Sat.Nov 16, 2013 - Fri.Nov 22, 2013

AWS may dominate, but it's not necessarily best for business

David Linthicum

Coming off its record-breaking re:Invent show last week, there isn''t much you can find wrong with Amazon Web Services (AWS) these days. Don''t think that hasn''t been noticed by the other public cloud providers, which are looking at AWS''s dominant market position as a scenario they never actually thought would happen. These days, I hear a lot of snarky remarks from the other cloud providers and, in some cases, downright anger as the scope of that dominance becomes clear. read more.

Facebook Ops: Each Staffer Manages 20,000 Servers

Data Center Knowledge

Each Facebook data center operations staffer can manage at least 20,000 servers, according to Delfina Eberly, Director of Data Center Operations at Facebook. Featured

VVOLs, VASA — And Why It All Matters

Chuck's Blog - EMC

Just about everyone involved with either storage or virtualization has heard the terms.    Maybe you have an idea of what the concepts are about. 

Deep Insights Into The Future of #Hadoop By @Cutting of @Cloudera


By Bob Gourley. Cloudera’s Doug Cutting delivered a presentation at Hadoop World that outlined key forces driving the data world forward which shed some important insights on where enterprise technology is going.

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.

Cloud providers' green claims are full of smoke

David Linthicum

You can''t get through a month without hearing a group of cloud providers tell us how green their clouds are by using alternative energy sources instead of carbon-emitting fossil fuels. Although I''m sure they''re taking steps to reduce the amount of carbon emissions their new data centers put out, just the fact of data centers the size of a large airport seems counterintuitive to the "green" claim. read more. Cloud Computing Green IT Cloud computing

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Tapping into the power of others

Eric D. Brown

Last week, I read with interest the announcement that IBM was opening up their Watson computing platform to outside organizations and developers to use to build upon the cognitive computing and natural language processing of the platform.

5 DC-Area Meetups for Security Pros and Noobs


By BryanHalfpap 5 DC-Area Meetups for Hackers, Security Pros, and Enthusiasts: Name: Charmsec. Site: [link]. Format: “Happy-Hour” talks. When: Last Thursday of the month @ 7:00pm. Where: Baltimore. Why: A smattering of MD’s Finest.

Acquisition is the New Innovation

The Investing Edge

This excerpt is taken from a post I wrote that was featured yesterday on I discuss legacy technology companies and how they are buying innovation today and in years to come. (L)ess

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NextFort Set to Open Data Center near Phoenix

Data Center Knowledge

Chandler, AZ is getting more data center space. NextFort will unveil 130,000-square-feet of ultra-secure, ultra high-density data center space on December 11. Data Center Design Modular Data Centers

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.

Wardens Of The New Data Lake

Chuck's Blog - EMC

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From Fiction to Facts with #BigData Analytics: A Presentation by @BWerther of @Platfora


By Bob Gourley. All of us are awash in data and real analysts love that! Data is good! And more data is better! Your enterprise will need to continue to support more data. But you knew that didn’t you?

Step-by-Step: Extending Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 with custom PowerShell tools

IT Pros Rock!

Chilldyne Debuts New Liquid Cooling Technology

Data Center Knowledge

Supercomputing conferences often serve as a launchpad for liquid cooling technologies. This year’s SC13 conference marks the public debut for Chilldyne, a startup out of Carlsbad, Calif. that addresses one of the most common concerns about liquid cooling – the potential for equipment to.

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.

The Arguments For — And Against — "Engineered Systems"

Chuck's Blog - EMC

As IT organizations start to transform to look more like modern service providers, there are many speed bumps along the way. Certain topics inevitably come up, and the answers aren’t always easy.

Links for Nov 17 2013

Eric D. Brown

The Internet Of Things Will Be Huge—Just Not As Huge As The Hype – ReadWrite. Quote : Like most things in life, the real value of the Internet of Things lies somewhere between the hype and where we are now. One thing is certain: this will not be an overnight impact, but a slow evolution as technology and society adapts to the ramifications of a world where devices can talk to each other. The future of integration platforms is prescriptive rather than descriptive — Tech News and Analysis.

At Your Service! Out-of-Band VM Updates with Guest Services in Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V

IT Pros Rock!

Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 R2 has had a number of significant improvements, which we’ve been discussing in many of the articles throughout this series. However, there’s a particular new Hyper-V feature that, while very useful, has had significantly less fanfare: Guest Services.

NVIDIA Launches Tesla K40 GPU Accelerator

Data Center Knowledge

NVIDIA (NVDA) unveiled the NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU accelerator, its most efficient architecture ever - achieving 4.29 teraflops single-precision and 1.43 teraflops double-precision peak floating point performance. Big Data Hewlett-Packard HPC SGI cirrascale cray gpu nvidia supermicro TACC NVDA

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.

NCOIC To Rollout Open Process for Creating Secure, Hybrid IT Computing Environments

Cloud Musings

What Role Should A CIO Play In A Company’s Product Pricing?

The Accidental Successful CIO

Setting the right price for your company’s products may determine if they will be a success Image Credit. As a CIO, your job is to make sure that the company’s IT systems are up and running at all times, right?

Agile Product Owner, What Does the Data Tell You?

Social, Agile and Transformation

Agile Product Development Leveraging Data The number one question that I ask agile product owners these days is simple, "What does the data tell you?" To develop excellent web 2.0 products, it may have been sufficient for product owners to understand workflow needs or to define user pain points that need addressing. A reasonable recipe for product owners often includes identifying core users. agile planning agile software development big data cio data management data scientist enterprise 2.0

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HP, Fidelity Say Modular Designs Are Enterprise-Ready

Data Center Knowledge

Modular designs are driving significant cost savings in creating mission-critical data centers at Fidelity Investments and HP, who say their experience demonstrates that modular designs are ready to deliver high availability for enterprise workloads. Featured

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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.

Making Enterprise Apps Mindful

CIO Dashboard

Guest post by Lindsey Jarrell. As a CIO, you’re probably familiar with the term workflow, but what about mindflow? Mindflows are the steps we undergo to sift through information and arrive at a difficult decision.

MEC-ing Towards Ecstasy

Victus pro Scientia Opus -- Food for the Knowledge

This week, I had fun (don''t tell my bosses, but I get paid for this) facilitating a series of hands-on workshops for clients and prospects.

Lee Harvey Oswald and 9/11

Chief Seattle Greek Blog

Oswald. Lee Harvey Oswald robbed my parents of their youth. In a similar way, 9/11 and the destruction of the World Trade Centers may have robbed the rest of us (even those of us now in our 60s) of our youth. When Oswald killed John F.

Yahoo Will Encrypt All Data Moving Between its Data Centers

Data Center Knowledge

In a move to reassure customers about the privacy and security of their data, Yahoo today said it will encrypt all data moving between its data centers. Yahoo

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.