution and team is the best partner for you in the long term.

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Microsoft Releases Security Advisory 2914486

IT Pros Rock!

Today we released Security Advisory 2914486 regarding a local elevation of privilege (EoP) issue that affects customers using Microsoft Windows XP and Server 2003. Windows Vista and later are not affected by this local EoP issue. A member of the Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP) found this issue being used on systems compromised by a third-party remote code execution vulnerability. These limited, targeted attacks require users to open a malicious PDF file.

Triumfant Launches Memory Process Scanner Module to Detect and Stop In-Memory Attacks


By Bob Gourley. Editor’s note: In-memory computing has been a fast growing trend in enterprise IT. It is a great way to modernize old apps and build incredible new systems that can quickly accomplish what has been impossible to date.

A CIO Top Ten Guide to Preparing a Thanksgiving Feast

Social, Agile and Transformation

I like to cook and I really look forward to the Thanksgiving Holiday. For the past thirteen years, I''ve enjoyed locking myself in the kitchen and perfecting the Thanksgiving feast largely from scratch everything from home made cranberry sauce to my evolving sweet potato pie/casserole recipes. But this year we''re going to family and I already miss the prep work that I always start the weekend. about me agile planning cio customer service data scientist innovation it management

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Oil Fouling Could Be Robbing Your Data Center PUE

Data Center Knowledge

A system which is “oil fouled” must work harder to reach necessary temperatures to keep the data center equipment from breaking down. These longer run times result in the use of more power and less useful life from your equipment. And lost capacity will lead to additional capital expenditure.

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!

Happy Thanksgiving! FREE Windows 8 Games from Local Developers

IT Pros Rock!

The FREE Windows 8 Games in this article have been recently published by local developers … They’re great games to keep your kids occupied during long Thanksgiving holiday trips, and it’s also a great way to show your support for our local developer community.

Please Contribute Your Thoughts on Best Practices in Government #BigData Solutions


By Bob Gourley Dear readers, We are collecting best practices in Big Data Management for upcoming reports and webinars and would appreciate it very much if you give us your input on this topic. Please take our online survey at. s/S2ZH92M.

Links for Nov 24 2013

Eric D. Brown

Accelerating human invention with all the computers you’ll ever need — Tech News and Analysis. Quote : Cycle Computing CEO Jason Stowe dives deep into the economic and innovative benefits of running massive scientific workloads in the cloud. When researchers aren’t constrained by the systems the can afford, they can ask bigger questions and get better results. What startups can learn from the Tesla fire crisis – The Next Web.

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Intel: Pollution in Asia Shortens Server Component Life

Data Center Knowledge

Intel, which has been a pioneer in documenting the benefits of free cooling, says high levels of pollution in China and India are shortening the live of some components of PCs and servers. It has set up a lab to conduct additional research into the issue. Cooling

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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.

Security and policy surrounding bring your own devices (BYOD)

IT Pros Rock!

As the proliferation of devices continues to capture the imagination of consumers, and has ignited what is referred to as bring your own device (BYOD) revolution, many IT departments across the globe are now facing increased security considerations. While organizations encourage BYOD for cost savings and productivity, it is also important to have robust security policies supporting BYOD.

Five Points To Remember For Any Government Enterprise Modernization Project: Tips from Tod Weber of SoftwareAG


By Bob Gourley On 21 November 2013 FCW and GCN hosted a day long summit focused on efficient Agency IT Modernization Strategies. First speaker was Tod Weber, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Software AG Government Solutions. Todd brings the experience and background of successful execution of IT based solutions from the perspective of a vendor ( SoftwareAG ). His talk offered five key points for anyone focused on efficient Agency IT and Modernization.

From Storage Admin To Storage Service Manager

Chuck's Blog - EMC

I''ve been talking to storage people in IT for about 20 years now.    Sure, the new technology is always interesting -- but what storage folks are always interested in is how does this change things?    H ow do things get done differently as a result?

The Productization of the Data Center

Data Center Knowledge

In a session at 7x24 conference, Compass Datacenters CEO Chris Crosby looked at the key trends in the maturity of the data center industry, including the shift from customization to industrialization to productization. Featured

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?

Harnessing the Power of the Cloud

The Investing Edge

The enterprise technology landscape has seen tremendous evolution in the past several years as disruptive change has hit almost every corner of the market. Nowhere is this more evident than in the move to cloud computing, where momentum continues to build.

Cloud Computing at the Potomac Officer's Club

Cloud Musings

Across the Federal IT landscape, terms like “cloud”, “cloud computing” and Software as a service (SaaS) are at the center of a seismic shift by the agencies away from building and managing every aspect of their IT infrastructure and services.

Is Amazon AWS Desktop as a Service (VDI) ready for prime time?

Virtualized Greek

So, I’ve ignored Amazon’s VDI offering for a few blogging cycles. It’s clear that Amazon is offering their VDI service as a way to get their foot in the door of the enterprise.

Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of Nov. 23

Data Center Knowledge

The Week in Review: China retains top spot in Top500, our visual guide to the world''s most powerful systems, Facebook admins manage 20,000 systems, HP and Fidelity say modular deigns are enterprise-ready. Featured

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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.

A Brief Introduction to Linux Containers with LXC

Scott Lowe

In this post, I’m going to provide a brief introduction to working with Linux containers via LXC.

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NRRC Video Series - Video 1 : Introduction and Overview

Cloud Musings

In September, the NCOIC delivered the Geospatial Community Cloud (GCC) demonstration.

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Happy Thanksgiving — Take The Week Off!

The Accidental Successful CIO

Image Credit Here's Hoping That This Week Is Special For Everyone. Loyal readers & subscribers, here’s hoping that this upcoming week is a great week for you — I’m taking it off! Blogging will resume next week… For my readers in the U.S., you know that this week is all about family, turkey, and of course football.

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Video: Rocking Rackspace Data Centers

Data Center Knowledge

Global cloud provider, Rackspace, shows off its infrastructure in this short video showing servers, cooling, cabling and Rackers, oh my! Data Center Videos Rackspace Hosting

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.

Expanding the Cloud: Enabling Globally Distributed Applications and Disaster Recovery

All Things Distributed

As I discussed in my re:Invent keynote earlier this month, I am now happy to announce the immediate availability of Amazon RDS Cross Region Read Replicas , which is another important enhancement for our customers using or planning to use multiple AWS Regions to deploy their applications.

NRRC Video Series - Video 2 : Building the Cloud Infrastructure

Cloud Musings

In September, the NCOIC delivered the Geospatial Community Cloud (GCC) demonstration.

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Cisco is only 4 years late with ACI

Virtualized Greek

I asked for true hardware based network virtualization from Cisco over 3 1/2 years ago. And, I guess Cisco has finally listened and will be giving me hardware based network virtualization. Only thing is it seems the industry has moved on to a software based solution.

Holiday Shoppers Increasingly Choose Mobile Over Mall: Rackspace Study

Data Center Knowledge

More than three-quarters of shoppers plan to skip the lines at the mall in favor of sitting in front of their computer or tablet to do at least some of their holiday shopping this year, according to a new Rackspace Hosting survey. Shared

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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.